Some of you may have noticed the poll I put in the right sidebar yesterday that asks the question, "How do you feel about blog awards?". A few of you have already participated, and at the time of this post the general consensus seems to be more ambivalent or negative rather than positive.
When I first landed in Blogland about a year ago, I noticed that many bloggers were being nominated for "awards" like the "I ♥ Your Blog" award. I thought it was pretty neat, and couldn't wait until I got one too! After all, who couldn't use a little love and support, right?
After a while, I got my first award, then another. If you're truly participating in the award, you have to pass it on to a prescribed number of bloggers...and there's the rub.
If I passed the award to Blogger A and B, but not to C, then C's feelings were probably a little hurt. So after a while I tried to be creative in how I chose the bloggers to pass my awards to: my first seven followers, last seven followers, the last seven people to comment on my blog, the seven people who've commented the most lately on my blog...that sort of thing. It seemed a more fair way to pass on the awards, rather than having them seem like a popularity contest. We've all been through junior high once, no need to go back again, right?
Later last year, I noticed that some bloggers chose not to participate in awards (and their sisters "tags" and "memes"). I didn't understand why at the time, but now I'm starting to.
I think that maybe the problem is not enough time. Once you've been in Blogland a while, you develop a lot of friends...you just can't help it. And your blog roll grows and grows, and the list of blogs in your blog reader grows too. And if you try to comment frequently, that takes even more time. Before long, you find you're spending half the day in Blogland, rather than in the real world. As fun as it is, it's probably not healthy.
So, where do I stand on the issue? I'm on the fence right now. That's why I put up the poll...I'd truly like to know what all of you think. And I don't want to hurt anyone's feelings or step on anyone's toes. Personally, I'm leaning towards the middle ground right now...accepting, but not passing them on.
Whether you participate in blog awards or not, I'd love to read your thoughts on the issue. If you play along, why; and if you don't, why not. You can either participate in the poll, or you can fire away a comment, or both. Or you can click on to the next blog. Your call.
But I hope you'll share your views. I'm curious that way!