Blog Awards: What are your views?

Last Updated on: July 15th, 2017

This is a picture of a stick man I created who I like to call Gimpy. He's frustrated because he doesn't know what is going on! He's trying to comment on my blog, but can't.

What are your views on blogging awards? Do you think they serve a purpose? Have you ever received any?

Please see the end of this post for a few other questions I have for you . . .  and please weigh in!

(Note: This was first published as a page on this site. I’ve deleted the page and am republishing it as a post instead, because I’m still proud of my “newbie” accomplishments from last year!)

Awards for l’il ol‘ me?

Wording Well used to be called Lorraine Reguly’s Life (back when I was a newbie blogger). Lorraine Reguly’s Life received many awards. I’m proud of them all, too! 🙂

What awards are for

Awards seem to be mainly for “new” bloggers, don’t they? Newbies are recognized in the blogosphere through them. Awards provide recognition and inspiration. They are like a pat on the back from an older sibling or parent. They also help you connect with other bloggers, and even offer a new blogger a few backlinks.

What else are awards for?

To learn how to add links properly? 

Yes! I even created a video to show you how to do this. It even shows you a trick you can use when notifying others of their nominations. 😉

A few facts and stats

The Liebster Award: The Official Rules + My First Blog Award and a Few Personal Secrets Revealed also hit the number one slot on Google search! (Yes, I’m proud of this!)

The Liebster Award has been bestowed upon me not once, not twice, not three or four, but five times! (Actually, I think it was more, but I stopped accepting awards once my blog grew!)


More awards:

The Very Inspiring Blogger Award + Links to Sites for Freelancers, Writers and Poets

The “Shine On” Award

4 More Blogging Awards, A Total of 27 Blogs to Visit, An Awesome Video I Found + Tips On How To Accept An Award

Apparently, I’m Now “It”! is a post where I started making a mockery of such awards. This is perhaps my funniest post ever!

The “One Lovely Blog” Award (AKA One Smokin’ Hot Blog Award) Gets This Lovely Blogger To Identify Her Rapist: Lorne Chabot

 

The last two awards I accepted are the Versatile Blogger Award and the Awesome Blossom Award:

pic of The Versatile Blogger Award

pic of The Awesome Blossom Award

 

YOUR TURN!

Have you ever received awards for blogging?  If so, which ones?

Did you like the recognition they provided?

What do you think about the tradition of passing on awards to others?

At what point in your blogging career did you “stop” accepting awards?

Should newbie bloggers still be encouraged to accept them?

Are awards a vital part of a blogger’s growth?

What are your views on awards?

38 thoughts on “Blog Awards: What are your views?

  1. Perse says

    Question: I just got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award and it’s time to choose some nominees. You seem versatile enough—mind if I choose this blog?

    • says

      I’ve already accepted this award (and many others) so I likely won’t accept… but thanks for thinking of me!

      I’d suggest choose those who you follow or read a lot. These awards are about making connections with others!

  2. Hi Lorraine! I’ve gotten many awards on my blog––too many to mention. And don’t get me wrong, I’m proud of each and every one of them because each one came from a fellow writer that enjoyed my blog and there’s nothing better than getting recognition from your colleagues. However, after a while they became too much work. It’s difficult to keep up with these awards when you’re trying to write, edit, and blog . . . among other things. So now I prefer a comment on my blog, a feature of me on your blog, or some other form of recognition. But I’m happy to call my blog an award winning blog. 😉

    • says

      Vashti, I know your blog has received many awards. 🙂 I know because I’ve been following it for a while. 😉

      The biggest benefit of blog awards is to help new bloggers become known in the blogosphere. Now that I’ve been blogging for years, I can say that they actually DO help… but are sometimes a pain to do. However, I’m not jaded. In fact, I’ve even just accepted an award on Laying It Out There. http://lorrainereguly.com/being-called-inspiring-is-an-honour/

      It’s a VERY interesting read; I shocked many people with the things I revealed about myself, I’m sure.

      I now prefer to get comments, too, like you, or a specific mention and backlink to my site. And yes, they do become a bit of work after some time!

      Thanks for stopping by to comment today, Vashti. I’ll be by later to read your Friday Haikus! 🙂

  3. I think blogger awards are a great way to welcome and encourage new bloggers. They made me feel proud and honoured when I received them. The challenge of course is that they require a fair bit of work to respond and generally speaking, I never had time to fulfill the requirements. That’s me. Others did and whether you engage or not, I think they are generally appreciated.

  4. I’ve received a few awards – Versatile blogger, beautiful blogger etc. And I’m always flattered. I think it’s great to acknowledge fellow bloggers , and great to get to know them a little better too.

    • says

      A.K., I agree with you wholeheartedly! What I like is reading their responses to the interesting questions others ask. You can find out a lot about a person that way!

  5. I think every now and then, we all need some form of recognition for a job well done. I’ve experienced a lot of people getting awards because they know someone and not because they deserve them. This has given me a cynical view of awards, but I do feel they have their place. If they’re well-deserved, then I have no problem with them. It’s such a good feeling to get rewarded for something you enjoy doing. My greatest reward is for readers to buy my e-book.

  6. says

    Lorraine- I have received several awards. They do make you feel good, however they are also time consuming to answer all the questions. I think it wonderful that you have won so many awards so it does say something about your writing abilities. Having a community of wonderful supportive bloggers is what I am looking for.

    • says

      Hi, Arleen. Yes, awards DO make you feel good. 🙂 And yes, they are time-consuming to accept, but the payoff is worth it. Becoming part of a community is great!

      Speaking of which, I think you have found your community via the Bloggers Helping Bloggers (BHB) group on LinkedIn (LI). Most everybody that belongs to that group (if not all) have been wonderful in their support of each other, haven’t they?

  7. says

    Hi Lorraine

    I have been blogging for 4 years now and never received an award. Having said that there have been awards I could have applied to be in the running for but I never have.

    I had not heard of some of those you have received. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing them with us.

    Sue

    • says

      Sue, don’t tell anyone but I would have rather been the recipient of a more prestigious award – say, the Nobel Prize! 😉

      Thanks for visiting Wording Well again, and have a great week.

  8. Very interesting. I had no idea that there are so many different types of awards! No awards for me yet, but it would be surprising and exciting if I were to receive one in the future.

  9. Congrats on all the awards! You rock! How Did you get all of them? I have only been blogging for 7 months. How do you get advertising? Im still learning and your advice is helpful. 🙂

    • says

      Crystal, I’m unsure about the advertising, but I got these awards because I engaged with other bloggers, left comments on their blogs, and did my best to be a good blogger. The awards are given in recognition of other bloggers, mostly new ones. Because you fall into that category, I’d like to hereby nominate you for the awards listed on this post. Congratulations! 🙂

  10. says

    Hi Lorraine – as you know I am definitely a newbie and still working my way through everything I need to know. I didn’t realize there were any blogging awards but I do think they’re a good idea. When you’re new, you wonder if what you’re doing is right or if you’re on the right path, etc. Getting an award would kind of confirm that yes, you’re headed in the right direction. Congratulations on all the awards that you received but that really doesn’t surprise me. You do deserve them
    Lenie

    • says

      Lenie, as your blog is a WordPress blog, I’m hereby nominating you for the WordPress Family Award! Find out more about it here. Congratulations, and enjoy! And of course, welcome to the WordPress family! 😀

  11. Hey Lorraine; I think anything that either draws attention to a blog or that encourages the blogger is something to be supported. And when you win so many that you write a post making fun of how many you have won, then obviously you have arrived. I’m surprised there aren’t any awards for more experienced bloggers. I guess once you’ve been doing it a while, you move on to tracking your progress by the more grown up measures of page rank, site traffic, social media shares, comments, etc. I would love to receive an award. And if all of the comments I received are any indication I aught to be in line for a best first post ever award. 🙂 Yep I’v come a long way. I not only know I’m doing good but I can even say so myself. Hope your summer is going the way you wanted it to. Take care my friend, Max

  12. says

    I am a relatively new blogger as well and in the last month have received two Liebsters. They seem to be popping up all over the place and at first I did not pay much attention to them but on the second go round I took a closer look. To be honest I do feel they are a confidence boost and an affirmation so who doesn’t want some of that? I also think the ten question acceptance criteria of Liebster helps you redefine the objectives of your blog and think about its trajectory…and that can be fun.

    • says

      Tim, congratulations on your awards! It’s nice to be validated when you’re a bit of a newbie. Who doesn’t like flattery? 😉

      I think you may have overlooked something, though. The questions are different for everyone. Well, sort of. By this I mean that sometimes bloggers – depending who they are – get different questions. For example, a blogger in May 2014 might not get the same question as a blogger in June or July. It just depends on the blogger who bestowed the award upon you… Understand?

      I know when Darlene gave me my first one, the questions were different from Connor gave me one.

      Kinda hard to explain what I mean, but I do think your point of the WHYs of blogging are always good to look at and keep in mind.

      Otherwise, why are we all here??? 😉

  13. When I was a new blogger, I appreciated receiving these Awards but then it got to a point where these Awards were doing the rounds and everyone either get them or I ended up with 3 or 4 of the same ones… I revamped my blog and took them all off and just it it simple now. Not really bothered now. I would rather get comments on my blog Posts.

  14. Paul Graham says

    Hi Lorraine. I have received no awards and didn’t even know they existed so congratulations on your fine collection. Although we write for the joy of it, these recognitions are well-deserved . If there was an award for thoughtful commenting I am sure you would be a prime candidate for that too. The many Blog Hogs who feel that communication is a one way street could learn much from you

    • says

      Paul, if you want an award, please take one. The post that has the WordPress Family Award clearly states that I give my permission to those who want an award to simply take it – as long as you link back to that post. Fair, right?

      This is how I pass things on now. 🙂

      And you deserve an award – especially for your thought-provoking post about losing a child… Gosh, I’m still reeling from that.

      Nicely done, indeed. You deserve ten awards for that. 😀

  15. Hi Lorraine! I’ve been blogging for less than a year. I received a Very Inspirational Blogger award & two Liebsters just last month. While they made me feel awesome, I felt satisfied with accepting the V.I.B. and one Liebster. Apart from the confidence boost, I liked the networking with other bloggers, and “passing on the blog love”!

    I think that awards are a great idea for new bloggers, but only up to a point. After one receives multiple awards, I’d suggest slowing down on the awards and shift one’s focus back on writing the blog.

    There’s more I could write, and I love this topic, but alas – the kids woke up, I’m so not awake yet, and I need more coffee as I’m still shaking off those morning Dreads!!! 😉

    p.s. I did consider creating the “Lorraine Reguly Award” for outstanding writing! :)))))))) I’ll let you know if I decide to bestow it upon you!

    • says

      Dyane, you are so sweet for thinking of such an award for me! I’m honoured. But please don’t go to any trouble. 😉 Let’s just laugh about it. 😀

      Yeah, those dreaded Dreads will get you every time, huh?

      Congrats on your awards, too! While they are great to have, the joy simply doesn’t last, does it? After a bunch, it becomes “work” and takes away from your original reason for blogging. I can see your point. But remember how happy you were when you got one? It’s like getting a big hug and “welcome” into an elite group.

      If only we could bottle those emotions! We’d all be a bit happier, wouldn’t we?

      Have fun with the kiddies. And have a great weekend, Dyane.

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