Are blog awards missing the point?

And not only that, but why did I feel disconcerted when this blog was nominated for an award back in April? (I didn’t win, but that wasn’t surprising.) I kept meaning to post back with the results, but I hadn’t yet managed to articulate how I felt about it.

Today Paul Walk blogged ‘I think I might be allergic to lists and awards‘, which sums up a lot of my inchoate thoughts. In posting a comment I realised that I found being reminded that I have an audience a bit disconcerting. I also realised that the value of this blog for me is the chance to learn more, not only during the process of writing a post but also during the online and offline discussions that follow.

Anyway, go read Paul’s post. Tony Hirst also makes an interesting point in his comment – awards may act as ‘crossover’ that introduces non-blog-readers to the value of blogs.

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