MAD Blog Awards 2011 – A Fair Process?
Before you read this blog, consider this question… If the Oscars were awarded by public vote, would that be fair? Would the best film/actor/screenplay win?
Firstly, I’m very proud to announce that the Brink of Bedlam has been nominated in the Mad Blog Awards under the category of ‘Best MAD Blog for Family Fun’ and the ‘Best MAD Family Life Blog’ and ‘Best MAD New Blog’. Thank you to whoever nominated me, you made my day / week / month! My heart did a little skip when I spotted my name on the list. Lovely!
If you’d like to find out more about these awards and what they stand for, simply click on the MAD Blog Awards badge at the side of this post. To summarise, these awards are like the Oscars for Parent Bloggers. If it were up to me, which it isn’t, I’d call it ‘The Blogscars.’ (or maybe that just sounds like some kind of post birth injury?!)
A nomination might sound impressive, but I am amongst a plethora (I do love using that word, sounds like a flock of birds to me) of other brilliant blogs, so I’m not holding my breath – although miracles can happen I know. Having said that I’ve survived 6 years of parenting, which is a miracle in itself, so I’ve had my allocation of miracles already. I mustn’t be greedy now.
All nominated blogs are now going through to the second stage which is a voting process. Basically this means, no matter how good your blog is, if you can’t get enough people to vote for you, your name will disappear from the list as quickly as you can hit your delete button. To me that doesn’t seem fair. Having seen and having been involved with voting competitions in the past in ‘comping’ circles, it makes me sad to see this method used as a selection process. Surely the blogs that will go through to the next round will simply be the ones with the biggest readership, and with the most time to dedicate to canvassing for votes?
From experience, almost every single voting competition I have ever seen has also ended up with people back-biting, arguing and most disappointingly, cheating. I’m not saying that will definitely happen in this instance, but ….
You might think I’m starting the trend off nicely, criticising the awards system – but I do genuinely wish everyone well, and will be very happy for the winners. I can say that unreservedly. I just don’t think that it’s fair, and I’m a great believer in fairness and level playing fields.
The final blog winners are chosen via an independent voting panel, which I cannot dispute. I just think it’s a shame the whole award system isn’t judged this way. I could spend a while putting my point across, but frankly life is too short and Horace in particular told me to ‘Shurrup and stop being stroppy’, so being the good little wife I am, I’m going to trundle off elsewhere.
I’ve tweeted a little to the MAD Blog Awards on this subject, and as they said themselves, these awards are now in their second year, so they know what they’re doing. Fair enough! Two years is a long time. I just needed to say my piece.
I know I’ve probably lost blogging contacts because of the opinions I’ve aired, but speaking from the lofty heights of number 964 on the Tots100 ranks, I don’t have much to lose. I’m probably on some kind of blogging black list now, but what the hell.
(I’ve written a follow up blog and here’s the link – #MADBlogAwards A response and my thoughts