I have received another handful of blog awards over the past few weeks, they are sitting here waiting for me to tell the world that someone sent me an award and for me to then pass on the love to other bloggers.
I enjoy getting these little awards, I do. What I don't enjoy is having to tell everyone I received them and then having to send them to others. What about the people that don't receive awards? Does that make them less worthy? Does that put their blog in the not worth reading pile? How does one choose a blog to give an award to anyway? What is their thought process when selecting the 10 blogs that they MUST pass the award on to?
I've been very up and down with my thoughts on awards and because quite frankly, the whole thing doesn't sit well with me. I don't give my children awards, an acknowledgement of a job well done yes, but awards; NO!
Anyone read the book - Punished By Rewards, Alfie Kohn ?
I don't blog to receive awards and whilst I truly do appreciate the time other bloggers take to let me know that they like and enjoy my blog, there are other ways to make this known. These also don't involve having to selectively choose a bunch of blogs to pass awards on to and will probably mean more to the blog owner.
Things like comments, following (please make sure you have a google friends connect area on your blog so I can follow you too), subscribing to feeds, grabbing a button and adding it to your blog, adding a link to your blogroll are ways to show other bloggers that you do read and enjoy their blogs.
In my humble opinion a simple comment letting the blog owner know that you enjoy their blog and that you read it regularly, will mean so much more than an award being passed on.
I have finally made a decision on this and my blog is now an Award Free Blog.
Feel free to use this button for yourself if you'd like to join me.
A link back would be nice ;-)