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Here’s To A Great 2012!

January 1, 2012 11 comments

Just wanted to stop by quickly to wish everyone out there a happy and prosperous 2012!

We should have quite a year ahead of us with an election to name a (possibly) new President. That is, of course, provided that we’re able to survive the latest end of all mankind scheduled to arrive later this year!

Unfortunately, I spent the end of 2011 laying on the couch sick and will kick off 2012 in pretty much the same way. I suppose there are worse things that could happen than being forced to stay on the couch watching football today!

Here’s wishing you all a safe and happy new year!

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Liebster Blog And Candle Lighter Blog Awards

December 30, 2011 7 comments

It looks like Christmas has been good to this little ole’ website here.  I check in over the last week or so and find that I have been nominated for not one but TWO blog awards!  Better yet?  I’ve been nominated by the same person for both!  Judith over at Diabetic Redemption chose to nominate this site for both the Liebster Blog and Candle Lighter Blog awards.

The Candle Lighter award is supposed to recognize “anyone who lights the world with their work”.  I still think that I just rant on here but if someone feels that what they read here lights up their world in any little way then who am I to argue?

Liebster is German for “awesomest” or something like that.  I’m just loosely translating of course!  Regardless, big thanks to Judith who has become something of a frequent visitor to this blog (and I to hers, of course).  I’m quite appreciative of the recognition with both awards!  Your check is in the mail!

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Bloggers That I’m Thankful For…

December 23, 2011 19 comments

I started this blog about a month ago as a means of simply having a place to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) for a lot of my political and pop culture thoughts and feelings.  I had no idea in such a short period of time I’d be interacting with so many different people from so many different backgrounds with so many different stories of their own to share.

There are a lot of great bloggers out there and, as my little Christmas gift, I’d like to take this chance to give a shout out to several of them right here.

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Versatile Blogger Award

December 16, 2011 50 comments

I feel honored to have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by Four Blue Hills.

I have to admit that up until about a couple of weeks ago I had no idea that these blogger awards even existed.  So before I get into the rules of what I have to do as a recipient of the award, I have a few questions….

1.  I understand that I have been “nominated” for the award.  While (insert slightly sarcastic voice here) it’s an honor just to be nominated (end sarcastic voice), I want to know when I’ll know if I won!  Is there an Oscars-like ceremony to announce the winners?  Do I need to rent a tuxedo?

2.  I had wondered what it meant to be “versatile”.  Turns out Four Blue Hills already answered the question for me – “I think your blog is, it may be mostly about politics, but you seem to try to cover quite a bit of it, IMHO. And that can cover quite a broad spectrum.”  I’ll go with that!  I never really considered myself a “versatile blogger” but the idea is growing on me!

Regardless, I’m very appreciative of the recognition!  It’s a bit humbling to think that someone thought enough of what they read here to recognize it!

Now, on to the important stuff…….

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Site News: The First 100 Subscribers!

December 14, 2011 23 comments

Hey everybody,

I just wanted to take a moment to celebrate a bit of success here at “The Ranting Liberal”.  As of yesterday, the site passed 100 subscribers (and it actually sits at 110 as of today).  This happened much faster than I really ever thought it could and I have all of you to thank for it.

I sincerely appreciate everyone who’s taken the time to sign up, take a look around, comment on a story or click the “Like” button to something that you’ve seen or read here.  It’s a lot of fun for me to be able to “rant” on what I’ve seen or heard but I truly enjoy interacting with the people who stop by here (both liberals and conservatives, for the record).  I truly hope you enjoy what you read here and you’ll continue to visit on a regular basis.

I made a promise on the “About” page that I would pay a visit to everybody’s site who left me a note that they had visited here.  Sometimes, it takes me a couple of days to make site visits or reply to comments made on the site here but so far I’ve made good on that promise.  Granted, you guys are making it more challenging by the sheer volume of people who are visiting and commenting but I suppose that’s a good problem to have, right?

Here’s to looking forward to the next hundred (or more) subscribers and to all of you who’ve already visited the site.  It’s you guys that keep me signing on every day!

See you all around here again real soon!

Best regards,

Dave