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FPQ #90 All about Awards

So here we are again with Fandango’s Provocative Question. This week, we’re talking about blog awards. The question of the week being: How do you feel of blog awards? Why do you feel that way? Go on over to his blog to see what he thinks and to see links to other people’s answers.

So, if anyone peruses my pages, they’ll see the About me – again page which says, among other things, that this is an “Award free” blog. I don’t accept awards, and I don’t give them. I won’t pass them on if someone bestows on upon me despite my status as an award free page. Whenever I first started blogging here on WordPress, I got a, I think it’s called a Liebster award? I don’t remember. At first I was all, “Awww, that’s sweet.” Then I looked at the “rules” of the award, and realized that I was supposed to send this award to, like ten other people and I was all, I just started blogging. I don’t even know ten other bloggers well enough to award them for “great writing”. So the warm, fuzzy feeling wore off pretty quickly, especially when I suddenly got a slew of “awards” from people who followed me just to give me these awards. Initially, I was all, Okay, I’ll just answer the questions because I don’t mind answering the questions, but I’m not gonna send the awards to anyone. And I would just leave it open to anyone who wanted to participate. And that’s what I did for a long time. But I still kept getting all of these nonsensical awards from people who didn’t know me, hadn’t read my blog, and just followed me so they could fill their award quota. It was kind of irksome.

Anyway, in my opinion, these awards are like wandering up to a stranger’s house and saying, “Hey, based on what I’ve seen from the street to the door, I think you’re a great housekeeper, so here’s the best housekeeper award. Here’s some questions to answer, and don’t forget to give the award to other neighbors so they feel great too! Okay, thanx bye!” So that’s why I don’t do them. Some have compared them to chain letters, and I think that’s a fair comparison too. They low-key try to guilt you into accepting them and sending them on. I don’t like that either. So I’ll stay award free. Thanks much. That’s just how I feel about it. Some people love awards. They love giving them, giving them and answering the questions. And that’s okay too. I’m not one of those people.

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