Everybody likes to get awards, right?
Well, actually, no. Turns out a lot of bloggers would prefer not to be nominated for or receive awards – at least a certain type of award. A search on “award policy” and “award-free blog” brought me to fifty of them. After that I stopped counting.
The type of award that these bloggers are saying “thanks, but no thanks” to is the sort in which you are “tagged,” given a series of questions to answer in a post, and then expected to pass on to other bloggers. The point is to “pay it forward” in a way that exponentially increases the amount of bloggy good will in the world. The effect, however, is rather like a chain letter. Blog hops generally work this way as well.
I am always honored when someone expresses appreciation for my writing.
But like many others, though I am grateful for readers and recognition alike, the chain letter format involves more obligations than I can fulfill and still focus on my own creative and content priorities. I’m also aware that such awards can be burdensome to others. I am clearly not alone in finding this embarrassing.
This blog, therefore, no longer participates in awards, blog hops, or other tagging memes.
In the early days of the blogosphere, these served a useful discovery function, one that I believe has now been superseded by social media. Check my Social Practice page for more about how I use these tools. Read more about how I came to this decision in “Blogligations: On Breaking the Blog Award Chain,” and the follow-up post, “10 Reasons to Just Say No to Blog Awards.”
And if you need any more inspiration to break free of your chains….
There’s always Harry.