Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Poll Results Are In!
A huge Thank You to all 79 visitors who voted in my poll that asked everyone how they felt about blog awards. As usual, you had some interesting things to say!
12 people (15%) said that they love to receive blog awards and they love to pass them along as well.
15 people (18%) said that they wished they passed them along in a timely manner, which may have something to do with how many of the awards are set up.
The next four items I privately think of (in a good way) as Show Offs:
11 people (13%) said that they did not display any blog awards they'd won, and that they did not pass them along.
10 people (12%) said that they have a separate page for any awards they've been given.
9 people (11%) said that they'd really rather not receive blog awards.
5 people (6%) said that they display all their awards right on the front page of their blogs.
I wish I could give the 8 people (10%) who said that they just wished someone would give them an award a big ole hug. I remember how completely thrilled I was when I was given my first blog award. It's wonderful to be recognized for your hard work. However, the three choices that received the most votes show that the system, if not broken, has some serious cracks in it.
40 people (50%) said that they did appreciate the recognition, but...
35 people (44%) also said that they believed blog awards had lost their meaning somewhere along the way. I have to agree. All a person has to do is go through posts in their readers to see certain blog awards spreading like a virus through the blogosphere. When it seems as though everyone's getting one, I can understand the frustration of those 8 folks above who have yet to receive even one.
22 people (27%) said that they'd enjoy receiving blog awards more if there were fewer rules attached to them. Amen! There are so many awards that have rules stating that you have to link to this and link to that, show the award here, share a certain amount of personal information about yourself and then pass all this along to another batch of vic... recipients.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but... if the people you're passing an award to really deserve the award, why should they jump through several sets of flaming hoops to be "worthy"? If they deserve the award, shouldn't that be enough? And why do they have to link back to you? And why do they have to pass it along to a certain number of people? Why should awards have strings?
I think you can tell by my questions that I think the system is "broke", and I think that, to some extent, the votes in this poll agree with me. I went from being thrilled at receiving awards all the way to dreading them. I went from showing them off on the front page of my blog, to giving them their own tab on my header, to having them on my blog but not heralded in any way. (In other words, you're going to have to look for them.)
I didn't go into blogging with the express intent of winning awards, but I have done so, and there are some of which I'm proud. I think that, in an attempt to make everyone happy by spreading the wealth as much as possible, the award system as it is now causes more dissatisfaction than happiness. Now that the poll is over, tell me what you think of blog awards. Do you like them? Do they need to be changed? How would you change them? Do they drive you crazy?
My Book Rating Scale:
A+...Don't delay, get your hands on a copy of this book!
A...I loved it!
B...I really liked it.
C...I liked it, with a few reservations.
D...I finished it, but it's not my cup of tea.
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