ETA: I’ve now gotten 4 nominations for this, all from people who had been following me one week or less when they nominated me (except for the one nomination I got from someone who isn’t even following me – at least, not as far as I can tell). Guys, this really makes it ring rather false to me. I’m sorry. It just feels quite hollow and empty. Does this make any sense?
If I manage to get 11 nominations, I’ll “accept” my award, using my 11 nominators as the 11 people I tag, since it’s clearly something that’s important to them. But I just don’t feel particularly validated by a made up award someone slaps on my blog two days after finding it. It actually makes me feel like my blog is less special, not more. I feel like filler, and that’s a crappy feeling for something I work so hard on.
I waffled a lot about posting this. I usually try to follow the Thumper adage, “If you can’t say nothin’ nice…” That’s part of why I try not to talk about my views on NaNo too much- for all that I love the motivation, I don’t think too highly of the concept in general. A bit hypocritical, maybe, but that’s a risk everyone runs every time they form an opinion.
I’m just going to go ahead and post it. Let me apologize to anyone it upsets, that’s not my intention at all. I’m just expressing my feelings, and that can’t bother you too much, or you wouldn’t be reading my blog, now would you?
Let me close this awkward disclaimer by saying I’m very flattered to be nominated, thank you, but no thank you. Not this time around.
Ok, enough lofty build up. Time for a post that didn’t warrant this much thought. I hope you’re all disappointed with how mild it is.
Adrian Sanchez nominated me for a Liebster award after following me for less than a week. This is the first time I’d heard of the award, and having it come from someone who just started following me, I was pretty skeptical. A quick google search turned up post after post of people with similar attitudes of Liebster being little more than a chain letter and a pat on the back, but they accepted it anyways.
I’m not sure how I feel about that.
Far be it from me to belittle anyone over anything, all I can do is hold myself to my own standards and hope others do the same. This isn’t really about that, anyways. It’s just a bunch of pixels to decorate your blog with. Be my guest.
But I think what’s really bothering me is its coming from someone who barely knows me. Adrian, please don’t get upset, but can you see why this rings shallow with me? How can you already know I’m a blog you care to nominate, unless this award really isn’t important in any way, and any 11 blogs would do.
That’s another thing: I’m not even sure I follow 11 blogs, let alone 11 blogs with less than 200 followers.
So I’m sitting this one out, personally. But I don’t want to disrupt the chain and ruin for everyone else, so here are Adrian’s nominee’s. I’ll definitely be checking them out, partially out of curiosity to see what sort of fellows I’ve been grouped with. 😛
My nominations for a Liebster Award (I don’t actually know the follower count for these blogs, I just really enjoy them and want to know more):
- Following the Ink
- Raevenly Writes
- Here There Be Dragons
- My Writing Diary
- By All Means Paint
- Allison McKellan
- Cate Emond
- Pooh Lovers Unite
- That Typing Sound
- Reba Lovelace
- An Adventure Every Day