Rory has asked a few questions about the awards. Please give your input as well.
What do you actually like about Awards?
To me, an award, what ever kind, is an encouragement of the efforts of a blogger. Specially a new blogger feels elated by an award nomination. I remember when I got my first Sunshine Blogger Award, I felt that I have received recognition. And I think that most bloggers feel that way, specially on the reception of their first award.
What do you not like about Awards?
The forward gifting of the award is the most tricky part. The problem is two folds.
1. Who to gift/ nominate
2. The reception of the award by the nominee/ gifted.
The process of finding blogs to nominate and then creating a ping back by itself is time consuming. Then who to nominate? This is also a difficult choice. And when you do nominate some blogs for the award, they will most probably not want it!
The rest of the process is fun. Answering questions and asking a few of your own choosing is good fun.
What would you like to see with Awards?
This is a difficult question. I think the sensible thing would be to do away with further nominations. Just give a few people the award and let it be the end of it. But then who will do the future award gifting? A catch 22 situation. Some senior blogger, with a following of a certain number of followers could be the one giving the awards. But I see that this will have problems of its own. Then I think each person should give/ nominate 3-5 people for the award. I hope there is some sense in what I just wrote!
What would you consider to be a true ‘Nomination’ Award?
I think the true award is when people want to read what you are writing. To a blogger this is true joy. The awards in WordPress are only those which bloggers give to each other without any fixed criteria. If there was a system of judging the blogs and awarding different awards as medals, that would just spoil the whole atmosphere of the blogosphere.
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?
That would be too official. Just like a competition. I would not like to be in a competition with my fellow bloggers. That is my opinion. We can give these awards as compliment, a recognition of the blog writer’s creativity or ingenuity. That can be done from one blogger to another. Say, I like what you are writing and it is, a) helping or encouraging me, or b) entertaining me or c) making my life cheerful, I would gift you with a compliment like award, to acknowledge your blog’s contribution towards a happier or more organized me!
If you want to contribute your opinion to this question, please head over to Rory, A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepips, and let him know what your thoughts are.