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Pros and Cons of Receiving Blog Awards

Updated on April 4, 2012
The Liebster. My blog received the award twice.
The Liebster. My blog received the award twice. | Source

The Awards

Bloggers receive a variety of awards for reasons related to their websites. These awards are generally received from other bloggers who regularly read your posted content.

The awards differ as to what they acknowledge; the Liebster Blog Award, for example, ties back to the German word Liebster which means dearest or beloved. The blogger who gives the award associates the nominated site with these qualities.

While many bloggers are excited to be nominated, other writers do not accept the awards and openly explain the policy on their sites. There are pros and cons to receiving a blog award.

The award is an electronic version of this hug.
The award is an electronic version of this hug. | Source

The Advantages

Strengthens Bonds with Readers

Blogging awards are usually given by the readers of your site. These are people who have formed a relationship with you over the time-span of your blog. These are people who regularly read your work.

A great bond is formed between you and the giver of the award. There is mutual respect. The award is like an electronic hug between you both. Your friendship is strengthened through acceptance of the award.

Positive Feedback

Receiving a blog award is positive affirmation that your blog is moving in a successful way. The award infers that your blog posts have left a lasting impression on the reader who presents the award to you. The award is a way for your reader to say, "Hey, I like the direction that your blog is moving". What a great form of positive feedback.

Receiving such an award likely motivates you to keep blogging. You now know that your posts are actually being read and are enjoyed by your readers. Now that you have one award, how can you get more? What else can your blog achieve in the future? You have the fuel now to keep going on the site and create new blogging goals.

Thank other bloggers for a job well done.
Thank other bloggers for a job well done. | Source

Opportunity to Thank Others

Many times acceptance of blog awards comes with the expectation to give the award to a certain amount of people as well. The "pay it forward" motto is in play.

Now armed with the award, you have a way to acknowledge those bloggers who have a positive impact on you personally. You can acknowledge them by giving them the award, using the forum of your blog post.

The award gives you the means to thank bloggers who have helped you and whose posts have meant a lot to you. You can make their day by giving them the award. Making someone else smile is a great feeling!

The Trophy

The blog award is like a trophy for your blog. Paste the image of the award onto your home page to catch the eye of anyone who clicks on your site. Proudly display your achievement. Doing so, as well as keeping you motivated when you see the award, will also look great to people who are new to your blog.

The award gives your blog an air of professionalism and is like a stamp of credibility. New readers see that your audience applauds you for your writing skills and there is quality content on your blog. All the more reason for a new reader to start following your blog! The number of new followers may increase following the acceptance of a blog award.

The Disadvantages

While receiving a blog award can be exciting, the awards generally come with a set of rules to follow upon acceptance. Generally, the recipient must dedicate a post to receiving the award; the post includes pasting the image of the award onto your blog, saying thank-you to the nominator, and passing on the award to a certain number of other blogs. Some awards involve giving readers random facts about you or answering questions.

And so come some disadvantages of receiving the awards...

There are rules to follow.
There are rules to follow. | Source

The Rules

Not all bloggers are comfortable with giving their readers personal information about themselves. You may, for example, be known under a fictitious blogging name rather than your real name. Perhaps you are a private person and would rather your audience know your work rather than you personally.

Accepting a blog award which includes stipulations about disclosing personal information may put you into an awkward situation. You then must decide whether to accept the award or not, and risk hurting the feelings of the nominator if you decline the award. The uneasy feelings may get in the way of the initially happy feelings when you first accepted the electronic trophy.

More for the To-Do List

Ah yes, your to-do list. Your post dedicated to accepting the blog award now needs to be created. Here is another thing to do, as though you didn't have enough on your plate already. You need to carve out time to write the post.

You also need to read the guidelines associated with accepting the award. You have to figure out what blogs to nominate, and what facts to disclose about yourself within the post as well. When you do not have a lot of extra time, creating the post can be a challenge.

You Had Other Plans

Receiving a blog award is often unexpected. You cannot plan when you will receive it. Imagine if you already had the outline for your next few blog posts written and the days for publishing them is mapped out. Where will you fit the award post into that schedule?

You had other ideas already for your next blog post. Now you must revise your blogging schedule, creating more work for yourself in the process.

Who do you select?
Who do you select? | Source

The Selection Process

You also need to select which blogs to nominate for the award.

If you follow 100 blogs, how do you select only seven sites to nominate? You may struggle trying to figure out which blogs exemplify the concept of the particular award.

In addition, how do you single out specific blogs without hurting the feelings of the bloggers not mentioned? You risk alienating some followers who are unhappy that they were not nominated. You also need to electronically link your post back to the blog of each person nominated, which can be a tedious and time-consuming process.

The Situation

There are pros and cons to receiving blog awards. While some bloggers choose a "thanks but no thanks" mentality about awards, others are excited by the nomination and the opportunity to pass along the award. The decision to accept the electronic trophy or kindly decline is a personal choice. Understanding the implications of the award process helps you make a more informed personal decision. Stay true to your blogging voice and keep sharing valuable information within your posts.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Natasha, thanks for the feedback! I do post them when I have time. I figure there is no expiry date so you do so when you are able :)

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I agree - it's kind of a mixed bag. It's nice and an honor and all that, but it can be a little annoying, too! I actually have to post about a blog award sometime soonish.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Wow, thanks! I will have to check :)

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      The MOFMan 5 years ago

      Hi! Just wanted to let you know that you’ve just been nominated.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @Jimmie, yes the blog awards can be somewhat overwhelming. I wish you success with your growing blog!

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      Jimmie Lanley 5 years ago from Memphis, TN USA

      What a great overview. I agree with all you've said. I have noticed that as I've grown my blog, I've received fewer and fewer of these "awards." It's somewhat of a relief.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi Lee, Thank-you so much for the wonderful comments here. Your words encourage me to keep writing more now that I have reached my 50th hub. I do like the awards here and email notifications attached. I am glad you are receiving awards as well, your talents are clear to me! Take care.

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      Drtruthman 5 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Excellent Hub Christy. This is one reason I am convinced so many write on the Hub. All of the HubPage accolades. People love rewards, awards, accolades, etc. we all like to be encouraged. By the way, you do this well and you have a great talent as an encourager. I recently received numerous awards from my Newspaper and of course very delighted as I am every time I receive an accolade here. Many writers are not aware that DIGG also gives NEWS awards generously for content submitted as does Stumbleupon. Great Hub. Enjoyed much. I vote UP all across. Oh, and congrats on your Blog award. No surprise to me. As an editor, I obviously see allot of potential and always enjoy the quality of your writing. Lee

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Hi @teaches12345, I like your new profile pic :) I tried to outline the subject and I am glad you find the hub full of information. Thanks!

      @billybuc, these awards are exchanged between bloggers and seem to run in waves. They are often listed on blog homepages. You're certainly not a newbie here at hubpages! Which I believe have their own trophies to bestow :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @iamaudraleigh, thanks for the glowing response to reading my hub! Yes it took time to write but I really enjoyed creating the hub. Thanks for the vote and share :) I'll take an Oscar too hehe.

      @Sunshine, Nice to see you today! Yes blogging is fun and you could get yourself awards in the process~

      @Marc, why are you a guest user today? I know you don't accept the awards and I understand your philosophy. There is a lot that is involved in accepting the awards as well. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment!

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Christy, this hub must have taken a while to write. It is packed with a lot of information in a very well written hub.

      There is a lot of responsibility when accepting awards here! It is like the Oscars!

      Voted up and shared!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Some excellent pros and cons Christy. Now I have to start a blog!:)

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago

      Way to go, Christy! Like Doreen, I don't accept awards, i kindly let the presenters know why too. I think the way they are set up pretty soon everyone will have them all, and then they mean nothing at all. I have seen some blogs with over 20 awards on them and they look crass...

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Interesting information and very new to me! This is good to know if the honored is ever bestowed upon you. I would take consider carefully the information you posted about giving out peronal information. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, Christy, I'm really in the dark on this one. I didn't even know there were awards given out. When do they come out? Are they listed somewhere? How could I be so clueless about this? Sigh! Thanks for the info; now I feel like a complete newbie all over again. :)

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Doreen, Thanks for the comment and great feedback! Good point about the links to outside sites, if they are irrelevant to your own blog it could have a negative effect on your ranking. It's ultimately an individual decision but I wanted to outline the pluses and neg's for bloggers to be aware :)

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      DMartelonline 5 years ago

      Nice job Christy! I would not accept such a nomination for numerous reasons, some of which you mentioned. However, another big one for me is the "control" you give up linking to another blog in a post. I don't even add people to my blog roll until I've vetted their blogs, this forces you to "handpick" blogs that may or may not have any relation to your blog. Not something I want to get into (or picking favorites either!!)