Can Blog Awards Save the Blog?

Rena George Uncategorized 12 Comments

It was great to receive a blog award from the lovely writer, Rosemary Gemmell, this week. I really like the way these awards help to promote good blogging and remind us that it’s not all about Facebook.
Maria over at First Draft Cafe has a thought provoking post about social media having taken over from letter writing. It made me wonder if the same thing is happening to blogs. Admittedly it’s a lot easier to post all your news on FB, and all the other associated social media places these days, but come on, it’s not the same as blogging. Blogging helps to build your brand and personal audience. And besides, I really like following my favourite blogs.

So here are the rules for accepting this particular award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and link to their blog.
  • Display the award logo.
  • Nominate other blogs and provide a link where they may be found (I’m not giving a number here as it will differ between people).
  • Go to their blog, leave a comment to let them know they have been nominated, and where to find the information they need to accept.

Then – Mention three things that inspired you the most during the past few weeks.

Here are mine:

1) Ann Cleeves’ Shetland novels. I’ve been reading these over recent weeks, and been really inspired by the way she draws her characters. They fill the book, allowing the plot to weave its way through. Some lessons to be learned here I think.

2) Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, is a true inspiration no matter what your politics. I love her cool, calm control in even the most stressful situations. I love the way she has earned her place in the future of Scotland. And I love that her favourite books are crime novels. Yes!

3) The way snowdrops and crocuses are now pushing their way up through the chilly, wintry soil and reminding us that spring really is just around the corner.

These are my nominations, and some of the lovely blogs I enjoy following.

Jason Kottke has some pretty depressing views here on the future of blogging. I hope he’s not right.

Writer, entrepreneur, Joanna Penn, has different ideas. Her inspirational blog, The Creative Pen, is what writing is all about. If you haven’t already come across it then be my guest – enjoy. There can’t be many writing related problems that aren’t addressed here.

So what do you think? Is blogging a thing of the past, or has it only just begun?

Go on, let us know what you think.

Comments 12

  1. It’s always good to receive an award Rena. Congratulations! I was lucky enough to be given this one a while back and it is interesting that back then I was posting more regularly and that the blogs I named are no longer around for the most part. Still, that is the nature of the internet isn’t it? Change is all around us. Interesting article by Jason Kottke. I note he said that “In 1997, wired teens created online diaries, and in 2004 the blog was king.”
    In 1997 I was 40. I had been online for just over a year (AOL) I was writing regular columns – much like a blog – for America Online and had my own website (built in notepad) which acted as a showcase for whatever project I was working on but was, later, to morph into a blog. There were not many teens online in my neck of the woods. The internet connection was far too expensive in the UK! Today, my own blog houses whatever I care to write though my posts can be sporadic. I think blogging will just transform naturally into the next thing, whatever that may be. Facebook etc. will not hold sway for long – there is too much demand for something new these days. At the moment there are a lot of Facebook and Twitter look-alikes around but nothing that actually replaces the blog as far as I can see.
    That said, I know a lot of blogging friends who have just grown tired of posting and have drifted away. Hmm, I think we are just looking at progress here! 🙂

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      What a great comment, Deborah, thank you. I must admit to noticing that many of the blogs I used to follow are no longer there, or have been sadly neglected by the owner.
      But I think you’re right, there is definitely still a place for blogs. It’s easy to get despondent if your posts only get a few comments (or no-one at all) but the hits counter is still the best guide to how many readers we reach. Can’t say the same for Facebook.
      And blogs are still the best place to promote our books and give our readers a chance to check out what else we do. x

  2. Thanks for accepting the award, Rena. Enjoyed your inspirations. I too have seen a falling away with blogging over the last couple of years. While I enjoy FB and twitter each in its own way, I think blogging is the only place where we have space to write regularly on any subject. I’ve had my main for years, before I started writing novels, so I don’t think I’d stop now. I did however, stop posting on my other two as one is quite enough these days!

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      Thank you for nominating me, Rosemary. I enjoyed writing this post. I don’t believe we will stop blogging any time soon, although I don’t think I could ever have coped with three of them. I’m currently setting up an author page on FB as well, and I can see that taking up quite a bit of time that should actually be spent writing. As you say, FB and Twitter have their place, but it’s on the blogs where we really get to know each other.

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  3. Congratulations on your blog award, Rena, and thank you for your lovely comment on my blog – and for nominating me for the award.

    I will accept and ‘do what I have to’ when I can work out how to do the links.

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      Aw thank you, Pat. I’m so glad you have accepted the nomination. Don’t worry too much about putting up any links, just do your own thing. It’s fun to remember the things that have inspired you recently. I’m looking forward to reading about yours. x

  4. Congratulations on the award, Rena. I too have noticed blogging seems to be waning in popularity but I think it has a different role to FB & Twitter. The latter two are both short and sharp but with a blog you can go into a subject more deeply. Long live blogging!

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      Lovely to see you here, Sally. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment. I enjoy,Facebook, although I’m still struggling to get to grips with Twitter. But I agree, neither of them will ever take over from blogging for me. I’ve ‘met’ some lovely people on my blog and got to know them in a way that doesn’t really happen on the more instant FB and Twitter. Like you, I accept that fewer people are blogging these days, but the ones who love it will never give up on their blogs, or their blogging friends. At least, I hope not.

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