Here’s the deal. Last week I received the following comment in my wordpress blog comment area thingy place (sorry for the technical jargon) –
I love your blog. I’ve nominated it for a One Lovely Blog Award: http://mackthewriter.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/internet-miracles-can-come-true/
Click on the link to see how to accept, if you’re interested.
Firstly, let me say that I love Debbi Mack. Well, that might be overstating it a little bit. I don’t, in fact, know Debbi Mack. She was, however, one of the very first misguided bloggers to provide a link to my blog on her blog back when I started this thing up and I would like to make it quite clear that any time anyone has something nice to say about me, I’m on board. I’m certainly thankful that she thought of me. That being said…
There are a number of blogger to blogger awards with names like: The One Lovely Blog Award, The Awesome Blog Content Award, and The Look, Someone Created a Blog Award. Okay, I made that last one up, but I’m sure that if I invested enough time and nominated enough bloggers, I could get that one up and running.
Here’s how they work. When you win this award, you are requested to nominate ten other blogs…it’s essentially an award chain letter. Obviously, if every blogger that won this award were to nominate ten others, every single blogger in the world will have won within a matter of days. I’ve got to figure this hurts the prestige just a little. I mean, if after winning the Academy Award, Denzel was given ten more Oscars to quickly hand out to folks in the audience and so on and so forth…
Look, I understand why we do it for young children. I’m not opposed to the notion of every kid on every soccer team taking home a trophy when they’re six. It makes them happy. They’re young enough to forego teaching them tough lessons about the real world and let them have a miniature gold-colored, plastic statue of a forward, mid-kick atop a faux-marble base. It’s fine for kids. But I’m not quite as sold on the culture of adults that says everybody’s special and we all deserve recognition for every little thing.
The internet has helped to create a world in which anyone can rant about anything, upload hilarious shots of teenagers getting hit in the crotch, and create your very own “music” video…and talent is never a prerequisite. Like almost everything in the universe, this is good and bad. But the web’s content is still mostly the latter. I’m sorry, but we’re not all special.
But not me, I am special. Clearly. I mean, I won an award, suckers. And it comes with a questionnaire (who doesn’t want to feel like they’re being interviewed after receiving their award?) Here are the questions (complete with my answers) that accompany the One Lovely Blog Award –
1. What is your favorite color? Yellow with purple polka dots.
2. What is your favorite animal? Humans.
3. What is your favorite non-alcoholic drink? Vodka.
4. Do you prefer Facebook or Twitter? No.
5. What is your favorite pattern? I refuse to answer on the grounds that this is a ridiculous question.
6. Do you prefer giving or getting presents? I prefer the past.
7. What is your favorite number? Excuse me? That’s a little bit personal, thank you very much.
8. What is your favorite day of the week? Tomorrow.
9. What is your favorite flower? I don’t have a favorite flower. I do have a favorite flour – Self rising, wheat.
10. What’s your passion? My passion is mocking blogger awards while still trying not to look like a complete jackass. And it’s not easy. Look, I understand that people are just trying to be nice. I appreciate that. I very much appreciate that Ms. Mack took the time to say that she enjoys my writing. That does mean something to me. It means more than an award that someone created as an experiment in exponential randomness.
So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that these awards are sort of ridiculous and silly…and…thank you very much.