Oh hello, come on in. Nice to see you here. Could we have a little heart to heart, you and me?
It will ony take a moment. Well about 3 mins of moments, but that’s not much in a lifetime is it? You see, I need to tell you about something I’ve done and I’m finding it hard. I’m not British so my upper lip definately wobbles, but I am a Kiwi and we don’t like to say things – nice things – about ourselves…. or alert others to our successes. Cos that would be ‘being up our self.’
And we don’t want to be up ourselves. (Or brown nosing up anyone else for that matter!)
I’ve been finding it difficult to find a way of discreetly telling you…I’ve put the badges on the side (over there in the side bar) and everything. But, and it is as big a butt as my own, I need to just come out with it now, as time is running out. Here goes…
I’ve been nominated in a couple of British blogging awards – the Brilliance in blogging and The Mads’ awards. Yes, I know!! Thank you for the wonderful people who nommed me. I nom nom nom you right back. But the problem is, I need you to vote for this blog, and quickly as it is all over at the end of April.
But, I don’t want you to vote for me because you like me.
I don’t want you to vote for me because you are related to me (family take note!), or because I once worked on your website, or because you think I have fabulous hair and a saucy smile. I don’t want you to vote for this blog because I’m well-loved. I would like to think that the awards were more than a popularity contest, and I would like to think that if I succeeded in bringing the prize-bacon home, it was because people genuinely thought this blog – my work, my writing – was good, worthy of the accolade.
Just as I would like to feel that all the other winners were voted for, in the same way, for their merit!
I’ve heard a great deal lately about other campaigns to get votes in these awards, and as much as I cannot believe the lengths some people have gone to (Have some pride people, swapping Facebook page likes for votes?) a part of me understands. Let me try and explain to those of you who aren’t bloggers.
You see, not all, but many bloggers, are writers. We don’t swan around in housecoats smoking cigarettes and drinking wine first thing in the morning whilst banging off a bestseller on the laptop on our knees in bed (well, not everyday!) but we are writers and in fact, some of our daily work routines would surprise you (and would, no doubt, put you off writing a blog! 12 hour day anyone?). It’s not all wine and chocolate tasting trips in London! A great deal of our time is spent trying to find advertisers who will support our online magazine (for that is really what a blog is) and readers who will read it, so that we can spend our time agonising over crafting the perfect blog post. A post that will move you, or make you laugh, or make you think.
It would be wonderful if we didn’t have to find advertisers, or look for popularity by marketing our blogs on Twitter and Facebook (otherwise known as pimping! The blogosphere is a sexy place!), but the reality of it all is, we do need to eat. And occasionally pay the mortgage. And if we cannot do that, we cannnot afford to blog at all.
In a nutshell, our success in attracting advertisers, is directly related to our performance in the rating charts (like Tots100) and awards, like The Mads, or BritMums’ Brilliance in Blogging. It’s not the whole equation, that’s true, a huge amount of a blog’s success (as I define it) is in the readership it manages to develop. Even winning an award does not beat feedback like this:
“I just so love your blog” Nicola
“Love this post! Brilliant writing as usual, Vicki” Martin
Not to mention all the lovely comments and shares on Twitter and Facebook over the years! That’s what really counts most of all. I believe that implicitly, but I cannot help but feel that sometimes the awards don’t reflect those ah-ha! moments. They don’t reward blogs, or bloggers, who truly move their readers. I wish they did; instead of being the popularity contests I fear they’re becoming.
So, even if you hate me, if you think I’m a big fat bulumba with a snot bib and a dandruff halo….but you love my blog, could you please click through and vote for it.
Vegemitevix is nominated in the Brilliance in Blogging – Go (travel) category.
In The Mads Vegemitevix has been nominated in the Mads Blog of the Year, Best Mad Blog Writer (love the sound of that one!)
In return, I will not like your Facebook page. Or send you biscuits, chocolates or wine. I will not pledge undying love or do anything noxiously grovelly. In return, I will keep on trying to write stuff that moves you, makes you laugh and inspires you to go, and seize your dreams.
NB/ While you’re voting in those awards could you please also have a look at casting a vote for Steve at Bloggertropolis, (Lit) Wendy at Very Bored Housewife in Catalunya, (Laugh) and Utterly Scrummy(Tasty) for her incredibly affordable weekly family menus! All of them are in the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging awards! And whilst you’re there could you please also vote for…oh hell, I don’t know, so many wonderful blogs to choose from.