Firstly, let me just say, I don’t write an award-worthy blog, I know that and I’m under no illusions about it. But I do love my blog and I love blogging – over the past two years it’s become a huge part of who I am. So when the MAD (Mum and Dad) blog awards took place last week and my newsfeeds began filling up with pictures of some fabulous ‘compatriots’ (for want of a better word) being pampered, treated to a gourmet three course meal, and showered with praise and adulation for doing some of the kind of stuff I do (but better), I was thrilled for them – but – I was also deflated. I get the feeling that I may be the only person willing to say this publicly, because, let’s face it – there is a huge stigma attached to admitting that you feel disappointed in the face of other peoples’ success. A lot of people would rather resort to trying to tear others down – jealousy is the kryptonite that trolls harness to try to build themselves up whilst simultaneously knocking the work/thoughts/opinions of others.
In contrast I admit that there are some brilliant photographers, writers, comic geniuses, artists, empowerers (is that a word?), crafters, story tellers and social crusaders out there – lovely people who well deserved to be nominated for an award. Equally there are thousands of other bloggers out there in 2015 who are also producing amazing output and the awards only celebrate and promote a very small number – the tip of the iceberg in a flooded (ice) field.
But hey, I’m not here to redress that balance. Instead I thought I might suggest an alternative awards that me and my blog might actually be able to take part in, along the lines of Hollywood’s ‘Razzies’ (not that I’m, for example, comparing my blog to Guy Richie’s film ‘Swept Away’ (I haven’t resorted to recruiting Madonna to pose naked to promote a post – not yet anyway…give it time).
So, in the hopes that someone out there will read this, think “what a brilliant idea” and stump up the money for a glamorous, all expenses paid party, here are my suggested categories:
- Most blurred photography
- Most muddled niche-hopper
- Most inconsistent post scheduling
- Most amusing Pinterest fail
- Most cluttered side-bar
- Lowest page views
- Most sporadic community engagement
- Most dated Header
- Least shared post
- Most consistent loss of blogging ‘mojo’
- Largest number of unrealised draft posts
So that’s settled – I’m off to pick out a suitable gown to adorn on the red carpet.
Are you with me? And what categories would you add?