I have received two blog award nominations so far and really appreciate it. In fact I just needed to go back to this sentence and add that I might make that three. And I want to thank you all very, very much for thinking of me. For coming here and enjoying what I write. For wanting to acknowledge of it by giving me an award.
As I am new to blogging, I was unfamiliar with how awards work, but have since learned that they come with rules. They usually seem to be:
- thank person who awarded you
- share x number of things about yourself
- pass award on to x number of people
- then display award picture on your site.
And while I really appreciate it a lot to be thought of and considered worthy of an award, those rules kind of spoil the fun for me. Especially the ‘pass on to x number of people’ part. It seems forced and to my mind it gives way to randomness. It makes me suspicious that people may have only nominated me because they HAD to find x people to pass it on to, in order to claim the award for themselves.
I am aware that certainly most of you will not just randomly pick people! In fact Duncan from nobodysreadingme was even so considerate to ask me first if I want to get a Blog of the Year nomination. And I do appreciate that very, very much. I put lots of thought into my posts, all of my posts, and I like getting that acknowledged.
At the same time I dislike that the awards come with rules. I don’t think they should work that way. I believe that if you give an award to someone, then s/he should not be supposed to do something first in order to accept it. After all, aren’t awards awarded for something you have already done? And I believe that the reason for giving someone an award should not be that some rules compel you to pass it on. The reason for giving someone an award should solely be that you like their blog, think they have meaningful things to say, enjoy what they write or whatever and want to let them know they are appreciated.
That’s why I have come to the decision that I don’t want to “do” awards that require me to comply with a set of rules first. My blog will be free of those, because I am resistant to rules that I find silly.
I do appreciate acknowledgement, though. So if anyone wants to give me a true award, one with no strings attached, go ahead. I might just make up an own award to give to people I find inspiring, whose blogs I enjoy visiting and who I think are being good people. An award that doesn’t require anyone to do anything.
And if you are from the traditional rule-bound awards crowd, don’t feel bad. It’s fine if you have fun with the way the awards work. I do appreciate nominations for traditional awards, too, as long as they are honest and well-thought-about and intentional (versus random because in order to accept, you have to come up with enough people to pass the award on to and figured ‘well, why not Lola, she’s as good as anyone’). I am just not going to “do” them, because hey, you either give it to me or you don’t, but I dislike getting something dangled in front of my nose that aims at making me do something that I don’t find sensible. 😉
Okay, so that’s settled then. Cheers!