It’s blogging awards season and thank God we are finally headed towards the end.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not too bothered about blogging awards (or any awards), I don’t put myself out there and I’m not going to expend all my waking hours on gaming the system, begging friends, social media and Instagram pods to vote for me; I don’t even think I’m good enough to be up for an award, so this post isn’t about sour grapes, it’s about the no-good sneakers (some with little to offer) going all out to win at the expense of those who don’t cheat.

Vote for me overload:

It has felt like since the blogging awards nominations opened, we’ve all been bombarded with not just a pinned tweet and an occasional ‘hey, can you vote for me’ but the following:

  • A relentless barrage of 10-20 retweets a day mentioning the blogging awards.
  • Over-sharing self promotion.
  • Quasi-bullying of facebook groups and comment pods in order to get people to vote for them.
  • Massive group emails and group DM’s begging for votes.
  • The bloody awards being tagged into any and every instagram post.
  • The bloody awards being shoe horned into every post (relevant or not).

i.e. “Welcome to the latest post about my dog Spanky. Today I want to talk about dog shows. My dog is beautiful (like my writing which is why I’m up for a .**** award. Details here). Anyway, i’m thinking of taking my dog to Crufts this year which is an awards show for dogs. A bit like the ****awards – which you can nominate me for HERE”.

CUT THAT OUT !!

If you have to spend every waking hour gaming the system and trying to get strangers to vote for you, then they’re obviously NOT fans of your blog and you are getting people to vote for you that don’t read your site (sometimes on the assumption that you’ll return the favour down the line – like some giant awards ceremony pyramid scheme).

What is an honest blogger to do?

This is where it gets truly annoying. An honest blogger who offers really good content and stands on his/her own work can either get left behind or is forced into partaking of the same dirty tricks in order to keep up.

The rise of the super bloggers.

Can we compete with the super bloggers? Not ALL super bloggers but the  super blogger who is in reality little more than a linky aggregator site, offering very little original content of their own. They just create linkys, comment on others and then repost the best on their website for no other reason than to drag in traffic. What they do write can be the equivalent to da werst of dee fbuk coments uve seeen. Punctuation and grammar anyone? I believe some bloggers even buy twitter followers and then get the company that manage those profiles to vote for them. Is this fair? And quite frankly WHY? What are you getting out of it?

I guess many people see blogging as their jobs and just as we all see people at work, getting promotions they don’t deserve, so it is in the world of blogging.

I just can’t see the point. You get a shiny award but does it really bring you riches? Does it warrant losing genuine followers, annoying people and selling your soul? Does it justify the endless amount of time you put in?  For what? The awards themselves ultimately become meaningless.

Luckily, award organisers seem to be wising up and some awards are no longer purely about voting but incorporate a judging panel and other top-secret methods of selection. I’ve seen some really good quality bloggers get nominated this year and some annoying ‘go-getters’ not even make the final cut. Let that be a lesson to you. Cheaters never prosper (apart from when they do).

 

3 thoughts on “Blogging awards season. Stop bloody cheating.”

  1. You make some good points – they’re consistent with similar posts I’ve read bemoaning ‘awards season’ in recent years. I’m not sure what constitutes ‘cheating’ though. Any time something involves a public vote, there has to be a degree of campaigning – whether it’s awards, a general election or running for school president. As with blogging in general, if you want to be noticed you have to put yourself out there. That’s not cheating. The question is “how much is too much?” and there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ formula.

    I’ve campaigned a bit this year. I wrote a post – it took bloody ages because it involved creating and recording a new parody song rather than just bleating “vote for me” – tweeted about it maybe 10 times over the however many weeks the poll was open, stuck up a Facebook post and asked my wife and friends who I know read the blog to vote for me. I could (and possibly should) have done a lot more, but I decided not to. Where does honest campaigning end and ‘dirty tricks’ begin? Honestly, I don’t know.

    What’s ‘too far’? I think the examples you list are good ones, although I don’t know how many people are quite that extreme. Tweeting constantly about it is a no-no for me – that’s like people who do nothing link-dump all day long. Group DMs seem a bit cheeky. Constant tagging/begging across social media seems a bit desperate to me (but no doubt works for some). But what’s unacceptable to me is standard practice to some. As you say, I think the fear of being left behind drives people to push harder and self-promote more and more every year, so it just continues to escalate.

    What’s the point of awards? I guess it depends. I can see how it’s like an achievement on your CV for people who are monetising their blogs – I get that, fair enough (although I do hardly any commercial stuff myself). For others it’s just about ego or knowing that you’ve been recognised by your peers – some bloggers crave that external validation. Some people want awards, some want a high Tots ranking, some want both (and the moon on a stick). Personally I don’t care about rankings (at all) or page views (only a little) but would love to win an award.

    I don’t think it helps when awards have multiple rounds of public voting – it’s annoying enough once, but to do it twice? I like having a judging panel (this is not a recent thing in the case of BritMums) but I don’t think you can just leave it to all to them – there are just too many blogs out there for them to have a view on all of them. But yeah, while there are some people who seem to take joy in campaigning aggressively, for many of us it is more a necessary evil that we try to do as little as possible. Whether that’s cheating or not I leave to other people to decide.

    (Sorry for the essay! And it’s not my intention to be defensive about the whole campaigning thing – it is what it is and I get as annoyed by the saturation bombing as anyone else – but the long and the short of it is that I don’t think a ‘reasonable’ degree of self-publicity is cheating as such.)

    1. Agree with everything you say Tim. I’m not against awards or self promotion. Just those few that seem to take it too far.

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