What Would Make For A …
Recently l received an email concerning how l was structuring my Awards, as in my new layout. It wasn’t a dig nor was it particularly derrogatory, but more along the lines of querying why l don’t use the word nomination anymore?
For me it was a simple answer, which was that l considered a nomination to be something which perhaps led to a bigger something. For instance being nominated into a pool of other bloggers and then Awarded a prize at the end of it, and that since with the awards we see and receive that we are under no obligation to even respond, then that’s not a nomination in my eyes, that is simply a compliment, and then we are gifted the award.
The next question posed was what in my eyes would warrant a nomination award? Which again, the answer was simple, that IF the bloggers were submitted as a nomination into a grander scale of competition with and against other bloggers and then selected by points or some other numerical sequence, even if not just a panel of our peers making a decision, then that would be a truer nomination.
The final question was had l considered making a nomination award myself? To which l answered not really, not my thing. But since that email l have been giving that small discussion some thoughts. Which is why l pose these questions today.
Okay there have been many discussions in posts l have raised recently concerning this subject, so l would with your help like to discuss this slightly further – in other words – humour me please, if you will.
What do you actually like about Awards?
What do you not like about Awards?
What would you like to see with Awards?
What would you consider to be a true ‘Nomination’ Award?
If it was a true Nomination Award, as in you are entered into a pool of other bloggers and the Award had more impact and value, what would you like to see at the end of it?
For me, as you know l do like the awards, not for some vanity aspect, because l am the least vainest person l know, but as awkward as l feel about receiving compliments at times, like many l still like to receive them all the same, after-all these awards are a compliment to what we do.
When l am selected, l like to read the meaning of the award and try my damnest to try and marry the criteria of the guidelines up as best as l can to those l wish to compliment. But l know that not everyone does that.
There are many awards in WordPress for all sorts of styles, formats, presentations and so on, but what don’t we have?
If l ‘was’ going to run an Award, l would want it to have more meaning, as in not be subjected to over nomination, over complimenting, over questioning, over whelming, but above everything, for it to actually mean something to the winning Blogs. My Award would not be able to be freely nominated for starters. This is not meant to be read as pompous either.
One of my concerns is that well established bloggers are mostly going on sabbatical with regards awards due to the very nature of the abundance, prolferation and saturation that these awards make when on their rounds, and l think it’s a shame that some of our more veteran Blogs don’t feel overly obliged to take part and many a time for exactly the right reasons.
So to the person who emailed me – thank you, l have taken your suggestions on board, and l am presenting it as a Question Post. I am not specifically looking to create one as l think that to run one such as this would require quite a bit of management, and some quality time to boot, but l did find the topic fascinating.
So what would make for a good Nomination Award in your eyes?