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Blog Awards – The Award that Keeps on Awarding

I think most of us are pretty familiar with blog awards. Maybe you’ve gotten one, given one, or read someone’s blog who had one and were completely jealous wanted to get one. I’m guilty of all three. Since I started blogging last September, I see the same two blog awards popping up over and over. Maybe there are more? But in the circle of blogs that avidly stalk read these are the only two that I know about.

The first one is the Stylish Blogger Award, and the second is the Versatile Blogger Award.

For both of these awards the recipient has a list of rules to follow.

1. Make a post & link back to the person who awarded you this award.

Great. Awesome. I love sharing or acknowledging other bloggers who think I am freakishly fantastic.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

Okay. That’s easy enough, right? I mean, we are bloggers, we share stuff about ourselves all the time. I think readers like hearing about our strange, but oh so real addiction to Chipotle. Or how we used to have straight hair but we got that forever regretted perm in 6th grade and have reaped the consequences ever since.

3. Award anywhere from 7 to 15 recently discovered great bloggers. Or else!

Oh, um…okay. Wait, really? Seven to 15 different bloggers? That I “recently” discovered? I know I read a lot of blogs, but I definitely don’t discover new blogs every day, or even every week for that matter. How’s about we cut this down to 4? Maybe even 3?

And okay, it doesn’t really say “or else”, but sometimes it feels like it. Am I right?

4. Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won!

This again is great, awesome, and lovely. You get to make a blogger’s day by basically telling them, “Hey, I like you and your blog. You are a blogging rock star and here’s the award to prove it.” It would be wonderful if it stopped there. But it doesn’t. That blogger then has to follow “the rules” and award a whole other group of bloggers, who have to award other bloggers, who have to award other bloggers…and you get the picture.

It kind of starts feeling more like one big chain letter than an award designed to tell a blogger that they are special.

These “rules” are what make me start to question the sincerity of the award. Yeah, I realize that statement probably makes me sound like a person who shouldn’t be getting an award. It’s definitely not my intention. I, like all bloggers, LOVE to get positive feedback. I love when I see comments from readers who can commiserate with me about my crafting/home décor addiction, or when they tell me they also have a wild and crazy two year old insomniac who
rules the roost.

What I don’t enjoy is feeling pressure to pass on this award to the gazillion people the rules say I must send it to. I start to worry about the people I am sending it to. I wonder if they are feeling the same pressure to send it out. Or since I am a rule breaker and don’t send it out to 7-15 bloggers, is the person who sent it to me going to be offended I didn’t follow the rules? Are they going to think I am ungrateful or unappreciative? Is someone going to feel left out or offended that I didn’t acknowledge their blog? Are they and everyone else going to stop following my blog now? (Yeah, I have driven myself that crazy with the worrying and wondering. I’m nothing short of insane, I know.)

So here is what I have decided and have put into practice. When someone gives me a blog award (eh, not that they will after this) I thank them profusely (either by email/blog comment/Facebook/Twitter, whichever way I know they will get the message), and try my darndest to let them know I appreciate them thinking of me, following me, and reading my blog. I realize that this might not be enough for the person who gave me the award, but because of my crazy stressful thought process it has to be enough for me.

AND Instead of sending on blog awards, I try to show blogs love and appreciation in SIX different ways, that can’t remotely be considered spam like at all.

  1. I support blogs or bloggers I like/enjoy by tweeting about their awesomeness.
  2. I share a link to their blog or blog post on my Facebook page.
  3. I Stumble Upon and like their blog post so it can be shared with lots of other people.
  4. I share about a blog/blogger in one of my own blog posts.
  5. I guest post on a blog, or have a blogger guest post on my blog.
  6. I read blogs I like and I LEAVE COMMENTS! Sincere and engaging comments that let the blogger know I really do like their post/blog.

Hopefully you all won’t feel like I am a blog award hater after this post, because I really have loved the blog awards I’ve received. I just feel like I have found other outlets to express appreciation for other blogs/bloggers that still allow me to keep my sanity.

About the Author:

Jennifer is the talented blogger behind Always in Wonder. She’s relatively new to the craft blogging scene, having started in late 2010 after the birth of her daughter. Visit Always in Wonder for crafty tutorials and the occasional story about her darling family. Jennifer lives with husband Justin, son Levi and daughter Rian in California.

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