Friday, November 11, 2011

Blog Awards?

How do YOU respond 
to being given a blog award?

When I first started blogging I noticed 
a lot of well established blogs had some kind 
of "award free/tag free" button on their sidebar. 

I was curious as to what that was all about. 
Hey, I would LOVE to get an award!
Then It happened...

In just one week I got about 3-4 awards. 
All the same one, but from different bloggers. 
So much bloggy love!

So now I was required to write a post sharing 7 things about me and then pass the award on to 15 other bloggers. I would write a few words about why I chose those fellow bloggers. 

So here's my issue with that... 
15 x 3= 45! 

That is a LOT of blogs to have to write about and contact. 
Also, I didn't want to hurt someones feelings 
(mostly newbies) by not choosing them.

At that time I barely 100 followers!

Then... even before I got through that process,
 I had two (2) more awards sitting in my inbox! 
Uh oh....

Well I immediately saw the need for those 
"award free/ tag free" buttons!

I was scrambling to accommodate the award rules... 
and I was supposed to ask other people 
to also be in this predicament?
Thanks, but no thanks.

So now when I get an award, I thank them 
and explain that I have an "award/tag free blog". 
I always try to be as sensitive as possible. 
Believe me, I never wanted to offend anybody! 

I would LOVE to get an award that was just that...
an award that acknowledges my blog. 
Not one with strings attached.

I sometimes give out "you were featured" buttons at my blog party. 
I mention that they are welcome to take them home 
and put them on their sidebar. Most do. 
But some do not... that is fine. I am not offended.

Please take a look at these other bloggers who have also posted about not responding to blog awards. 
Some were"strongly opinionated 
and some were of a "kinder nature".
The reader's comments are worth reading.

I am posting about this because 
a dear sweet blogger friend asked what 
this "award free/tag free" button meant. 
She said the button didn't link to anything.
She's right...
 I remember that when I first started blogging. 
I also had that same question about those buttons. 
So now that button will link to this post.

I hope you will all still like me,
I still like all of you!

xoxo Bunny Jean


Marigene said...

I was alerted right after I started blogging to put a blurb on my sidebar otherwise that is all I would be doing! Wish I knew how to make a cute little sign like yours!

Jen said...

Thanks for sharing my post about blog awards and yes, it was strongly opinionated but I was drowning in awards and I felt horrible for not reciprocating and the guilt grew into resentment and finally when I got that last award I blew. I have only received two or three awards since then and I always chuckle to myself because clearly they are new and hadn't stumbled across that post. I kindly refer them to it.

I agree about having an award with no strings attached. That would be awesome.


Sounds like a great idea an Award with no strings attached, although I don't know exactly what you mean as I don't recall ever receiving one except for: I was Featured, even with you sweet lady. Thank you anyway. Hugs, FABBY

Mimi said...

I totally hear you! Been meaning to make a button for my blog - just not sure the best way to do it. I really like yours! And you have a great idea about an award without strings attached. The "featured" buttons are very special but they are for one post/project. An award for the whole blog is a great idea!

Blondie's Journal said...

When I first started blogging I received a few awards and I have to admit, it made my day! I haven't received any recently...maybe I have gotten boring!! lol! When they want to know something about me, the 7 things, I say to just read my's all there!!

Great post, Bunny!


Kelli @ The Turquoise Piano said...

Interesting. I just think "hey, it's my blog, I can do what I want" and I am flattered when I get awards. I don't feel like I have to do worry about passing it on. I just thank the person who gave it to me. But good to know about you and the other people who commented.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Thanks for this post. I have received many awards--I am honored but I just can't respond to all that!

D said...

I totally agree with you on this.
Most blogs are award free, so it's hard to find anybody to pass the award on to. I agree that if somebody gives you an award, it should be with no stipulations.

Tina said...

Thank you for posting this. I had a general idea of what an award/tag free blog was. Thanks to you I have a better knowledge as to why so many blogs have that button. Thank you again.

Have a great weekend.

Cozy Little House said...

I feel the same. It was great at first, but then becomes hard to keep up with!

AndiWinslow said...

Bunny Jean you are still loved! I have another one to pass out, Yes, it's wonderful to get them but a lot of work in sending them. So what do I do? I will complete this task and if any more come I am going to say thank you much but I don't have the time to do it all. I need to read folks post instead. I want to spend my computer time posting recipes and reading others. I'm reading not passing award. Good I said it........Have a great day my blogger friend. Andi the wednesday

Bella Vista said...

Hi Bunny Jean, this is a great post.

I never liked the awards. I'm just not into that kind of thing. I don't like how it makes some bloggers feel left out.

Barb ♥

Bunny Jean said...

Thanks everyone...

I would love to hear more of your opinions on this :)

I know that no one wants to hurt someones feelings. But then a lot of you don't want to pass this on to other bloggers and have them also be put in this same situation.

xoxo Bunny Jean

bj said...

I am truly honored when a person thinks enuf of my blog to think of me when handing out awards.
I put them in a special place at the top of my blog, I thank the giver and that is all there is to it.
I've been blogging several years and had some beautiful awards...when my computer crashed a few yrs back, I lost them all, along with my blog roll. Sooo, I don't have many awards now, bwaaaaaa, so if anyone wants to send me one, I'll love it. :)
xoxo bj

Bunny Jean said...

Thanks Bj.... so you are saying that you accept the award but don't feel you have to pass them on? That would sure make it easier :) I am hearing back that a lot of bloggers do just that.

xoxo Bunny Jean

Tanya@takesix said...

Great post, and super feed back in the comments. I have received a couple awards and just did nothing about them. I didn't want to get into all that and pass it along to others who then had to "get into all that"! ;0) I really appreciate informative posts like this that help new bloggers! Thanks BJ!!

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