When is too much too much?
There are presently at least 12 to 15 different awards that can be given out to bloggers from bloggers, and it is starting to look like over-indulgence. Some blogs have as many as 12 or more different awards, each one coming with the caveat that you must propose 5 to 25 and more other blogs for the award(s) that you received. Now, as with the chain letters that anyone who is over 40 years old remembers from their high school days, the chains start but never end.
When you receive an “award” from another blogger, you must first thank that blogger (nice!), tell others a few things about yourself that they probably don’t know (sweet!) and then give the award to anywhere from 5 to 25 or more other bloggers (getting annoying) and let them know that you’ve awarded them the prize, and what they must do in return. Sounds nice, but as with the chain letters of days gone by (could spam be considered chain-letter mail?) pretty soon everybody’s got one (or ten, or twenty).
When every blogger finally has all of the awards, they kind of lose their luster, their significance. Imagine a year from now, every blog having a series of awards lined up and down each side, taking away any chances of a minimalist look.
Do I have to accept an award given to me?
Well, it is rather rude to the giver if you decline, but they should understand if you let them know why you didn’t want to accept it. Letting people know through your blog that you were awarded an award, from who and for what would come off as condescending or even rather conceited if you were to both not display the award and not promote the requisite number of other blogs while doing so. So, basically, either’
1) Accept the award, display it on your blogs, thank the giver and promote the requisite number of other blogs by granting them the award in kind
2) Don’t accept the award, don’t display it or mention that you’ve been awarded one. However, you should still let the blogger who thought enough of your blogging skills to grant you the award know why you didn’t want to accept it, and thank them for considering you.
What else should I do/know?
Well, we’ll be featuring awards as they come out, and see what their requirements are. As many of you well know, awards are constantly being designed, each one trying to outdo the last with aesthetics and size. Each one wants to be the eminent award, the Grammy to the others’ Tony. If you accept one award, it would be rather rude of you to not accept the next one to come along, and the next one, and the next one, until your blog has little room for your written words, let alone your award-winning pictures!
How many bloggers will you have to promote (do you even follow 25 blogs? How can you recommend them all if you don’t follow them yourself? How big is the award and how much space will it take up on your blog? Will AdSense and other means of earning revenue have negative feelings towards sponsoring award sluts?
Accept the award and then continue accepting the new ones as they come along. With only so many blogs, even if that number is in the millions, sooner or later every blog will have every award. The only thing that you can do to stop the madness is to politely decline the award, and let the blogger who awarded it to you know why. If you do this, you should not mention in any of your blogs that you were given the award, nor should you blog about why you didn’t accept it.
And, for Pete’s sake, don’t you dare try blogging about why you should or shouldn’t accept any of these awards! That would be copying me, and I would then have to present you with the “Blog Idea Thief Award”, which requires you to award it to 250 blogs, 2,500 posts and 3 gnomes, and to tell everyone what you wear when you blog.