Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sunday Scribblings - "Follow"

Anyone who reads more than just their own blog will have noticed the trend among bloggers to present each other with “awards” - “Nicest Person”, “Droolworthy”, “To Encourage You”, “Uber Amazing Blog”, “Friendly blog”, and so on. Once an award is on a blog, they quickly spread, like viruses, to others in groups of 3, 5, 7 or even more... mainly because each awardee is meant to pass each award on to at least 3 others, as a minimum. And I must say that most of the awardees are very good about following instructions.

I don’t know, of course, whether the awarder really thinks the awardees’ blogs worth the accolade – but then again, there’s no requirement for sincerity and it sure doesn’t cost any money. All it takes is a bit of time to think of the requisite number of people and list them, possibly a bit more time for the more sincere ones to provide links to each listed awardee... and the most conscientious of them (also the most relentless self-campaigners) go to each awardee's blog and leave a comment saying “You’ve been given an award, come and look at my blog for details”. That, of course, brings about yet more awards and traffic.

I also am not too sure about the actual value of such awards. Not just because they’re as common as... well, as blogs, but because they’re such subjective things. Who’s the final arbiter in labelling one blog interesting and another droolworthy, and why should anybody consider that the final decision anyway? There are as many opinions as there are people, after all. There are blogs which I think are all-round absolute rubbish, and others that I think are all-round absolutely fantastic... but both kinds of blogs receive the same awards. Sometimes the rubbish blogs get lots more comments (admittedly of the inane “nice recipe, thanks for posting” kind) than the good ones, probably because the good ones don’t make enough effort to get noticed. That doesn’t seem right to me… although the clichéd old saying probably holds good here – “The emptiest vessels make the most noise”. Why does advertising always triumph over genuine talent?

I have, admittedly, posted one or two “awards” that I received re my blog and “passed them on” to others, too - but that was before I realised that everybody got the darn things, so they really didn't mean much in the end. There are a couple more that I haven’t advertised or propagated... for more than one reason. One, I don’t wish to follow the blogsphere trends for no good reason. Two, I don’t wish to award anyone anything if I don’t really, really, REALLY like their blog and anyway, I’d rather just leave a comment or write an email (makes it a lot more personal than copy-pasting some inane logo). And three, I’m usually too lazy to list, link and/or leave comments about the list/link.

I have to say that I wondered at one point why I didn’t receive more awards than I did... but could that possibly, possibly have anything to do with cynical, unfriendly, unwelcoming (and unwelcome - heh) posts like this? Tut tut, the very thought...!

9 comments:

rads said...

You speak my mind, something that I've precisely felt all along. These and then there are the tags. I've tried hard to stay honest as ever to what the award/tag meant and usually do not always pander to the exact specifications, and then call it my quirk, but hey, if it's my blog and my prerogative right? :-)

I think i have a draft sitting on the "origin of tags and awards' somewhere...

hari said...

Shyam, the person giving the award should possess a calibre atleast slightly higher than the awardee, which will only make the awardee proud to receive the award.

So the fact is, there is no one around with such a calibre that makes them eligible to give an award to you. So not receiving an award is definitely bigger than an award in your case.

inbavalli said...

I made a "blogging 10 commandments" for myself before I started my blog, and have more or less stuck to them. Receiving and giving away awards is one of them. So I quite get you. I don't really object to tags, though.

Kamini said...

Totally agree with all the comments above, particularly Hari's.
And it's nice to see that your muse is back!

umm oviya said...

my sentiments eggjacktly!

floreta said...

haha but i like your cynicism.i dont put much stock into those awards either.. they are big, of course, in the 20something blogosphere. :P i just think they're silly.. it's nice to be appreciated, but i hate displaying all my awards on my blog. i don't past them on when i get it UNLESS i really like the award.. but i will not display it in my sidebar :P

Teesu (very very Indian, very very good) said...

Keep up with posts JUST the way you do. That's all I have to say.

songofsea said...

Hmmm a real eye opener...Well i never seemed to understand the award giving funda....Me being new to the blog world. I like that you are unreserved in expressing your opinions...I truly respect that.Love ya...

May be u wanna visit here too for your frank opinion!!
http://songofsea.wordpress.com/

TBC said...

I feel the same way about awards. I don't care for tags either... both of them, in my opinion, are an absolute waste of time and seem so very pointless! I do appreciate (sometimes) the sentiment behind it though.
There! I've been wanting to say that for so long and I've finally said it! :)