How Important, Or Possible Is It For Dad Bloggers To Win An Award

I will start by saying, yes I would love to win an award for my blog. It would be a sign of recognition that my blog is read and is worthy to be looked at. Yes, it would be an enormous ego boost and truly awesome to put that badge on my sidebar.

What are the chances of me winning one? I guess 0.01% chance of winning an award.

I actually got on a shortlist this year, to great surprise and total amazement, and I attended the awards although I hoped I might win, deep down I knew I stood no chance up against four very good mum bloggers in a mum blogger dominated world.

The truth is I felt I was the token dad blogger. As if we should include a dad because there might be a backlash if we don’t. In fact out of 12 categories consisting of five nominees in each category only two male bloggers were shortlisted. There were only about a half dozen men at the event.

Here are the reasons why I think that is.

Male/dad bloggers are in the minority, and in truth usually the only time they win an award is when the awards are more gender divided. A category for dad bloggers would be good, then we might stand a chance of winning, haha!

Most of the awards nowadays are usually grouped together with mums and dads in a parenting category. I find that relatively unacceptable, because if like most awards it’s partly based on public vote, dads won’t stand a chance, usually the mum bloggers have huge followings and quite simply will get more votes.

What is the answer to make blogging awards a fair playing field for all bloggers?

Well this is a difficult one.

The truth is some categories really need to be more gendered and parenting is a great example, but also fashion needs to be split into male and female. The answer is not simple, but award ceremonies need to be thought out more carefully so that both genders stand a fair chance of winning, otherwise it will continue to be female blog awards. In fact I feel it’s time to stop including token male bloggers knowing that they will never win. Although very occasionally over the years the odd one does win, a rarity I might add.

At a recent awards ceremony there were a number of male bloggers shortlisted and one of them won, but is it really a blog? I actually would consider it more of a website and a resource site, but hats off to them. Well done! I wrote sometime ago when is a blog no longer a blog. I didn’t expect to change anything, which it appears nothing has changed, websites are still being nominated for bloggers awards.

Now back to my original question, how important is it?

Well it’s important to me because as I have said I would love to win, who wouldn’t? I won’t that’s what I have to live with. So, I just put it to the back of mind, and make my blog as good as I can. We could of course start our own male/dad bloggers conference, but I’m not sure how many would turn up, but at least we would be guaranteed an award or two for dads or male bloggers haha!

Do awards bring riches and opportunities? Not a chance, it’s just a fantastic ego trip so enjoy the ride.

Would love to know your thoughts!

3 thoughts on “How Important, Or Possible Is It For Dad Bloggers To Win An Award

  1. tricky one, would you want to win because you were male only? i was short listed one year, 2012, think there were 2 dad bloggers who won awards that year, one was a Dad called Spen(cer). All the blogging awards are popularity votes only and rarely do I find that they have staying power or content that is of any particular use outside of the niche circles in which it exists. #triumphanttales

  2. This is a difficult one and there’s no black-or-white solution. It’s all just opinion, really.

    After BML in 2015 I raised the question of what could be done to encourage more dads to attend and one of the ideas that was floated was to have a dad blogger award. Opinion was split but interestingly a number of dads were against it – and I have to agree with them. I wouldn’t want to win a dads-only category and I fear what would happen is that no dad would ever win in any other category again. I don’t think of myself as a dad blogger. I’m a parenting blogger who happens to be a dad and I’d rather be considered as such.

    Tots always used to say that 8% of their membership was male. Maybe that’s more now as there seem to be more dad bloggers/vloggers around but I bet it’s still not much more than 10%. There were 13 awards at BML last weekend and one male winner, so that’s about ‘average’. There was one winner in 2015, none last year. I don’t think that’s horribly out of whack, really. I was a finalist for the Readers’ Choice Award this year. I didn’t win. I didn’t feel I deserved to win. And I’m happy with who did win, because she’s a bloody good writer.

    Here’s the thing – there are a few very good dad bloggers and many average to good ones. I don’t think the proportion of very good bloggers is any higher than it is for mums, so we are always going to be a small minority of award winners. And the reality is that there are some mums out there who will never vote for a dad blogger – not because they have anything against us but because they just have less in common with us and so are less likely to read/love our stuff. It is what it is. When it came to casting my own vote, I didn’t actually vote for any dads because I just didn’t think any of us were the best in our respective categories.

    The BiBs finalists this year were decided by a combination of public vote (4 finalists) and judging panel (4 finalists). All but two awards were supposedly determined by a combination of public and jury vote – Readers’ Choice was public vote only, BritMums Choice jury only. So is it a popularity contest? To a certain extent, yes. But then how else would you decide? No one can read every blog out there.

    Yes, I’d love to win an award – I make no secret about that. But I don’t feel bad about the fact I didn’t win. Disappointed, yes. But I was a first-time finalist, I was one of eight in contention, so I didn’t expect to win, just as none of the seven ladies I was up again felt entitled to win either. But I’m happy that I was in a group in what I think was the most hotly contested category that was there on merit. It’s not as much as I wanted, but I’m still pretty pleased. Was I a token dad on the shortlist? Maybe, maybe not. All I know is that I got a huge cheer when my name was read out on Saturday night, so I guess based on that sample of bloggers only there were plenty of people who felt I was there on merit. That’ll do for me.

    So I don’t really feel dads are being short-changed that much. I just think the numbers don’t work in our favour and it doesn’t help that mums are more likely to favour other mums, but just because it’s easier to associate with them rather than out of any ill-feeling towards us dads. And, for me, I’m not interested in winning a dads-only award.

  3. It does seem a bit unfair that you’re so outvoted. I think this blog is great & have voted for you in the past. Perhaps as more and more male parent bloggers come on the scene it will be less one sided. Thanks for joining in at #TriumphantTales. Hope to see you back on Tuesday.

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