Over time I have received a few Blogging awards. None of them are displayed here because I don’t know how to do it, can’t make any links, and a host of other reasons. The awards I have received are from one Blogger to several others: I’m sure you know the kind of thing. When I first got “The Versatile Blogger” You had to thank the person who gave it to you, name seven facts about yourself and then name seven other worthy winners.
I always thought seven was quite a lot. How about two. After all, the more awards you hand out the lower the value of each award. I think we can all understand that. Anyway, the number has now grown to fifteen. I wish I was good at maths. I wish I was good at anything but it struck me that if we all get an award and then religiously pass it onto fifteen people. I’ve now worked it out that by the fifth wave of awards 759,375 people would have received it. By the sixth the number grows to 11,380,625, by the seventh it’s over 68 million. Perhaps my maths is wrong but you get the general idea.
You cannot fault the motive behind giving the award but in the end so many people would have it that you start begging people to start a Blog just so you can pass it on. Several people have now receive it several times etc until we hardly know whether we are coming or going. It’s one of those things which started off well but sort of drifts out of control. It’s operating like a chain letter.
My award system is more in the form of my Blogroll. It’s not an exhaustive list of the best Blogs in the universe,and it’s subjective of course, but it is made up of people who I genuinely follow on a regular basis. Like mine, the quality of their posts goes up and down but sometimes these individuals start writing on something close to their hearts and the power of their writing becomes amazing.
There is a lady called Jeannie doing that at the moment. Read her please because what she is currently writing about, in my opinion, is gripping. Written with zest, energy and a real sense of who she was and her dilemma. I could go on but you get the idea. The last time I checked I noticed she only had two comments against her latest post which I find quite disappointing, and astonishing. It demonstrates that there is a limited correlation between readership and quality. Everyone on my Blogroll has had these periods of exceptional posting: that’s why they are there. I am sure there are many brilliant Blogs out there but you can only seriously follow so many, and these are the one’s I’ve found.
Perhaps the “Blogroll” award is the next step in the achievement saga. Who am I to say !?
!!!!! Just an update. I went over to Jeannie’s Blog only to find that she has just been nominated for the “Versatile Blogging Award” which she richly deserves of course, and has also nominated me for it. This all done while I was pretty much writing my post on the subject. How weird is that. You couldn’t write it could you, except I just have