UP!—TWO Winners and One of Them is ME!

A “heads up” for anyone following both blogs: this is a double post, so the contents are the same.

GiveawaysHello, everyone! I do hope this finds you all well on this Monday morning. Well, it’s morning here on the U.S. east coast, anyway 😉

With my last post I ran a little giveaway on my Creativity Cookbook blog for 3 bookmarks. (I have plenty to give away so I’ll be doing it again, along with the occasional mousepad and notebook.) Just a few minutes ago Rafflecopter did its “thing” and I’m more than happy to announce the winner is none other than drum roll, please:

PAUL a.k.a. alfredsalmanac!!! Ha-ha! And you didn’t expect to win! See? Ya just neva know! Now, I recall you saying you’re not much of a reader, but I’m hoping these bookmarks come to good use, maybe in a cookbook or, I don’t know—an almanac? 😉 Your bookmarks will be winging their way to you today 🙂

I also mentioned that I, too, am a winner. Well, “winner” is probably a misnomer for two reasons: I was nominated for an “award,” aaaaand…I’m not going to fully accept it :/ Let me explain…

During my blog-go-rounds I’ve seen awards of different kinds either being awarded or a blogger mentioning they “won” an award or I’ll see a string of icons on a sidebar with all kinds of awards, but me not being an “award” kind of person, I paid no attention. I will only pay them mind when there is something about the awards that give the site true credibility (like a “diploma” would), and it’s usually to help determine the expertise of the person/s running the blog. I tend to skip over most of the posts that are centered around awards (unless it’s Caldecott or Newbery-related), rarely looking at answers to questions, etc. What all that implies is that I was somewhat clueless as to how blog awards work, having heard of them and nothing more.

One-Lovely-Blog_thumb.jpgThe reason I’m telling you this is because, just the other day, I was nominated (by Colleen/Silver Threading) for a “One Lovely Blog Award” for this, my Writer Side UP! blog. I was surprised and sincerely flattered by it, but didn’t really know what the award entailed or meant beyond being such a “lovely” compliment. Now, after Colleen explained their purpose, I have a better understanding. She said, “This is a way for newer bloggers to find other bloggers and gain the inspiration from the blogging community.” What I’ve observed is that many times the bloggers, in accepting these awards or other challenges, are required to do things such as answer a list of questions or complete some task, and often “pay it forward” by nominating other blogs.

OK, now we get to why I am not going to fully accept this award (ironically having discussed this very subject on Paul/alfredsalmanac’s blog just yesterday). I have two main reasons, the first being that my blogs are not really the kind of venues for those type posts or activity. I’ve designed them with the intent of them being, for the most part, more like “interactive websites” rather than journaling blogs, so things like awards, memes, “chain letters,” challenges, and anything similar simply don’t fit. The second and equally important reason is I just don’t have time for it :/

Yes, it’s always nice to discover good blogs (which I often do; it’s perpetual), and I would love to have more followers drawn to mine, but I prefer that to occur organically, just like everything else I do online, including my promotion of anything or anyone. I will mention others’ blogs and posts largely through tweets and will share things within my posts when they come up. I also plan to list certain blogs and sites on my pages under the corresponding headings, and honestly—I’m already stressed about that. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but will, I’m sure, because I’m going to be selective as to which blogs or sites I list. There are countless blogs, so many of which I enjoy and even more I follow yet haven’t had time to enjoy. I think most of us are overwhelmed by the vastness of sites and social media (well, at least I’m overwhelmed), so I plan on these lists being more focused (and void of ads, etc.).

As of yet, I still haven’t had time to go through the plethora of blogs I follow and resources I like in order to list them on my pages. Though Colleen was great about keeping simple the requirements of the award, this type “meme” typically requires time-intensive participation. I do understand that the awards are given with a “one hand washes the other” feel with the intent to expand the blogging community, and many people embrace those positives. Still, in my opinion, they have a “chain letter/forced” aspect that I prefer not to take part in. This is not meant to insult anyone who enjoys and appreciates these awards because I DO see how the practice can be valuable and fun, but it doesn’t work for me :/

So, with all that said, ultimately what I WILL accept—is the compliment, which is MUCH appreciated, Colleen! 🙂 Thank you for including me on your list of blogs worth noting! It means a lot, which is why I chose to explain this rather than not.

I’d love to hear more about how any of you feel about blog awards and how you do or don’t handle them. Please…express yourself 🙂

23 thoughts on “UP!—TWO Winners and One of Them is ME!

  1. Congratulations on the award! They are exciting. I feel like you do about them. When I was a new blogger I was so excited to get one and I would display them on my sidebar. Usually, you were to name other bloggers to receive the award and like you said – so on and so on. Eventually you would get the same award several times so I would add a x2 or x3 to the meme. Anyhoo… as time went on I did not like them on the sidebar so I moved them to a page you could click on called blog awards. After about a year I seen many blogs saying they were an “award free” blog and I liked that. I deleted my once “trophy room” (ha ha) and moved on. Although I have to admit… they are still cool 🙂

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    • Thanks! 🙂 I’m so glad you chimed in on this because you’re a very busy, successful, experienced blogger. It doesn’t surprise me, at all, that you kept getting nominated 🙂 It IS nice to be complimented this way, but I’m the type that gives that “award” every time someone deserves it, in conversation (online or off). I’m not a “medal” or “badge” kinda gal. A lot of the icons are very pretty though 😀

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  2. Donna Marie,
    Your appreciation and respect of the award and the acknowledgement is obvious by your taking the time to explain your reasoning, and more specifically the objectives of your blogs (and your approach to growth). That said, congratulations!!!

    Congrats to Colleen and “One Lovely Blog” as well, for having her fingers on the pulse and finding your valuable works!

    My question is… Does this award come with strings of engagement, requiring recipients/winners to participate in some way… as a mechanism to drive traffic across their network of blogs?

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    • Thanks, Chris 🙂 It IS nice to be nominated, for sure, and that’s the problem (at least for me) that there are requirements that take time to do right. Yes, it is for the purpose of highlighting your own blog and aid in the traffic to others’ too. It has a positive effect for those who have the time or desire to do so. And Colleen (and SO many others) have very “lovely” blogs. There are actually all kinds of awards, like “inspiring,” etc. I took the time to explain because I HIGHLY value other people’s time and certainly the show of appreciation toward anything I do. I think this is something everyone wants in life—to know that what they do is of value 🙂

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  3. Donna, I enjoyed this post and I think you brought up relevant points! I agree with some of what others have said–it’s valuable to acknowledge the award, but some times it is too time consuming to follow through with the requirements for the follow-up. And chain letter type situations aren’t always fun! I think there is a place for blog awards, but we do need a balance with what is required for the blogger to do in response to the award. 🙂

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    • Katie, I agree that the concept is valuable for some bloggers. I can see that. And if I had the time to spend, I might, but I do think it needs to be less time-consuming or demanding than some seem to be. I was VERY honored to have been nominated, for sure. I consider that a really wonderful compliment, which I’m grateful for. So glad you stopped by, Katie 🙂

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  4. Congratulations on your well deserved blog award. It’s nice to receive them and recognition is a valuable source of inspiration for a lot of people. Myself, I don’t really do awards, I am just happy if people come on to say they like a post,, the organic feel of growing a blog you mention is very satisfying as well and from what I see you are doing really well on that score too.

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    • Ste J, thanks 🙂 I agree that people actually commenting is the greatest compliment. In blogging, whether here or on others’ blogs, I find that aspect the most satisfying as it is interaction that should be the purpose of blogs. We want to know what we put out there, through our words, is of value to someone and I believe it’s equally important to let others know what they do is valuable. I’m just not someone who thinks of “awards” to make that happen. My “awards” for others are my words, and vice versa. That’s how I see it 🙂

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  5. I found you through mr. writerfellow (one of my favorite blogging buds), and read this post carefully and with great appreciation. I agree with everything you said about awards, and you said it in a careful caring way. Yes, I suppose award-giving began as a way for us to discover each other in this blogging world. And yes, it is a huge honor to be awarded such an award by a new reader, inspired so much by our latest post, that she/he sends us along an award. But like you, my blog doesn’t really fit into the routine of accepting an award and answering/giving questions about my life, etc. My blog IS about flashes of my life, Friday by Friday. And many of my followers aren’t necessarily bloggers, so they don’t ‘get it.’ In the beginning, I accepted the awards and wrote a nice personal note to the award-giver. Then I put them on my sidebar. But after a while I became ‘award-free’ also. I like what one of your readers says above, perhaps I should move my awards to a separate tabbed page, and pay more attention to the blogs that I highlight on the side (like you want to do) as well as in Tweets. Ah, blogging etiquette. It’s tricky, but it’s also nice that we’re so polite around each other, and watch each other’s backs.

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    • Pam, thanks for stopping by and certainly for such a thoughtful comment! 🙂 It really is a tricky thing and depending on our individual blog needs and take on it determines whether or not it creates a “sticky” tricky situation. Sheila (the commenter you referred to) has an extremely active blog, so has a lot of experience with this, too. As for me, I already know I’m overextended and want to get things balanced. These blogs are very new and will have a lot to them. There are certain things I know I simply can’t entertain and it’s always best to know that from the beginning, when possible. I know it from the beginning 🙂

      And, yes—how can you help but love Mike 😀

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  6. I was recommended to this blog– how funny to see this as my first post!

    I totally agree, and would like organic growth of people who are interested in me, not just ‘impressed’ with my trophy case.

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    • Nicole, thank you so much for following! You really put a smile on my face seeing as someone actually RECOMMENDED it? Wow! Truly, you made my day 🙂 It’s all new here and I’m still not posting regularly and the pages need some filling, but I hope I put up content you like. Thanks so much 😀

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  7. Received your beautiful bookmarks today and I just want to say thanks for the encouraging words you wrote on them. I will put them to good use as I have actually just started to read book. Its not fiction, but a book, none the less. Thank-you :]

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    • Oh, yay, Paul! That was much faster than I’d expected. Maybe ’cause it was just an envelope it didn’t take that long. After all, the last thing I shipped to the U.K. was that rock! lol I think that took 3 or 4 weeks 🙂 And a book is a book is a book—they all need bookmarks 🙂 I can’t help but be curious which one you’re using!

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