Blog Awards - Why bother?
Rivrdog raises some good points in a comment to the "Gunnie Awards" post below, and I always respect his opinion, even if we don't always agree.
Some bloggers write for themselves, they write to pump their own ego, their own image of self-importance. In my opinion, neither Rivrdog nor I write from that motivation. I suspect that most of the informative and entertaining bloggers do not.
Personally, I write for those who come to visit, to laugh, to share their own insights, perhaps to learn something or see something new. I blog to entertain, to inform, sometimes to present a different point of view.
With so many blogs out there, it's possible for an otherwise excellent blog to never get the exposure it deserves. When I come across a particularly well written blog that is in this situation, I will try to point it out, and hope other readers will enjoy it too.
Participating in events like web awards is an opportunity for a blog to be exposed to some readers who otherwise might not know the blog exists. They may visit your blog, and if a blog is well written, they may return again, and enjoy your efforts.
If a blog awards will showcase this blog to folks who may not have visited before, that's OK. As I said above, I write for those who read and enjoy this blog, and the more folks that enjoy it, the better.
Are blog awards important? Not at all. Do I really care if I win or lose? Nope. Certainly no one ever likes to be dead last, but if so, it really doesn't matter one way or the other.
Just as Countertop was finishing putting together his blog awards contest, he had to drop everything and take his wife to the hospital. He has now returned from the hospital and has responded to a couple of comments on his blog, but beyond that I have no further information.
Keeping Countertop and his wife in your prayers is important. Blog awards are not..........