In her latest edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya ask wants to know how long we’ve been blogging and what we think of blog awards. She asks…
How long have you been blogging? Can you remember the first blogging award you received?
I’ve been blogging on and off since 2005. I did take a two year break from blogging in April 2015. In May 2017, I returned to blogging when I started This, That, and The Other. I had never received a blog award nomination until I moved my old blog from TypePad to WordPress in mid-2013. And I believe it was in December of that year, on my previous blog before this one, when I received my first blogging award nomination.
Do you still accept blogging award nominations or is yours an award free blog? If your blog is award free, what are your reasons for this?
I still do get blogging award nominations even though I have unofficially declared my blog to be award-free. I do appreciate it when someone recognizes my blog by nominating it. And I will usually write a post in response to the award nomination, in which post I will answer the questions the nominating blogger has asked. But I do not pay the nomination forward by nominating other bloggers for it. Instead, I invite any bloggers who wish to do so to write their own posts with the answers to the same question the nominating blogger posed to me and the others that he or she nominated.
My reason for declaring my blog to be award-free is that each blog award nomination comes with a detailed set of rules one must follow to “pay it forward.” These rules are similar to those of a chain letter. Someone nominates your blog for an award. To accept the nomination, you must designate a specified number — seven, ten, fifteen, whatever — of other bloggers you wish to nominate for that award. They, in turn, must do the same.
Now let’s do some math related to blog awards. I know you hate math as much as I do, but bear with me a minute while I illustrate my chain letter point.
Someone nominates you for an award and, as part of the rules to “accept” that award, you must nominate, say, 10 others. Each of those 10 bloggers that you nominated must, themselves, nominate 10 more. So just twice removed from your blog being nominated, 100 other blogs (10 x 10) will have been nominated.
If each of those 100 bloggers follows the rules (i.e., doesn’t break the chain) and nominates another 10 blogs, just three degrees of separation from you having received a nomination, another 1,000 will have received one (100 x 10).
And then 10,000. And then 100,000. By the time you reach Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, one million blogs will have been nominated. Those million nominations will beget 10 million. And those 10 million will beget 100 million. ONE HUNDRED MILLION BLOG AWARD NOMINATIONS!
These 100 million nominations can potentially be generated just eight iterations down an unbroken chain from the blog award nomination you received if everyone pays it forward as instructed.
And that’s just for one blog award. Think about how many different kinds of blog awards there are!
I read on the internet, so it must be true, that WordPress hosts around 60 million blogs, which is 40 million fewer unique blogs than the 100 million awards that just a single blog award nomination has the potential to generate!
I am truly honored when another blogger thinks highly enough about my blog to nominate it for an award, so please don’t think I’m trying to diminish the significance of being nominated for blogging awards. To be recognized by one’s peers is the best achievement possible. I truly believe that such recognition is highly valued and greatly appreciated by those who are nominated.
That said, mine is still an award-free blog. I’m just happy and grateful when people like my posts, comment on my posts, and interact with me on WordPress. No awards necessary.