With all the winning in the air during blogging awards season, it is ironic how many bloggers can end up feeling terribly lost during this time - with more being lost than won.
Ostensibly the losers are those of us who don't make it into one of the slots in the Top 10 Bloggers of the Universe, or whatever category we have set our heart on winning. In reality, I see much more as lost when we bloggers invest our self-worth and judgement of our blogging abilities entirely on our ability to win an ill-judged blogging award.
Ill judged only in the sense that some preliminary rounds do tend to rely on competitors harnessing as many people as possible on side to vote for them. The price of admission seeming to be to become very needy for a period of days, bugging friends, family and followers to vote for us, where every tweet or Facebook message for this hyped up period is an overt or covert segue into vote gathering.
Of course there are many bloggers who ask for a discrete vote once or twice and leave it at that, since to bang on runs the risk of incurring another loss. The potential loss of the trust capital we are mining when we go to our followers with any request - not just a competition vote.
That said, I recognise we are all motivated to action in different ways and for different reasons.
It is definitely more work, but my competitive preference is always a panel of judges - and here possibly made up of industry experts, writers, bloggers and blog readers, say, maybe throwing in a couple of wild cards. Where every blog submitted for judgement is put through a set of well thought out elimination criteria.
For instance, I would expect any blog which relies on the written post and going for 'best of anything' to be well written. That naturally, then, could form one of the criterion to make it through to the next round. That is not to say that the odd typo or grammatical error cannot be forgiven, but consistently sloppy copy should not be lauded either.
This judging method also ensures that the world of blogging is enhanced by the recognition of good quality writing and, thus, the blogging art able to withstand the naysayers who would wish to relegate the domestic blogger to irrelevant hobbyists. Naysayers who would turn the phrase 'Mommy Blogger' into something pejorative or beneath notice.