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Please DON’T vote for me!

February 11, 2014

Today marks the beginning of silly season in the blogging world.

Today the nominations for the MADs blog awards opens, and what follows is badges appearing on blogs across the country and quite possibly a few begging posts about why you should nominate them in whichever category.

The opening of the nomination paves the way for other blogging awards to open their nominations soon, for which you will be treated to another ‘please vote for me‘ post.

Personally it’s not for me

I have never really bought into the whole popularity contest, voting for friends rather than content just seems silly to me. Voting competitions (lets face it this is a competition) are open to rigging, they are very difficult to manage and regulate. Votes can be begged for and bought, even with a panel of judges you will only ever get their opinion on which blog/blogger/content is the best and again maybe swayed by personal opinion.

If a blog posts content that may not be similar to your experiences or lifestyle does that make them any less worthy of having their name in the pot?

Should blogs be assessed on content rather than the number of page views, social media followers or how many friends they have? Personally I would hope so but the cynic in me thinks that popularity will always play a large part.

Don’t get me wrong everyone wants to have that little recognition that they are doing well in their field, but do we really need an awards ceremony to get that pat on the back?


So today, I’m politely asking…

Please DON’T vote for me!

  • Jenny February 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    So sorry I have already voted for you before I saw your tweet, and I didn’t know I shouldn’t have tweeted asking. I am new clearly to all this blogging and after reading this post, I am ashamed new blogger. boo. Thanks for putting me straight you are so right.

    • Boo February 11, 2014 at 1:25 pm

      Don’t apologise, it is very nice to know that you thought of me. Sadly I am too cynical about award nominations/awards to actually want the recognition. Please don’t let my thoughts put you off the process, blog awards can bring lots of attention and opportunities to those who are nominated and shortlisted, and of course those who win… it’s just not for me

  • Actually Mummy... February 11, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Personally I always vote for whoever I think creates great content. I think I owe it to other bloggers to do that. The fact that what I like may be different to what other people like I suppose may make it a popularity contest, but I just don’t see it that way. I have close friends I haven’t voted for, because I prefer the content of another blogger in their category.

    I really hope that this is how the majority of bloggers vote. In any case I totally respect your right not to be involved, and I do understand the motivation to stay out of it. I just can’t. I love the whole buzz of it all!

    Respect to you, lovely, and good luck to everyone who does want to be involved x

  • Carolin February 11, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    I am with Helen on this one. I don’t have to prove my friendship to someone by giving them a vote. I have voted for bloggers whose content I thoroughly enjoy, who make me laugh, cry and think about an issue they have raised on their blog – some of these bloggers have become friends over the last couple of years (probably because we enjoy the same interests or share similar views), some I have only spoken to once or twice.

    I won’t ask anyone for votes or nominations, that’s just not me, but I don’t mind, if other people do so as long as it’s not five times a day and they don’t get grumpy, if I decide to vote for someone else 😉

  • Pinkoddy February 19, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Thank you I will remember this when I don’t get anywhere. I don’t do begging but do have a badge just in case lol.

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