Each week we invite a different blogger to guest edit the Tots100, and select their 10 favourite blog posts for our Friday Ten at Ten round-up. We also ask our guest editors to submit a guest post and tell us what’s on their mind.
This week our guest editor is the writer of the anonymous blog, The Boy and Me. This lively blog has been going for fifteen months now, but it may be considerably longer because our blogger has spent some time in the DeLorean car from the Back to the Future films. We think that’s a pretty cool claim to fame!
Our blogger will be back on Friday with her Ten at Ten, but in the meantime she asks a question about pimping. No, not that sort of pimping . Should we even say pimp? Let’s see what The Boy and Me has to say…
The Boy and Me writes:
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s that time of year again; blogging award nominations! With the MAD Blog Awards nominations now open, it stirs up the parent blogging world into a frenzy that I never thought imaginable. Suddenly twitter is inundated with people explaining their reasons why they would like you to nominate them, links to blog-posts and discussions of who to nominate and why.
Before I go any further, I would like to state that I think blogging awards are a Good Thing. I also think that the MAD Blog Awards has categories that encompass many genres of blogging, and with new awards added since last year, they give many more people the opportunity to be recognised for their hard work in a wide range of areas. I will sit down with a bar of chocolate and a strong coffee (or Bailey’s if it’s evening) and spend several hours cogitating the categories and who I truly feel would be a worthy winner of that award. I like to do my research and I like to be fair.
How then do you feel when confronted with tweets and blog-posts asking to be nominated? Should bloggers ask? Or should they wait to be nominated?
In my opinion, nothing can beat the experience and euphoria of realising people like your blog enough to nominate it without having been asked. I’ve never asked as I don’t want people to feel obliged, but does that make me a fool? Am I missing out on something here that means my blog isn’t getting recognition that I would like as much as the next blogger?
I’ve discussed this at length with some blogging friends (mainly over direct message as I don’t wish to cause offense). Having taken part in another voting competition (that was part of a blogger outreach campaign), asking for votes is not something I wish to get involved in again. I vowed then that I wouldn’t, but before I knew it I had become engrossed in repeatedly asking people to vote for me. It brought out a side of me that I didn’t like, and it’s not something I will do again. As a result of that experience, asking for nominations or votes is not something that sits comfortably with me. For me a ‘thank you’ post if shortlisted is as much as I am prepared to do.
On the flip side, is asking people to vote for you a sensible thing? It could be argued that by blogging or tweeting your desire for nomination then in fact you are raising awareness of your blog. Let’s not forget that there are at least 3000 parent blogs in the UK, readers can’t be expected to remember every single one when nominating. If you don’t ask, are you saying “I don’t want to be nominated!”?
So is pimping your blog for an award begging or is it raising awareness?