I am the recipient of a ‘One Lovely Blog’ award. Three things are true about this.
One. My feelings of moist delight towards my nominator – day-dream-daisies – are unequivocal.
Two. Whatever else, it felt very affirming to be nominated.
Three. I realise I’m not a huge fan of awards – at least as they stand.
The One Lovely Blog award requires me to say seven things about myself, nominate a further 15 blogs, post the award logo and link back to my nominator (In the year 3019 THE NOMINATOR is sent back in time to 2012 to kill the inventor of the Blog that would one day grow sentient and take over the internet, leading to all content becoming self-referential, creating an ‘information’ black-hole, sucking the whole world-wide-wobbly-web into a quantum-sphincter.)
I have linked back, because I like Daisies and know she meant the award as a thing of warm fluffy niceness. As for the seven things about myself…
Two arms, one head, a torso, two legs and oh my…!
I won’t nominate blogs for many reasons. I have a page for all the blogs I follow, which are still only a fraction of those I’d like to follow if I had time to read them. In any case there’s a ‘blog’s I follow’ bit on my, erm, blog. If you want to know who I follow you can look already.
As for the badge – it feels a bit “look how great I am” to be shouting about awards, and I’m egotistic enough already.
My favourite kind of modesty
Is false modesty
It’s all I can have
I hope some people out there are sufficiently messed up in the head to read my stuff – and a handful clinically certifiable and likely to Follow my blog. So my self-actualising Award is the number of followers I have. Mwah, mwah, oh it’s so amazing, I love you all, swoon, gush, quiver…
Finally – all this time finding original ways to respond to awards that thousands have already received (just google one lovely blog – as I did when trying to find out what it was all about) is time I could be spent ranting and swearing about something!
For example, I think hard about who I follow, and I ALWAYS READ POSTS BEFORE I LIKE THEM. Whereas there are a fair number who either have eight heads, thirty computers and never sleep, or who are just ‘liking’ and ‘following’ absolutely everything, NEVER READING ANY OF IT, in a cheap and frankly tedious attempt at driving traffic to their site (and it works! bastards!).
To those people (you know who you are) I say – stop pissing all over the value of ‘like’ and ‘follow’ and go and get yourselves a commercial site and do some SEO. A blog is a social thing, not a shop f*king window.
See – how much fun I can have ranting!
If I were to invent an award it would be the “Just Some Love” award, or the “Respect” award. I would give it and require nothing in return – which is how I think awards ought to work. “I love your stuff, now stick this pixelated badge in some digital drawer and feel smug for two minutes. Done? Good, now shut the f*k up and move on.”