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!