This was one of those “awkward” posts to publish for reasons that will hopefully become apparent as you keep reading. If I offend anyone or seem ungrateful, I apologize and I certainly don’t mind one bit if you disagree with me. I’ve just been sort of annoyed of late by all the blog award shenanigans going on and I’ve been wondering if others have been feeling this way too.
It seems there are more and more blog awards being handed out these days which makes me wonder, do blog awards matter?
Admittedly, I have had one such blog award badge displayed on my side bar for quite some time now. I’m no different than anyone else.
Who doesn’t like a bit of recognition for their work?
But now groups/organizations often ask me (and other bloggers) to put up their organizations’ “badges” on my site or Facebook page, so supposedly my readers or followers can see it and then vote for me (or not) to win an upcoming award they intend to hand out. Sometimes you can nominate others for blog awards. Yes, sometimes you can even nominate and/or vote for yourself. And once in a great while there’s even money involved.
Sometimes I wonder who is really benefiting from all this passing out of badges and blog awards.
Maybe I’m missing something, but generally this stuff makes me wonder if it’s more about free advertising than passing out meaningful awards.
If you’re an organization giving out a badge or award, shouldn’t you decide yourself who or what defines your “winner”?
If your organization wishes to give out an award, why not do it based on your own criteria because unless you’re running for a political office, it’s awkward to ask people to vote for you.
All this voting creates a weird competition in the blogosphere which I feel is potentially harmful.
Do all these blog awards really matter?
In all honesty, I have no idea; more than likely some do and many don’t.
I do know one thing.
The best “award” for most bloggers (or at least for this one) is having readers. Seriously, it’s true; and a comment letting me know that what I’ve written has made a difference in someone’s life is like icing on the cake.