Above is a video I made on my issues with the vast majority of “Blog Awards” advertised on WordPress.
The video is not directed at a particular blog or blog award, past or present.
I made this video on a whim so it’s a bit all over the place. However, I think it gives a better idea of what I’m trying to say compared to the summary. If you don’t want to watch the video, you can read the summary below which I tried to organize in a sensical fashion.
- The blog award giver’s main purpose is self-promotion. It is not about your work.
- Example 1: You must have the award image linked to their site on your front page.
- Example 2: You must nominate other people (which directs them back to the original blog awarder’s blog.)
- Example 3: The list of personal details given (which is an invasion of privacy, more on this later) can all be read if wanted to be revealed on the About Me page of any site. Instead of just going to your site to analyze your work and read your work, you have to fill it in. Creator isn’t reading your content.
- Example 4: There is no collection of post submissions. Rather, it’s general and no one can read a whole blog. Tis why one should request key posts to be submitted- but no one does that.
- Example 5: There are no specific blog type requirements. How can one judge a beauty blog next to a blog on living with Lupus or a blog about pop music? It’s too broad.
- Example 5: Instead of doing their own research, a blog award giver requires you to find a certain random number of blogs to nominate- linking back to the blog award creator’s site. This also has nothing to do with your own content.
- By revealing personal details about yourself it leaves you vulnerable to stalkers (which I didn’t mention) and many writers wish to stay anonymous for a reason. This shouldn’t disqualify you or even have any baring on a content based award.
- What stays on the web lasts forever. If you didn’t want to reveal certain information before on your About Me, question why you are so willing to do so now.
- None of your personal details should be held for or against you if the award is truly content based, thus not even asked.
- Be cautious when promoting whoever nominated you because tomorrow that person can post very inappropriate/illegal things on their website and it is a reflection on you that you promoted them.
- Who nominated you, by the way, doesn’t have to do with your content.