Blogging Insights — Blog Awards

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.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #90

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question is about blog awards.You know the drill, right? Someone nominates you for an award and, as part of the “rules” to accept that nomination, you are asked to nominate, say, 10 other bloggers. 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 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 in just eight iterations down an unbroken chain from the one blog award nomination you received if everyone pays it forward as instructed.

And that’s just one blog award. Think about how many different kinds of blog awards there are floating around the blogosphere!

So, now that we’ve gone through the mathematics of blog awards, my provocative question is simply this.

How do you feel of blog awards? Why do you feel that way?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

My Cup Runneth Over

82FCD468-9818-4CBD-A17E-D6577E345276Two bloggers posted today about having been nominated for blog awards. Sadje, at Keep It Alive, got the Mystery Blogger Award, and Mel, at Crushed Caramel, got the Sunshine Blogger Award. So a hearty congratulations to both of them.

For some inexplicable reason, they each nominated my blog for these awards, even though I’ve declared my blog to be an award-free blog. But I still do appreciate the recognition and the generosity behind the nominations.

And between the two of them, they asked 16 questions. And as the answer-man, it’s my duty to answer their questions.

First, Sadje’s five questions:

1. What is the more important thing for you, your day job or blogging?

I’m retired, so this is an easy one. With no day job, by process of elimination, the answer is blogging! Shocking, I know.

2. What are your plans for the coming year?

To stay alive.

3. Have any of your blog posts received a surprise response?

I was surprised that my post titled “Better Than Sex” is my most viewed post this year. The post is about blogging and has nothing to do with sex. But given that post’s popularity, I am thinking about including the word “sex” in the title of all future posts.

4. A cat or dog, which one you have as a pet or would like to?

We have both. Our cat is a stray that we took in and our dog is a rescue dog that we, um, rescued from a kill shelter.

5. What is one habit you want to give up?

Donald Trump.

And now for Mel’s eleven questions:

1. Where are you from?

My mother’s womb.

2. Do you think of yourself more as an early bird or night owl?

Early bird. I am over at out by 11 pm at the latest and usually up between 6-7 am.

3. What is your birthstone?

Marijuana. Oh wait, you said birthstone not best stone. In that case, the diamond.

4. What’s your favorite season of the year and why?

Autumn because of the clean, cool, crisp air (except when there are nearby wildfires) and because of the beauty in the clots of the leaves before they fall from the trees.

5. What’s a favorite quote that’s really inspired you?

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6. If you could choose one fantasy world to visit for a day, which one would it be?

America before Trump was elected president. And I would hope it would last more than a day.

7. How do you like to wind down after a busy day?

I’m retired. I never have busy days anymore.

8. What would your dream job be?

Best selling author.

9.Why did you start blogging?

I started this blog in May 2017 to distract me from the insanity that is Donald Trump. I have failed miserably.

10. What have you enjoyed most about blogging so far?

All of the other bloggers I have “met” as a result of my starting this blog.

11. Which of your own blog posts would you recommend to new readers first?

I’d suggest my Who Am I? page. That way they can then decide whether or not my blog is the kind of blog they want to invest their time reading.

Write About What You Know…or Not

6BD0137E-85D8-4FDD-9CE2-FBD0B72A0BAFYesterday I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by the lovely blogger over at Magnoliajem. I really do appreciate the nomination, but I have declared my blog to be an “award-free blog.” That said, it’s nice to be recognized and I’m happy to answer questions asked by such nominations.

In the case of this award nomination, we are asked to give a brief story of how our blog started and to give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. So here goes.

How this blog started

I started this blog in May of 2017. It’s not my first blog. I started my first blog in 2005, but quit my last (fourth) blog in 2015 when it began ruling my life. I needed to break away from blogging in order to maintain both my sanity and my marriage.

By May of 2017, I was obsessing about something else: Donald Trump as President of the United States. My obsession with Trump was driving my wife crazy and she suggested that maybe, as a distraction, I should start a new blog. But she also suggested that I avoid posting about politics and Donald Trump.

So I started this blog, “Fivedotoh,” so named to reflect that this was my fifth iteration of blogging. It served as a way to escape some of what is going on in Trumplandia, especially when I write flash fiction in response to prompts or to whatever other ideas pop into my imagination.

But, unfortunately, the insanity of Trumpistan has permeated my blog and far too many of my posts are rants about our Moron-in-Chief. But I think my wife, at this point, prefers that I rant about him here rather than while sitting at the table across from her at breakfast and dinner.

Two pieces of advice for new bloggers

In my opinion, the best part of blogging is interacting with the community of bloggers. When you’re new to blogging, it takes a while to build up an audience. Sometimes it can feel like you’re talking to yourself, but if you write well, and have something to say or stories to tell, you’ll be discovered and become part of a community. So my first bit of advice is to stick with it.

My second piece of advice is to write about what you know. Or if you don’t want to do that, just make shit up and write stories.

Thanks, once again, to Magnoliajem for the honor of the nomination.

Thanks But No Thanks

57441FE2-33F7-4EC3-9380-081F7928D4BAAs I said the last time someone nominated my blog for a blog award, it’s an honor just to be nominated. And it is. Most of us, even an introvert like me, appreciate it when some takes the time to recognize and acknowledge what we do.

My blogger friend Jim Adams over at A Unique Title For Me, got nominated for a well-deserved blog award. One of the rules for blog award nominations is to nominate X — where “X” can equal anywhere from five to twenty — other bloggers for that same award and notify them. My blog was one of the five he chose to nominate.

I don’t want anyone to think that I don’t appreciate your appreciation. I do. But I’ve had this blog for ten months and this latest award from Jim is my sixth blog award nomination. I’m beginning to feel like the Meryl Streep of blogging, for crissake.

So, I am officially announcing that, as of today, my blog is an award free blog. If you like my posts, then like my posts. If something I’ve written inspires you (or angers you) enough to comment on it, please do so. Reading and responding to comments from other bloggers is the best part of having a blog.

So thank you so much for stopping by and reading my blog. I hope you enjoy it and will continue to read and comment on my posts. But when it comes to nominating this blog for a blog award, thanks but no thanks.