Anyone who maintains a blog will understand my post today. You get an email from a known and respected fellow blogger and smile to see you’ve been nominated for an award. Wow! Me? Little old me? You sit back in your chair and think, Yes! Though I can’t see that I deserve this, I’ll accept any tribute to my talents! And you read on. You’ve been awarded the Absolutely Splendiferous Blog Award. A prize ribbon or trophy accompanies the award.
And then you read on.
You have to answer 41 personal questions about your life, your food, your likes, your dislikes (you don’t have any, do you?) and the guy who kissed you on the lips behind the school-house in Grade 5. (How exactly did that feel, in 13 words or less.)
You must nominate 50 of your closest blogger friends on whom you will bestow this prestigious Absolutely Splendiferous Blog Award, too. Yikes! I don’t know 50 other bloggers. I must be a loser. How did I get this award? Yada yada yada. You suck it up and start checking. You can only come up with 10 but dutifully send out the instruction-bearing emails although a little voice inside keeps saying, this isn’t writing, this isn’t editing, this isn’t research, this isn’t even fun. The clock ticks on.
And yet you love your fellow bloggers and respect them. You are so happy to be a winner in their eyes that you forge ahead and post the award-winning notice on your blog. And inside your head–is this a new version of a chain letter?
Has this happened to you? What are your thoughts on blog awards? I know they make me happy that someone has noticed my blog but that little voice keeps whispering into my left ear about all the time this takes. And not just my time but that of the other bloggers on whom I bestow this amazing honor. In the comments section below, feel free to tell us how you really feel about this topic.
And now I must get back to my writing.