The MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award


I would like to thank my blogging sister and buddy, Lisa A. from the Life Of An El Paso Woman blog for nominating me for another new award. The MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award was created at the MakeItUltra blog not that long ago, and it has made it to me pretty quickly. If you have spent any time here at all, you know Lisa well. Do make a point to check out her blog for things El Paso, music, and just interesting content. Would I steer you wrong?


The MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers for quality content, originality and presentation. The intention of this award is to encourage connectivity and support in the blogging community and to increase exposure for individual bloggers.

THE RULES: (because there have to be rules)

If you have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and choose to accept, write a blog post about the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award in which you:

1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog. Take a moment to positively promote the person who nominated you.

2. Display the award on your blog by adding it to your post and/or displaying it using a widget on your page (Save the image to your computer and upload it to your blog post). Don’t forget to use the tag #MyUltraAward when you make your post!

3. Answer the following MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award questions.

What is your name? Tracy Wayne Smith. Three names, five letters each. No, I’m pretty sure my mother didn’t plan it that way.

Where are you from? Born in and now live in Easton, Maryland. Grew up and spent a lot of time in St. Michaels, Maryland.

How long have you been blogging and why did you start? A Joyful Process was started in November of 2014. I have been blogging under a couple different blog names and titles since 2007. I started because I was looking for an outlet to write about a variety of topics that interested me. I had been told numerous times, though I didn’t always believe it, that I wrote well. I never took it very seriously. I am glad, though that I stuck with blogging; the enjoyment I get reading the work of and engaging with other bloggers has been very satisfying.

What are you most proud of? Being the first (and so far, only) person in my family to graduate from college.

What are your blogging goals? To continue to get better at writing and to try to do different types of posts, as well as engage more bloggers either at their sites or at my own.

How do you spend your free time? Free time? What is that? Seriously, I spend my free time either reading, watching sports, listening to music, dancing, or hanging with friends and family.

Nominate 1-8 blogs that you feel deserve the award and provide links.

I will pass on this one. If you wish to participate, just help yourself. Make sure you follow the rules though!

Provide 5 random facts about yourself (optional):

One of the first words that I could spell as a child was Constantinople. Why that word? No idea.

I was in a church play as a child called The Tom Thumb Wedding. I played the minister. I’ve never been in a play since.

During middle and high school years, I had a summer job working in a seafood packing house where I shucked soft shelled clams. The ones with the snouts as in the picture below. The job required getting up early, standing on your feet for most of the day, taking the shells off the clams and cutting the snouts off. It also required an amazing tolerance for bad smells. What I did get out of it every summer was enough money to buy school clothes.

Photo from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

At the age of twenty-five, I was appointed by the Governor of Maryland to serve on the Talbot County school board for a five year term. Back then, the Governor appointed school board members for the County, but now the members are elected by the voting public.

I have been working in local government for twenty-eight years; first in the town where I grew up, and now in the city where I now live.

List these rules in your post (you can copy and paste from here).

Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and provide a link for them to your post.

13 Replies to “The MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award”

      1. When I worked there, I couldn’t eat them at all. I have eaten fried ones since. Just seeing them after taking the shells off was enough to keep me from eating them then.

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