Blogging Awards: Do They Work?

When WordPress first introduced a blogging award on one of its early online blogging courses, I thought it was one of the best ideas they’d come up with.

Blogging Awards – Do they work?

Not only was it a way of introducing student bloggers to each other, but also to the wider blogging community. For most of those who participated, they helped gain more followers, more ‘likes’ and more comments. 

If like me you remember ‘chain letters’, blogging awards work in much the same manner. 

Should we accept blogging awards if they come with demands?

I remember how delighted I was when I got a comment informing me that my blog had been nominated to receive an award. 

Given that I’d only been blogging for a few months, that comment produced a big smile on my face. I spent the next few hours telling everyone I knew that my blog had already been nominated for a blogging award. 

Now faced with a list of demands (as I saw it) of what I had to do if I wanted to accept the award, I duly wrote my post. This involved answering lots of questions, mentioning and linking back to the blogger who had nominated me, and nominating another 15 bloggers for the award.

Weeks after that first award post was published, I was delighted with the results it had produced. Not only had the award nomination gained my blog lots of new followers, but it had boosted my confidence in becoming a blogger. 

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The whole process had been fun to do. People got to know more about me from the questions being asked. My blog stats rocketed and, most importantly of all, I was able to pass on the good fortune of the award nomination to other bloggers.

The snowball effect

Of course, more followers meant more comments. More followers also meant more awards, but these were different from the first award I’d been nominated for. 

I asked myself if bloggers were now making up their own awards and whether or not it was a good thing. 

As the award nominations came in, my writing time started to get swallowed up with writing posts and answering questions about nothing else but accepting blogging awards.

New award nominations were popping up in my email box, daily. As the whole thing snowballed, they started to become more of a problem, rather than of help to me. 

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Please make no mistake about it, blogging awards are a great way to promote new bloggers and put them in touch with lots of other bloggers. They can help build up blogging communities and put you in front of brand new audiences, but they do come with a downside.

Should bloggers invent new blogging awards?  

I even went as far as to invent my own award – ‘The Mildred Awards’ which, at the time, went on to become one of my most viewed and commented-on blog posts. 

In the early days of blogging, these awards can propel both you and your blog, but be careful in allowing them to take over your blog.

Ask yourself if your readers are beginning to get fed up with reading post after post about awards you’ve been nominated for. Are the people you’re passing on the awards to getting fed up with being nominated by you all the time? 

Are you passing on awards between each other by nominating the same bloggers all the time? Does that look good? Or do you do it because you don’t want to upset anybody?  

When I started getting behind with accepting awards, I began to panic. 

What would people think if I didn’t accept their award? Would I start to lose followers because I wasn’t passing the award on? Would people stop nominating my blog for awards?

How a milestone helped.

In February 2015 (on the first anniversary of my blog) I decided it was time for my blog to go award-free. I’d seen other bloggers do the same thing, and I knew it was time for me to accept that blogging awards had done their job for me and my blog. It was time for my blog to move on. 

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I wrote and published The ‘Mildred Awards’ post and made the announcement that my blog was now ‘award-free.’

I can’t tell you just how good that made me feel. I felt as if I’d taken a huge weight off my shoulders. After all, I had come to the world of blogging to write about anything I felt like writing about – not just about awards. 

However, that did not stop the award nominations coming in. 

How to deal with bloggers who keep nominating you for awards when your blog is award-free.

Of course, I thanked people for nominating me and informed them that my blog had gone ‘award-free.’ Most were happy with my decision, but there were a few who saw it as a bit of an insult that I was not accepting their nomination. One blogger even went as far as to say that they were really disappointed that I was not taking the award and that they were unfollowing my blog!

That was a tough conversation, but I also saw that I was partly to blame. Why? Well, although I’d announced in February 2015 that my blog was now award-free, there was nothing else on my blog stating my decision. 

How could I possibly expect anyone (having not read the ‘Mildred Awards. post) to know my blog was now award-free?

I duly put together the following image and displayed it on my blog.

#awards #blogging
Award Free Blog

You’ll see it on my widget bar to the right of this post. (Scroll down to see it). It hasn’t stop award nominations coming in, but it has drastically cut them.

Do blogging awards work?

Yes, they do. However, I believe they have their time and place in the blogging world, and my advice is to let them go once they have done their work in establishing both you and your blog. Do you agree?

How to award bloggers without nominating them for an award. 

There are many other ways bloggers can reward each other. For example, visiting blogs and reading posts on a regular basis.

However, for me, the best award is leaving good meaningful comments on each other’s blog posts. You don’t need to do this on every single blog post you read. One good meaningful comment every once in a while is far better than no comments or lots of short comments that don’t really say much.

Instead of leaving comments such as ‘Great Post, ‘Great Tips’, ‘Great story’ or ‘Well done,’ write a few sentences saying why you thought it was a great post or such a good read.

What was it about the post that stood out for you?

What is it about the post that makes it such a ‘good post’?

Which tips did you enjoy the most, and why? Have you tried any of the tips out? Do you have any new ones you can add?

Leave a comment that gives the writer more reply options other than just being able to reply ‘Thank you.”

I believe this is one of the best awards you can give other bloggers. Do you agree? 

The kind of comments you leave on other blog posts act as an indication of who you are, what kind of blogger you are, and whether or not your blog is worth checking out and following.

Hugh W. Roberts – February 2015

Is there anything you particularly like or dislike about blogging awards? Have they worked for you? Have you ever accepted them? If not, why not? Do you get fed up with seeing award after award posts on a blog? I’d love to know your thoughts. Join in the debate by leaving your comments in the comments section.

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  1. Great comments are my award, Hugh I love the interaction…I have accepted awards in the past but like most find them time-consuming and it is difficult to nominate bloggers when you know they are busy like you. I then left it open to anyone but do find it is creeping into Twitter, Instagram and FB…where will it stop? And offers to add banners to your sidebar from everywhere is just a step too far for me…Comments rule!

    1. Yes, these ‘chain letter’ types of awards have crept into the world of social media too, Carol. I don’t mind the odd tag, but when I get a lot in one day, it can become rather overwhelming.

      Agreed. Comments do rule, but only the ones that say much more than ‘great post,’ great tips’ or ‘thanks for sharing this.’

      1. Of course, Hugh… I recieved one the other day which just please like my post… I haven’t replied to that yet.. But many of mine like yours are quite lengthy a conversation which is lovely 😊

        1. I now mark those types of comments as ‘spam’ and send them to the spam bin, Carol. I get a few a week, especially where there is no mention of what I’ve written about in the post the comment has been left on. I see them as a bit of an act of desperation.

          Some comments which ask me for help with getting new followers and visitors, I will respond to. However, I simply respond by telling them to visit my ‘blogging tips’ posts or those of other bloggers. I’ve yet to have anyone come back and thank me or then to go on and leave a good meaningful comment on one of the posts I referred them too. 🙄

        2. I think I will take your advice on that one then Hugh…I never ask to like my blog or just say great post and I know new bloggers may not be aware of that ..But yes often I have told people their gravatar doeb=b’t link to their blog and nothing back…I thought I was just old fashioned about manners but maybe new bloggers should be made aware manners cost nothing and can result in new followers 🙂 Hark at me moaning…haha…

        3. Not at all, Carol. I’ve often had people thanking me for the advice I have given in blog posts, and yet when I go back to their blogs a few weeks later, they still haven’t linked their Twitter account to their blog or stopped displaying whole blog posts on email notifications. I guess we can only do so much.

  2. Hi, Hugh – Great topic. I have a few blogging awards that I was nominated for/given commitment free. I have accepted those awards and posted them on my site. I have never accepted awards that have required me to post about the award, answer quesitons and nominate others. Like you, I thank those who nominate me for those awards, but do not accept them. Also like you, I am positive that my followers do not want to read steady posts about awards for which I have been nominated. Funny that! 😀

  3. I agree with all you have said Hugh and in the beginning felt the same way as you, and many others, about getting nominated. I haven’t gone down the award free route just yet and I must admit I haven’t been nominated for an award for quite some time.

    I had my own way of responding by thanking the nominator and maybe cherry picking the questions I wanted to answer. In regards to nominating others I always left it open for others to accept my invitation to respond if they felt like it! A bit of a cop out but it made my life a bit easier at the time.

    Thanks again for sharing your experience and explaining the role awards can have, especially for new bloggers.

    1. It seems a lot of people have said the same thing about leaving nominations open for anyone to participate, Debbie. That would certainly help those who have not been nominated for one of these awards yet.

      However, I firmly believe that these types of awards have their time and place in the blogging world. When I look back at them, I now see them more of a marketing tool rather than an honour to have received them. But that is what they were created to do in the first place. Help bloggers get established and introduce them to each other. They certainly helped me to launch my blog in my first year of blogging. So they do exactly as they say they do on the tin. That’s great marketing.

  4. I haven’t been nominated for a blogging award but I have read a lot of posts recently from people who have. They are a good way of getting to know the person behind the blog but I do agree that there seems to be so many different types of awards now that if you were consistently getting nominated for them then they no longer become fun and instead become a bit of a chore. They may also put your readers off reading your blog as they have come to you for your excellent content so if every other week it was an award post I would be getting pretty bored of reading them as well.

    1. These awards can become rather overwhelming for both bloggers and readers. It’s why I think they have their time and place. I can’t remember how many I accepted, but I now know that I wish I had stopped after accepting two or three. Give it time, and I’m sure one of these awards will come your way. Most bloggers seem to come across them at some stage.

      And I agree with you about seeing post after post about accepting blogging awards. Given that many of these awards have similar questions, I’d get fed up really quickly reading the same answers over and over again.

  5. When I was first blogging awards seemed to be the thing..I did discover interesting blogs and was scrupulous about passing it on…but as my blogs donlt travel far beyond my faithful followers the awards thing seemed to die a death and I don’t miss it.
    I don’t post as often these days, down to caring for my husband, but, as always, I find a lot of interest in the comments – the best part of the blog very often!

    1. I think that after accepting a couple of nominations, the awards can die a death and have no further effect on blog stats. However, they’re a great start in getting our blogs noticed and for putting us in touch with other bloggers whose blogs we may like to follow. I didn’t follow everyone back, because that would be rather overwhelming, but I did go on to meet some great bloggers who publish blog posts that not only interest me but also motivate me to leave excellent meaningful comments on.

      And I agree entirely with what you say about the comments, Helen. Often, they can be just as interesting as the blog post they’ve been left on.

  6. I agree, Hugh, that the Blogging awards/tags, are indeed a huge boost to newbie bloggers. I found many blog pals, and new followers through them, but it did indeed get to a crazy stage where every other post would be acceptances, and the rigmarole of trying to answer questions and nominate blogs, then tagging said blogs too…
    But now, I kindly acknowledge the award, and may reblog it, but I rarely ‘accept’ and take part. It’s a wonderful thing at the start, though, definitely!

    1. Agreed, Ritu. Given what these awards were created to do, they do work, but I think continuing to participating in them after they’ve done their work, can have the opposite effect. They’re great in their place, but outside of that place, they can be seen as a burden, chore, or even not necessary anymore.

  7. Great post on an interesting topic, Hugh. I remember getting nominated for these types of awards earlier in my blogging journey but declined them as they seemed very much like chain letters. The fact that most of them require the recipient to nominate 10 – 15 other blogs just seemed silly. I’ve thought of adding an “award-free” badge but haven’t so far. The reason? There does seem to be a few “legitimate” awards out there that truly recognize excellence in specific niches (for instance, travel, humor, book reviews, retirement, etc.). Take, for instance, the Bloggers Bash awards… would a blog that advertised itself as “Award-Free” be taking itself out of contention? Would someone hesitate to nominate a blog that displayed that badge?

    1. I expect some people might hesitate to nominate a blog that had declared itself as award-free, Janis. However, given that I still get nominations (despite displaying an ‘award-free’ badge), many people don’t seem to take much notice or (as a previous commentator said) are too lazy to check.

      I can fully understand why some bloggers would not participate in these types of awards given that they come with demands and are therefore seen as a chain letter. However, by participating in a few of these awards (during my first few months of blogging) they certainly helped launch my blog for me. Once those first few months are over, though, I think it’s time to stop accepting award nominations.

  8. That is a really good topic, Hugh! I remember there was a time in 2014 – 2016 when awards were thrown around in masses. Sometimes, I received 5 or 6 a day (the same ones several times). I had more time back then and participated and as you said, it did help to get known and receive more followers. But was/is it an honor? Basically yes, but since there were so many awards out there and you always had to nominate other bloggers it became difficult to nominate not always the same people. Since most of the bloggers dealt with that problem, the meaning of honor lacked. Also, I did not have so much time to participate and could not identify the purpose of my blog by collecting and displaying awards anymore. So, I made my blog award-free.

    1. I do wonder if it was an honour being nominated for these awards, given that the awards were created in the first place as a tool to get noticed, gain more followers, and to be introduced to other bloggers, Erika. Looking back, I can see now that they are more of a marketing tool, rather than an award that is given because of the hard work a blogger has put into their blog or an award for a truly brilliant piece of writing or photography. However, I’m delighted with the results I got from being nominated. They really did do what they were supposed to do.

  9. I have the same experience with awards. I was so thrilled to get one and to this day I’m very proud when I got nominated. As for making them sometimes it’s fun and sometimes there are a lot of questions and rules to follow. I’ve made a rule for myself that I can publish an award every 50 new followers. In that time I can get to know new bloggers and I can nominate other people. So now, every 50 followers I check if I have a nomination to fill in and how I feel about it. When I’m not in ‘the mood’ the award has to wait ’till the next 50. (My blog doesn’t grow that fast, so I’m ok for long periods of time).
    I wonder how many awards there are, I mostly see the same passing by.

    1. There are lots of these awards out there. Some bloggers display all the award nomination badges they’ve received on their blog. I’m always amazed by how many there are, especially given that when WordPress introduced the first one, other bloggers jumped on the bandwagon and started creating their own. Unfortunately, by doing so, I think it made the whole award nomination process more of a problem.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this subject.

  10. I was nominated for a few awards in the early days of my blog, but was never very good at writing the posts that the awards challenged me to do. I’m sure there’s a post lurking from several years ago in which I said I’d return with a ‘part two’ and more nominations, but I never got round to it! Like you, I appreciate the thought when someone nominates me but don’t like the pressure that goes with it. I always say a polite ‘thank you’ but try not to commit myself to a follow up post, and I’ve long since taken the badges down on my site. I was nominated twice last year – by the same person! – and whenever I see the nomination posts I feel a little guilty. Maybe I’ll have to find some way of responding that doesn’t transfer that pressure to others!

    1. Clive, at the very least you are thanking those for nominating you, although it may help if when replying to them to inform them that your blog is an award-free blog. That may stop somebody nominating you twice.

      I’m of the view that if you start seeing these awards posts as a chore, then it’s time to stop accepting award nominations and to make ones blog award-free.

      Thanks for adding to the discussion.

      1. All fair points, Hugh. I think I need to write a post about those awards and, in doing so, formalise the award-free status. I’m nominated so rarely that I doubt many will notice, anyway!

        1. I wouldn’t be surprised if those who nominated you have since forgotten they nominated you, Clive. I wouldn’t worry about doing those posts, especially if they seem a bit of a chore to do. And if you’re not getting nominated for these types of awards very much anymore, it looks like the ‘award nomination’ train may have left your station for good.

  11. Hugh, thanks for explaining the pros and cons of Blogging Awards. I have always felt that they were just a ‘gimmicky’ way of building a following and have avoided participation. I have likely offended folks, but oh well. I do participate in photo challenges and such, which is similar in that it introduces my blog to potentially new followers, but those folks are people who would likely be interested in my blog anyway. I use my blog to connect with people and prefer substance over numbers. I find comments and commenting to be very rewarding. It may be the slow boat to China, in terms of growth, but I’m good with that. Thanks for another illuminating post!

    1. They certainly do help to build up a following and are also a great way of finding other blogs you may be interested in, Suzanne. This is all fine during those first early months of blogging, but after that, I think they can become a massive burden to people, often making bloggers feel stressed or guilty for not participating. They certainly helped me on my way, but I should have jumped off the awards bandwagon much sooner than I did.

      Given that I often see so many blog posts accepting these awards, I can understand why many bloggers do not participate in them. They work in the same way chain letters do, and I can understand why that would put some bloggers off from participating in them.

      I think writing and photography challenges are totally different because they do not demand that you tag other bloggers to take part. I’ve had considerable successes in participating in blogging challenges and have certainly gained more followers from them than from blogging awards. In fact, I try and join in at least one writing or photography challenge a week.

  12. Hugh, I could have written your post. The same beginning up to award free. I did make worldwide friends and featured them on blog hops, etc. then, it took too much time from writing, like you, and I went Award Free. I try to keep up with the number of followers, but it seems impossible. I just finished a historical fiction book, professionally edited, and next is the business part—cover, queries, synopsis, etc. Followers have been very supportive, and I do keep up with comments & likes to several. 📚🎶 Christine

    1. I’d forgotten about ‘blog-hops’, Christine. I don’t see them appearing anymore. They seem to have gone the same way as the ‘weekend coffee share’ blog posts that were once very popular. The same goes for blogging parties, although I did recently participate in one and ended up following a very unfriendly individual. I should have known from the way they responded to comments that they were not going to be very friendly.

      I agree that blogging awards can be very beneficial in the beginning. However, after time, they lose their appeal and can be very time-consuming.

      Thank you for adding to the debate. Good luck with the upcoming book launch.

      1. Thanks so much,Hugh. Now, when I see any kind of award posts, they are with new bloggers, and I do a short congrats comment. Most of my followers are long timers, and we’re no awards please. Sorry you had a bad experience with an unfriendly blogger. Have a good rest of the week. 📚🎶 Christine

  13. I never declared my blog to be award-free, but I don’t respond to most awards (beyond thanking the person who nominated me). I responded to one recently, but it was because multiple people nominated me for the same award. I picked the questions I liked, answered those, which made for a fun post. I have never nominated anyone else. I just invite people to respond to the questions if that are so inclined.

    1. Sounds like an excellent way to respond to the awards you’re nominated for, Dan, especially if it’s for the same award. It seems quite a few people just leave nominating other bloggers open so that anyone can participate if they feel like doing so. It certainly solves the problem of choosing who to nominate.

  14. I have had some nominations for blogging awards, Hugh. Not a ridiculous amount because there aren’t that many within my blogging community. I do them but I am lazy about the nominations because it takes me to long to remember who is award free and who isn’t and find all the links.

  15. An interesting post Hugh! When I was a newbie-blogger I was honoured to receive a few awards, especially since they all came from bloggers I knew and whose work I enjoyed. After seven awards I was wondering when it was going to stop and I felt it was time for others to have the opportunity. So I began to decline them politely and suggested other bloggers they may want to award in my place. I then decided to go award-free and placed a logo on my blog advising everyone it is award free. It freed up my time to focus on the original purpose of my blog again. These awards can be wonderful for bloggers just starting out and it’s an individual choice for whoever wants to take part. There have been other awards around, such as the Bloggers Bash ones, where bloggers are nominated and readers are invited to vote. This resulted in a lot of ‘vote for me’ posts by nominees and bloggers pitting themselves against their fellow bloggers. I had no desire to take part in this and was advised that I couldn’t withdraw because I had been nominated. It would have been better if nominees were contacted first to see if they wanted to be included and offer the place to someone else when this is not the case.

    1. Thank you for adding to the discussion. I completely agree with you in what you say about these types of awards. They can become very overwhelming and take up so much precious time, much of which we could put to far better use.

      As somebody who was on the committee of the Bloggers Bash, I can only apologise for the reply you got about being nominated for a Bloggers Bash award. Out of interest, can you remember when it happened? I agree with you that the Bloggers Bash awards did create lots of blog posts asking readers to vote for individual bloggers, but I also see the same thing when it comes to asking for votes on book cover contests, and photography contests. I always ask myself what I would do if I came across a book cover I liked more in the same contest. After all, it’s the one you like the most that you should be voting for, isn’t it? Now, I don’t bother answering a request to vote because I don’t want to find myself in that dilemma.

      1. Thank you Hugh. I was nominated twice for a Bloggers Bash award, in 2016 and 2017. On both occasions I only learned through other bloggers that I had been nominated. In 2016 I was a newbie blogger and had no idea what it meant and was not keen on how I saw some other nominees behave. When I found out that I was nominated again in 2017 I asked if they could remove my name and offer it to someone else who might be more interested. I was told it was too late and they couldn’t change the list of nominees. I asked if they could ensure I wouldn’t be included in future years and this, I was told, could be done.

        1. Thank you for confirming the details. I do remember that it involved a lot of work going through all the nominations and sorting out the voting. Each year, they would increase. There is no Bloggers Bash this year, and I’m not sure there will be any future ones. If there is, your feedback will be given to the committee.

  16. I think, if I carry on like I am, I will continue to be an award free zone as no one has bothered me with one as it is.
    I did have someone nominate an earlier blog for the ‘Unique’ award once, which I did accept. But every time another nomination came in afterwards I pointed out that I couldn’t accept it as that would invalidate my Unique one.

    1. Lol, I completely see what you mean by that, Bryntin. I’m glad you’ve at least been nominated for one award. Given how many of these awards are out there now, I’m sure most bloggers will come into contact with at least one of these awards.

  17. What a great topic today, Hugh! Like you I was “nominated” for several blogging awards at the beginning of my journey, and yes, flattered, I happily participated. Like many, I stopped when I realized they were glorified chain letters. Fun, but their time was done. There are legit awards out there that have good vetting processes and I believe those are valuable. I also used to share posts through various link parties which were chosen each week for most views, etc and were then highlighted on the hosting blog and a banner could be added to your sidebar. I feel those are useful, but eventually I stopped due to time constraints. Blogging is indeed a community effort and engaging consistently is the best approach.

    1. I still participate in some link parties, Terri. They do bring in some traffic to my blog, but I enjoy them more for discovering other blogs that may interest me. As I’ve become a more experienced blogger, I’ve grown to be very particular in which blog posts I will and won’t read. I wasted so much time reading and commenting on blog posts that did not really interest me. In contrast, now, if I enjoy a post, I will usually leave a comment that I hope the host (and other readers) will see as meaningful and useful, especially if it adds value to the subject of the post.

      I guess we all change our blogging habits in time, but I’ve certainly become far more conscious of time and how I use it when reading and commenting.

      Thanks so much for adding to the debate.

  18. What an interesting topic, Hugh. Even though I’m not a blogger I’ve seen posts regarding these awards, and heard about “referring” other bloggers for the award. It must be so exciting, and complimentary to a blogger. If it helps grow a blogger’s blog that’s all the better. But adding more “to do” to a bloggers already busy days takes away from receiving the award.

    I think it would be more meaningful to the individual blogger, and their readers if it were less frequent (say once a year) and given to one blogger, or different bloggers for each niche. And broken down into the specific gifts, talents and wonderful things the individual blogger shares. Because even within each niche every blogger is different, explains things their own way, and has their own special gifts to share with their readers.

    1. At the beginning of a blogger’s journey into the blogging world, these blogging awards really do work and are a great way of growing a blog’s following and making friends, Lea. However, when they start to become a chore and start eating up all your writing time, it’s time to stop accepting them. Many ask the same questions, and I’m sure readers do not want to keep reading the same answers over and over again.

      There are more bespoke annual blogging awards out there, some with an evening dinner at a big hotel, but I’ve yet to come into contact with a blogger who has won one of these awards. Of course, given that there will probably have been thousands of entries, the chances of winning can be slim, but you gotta be in it to win it.

  19. I have had similar experience about awards. And now though I am always thrilled to get one, it seems a chore to do the award post. I think I will take your way and declare my blog award free.

    1. If they are becoming a chore, then that’s the time to go award-free, Sadje. I’d recommend creating and displaying an ‘awards-free’ badge on your blog. You’re welcome to use the badge I have on my blog if you like.

  20. I turn down all awards, too many rules to follow. I much prefer interactions between myself and my readers.

  21. I must admit they became a bit of a chore after a while. As you say, it’s great at first because it gives the blog exposure but it’s really too time consuming. I add the blog that nominated me to the awards page and explain I probably won’t get time to reply. I suppose I should put an award free badge in the widget area.

    1. So you have an awards-free page on your blog too, Cathy? That sounds like a great idea to me. I think displaying an awards-free badge on a widget bar is a great idea. It’s more visible then, although it won’t stop nominations coming in.

  22. I think that these blogging ‘awards’ and most tags are just chain letters and only ‘work’ for connections in your niche. Thanks for mentioning that Well Done isn’t a useful comment. My comment section is for my readers, not me.

      1. It’s still novel enough on Twitter to be fun sometimes, like you said. I’m just beginning to wonder if people featured/tagged with others actually read those other people they are listed with. It’s getting to be so true that real engagement comes from non-bloggers.

        1. I try and follow others mentioned in the list, but I do check out their Twitter account first. I don’t want to end up following somebody who isn’t friendly in their replies or who is more interested in numbers than content. I get so many comments left on blog posts that say nothing about the content of the post but go on to say things like ‘please like my latest post and follow my blog!’ 🙄

  23. Hi Hugh, I was flattered at first when awards began to come in I was so chuffed, then I got so stressed out fulfilling all the requests …
    Then I noticed some bloggers had Award Free Zone badges on their blogs. I got one and added it to my sidebar, like the relief was almost immediate.
    I think awards give you a boost when you start out, then they tie you down, bog you down and stress you out. We can spend hours answering the same questions and nominating people who don’t want to really do all that work either. Your blog gets neglected and as you say there is only so much everyone needs to know about us before they get board of us. To be brutally on they are only vanity awards, however kindly offered. 💜

    1. I completely agree with everything you said in your comment, Willow. You’ve summed it all up very nicely. They can stress you out, and who wants that to happen when you only ever thought blogging was all about fun and enjoyment?
      Thanks for your great comment. I loved it.

  24. A very interesting post, Hugh. I have not participated in the few I received which I believe has then limited the number of nominations continuing to come in. I had nothing against participating, the timing was simply off for me. Now that I am seeing other bloggers get push-back on their award policy. I’m glad I don’t have to deal with it.

      1. I actually never accepted them. In the beginning, they always came at a bad time for me. Later, I began to see the discussions about the pros & cons. I simply decided my time would be better spent writing content for my readers. Since I never started, I seldom get nominated now. I have noticed several bloggers who participate, simply leave it open to “anyone that wants to participate, consider yourself tagged”. This policy has created quite a turmoil in the past few weeks about whether this is lazy, snobby, or a good idea.

        1. Somebody else mentioned about leaving nominations open in an earlier comment. I suppose that can be good for those bloggers that never get nominated, especially if they want to have a go at writing an ‘awards’ posts. I’m not surprised it’s got people talking. I think anything blog related gets people talking.

          Thanks for adding to the discussion, Gina.

  25. Hugh, I agree with you that the best award is leaving meaningful comments on each other’s blog posts. I was nominated before and although I greatly appreciated the nominations, I expressed my thanks to the bloggers who nominated me and decided to make my blog award-free. My main reasons include I haven’t had the time to assess the awards so I’m not familiar with them, I didn’t have time to complete the award rules, and I’m unable to follow so many blogs to read and provide meaningful comments. Blog awards are not part of my consideration when I read and decide to follow a blog.

    1. Does that mean that you’ve never accepted these awards, Natalie? Or did you stop accepting them after accepting a few?

      I agree with you that many of these chain-letter style awards would not sway me in following a blog. It’s the content that counts and how the owner of the blog treats their visitors that is more important.

  26. Good topic! I’ve never been nominated for a blogging award. I don’t care for those award QnA posts that say at the end, “Now nominate 5 other blogs!” because it seems like a chain letter. Also, badges wouldn’t really fit the style of my more minimalist-looking blog.

    1. I’ve only ever included badges in the posts, but I know what you mean. I’ve seen some blogs that have lots of lots of awards badges in the widget bar, and it doesn’t look particularly good, especially if they are not aligned correctly and don’t do anything if you click on them. Given that many of these awards work in the same way that chain letters do, some don’t take them seriously when they know the reason behind them is to create some free marketing and that there isn’t actually any award attached to them.

  27. Yes good comments are the best award we can get. Blogger awards are fun if the questions are interesting, but getting an award also induces panic, who to nominate? Lots of bloggers, including myself, sometimes opt out of that one by opening it to any blogger! Then there are the blogger interviews, also interesting, but may be a time waster if you answer all the questions, post if off and never hear from or see that blogger again!

    1. Has anyone who has nominated you ever been upset that you didn’t nominate anybody else, therefore cutting off the chain? I guess if you did get someone taking up your invitation to accept your open nomination, then you’re not cutting the chain? That also gives those who do not get nominated a chance to participate.

      I agree about blogger interviews. You see some bloggers being interviewed a lot, and they usually end up answering the same questions over and over again. It’s why I limited the number of interviews I do.

      1. As far as I know I haven’t upset anybody by breaking the chain or got any bad luck! Interviews lose their interest if it’s the tenth you have seen of the same person!

    1. It was a tough decision for me, but I’m glad I decided to no longer accept nominations for awards. They have their time and place, but once they’ve done the job they were created to do, I think it’s time to move on.

    2. They became so many and took so much of my writing time that it had to stop. I had emails piling up from subscribing until I stopped. It was you who showed me that it was alright to claim back my writing blog. How to stop the hundreds of emails but keep followers, how to stop being swamped with nominations that others no longer wanted me to nominate them for. Now I subscribe to less but am active in Esme Slabs sharing and caring facebook group, I meet new bloggers there. I do not feel guilty anymore. My wages are comments, they feel authentic. Responding to each comment pays it forward, following in the reader keeps connections alive.
      Actual receiving a you have won an award, would and is amazing, with no chain letter mentality. The first one of two bring courage and motivation, but after that …
      While we are here Hugh, I am not sure about the like button … the hit and run. Maybe that will be a conversation on another post. Thank you I spotted this on B.O.S.S. and Twitter and as you know I just had to come. Xxx

      1. I’ve written a few times about the ‘like’ button, Ellen. I was shocked that some bloggers left me comments saying they see the ‘like’ button as a way of supporting another blogger without actually reading their posts. Those comments actually blew my mind. I compared it to reviewing a book without actually having read it. I see the ‘like’ button as serving little purpose. Here’s a link to a post I wrote and published about it. It certainly got people talking.

        1. But Hugh you are right (as am I of course) yet I can see no way of removing it. Seriously when a person I visit and comment on regularly … hits and runs, it upsets me for days. Was it rubbish? Did I offend or have I lost the edge? My mind plays over and over confidence drops and It can hurt. If you poke hard in my eye I go blind (my version of cut me and I bleed)

        2. You can remove the ‘like’ button from all your blog posts but, beware because if you remove it, you end up also removing the ‘reblog’ button (as I discovered).

          I now only press the ‘like’ button on a blog post if I’ve left a comment on the post, Ellen. To me, that makes sense. However, in the comments I got on the post about the ‘like’ button, many said that they don’t always have the time to leave a comment. Some also said they may not always have something useful to add or did not want to repeat what somebody else had already said. I wouldn’t worry too much about it, Ellen. I much rather somebody leave me an excellent meaningful comment every once in a while than leave short comments on all my posts that don’t add any value at all. It seems that some bloggers think other bloggers will get upset if they don’t at least say something in the comments. Of course, we all know how limited we are on time, so it shouldn’t really matter. Life is busy. I now only leave a comment if I genuinely do have something to say that I know will add value or give the author of the post good feedback.

      1. 🙂 Yes, Hugh, I have participated in blogging awards before, but that was many years ago (The period when I had my first WordPress blog).

        My current blog, “Renard’s World,” has always been an award-free blog.

        I have realized that placing a badge that explains that my blog is award-free was a waste of time because people still nominated me for awards (That was something that I learned from my previous blog).

        If someone nominates me for some type of blogging award, I would politely state, “It was rather nice of you to nominate me for a blogging award. However, I am not into blogging awards. I truly hope that you are not offended.”

        So far, no one has been offended.

        1. Good to hear, Renard.

          The badge I created and displayed has helped cut down the number of nominations I now get. In fact, it’s now rare if my blog doesn’t get nominated at least once every few months. I can cope with that.

      1. Yes, I was overwhelmed. My real “writing” suffered because of it. I just had no time! Yes, I do still get an award, but I just kindly explain to them what I’ve done, direct them to my “Award Free Blog Page”, Thank them, and tell them I cannot make an exception with them. 🙂

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