Six word Saturday

Help me with my awards dilemma?

On 2nd June, I received the Illuminating Blogger Award from Two Black Doggies.  Isn’t it beautiful? You don’t have to be a dog lover to follow this excellent blog.  There are some wonderful travel features and photographs, which are right up my street.  Many, many thanks for considering me in this category, Sam.

On 8th June, I received the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Megtravelling.  As the name indicates, Meg enjoys her travels, maybe even as much as I do, and I’ve spent many happy hours looking over her shoulder.  This award is very much appreciated, Meg.  Thank you!

On 10th June, I was pretty in pink with One Lovely Blog Award.  I’m fairly new to Grandmother Musings and very impressed with the humorous but practical approach to life that she brings to her blog.  Many thanks for nominating me, and I look forward to getting to know you better.

Do you have a time thief?  I suspect many of you do.  As a retired lady with “time to spare” I am full of admiration for those bloggers who are parents and work for a living, yet still find time to blog.  It’s a good job I came to blogging late, as I know I’d never have kept up.

I started blogging to enable me to do something that I love to do- write, with a little humour, about my travel experiences.  It has been wonderful, so far.  The warmth and support of the blogging community far exceeded my expectations.  I’ve learnt a lot (and forgotten much of it again) and made so many new friends.  Every day brings new and fascinating posts to read.

Do you see where this is heading, in relation to my six words?  When I received my first award, I was ecstatic!  Somebody out there loved me! Too strong?  “Liked my writing” is probably a better description, but I’m very much someone who needs approval.  Despite thinking I’m a bit of a free spirit, I’m often guilty of trying too hard to be liked.  So it is with trepidation that I say that the awards system gives me a bit of a problem. I understand and applaud the premise behind it.  It is a wonderful way of encouraging new bloggers and extending their network of followers and friends.

The difficulties arise in fulfilling the tasks imposed by the awards, and even more so, for me, in finding people to pass the award on to.  Very many of the bloggers I follow deservedly have every conceivable award in the book.  But it isn’t always easy to see who holds which award, and I’ve spent lots of time searching through blogs trying to find out.  Additionally there are those people who are averse to the awards system, some of whom display “award free blog” logos.  I respect that, and at least you know where you stand, then.  I find it quite embarrassing to pass on an award whilst not knowing if the recipient will be delighted, or not.

So where does this leave me?  Well, I intend to produce an Awards page for my blog, so that it’s obvious to anyone which awards I have collected.  But I don’t want to bore you all senseless with facts about me, when I’d so much rather spend the time on other things.  If anyone is kind enough, in the future, to nominate me for an award, I will receive it with hugs and kisses, and do my utmost to show appreciation.  What I don’t want to do is donate the time to finding candidates to pass it on to.  I would very happily share any of my awards with all of my followers.  Believe me, I am very appreciative of you all.  A nicer bunch of people I have yet to meet.  So if you’re reading my blog and find an award that appeals to you, I’d be delighted for you to take it up.  Please check out the blogs that have given me these amazing awards by following their links.  You won’t be disappointed.

I’m hoping that you’ll humour me with this, and not shun my future posts.  I did say that I need to be loved, didn’t I?  But that time thief is lurking.

Many thanks to Cath of Show My Face for enabling me to have this conversation with you.  I’ll be back next Saturday, when I shall be more succinct, I promise.

P.S Oh dear- already published and I’ve realised I’m remiss!  I was intended to include a link to the originating blog for the Illuminating Blogger Award.  Not good at this, am I?  Here it is:-  http://foodstoriesblog.com/illuminating-blogger-award/

47 comments

  1. Congrats on all of the awards and I completely understand all of the dilemmas. I think you handled it wonderfully and I wish you continued success.

  2. Excellent post and you said what I have been thinking after receiving a couple of awards just recently, they are time consuming and sometimes I feel as though all I’ve done is nominate the same blogs over and over again. An awards page is a great idea and perhaps it is time to update my blogroll to include all the wonderful blogs I follow rather than giving out more awards.

    The positive to the awards and their requirement of nominating/listing other blogs is that I’ve come across some fabulous, interesting new blogs that I may never have discovered without the awards 🙂

    1. Hi Sam! Yes, it’s definitely time to update my blogroll too. I love the aspect of finding amazing new blogs out there, and there are so many of them. Push came to shove for me when I realised that I had these 3 in my Favourites box with no hope of visiting most of the other nominees. Maybe I’m not so good at prioritising, but at least the Awards page is up and running.
      Thanks for your support.

  3. I love your post and appreciate your concerns (and adding the IBA to your page). Feel free to handle the IBA however you so desire … Don’t want to overburden anyone … Feel free to participate when and if you wish 🙂

  4. CONGRATULATIONS! I am happy to see this subject of awards discussed. I love and appreciate receiving and passing them on. I wish someone can come up with an easier way to respond to them. Maybe ditch the rules. Thanks for bring the subject up. I know a lot of bloggers feel the same way as above comments.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  5. I hear ya! I do appreciate the awards I received ( as I was working til June 19, it was impossible to keep up with the demands of accepting them – they are in my saved mail, safe and waiting for me get with it). I wish someone would come up with an easier way of showing the gratitude. Am I lazy or crazy or WHAT! I say your page idea and a thank you with all my heart should do it.

  6. Jo, I had a similar experience with the awards and decided to go for the award free blog idea. Happy Weekend! 🙂

    1. Hi Claudia! Trouble is I can’t quite bring myself to choose that option either. I’m awfully selfish- I do like receiving the awards, just would rather spend the time creating something hopefully more interesting. I very much like Josie’s idea of awards geared to individual deserving posts.

  7. I agree with you totally! While the awards thing is a nice way of showing appreciation, the requirements make it cumbersome and time-consuming. I accept awards gratefully and acknowledge them, but I choose not to post them on my blog and I most often don’t follow the instructions or pass them on. If anyone wants them, they are up for grabs. As I tell my followers, you wouldn’t be on my blogroll if you didn’t think I was awesome, so help yourself to an award! I love reading the things people share about themselves, but that can be done anytime! Most awards have gone around and around until everyone has at least three or four of the same, thus it becomes less of an honor and more of a nuisance. I’m thinking awards for an individual post would be more fun and I may do something like that in the future!
    ~Josie Two Shoes~
    <a href="http://sophie-sez.blogspot.com/%22%3ETwo Shoes In Texas 

  8. You are loved and understood. I am with you on the Time Thief, that sneaky devil enjoys making my hours seem like seconds these day. LOL! Congratulations on your awards and thank you for the kinds words. Enjoy the weekend! 🙂

    1. Bless you m’dear. Thanks for this. I was embarrassed that I couldn’t find your Christian name and almost resorted to calling you Grandma! Bit familiar!
      Same to you!

  9. I agree with you, Jo! These awards are very time consuming, and though flattering, they sometimes seem too much work to accept!! I only have a few, but any more would be too many! It seems an award should be something you simply accept, with graciousness. Period. 🙂

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