After thinking about the award system on WordPress and having great discussions with fellow bloggers about it, I’ve decided that I am going to BREAK all the award rules!
— I’ll no longer have mega large award logos displayed on my blog posts for accepting awards. So the posts displaying the awards will come down.
— I’ll only nominate as many people as I feel like! I don’t think it’s necessary to have a required amount of people to nominate- people shouldn’t feel forced to nominate anyone. Nominate who you feel deserves it, and nominate as little or as many people you want. Don’t do it because you feel forced. That’s ridiculous! Also, when it is forced, the awards lose some of their meaning.
— If I nominate someone, I will let them know privately on their blog, instead of having a list of nominees displayed on my blog. No sense in hurting anyone’s feelings. That’s not the point.
— I like Green Cathedral of South Africa’s idea. He simply dedicates a blog post to a blogger he really likes, rather than nominating an award. I may start doing that instead of using awards.
— Finally, I really, really appreciate the awards I’ve been given because it lets me know that I’m really connecting with people. I’m only taking down the award posts because I don’t want to seem like I’m motivated primarily by awards. I write about stuff I really care about. As my About page says, I’m studying to become a journalist who won’t be afraid to speak the truth and inform the public about what they need to know. Knowledge is power, and I want to empower myself and the public so that we can change the things we see that we don’t like.
Whether or not I’ll find a newspaper that will want someone as “opinionated” as myself is another story! But we’ll see. One step at a time.