Every blogger is familiar with the concept of blogging awards (It is the thing that is given to you for doing an outstanding job at some aspect of blogging).
Some of you have probably received your fair share of blogging awards.
Have I ever been nominated for any type of blogging award in the past?
Yes, I have (And, since I am not into blogging awards, I never made it a priority of mine to remember the names of those so-called blogging awards).
Bloggers in the blogosphere do possess some rather mixed feelings about those blogging awards.
Some see it as being essential, while others view it as a time-wasting activity.
You can consider today as being your lucky day because I am going to tell you exactly what it is that I think about all of those blogging awards circulating on the internet.
Blogging Awards Can Be Beneficial To Some People
In spite of not being a fan of blogging awards, I genuinely believe, that those blogging awards can be somewhat beneficial to others.
And, why is it that I think that blogging awards can be beneficial to others?
Because it has the potential to encourage bloggers to keep on blogging.
Receiving a blogging award can be looked upon as being appreciated by your blogging peers (And, most bloggers that I know, love being appreciated by others).
The chances of a blogger abandoning their blog when they know that they are appreciated by others are slim.
So, in this regard, blogging awards can be viewed as being something good.
Blogging Awards Can Cause A Chain Reaction
Yes, my friend, blogging awards are known to cause a chain reaction in the blogosphere.
And, what is this chain reaction that I am referring to?
I am referring to when you are nominated by one of your fellow bloggers, you, in turn, will have to nominate a certain number of your fellow bloggers for the award that you just received.
As a result, all of your blogger friends spend the entire month (or longer) circulating the specific blogging award among each other.
And, when the season for that old blogging award ends, someone creates an entirely new blogging award; which causes almost everyone to participate.
That sort of thing is fun for the type of blogger who loves blogging awards and it is quite loathsome for the blogger who wants no part of the blogging award system.
Blogging Awards Can Be A Time-Wasting Activity
The downside of blogging awards is that it can take up a lot of your time; especially when you have been busy thinking of people to nominate and have been busy creating blog posts along those lines.
Whereas, your time could be spent doing the following things:
- Creating the draft-copy for your well-researched and well-written blog post.
- Reading the blog posts from your fellow bloggers and leaving them meaningful comments.
- Responding to the comments that were made in the comments section of your own blog.
Every blogger is aware of the fact, that it requires a reasonable amount of time to do all of those things that I mentioned.
Therefore, every blogger should make it a priority of theirs to use their time wisely.
Blogging Awards Can Be Viewed As Somewhat Spammy Behaviour
What happens when you receive a blogging award?
Someone leaves you a comment along these lines, “I have nominated you for the Dog-Rat-Cat Award.” The person who left you that comment also left a link to the blogging award; which they requested that you have a look at.
Come on, bloggers should know better.
And, why is that the case?
Because the comments section of a person’s blog is reserved for comments that are based on the person’s blog post.
It is utterly wrong to pollute a person’s comments thread by telling them that they were nominated for a blogging award.
That message could be sent out to the recipient of the blogging award via an email message.
Are Those Awards Even Genuine?
Okay, you and I both know, that those awards are all made up (They were created for the purposes of having fun and letting our fellow bloggers know that we appreciate their work).
Hmm. Giving out imaginary or fake awards to real friends is certainly an interesting concept.
Oh well, it is the thought that counts (I will certainly give the creators of those blogging awards the credit for being thoughtful).
Also, there is no real harm in giving out imaginary or fake awards.
Are Some Of Those Bloggers Deserving Of Those Awards?
I think that there are bloggers who do not deserve the blogging awards that they receive.
And, how is it that I could say a thing like that?
Because it is the truth!
The person probably nominated you for the blogging award:
- Because they were required to send it out to a certain amount of people and you were one of those people that they thought of (Which is out of convenience).
- Because you are their friend (You could be the world’s worst blogger, but they nominated you for a blogging award anyway).
- Because it might have been done solely out of fun (Which means that the blogging award may not have to do with any type of merit).
- Because they invented the award and decided to send you one (You turned out to be not only one of the first recipients of it but one of those people that they know will help to circulate it on the internet).
Oh, people really have some interesting reasons for creating blogging awards and sending them out to others.
The world of blogging awards can be a crazy one!
There Are People Who Will Ignore Your “This Is An Award-Free Blog” Badge
My former blog had the This is an award-free blog badge in the sidebar.
People ignored the This is an award-free blog badge and they sent me blogging award nominations.
Hey, so much for having a This is an award-free blog badge.
When I created Renard’s World, I did not waste my time putting up such a badge because I knew that a lot of people would have ignored it.
Whenever someone nominates me for a blogging award, I politely decline it.
I genuinely believe that blogging awards are going to be around for many years (Once blogs exist, blogging awards will be around).
For the record, blogging awards are not inherently bad; they can inspire those bloggers to keep creating content for their beloved readers.
Also, it can be somewhat annoying to those people who dislike the idea of being nominated for any type of blogging award underneath the Sun.
The most that any blogger can do is to tolerate the existence of those blogging awards.
So, my friend, do you like blogging awards?
Or do you hate them?
Please let me know what you think about blogging awards via the comments section of my blog.
And, thank you so kindly for reading!