I blogged a bit about my aggravation with some of the attitudes I have seen regarding the JIBs. Let me be clear, they have my full support and I think that there is an awful lot of good associated with them.
But that doesn’t mean that I cannot complain nor criticize the behavior of some bloggers who seem to have taken their nominations to mean that they should solely focus on trying to win an award within their category.
Before this goes any farther let me also be clear that if you think I am referring to you I am not. I haven’t any problem naming names, but I also don’t see a reason to do it indiscriminately. Although, a good flame war is often a way to gain readers. This is a sad but true fact.
This brings me to the next point/question of Why do you blog? Are you blogging because you hope to win an award. Are you writing in the hopes of public acclaim and or personal validation?
If your goal is to try and leverage the blog into a springboard into some type of job then maybe jockeying for an award is not such a bad thing. I daresay that I even understand why you might want to do that.
But I am also fairly confident that most bloggers are not writers who are secretly hoping to be discovered.
I can’t speak for anyone else but I enjoy reading blogs for a few basic reasons. I like learning about different places/people. I like interacting with people I might not ever speak with or encounter in the real world. I like the real aspect of it.
Sure there is a lot of fiction and hyperbole but there is also a lot of raw emotion and life. That is usually the stuff that grabs me. It is reading about real life that keeps me interested.
The campaigning just gets old. Anyway, do what you want, it is your blog.