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Dec 6
Are Blogging Awards Good or Evil?

Earlier today, I offered a few comments at Paul Chaney’s post wherein he questions the reliability of blogging award programs (he particularly mentions his disapproval of the 2005 Weblog Awards). His main reasons for disliking blog awards:

1. Readers typically determine the results, so there is often a great amount of bias.
2. The awards "don’t really mean anything except to the award site owner, who benefits from enhanced traffic."
3. Many excellent sites never get nominated, while poor-quality sites somehow make it into the running.

Paul hits the nail on the head when he says that "the joy of blogging comes not from receiving an award, but from engaging in meaningful dialogue with readers and participation in this ever growing phenomenon of personal publishing called the blogosphere."

I posted the other day about the current Weblog Awards. (See the finalists for the Best Business Blog award finalists.)

Darren Rowse says, “There’s a lot of quality blogs in the list as usual, I always enjoy these awards for finding new blogs that I’d not stumbled upon before.” I think that’s a good, positive way of looking at the awards.

Meanwhile, Jane Genova says that "awards ... are so 20th century" and that mainstream media has used them for decades to hold consumers' attention, but that the Web and split-second attention spans are quickly making awards obsolete.  Jane recommends that bloggers - and I would add by extension, business bloggers - should not accept blogging awards or award nominations.

I personally am still sorting out my views on the subject, but I think there must be a way to have some good awards programs without the negative aspects of oversaturation and marketing gimmicks.

I'll close by asking all of you the same question I asked Paul:  If it were possible to run a “good” blog awards program, how would you do it?  I've got a few ideas, but I want to hear yours.  If Business Blog Wire ever hands out awards for the best corporate blogs, for example, how could we do it?


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As it happens, I have an answer to your question. It's my solution, at least.

I feel as you do about "blog awards", yet there is a need for recognition of good work. I took a different tack - I am looking for the best POSTS, not the "best blogs". Many bloggers don't have the time to post every day, and therefore can never become a "best blog". This does not mean they do not have some outstanding posts - it does mean they'll get buried and few will ever find those posts.

If you follow the link I've provided, you'll see my modest attempt to showcase some of the best posts I can find. It's juried, so it's not a popularity contest. It's also not an ideology contest. And it's not even a "best blog" contest - we're just looking for a few great posts.

You'll notice something else that's different: the criteria. We're not looking for "best political" post or "best comedy" post, etc. We established a whole different criteria to encourage submitters to 'think different' about this.

It's a very modest attempt, first time trying this. So far we have seen some outstanding submissions.

Sounds like a great idea. I like how clearly you've defined the different types of posts that you'd like to recognize. I'll keep an eye on your post awarding project. Go for it!

It is interesting to read your thoughts and opinions on the many blog awards, and how the host is the benefactor.
Without having any knowledge regarding these awards, I decided to start some "Blog Networks" in various niches, and in order to have a little fun decided to pick the best from our blog rolls and pit them against each other.
Needless to say, I was stunned at what people will do to get their blogs an award.
Did I benefit from the traffic?
You bet I did.
Was that my initial intention?
Never even crossed my mind....
So in saying that there is a moral issue at the heart of the matter is not entirely true. Some of us still publish our sites with good intentions in everything we do.

Power Play, I see your point. It's not always to increase site traffic or gain popularity that someone starts an award program or contest. I'd be interested to hear more about your award-hosting experience.

Well, I can say that it was a learning experience.
I've explained my thoughts in a little more detail on my blog.
Here is what I learned in the first niche I attempted it in....
Looking at the voting process "views" in the forum I had it set up on, I was stunned. So it was off to my stats sheets to see what was going on.
Turns out a few were going around making posts all over their favorite forums.
I thought it would be honarable of me to pop in and thank the people for their participation.
Guess I was wrong.
A guy came onto my site, and on some others where the discussions were taking place, and tore me up for going outside my site to discuss the awards.
I didn't make that mistake a second time- though I didn't look at it as unethical in the least.
Still learning to this day...LOL

Thanks for sharing your experience in greater detail. It's scary when other bloggers unexpectedly and inexplicably turn on you! If I ever offer any awards - real or symbolic - at Business Blog Wire, I'll have a few caveats in mind to guide me thanks to you. I appreciate the comments.

Don't ya wish we could correct typos in blog comments? LOL (I can spell honorable...heh)

Glad I could help Easton.
I recently found your blog here, and really like the browse.
I'll be around..... ; )

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