When I started blogging a month ago, I saw other bloggers announce blogging awards they’d been nominated for. “Awards!” I thought. Golden rings I hoped to win.
The awards provide recognition and potential exposure for bloggers, and typically involve various Q&A’s along with a requirement to pass-it-forward by nominating others. Often a generous list of “others.”
“Cool,” I thought. “I can do that.” I was getting myself ready for the day my brilliance was recognized and the nominations poured in.
Then I was invited to do a 3-Day, 3-Quote Challenge, where I needed to nominate nine other bloggers over the three days I posted quotes. I just finished. The quotes were easy. I got a taste of what the “challenge” was.
Yes, the awards encourage you to explore WordPress and find other bloggers. Yes, they can expose your blog to others and gain you new followers. Those are awesome benefits.
And…I have a character who tends toward perfectionism, so nominating nine other bloggers I had some familiarity with (who hadn’t already been nominated) proved time-consuming. And harder than I expected.
“Woah!” I thought. “These awards have a dark side!”
A recent post by The Average Aspirant offered her thoughts on the awards. She wrote about the initial enthusiasm she felt about them when she first started blogging, as well as a shift in her perspective. It was a great read.
So, do I want to get nominated for one?
One character, sitting on the couch eating ice cream says, “mmm, maybe not.”
The other one, twitchy fingers on the keyboard, blogging away says, “damn right I do!”
After posting my original blog, I learned that people handle the awards situation a variety of ways.
Some post a “no awards” policy on their blog, expressing gratitude for readers who visit, comment and may want to nominate them, but preferring to guide their blog content without distraction.
Others had similar responses as me, discovering, upon being nominated, that selecting 15-other bloggers was challenging, and that one nomination often led to multiple other nominations, overwhelming them. One Day at A Time chose to establish a page for Awards and handle all she received over the course of a month on one day. Brilliant solution!
Several suggested that once an award was received, it was ok to “tweak” it to make it work. If it said to nominate 15 and you nominated less, that was ok. This focused on the idea that someone thought your site was worth checking out. Accepting the nomination is like receiving and accepting a gift.
I’m grateful for all the feedback I got. I realized that one of the personas I have wants to “do things right.” I LOVED that it turns out there is more than one “right” way, making the awards bright and shiny again. Thanks all for your guidance.