October 6, 2014 by Paula Reed Nancarrow
After my post “Blogligations,” in which I expressed discomfort with blog awards, I scoured the internet for blog award policies, and read about fifty before finally publishing my own. You can read that policy here.
If you would like help coming up with an award policy of your own, here are ten reasons I found other people gave for just saying no to blog awards.
1. They’re distracting me from my real work.
“I am supposed to be writing novels (after I get home from my day job). I’m having enough trouble focusing!” http://shawnbird.com/blog-awards/
2. They disrupt my blog’s story line.
“Because our blog is a serial blog…we have decided not to interrupt the story by posting the various requirements of these awards.” http://despairtodeliverance.com/award-free-blog/
3. They take too much time
“Are you kidding me? Come on, folks, I’m a busy man. I have my job to do. I have my life to live. I have my blog to write. I’ve got books to read and movies to watch. I’ve got to eat, sleep, shit, shower, and shave. I don’t have time to nominate a bunch of other bloggers and to ask and answer a bunch of inane questions.” http://mindfuldigressions.com/tag/award-free-blog/
4. They annoy other people.
“The awards…seemed almost like the chain letters I used to get in my e-mail and now see every day on Facebook.” http://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/about/award-policy/
5. I don’t deserve an award.
“I blog as an escape. I like to have a pressure valve and I find that through blogging. The feeling that someone is listening to my blog is amazing and keeps me going. But being nominated for an award, I feel almost like I am receiving an award for going to counselling.” http://theworldisawindmill.com/an-award-free-blog/
6. Jesus should have the award.
“As a blood-bought, adopted child of the living God, my aim here is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ and testify of the reality of His blessings. I write as He directs and all glory is due to Him.” http://meetingintheclouds.wordpress.com/.
7. Awards are bad.
“What about the people that don’t receive awards? Does that make them less worthy? Does that put their blog in the not worth reading pile?…quite frankly, the whole thing doesn’t sit well with me. I don’t give my children awards, an acknowledgement of a job well done yes, but awards; NO!” http://ourworldwideclassroom.blogspot.com/2010/07/award-free-blog.html
8. I don’t want to tell you everything…
“I don’t want to tell everyone something about my personal life, especially where it can be seen all over the Internet no matter where you are in the world. That’s seriously crossing the line.” http://readwriteandreadsomemore.blogspot.com/2012/06/award-free-blog.html
9. I’ve already told you everything…
“To date I have received 59 awards and I do sincerely appreciate all those who have honoured me in this way, but my real joy comes from receiving your comments and E-mails, getting to know people and building friendships. Likewise tags, in the many tags that I have done, I don’t not think there is anything left to say about myself.” http://ramblingsfromanenglishgarden.blogspot.com/2009/10/award-free-blog.html
10. There are better ways to recognize good blogs.
“I feel that your valued comments, your words of supports, your appreciations, your likes are my ultimate awards”. http://exxtracts.wordpress.com/award
“Awards are fun, awards are recognition from other bloggers, and awards brighten up the sidebar. But … your true reward are those readers who keep coming back to your blog and the bloggers who link/share/like/reblog/RT.” http://yourblogcoach.com/2014/04/14/blog-award-free-zone/
“I’ve decided my time is better spent writing, reading, commenting on posts, and tweeting other people’s content that is worth sharing. Tweeting links to excellent content works well for me for now.” http://kittomalley.com/tag/award-free-blog/
“I’d love to participate in all the award nominations I have received, but I prefer to use my blog time to visit your blogs and comment on your wonderful posts.” http://teandpaper.com/award-free-blog/