A Versatile Blogger?

Helen McMullin and Cindy Marie Bell  have both honoured me with the Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you both for the inspiration to continue to practice versatility in this constantly changing world of blogging.

Helen is a writer who shares her delightful and entertaining foofaraws on her blog Foofaraws From Helen – and she even explains what it means.

Cindy  is a writer and photographer and also the editor of Flashquake a wonderful publication dedicated to those “briefest of forms”.

After writing an acceptance post and selecting the fifteen people I wanted to pass the baton on to, I have decided to decline the offer. I couldn’t get it out of my head that people I chose might think I was spamming them or that this was some reincarnation of the old chain letter. I certainly didn’t find it so – as I said I was honoured.

Working out my list of 15 was a valuable exercise – having to think through the reasons why I was recommending people gave me the opportunity to appreciate their blogs in a new way. I will certainly be following them more closely because of it.

The whole activity took me a good part of the day to do. I think very slowly you see, and I guess that alone could be the crux of my reluctance to participate – what am I actually asking these near strangers / developing friends to do?

So

Do these sorts of activities have value or are they just a form of chain letter? Are there easier ways to “share the love”? I’d appreciate your thoughts.

12 thoughts on “A Versatile Blogger?

  1. Having received the same nomination and gone through the same questions myself, I’ve decided these various awards are a combination of both chain letter and support group. They certainly are time consuming, but at the same time thought-provoking. I almost declined, too, but since I’m just getting started with blogging I thought that it would at least be a way of looking at other blogs to get a feel for what I liked and didn’t like and the quality of writing. I also hoped it would be a way of encouraging those whom I felt were good writers but seemed hesitant to continue their blogs to keep at it. I will say this activity is a whole lot more productive (to me, anyway) than chain letters!

    • Thanks Helen, I can certainly see what you’re saying, I like your point about encouragement for beginners like me. It was a worthwhile exercise that may even influence my browsing of future blogs. Perhaps I should have passed it on and given other people the some opportunity you gave me – I don’t know. Thanks for helping me think this through.

  2. I thought the same as you last year so I took them all off my blog so as not to encourage more but the trend seems to be back and though it’s nice it’s ever so time consuming. There must be an easier way. Surely just adding fun posts at the bottom of your post is the same shout out without all the work. I do hope so.

    • Thanks Catherine, I think your thought of adding a fun or relevant link to a fellow blogger at the bottom of your own post is a great idea. That way there seems an authentic & contextual reason to make the link to someone else – and it could be ongoing not just in a single post.

  3. I think it can be fun, but can also get a little crazy if it starts moving in the same circles. I was recently nominated for a second time and have been toying with what to do about that. I think sending out a thanks to my nominator in an upcoming post–and making it a point to highlight other blogs I think our fun in my regular blog–is a great way to give back. Glad I popped in and saw that suggestion!

    • Julie, I’m glad you popped in and saw it. Commenting on people’s blogs certainly does develop conversation and ideas. We get the opportunity to give back as well as take. Thanks.

  4. I’ve had the same feelings about the 2 nominations I’ve received. On the one hand, so thankful and appreciative to be considered and nominated. On the other hand, I’ve really struggled with sending someone the nomination with the task to come up with 15 other bloggers to nominate – it felt a little chain-lettery as you said. I’ve not considered that I could publicly thank the 2 who nominated me and decline the award. Thanks for the thoughtful post!

  5. I get a kick out of blogging. I tried it in the past and never could find anything to write about. Now I find things to put on my blog all the time. I have a list of blogs to post. In someways I get the feeling that some people think I waste my time with some of the items I blog about. What I find interesting is the blogs that I do not get any response to at all. I wonder why that is? If I have a series and no one response to any of them, then I start to wonder if I hit a nerve and people are afraid to respond because they may start an avalanche of responses that they do not want to hear. I have one of those now.

    • Interesting thoughts David. I know I’ve read some posts even after I started commenting, that I felt uncomfortable about contributing to. Maybe that’s a beginner’s thing? Maybe as I find my blogging voice I will get braver? I don’t know, I hope so.

  6. I’m new to blogging and would love all the support I can get but I do fear these awards just glom up the blogosphere. I’m not inclined to click on a post that names the award (unless, in this case, I’m trying to support my WANA classmates) because I have a lot to read and I’m more interested in what bloggers have to say than in reading about their award. I say that but if I were to be awarded one of these, I certainly would be thrilled that someone thought of me and likes my blog. Sooo . . . I guess I’m on the fence, leaning toward the side that says more content, less awards.

    • Yes, on the fence is a good way to put it. Maybe if we could find a way to evolve the formula so that it’s less onerous for the recipient, and, as you’ve said, more interesting for everyone else. I, too, rarely go to the blogs that get listed because of the need to balance time.

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