And The Award Goes To …
I don’t specifically do the How To Do posts on my blog, it’s not really my thing, and this isn’t a How To Do post either, so don’t worry l am not starting. I admire those bloggers who do write them. I have seen in the 17 months of blogging a lot of them, and some of them are truly excellent reads, and l think ‘way to go’ to the people who write them and display their knowledge and their confidence in their abilities to pen to paper that style of reading.
I tend to not purely run and maintain my blog in often the ways that these bloggers suggest, and of course none of us have to – it’s not an obligation. The how to do posts are there for those readers who might like to learn something new. Now before l go further, l need to l feel quantify what l am talking about. That is the subject of or genre of ‘how to do’, improve your blogging experience, how to improve upon your stats, or how to improve your presentation, or even how to increase your readerships.
I am not comfortable writing those types of posts yet, note the addition of yet, as they say never have all your baskets in one egg, or something similiar! But who knows, although probably not, but somewhere in my future l might, that would be a stretch, but l might decide one day to pen such a post. But that’s not today!
I mean judging by a lot of what l read, l am not exactly following any formula, l am not hyperfocused on stats, l am terribly unbalanced with my commenting on other’s blogs and posts, l write from a very diverse range of subjects inclusive to me as it seems pointless writing on stuff l don’t know about. I follow like for like which judging by many to whom l do read, not many do that. But l do. Principally l do what works for me, as l should imagine many of you do that also.
However today’s post is NOT a ‘How To Do’ post, but it is a ‘How I Am Going To Do’ post.
In the last few months l have received emails concerning how do l attend to nomination posts? Equally l have seen not just on my own blog, but on many others comments regarding the style of responding to nominations from other bloggers on the topic of WordPress Awards.
Some bloggers, love them – l point out now, that l am one such blogger, l treat it as a compliment to receive a nomination. However many bloggers whilst they like being nominated find these awards uncomfortable experiences, time consuming, annoying and frustrating and the list goes on. I see bloggers respond with ‘l am on a sabbatical or, l am award free, or l only want to do the questions, or bugger off, or l don’t want to nominate, or l am rubbish at these types of posts’ and these are all very fair comments to make.
Now, l can relate at times to all of those comments, however whilst these days l do not respond that quickly to nominations, l will always get around to them in the space of a month. I think that period of time is a good response time. When l was newer l used to bend over backwards in the same day, couple of days or within the week of receiving to responding. I can confirm that if you have 4 nominations sitting in your bar, that is when done properly, a lot of your time consumed. It can be offputting.
This week, l have four nominations to attend to, one Liebster which was done yesterday, one Mystery and two Sunshine which l will be attending to as said this week. On average l tend to get nominated once sometimes twice a month. They appear like a blizzard at times like in small wild flurries! But l will always answer them, and l will always try my very best to create, write up and deliver a nice presentation to my awarder, to show my thanks.
There are a lot of different Awards out there in our community that you can be nominated for, l know personally 12 different types alone as they have been nominated to me … Random Acts of Kindness, Solidarity, Most Diverse, Awesome Impact, Blogging Chums, Creative Mind, Mystery Blogger, Sunshine Blogger, Versatile Blogger, Blogger Appreciation, Liebster and Blogger Recognition, but l have seen many others.
Now each of them have their own specific rules, but principally they are almost universal in their requirements and expectations.
Answer questions, provide facts, ask questions and nominate. Okay that’s fair. But then they can get trickier! Because of the sheer volume of information and time they further require from the receiver and the giver alike. Some of these awards ask 15 questions, require 10 random facts and further more want you to nominate between at times 10 – 20 people!!? Holy crap, that’s a lot of time from anyone! On average l expect a simple award nomination to take me 2 to 3 hours to write them up, respond, think of questions and nominations, style my presentation and that’s a lot of time, hence why in recent months l have shown sometimes 2-3 of the same award in one post.
But of course there is the other aspect of the nomination, notifying those you have nominated which can take sometimes pending of course how many you nominated anywhere between 15 – 35 minutes. More time.
So when you look at the compliment paid to you by another blogger, many bloggers shudder, because they don’t want to spend 2-3 hours on one post, and so many decline, they are not willing to undergo that time frame. They start sabbaticals, becoming award free or don’t even respond! To new bloggers they find this somewhat confusing, brusque and upsetting, because they are super pleased they nominated you and were nominated in the first place. They don’t always understand why ‘you are not responding?’ They don’t get it completely that you might be as young as 6-8 months of blogging experience or even five years and are quite possibly worn out by nominations.
But like l said at the start, this is NOT a How To Do post from me, this is a ‘How I Am Going To Do’ post. So without further ado.
I will always receive gratefully any nomination for an award that a fellow blogger/reader presents to me, and l will always abide the facts they present to me in so far of if they ask 15 questions l will answer them. But when l nominate out, l am going to adopt a much simpler approach.
I will only ask 5 questions and l will only nominate 5 blogs whatever the award itself is. In addition, l will nominate who l wish to – be this an award free site, those on sabbatical and so on, because l am paying a compliment to you and your writing and presentation style, to you as a person because l like you, to our engagement and interaction and so on.
But, l will offer my cards, some of which you have already seen, these being as follows:
Allows you to accept the award nomination with grace, but NOT nominate others if you so choose nor wish not to.
Allows you to accept the award nomination with grace, but only answer the questions. meaning, no to nominations, and yes to questions.
Allows you to accept the nomination with grace, but not do anything accept acknowledge my compliment to you and your blog.
Additionally, l place no time frame or deadline as to when you are to respond, that is entirely in your court, so there is never any rush from me.
These cards and my new formula of accepting and as such nominating are not meant to disrespect the creators of the awards themselves, but purely to acknowledge a valuable commodity – time. Because not everyone has the time to dedicate to these awards, and whilst they are always flattered they don’t want to spend their valuable time on the nominations. However, perhaps if there were lower expectations, more bloggers might feel obliged again to participate.
So that is what l am going to do for 2019. Always accept and abide by the giver’s requests, but when nominating outwards it will be way less stressful and time consuming to those nominated.
Thanks for reading.