Who’s missed Anti Blogger? YOU did. That’s who. In case you aren’t familiar, Anti Blogger consists of blog posts that are against some aspect of blogging. Like stealing and copying recipes or Wordless Wednesday. I complain and make fun of stuff, rant and cuss. Sort of like I always do on the rest of the blog.
One of the most exciting times for new bloggers is getting an email that says “congrats, you’ve been nominated for ____(insert big website name here) TOP 25 MOTHER, FATHER, HAIRY HAMBURGER BLOGGER.”
Yay. I’m big time now, bitches. Gimme my damn trophy. I mean, that’s pretty exciting, right?
Until you figure out that it really has nothing to do with your blog or your content. In fact, after reading through the other bloggers that you are competing against, you might also realize:
a) You’ve never heard of any of these blogs.
b) No one has heard of a lot of these blogs.
c) A lot of these blogs are crappy. Like really bad crappy.
How in the hell did you end up in a top 25 contest anyway? And better yet, how did THEY end up in the same contest? Some people never consider these things and instead end up in lala land thinking winning this contest is their ticket to blog paradise. SORRY to break it to you sisters and brothers, but being included in one of these contests usually means absolutely nothing. Especially if it’s a contest where anyone can add themselves and is nominated by no one.
But anyway, forget all that. You have some pimping to do. You must win this contest and prove you’re the #1 Hairy Hamburger Blogger on the entire Internet. So you tweet, you share, you Facebook, you beg everyone you know, people in jail and even homeless people to vote for you every single day until the contest ends.
Maybe you’ll win. Maybe not. I managed to make it to #7 out of 25 with the help of my friends and family. I am pretty sure there are at least 100 other single parent blogs that kick ass better than mine (especially back then), so this is when I became suspicious. Ignore that it took all the way to the end of the contest for me to become suspicious–I’m trying to prevent this foolishness from happening to someone else.
My point is that I’ve done it and was quite successful at it. If your plan is to tell me I’m jealous because I’ve never been in a blog contest you are wrong. Plus, I already know this blog kicks ass so I don’t care.
Blog contests are a lot like round ups of the top 100 bloggers that people will sometimes list on their blogs. Just like blog lists, you will link, share and visit the site which has included you on the list and most of the time, the other 99 bloggers on the list will do the same. With blog contests, you are all generating a lot of traffic by begging people to vote for you. Multiply your people by the people on 400 other top 25 lists directed to the same site and that’s a lot of damn traffic. Usually, in exchange for a badge you can post on your site which very few people will notice or care about.
My question is, unless you win something, and unless there is some kind of criteria for winning (other than having a lot of friends), unless you can include kicking ass in this contest on your resume, is it really a legitimate contest? And how much is begging and harassing your friends and family and all of your online connections worth to you?
When I am getting paid to drive traffic, when the prize is a job (or something else of value), when I win something for forcing everyone I know to visit your site to vote for me…I may consider it.
Otherwise, blog contests are dumb. And if you are really jonesing for an award, take this one. I made it myself and it actually means something.
Have you been in a blog contest? What did you win?
Note: I did meet one of my BFF’s in a blog contest and I am grateful for that along with all of the people who did take the time to vote for me when I didn’t know any better.
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