I just received a new “Challenge”. Well, that’s how I’m taking it anyway. For you to understand what I mean, I will need to give you a bit of history. (If you don’t want the history, just skip to the ** )
Even though I am ancient, I am too young to have seen any paper/snail-mail chain-letters, but I knew about them. Everyone did. However, I did see the age of chain-emails. This was back in the early days when there was very little spam. In fact, most people became quite irate if a single piece of unsolicited email hit their inbox. Their privacy had been compromised! And yet my inbox still filled up with junk in the form of chain letters. I hated them! They were irritating. But 90% of the people I knew would forward them on regardless of how silly they were. Finally the fad wore out. I think after email was no longer quite the novelty that it was back in the early days and became a necessity (which it was from the beginning for me), people started to understand that chain-letters/emails were evil. So I hadn’t seen a chain-letter in many years.
And then I started blogging.
Only these things are called “Awards”, not chain-letters. But if you look at the mechanism, they are exactly the same. Pretty early on I decided my blog was a “no-awards” blog. I put up a page under my “About” declaring Trent’s World the Blog as a “No Awards Zone”.
I know, I know, I’m being very cynical, right? A lot of people send out the awards for exactly the right reason (actually, so did the propagators of chain-emails, but that’s beside the point). Yes, I get that. I know that they are usually given with good intentions. It is one way to say “I appreciate your blog”. I get it. And since I get it I don’t get all grumpy when I receive one (despite the tone of the last few paragraphs ;)). I take them in the spirit that they were offered.
Therein lies the problem. I don’t want to propagate chain-letters and yet I want to show my appreciation of people who “nominate” me for awards. My solution? I don’t accept the award, but I often do turn it into a “Challenge”. Blog Challenges are a fun way to get people to write about specific things and share ideas.
I don’t believe in rules, but here are the “rules” that I will ignore. Well, “mostly ignore” as I will answer #4 and #5.
- Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Attach the award to your post.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 other blogs you want to receive the award.
- Notify your nominees and provide a nomination link to your award post.
A Brief History of the Blog starts when I finished; finished writing a book, that is. I discovered that all authors need a blog. (Since then I’ve found a few authors that don’t blog and still sell books, more than most of the bloggers I know). So I did a little research and started here not having any idea what to do or what I’d say. It would take a very large post to tell you how the blog has taken shape after that fateful moment that I clicked “Publish” that first time. As The Dead said, what a long, strange trip it’s been. I’ll spare the details and growing pains for now.
When I was just starting out I wish someone had taken my by the shirt collar (perhaps they didn’t because I wear turtlenecks) and shaken me a few times and pointed out how blogging works and what a blog really is. Blogs are social media. You can’t create an “online magazine” or other such foolish thing and expect people to read it unless you have a high profile name. Don’t even try! As a normal person you HAVE to treat it as social media. That is a lot of work. I spend almost 4 times the time doing the social media part than I do the writing part. Not that reading what you all write is a bad thing, it is just time consuming.
So that was the challenge and my answer to it. If you want to join in the fun go ahead, but I will not participate in a chain-letter and tell you to ;) Thanks again, ladyleemanila!