I got an invite to do one of those “award” things again.
I’m not clear on the point of these awards. From what I have observed, it seems to be a way of increasing blog readership, rather than an actual acknowledgement of one’s writing. You answer some questions in a post, link back to the blog of whoever nominated you, and then nominate a few more bloggers to do the same.
Essentially a chain letter, without the threat of something terrible befalling you if you break the chain.
I’m conflicted about my response. The questions themselves are both innocuous and mildly interesting, a way of introducing a bit more of myself and my story into the blog-reading community. I enjoy the blog and writing of the person who nominated me, so part of me would like to respect a well-intentioned invitation. But for me, the real kicker is the part about tagging some more bloggers to write.
To me, this feels intrusive and presumptive on my part, as if I’m saying “Tag, you’re it” to someone who didn’t know there was a game to be played and may not want to play. It’s harder to turn down a request when it’s from someone you know. For me the point of writing is to express myself and explore the experience of writing. I do use prompts for this, today’s prompt of compromise is the starter for this post. The difference to me is that the daily prompt is a neutral source, it’s entirely up to me as to whether or not I write, and I have no sense that anyone will be disappointed if I decline the invitation.
I also recognize that other bloggers may feel differently and may want or appreciate an invitation tendered as an award. I’m interested to hear from you. Does this feel more like an opportunity or an obligation? Would you want to be nominated for an award? If you have been nominated, how have you responded?