I published the first post on my blog on January 7, 2015. I received my first blogging award nomination on January 22. I appreciated the nomination for the affirmation that my blog had been noticed, but it did not make me think that I have a superior or exceptionally special blog. There is no voting process so at most it is one person who thinks my blog is deserving. I was grateful for the nomination because the award process is an excellent way to build blog traffic for myself, for the person who nominated me and for the blogs I chose to nominate.
Since my first award I became aware that not everyone looks favorably upon blogging awards. The Daily Post had an article on blogging awards and many comments were posted opposing the awards. One objection is that they are chain mail. The problem I have with chain letters is they play on superstition and emotional blackmail to get passed on. (Send this to 10 people within 10 minutes or you will have 10 years of bad luck) The awards process does not have that issue. It is a nomination and someone can choose to accept it or not. Am I missing something? Another objection is that the awards process is time-consuming. You get no argument from me. It does take a lot of time to write the acceptance blog, especially to come up with an acceptable list of nominees. Some people say they already comment on blogs that they choose to support so the nomination thing is unnecessary. Comments are great but individually how do they reach the large audience? Some say the questions asked are too personal. It is not the questions that are personal. It is how someone chooses to answer that could be too personal.
I personally love reading the award nomination and acceptance posts. The questions that are posed or the random facts that are shared contain great ideas for future posts. I get to know a little bit about the blogger which might motivate me to look further into their blog and potentially follow them. You are provided with a readily available list of from 7 to 15 new blogs to visit and explore.
My normal process with award nominations blogs is that I read the nomination post on the blog that nominated me. I check out the blog that made the original nomination. I look at the other blogs nominated along with mine. Instant blog traffic. Then on my own acceptance blog to decide on nominees I look at blogs I had already visited, commented, and possibly followed to see if they “feel” right to be nominated. I will also look at other blogs on the “follow” list within the blogs I am considering. Some of them do not interest me at all so I don’t stay around for very long, but others are extremely interesting. I also review design and layout which I might choose to incorporate in my blog. All this increases traffic to the blogs I visit. I will comment when motivated to do so. Admittedly it takes a great deal of time, but there are many benefits.
Each time that I have posted an acceptance blog I see increased traffic. Since I am still a new blogger it is completely possible that my feelings about awards might change as my blog matures. But for now, I love the awards. They take me places in the blog world where I would not otherwise go and they build up my community. I currently have two additional nominations that I will accept and I will nominate other blogs. I avoid nominating blogs that choose to not accept awards and also those that have already received the same award, but I will prowl for worthy nominees.
Blogging awards, just another thread of my life.