When Bobby ran into some nonsense probably generated because of jealousy, there was a void. Sure there was a site that was called “Blog of the Day” that handed out awards. But they really just took in nominations and a few days later whoever you nominated won. It just wasn’t exciting, no review, no reasoning. Here’s your fucking badge kid, link to our blog. When Bobby and Bestest Blog were locked in a battle that ended that site for all practical reasons, some of us decided it was a shame. Could an award site be created that would give an award and the taste, texture and personality of the winning blog? Voila! The Rising Blogger was created. Along with Judd Corizan, an avatar of popularity and good taste, Mimi Lenox and I did a lot of work to launch that site. We wanted to award good posts. We published seven days a week and wanted the award to mean something. I am very proud of the work that Judd, Mimi and I started. And now, along with us, Lori Hahn, Dawn Drover, Crushed by Ingsoc and Epiphany Alone keep the site going. We no longer post seven days a week, but we do publish generally two to three posts a week and I think it is still a damn good award site.
Once we received an email complimenting our work. I do not remember who sent it or the exact words, but the writer said that visiting The Rising Blogger was like a mini universe of posts from all the best blogs. You could sample a blog. It was as though the person meant that we served an appetizer from a variety of restaurants and then let you make the decision of what place to return to dine. And in spite of where I am going with this particular rant, The Rising Blogger will continue. There has to be one award that isn’t based on how many fucking links you have (I have no idea why or how Technorati decided that links mean anything. The artificial ways things like the “Big Bang” shit makes it all such a meaningless measure.) Or how many votes you get can possibly estimate your impact.
You know I would think, where I am going next. Who decided awards should be a tag game? And while anytime someone gives me an award I really am appreciative, but if everyone who gets the award has to award five more people, doesn’t that mean eventually that we will all win every award? You make me laugh. You make me smile. You make me think. For Christ’s sake it makes ME crazy! And how about Santa Claus giving out awards? Santa’s Blog of the Day? Hey, I like avatars. But deciding you’re the big guy? Give me a fucking break. I really like the blogs that I highlight in my sidebar. I love the work that I do for Judd’s site. But I hate when I go to a fucking post now and see that they have yet won another award and feel obligated to tag five of us and have the insanity start all over again. I nearly quit writing for The Rising Blogger over this issue. I said, “Judd, what is the point? We spend all this time reviewing, at times debating what post is worthy of the infamous “Post of the Day”. And then the same person wins ten other awards that week by just being tagged.”
I’m done with it. Thank you all who have awarded me by tag. I do not want to seem ungrateful, because I have been honored each time (What’s not to like about your friend’s tip of the hat?) But I think you should really have to earn an award. That was what Bobby Griffin did, and damn it, he got it right. I have taken down my “Awards and Milestones” spot. If I ever when a real award, like The Rising Blogger, although I’m not eligible for that, I will proudly post it. I will call my friends and brag. But I have never tagged an award, nor will I respond again to a tagged award.
I want to read your posts because I like you and love your blog. But when at least one of our posts a week is dealing with all the fucking awards we’ve won, we are not getting it right. I understand how we have all slipped into this trap. But ultimately have we not just lowered our collective intelligence? If you feel I am being hypercritical and should stop writing for an award blog, please tell me so. Really, I am begging you. Maybe I am just missing the whole point. But when you leave a comment on my blog that is enough of an award for me. Who was it who said, “We don’t need no stinking badges.” I would love to win another award like Bestest Blog. If I ever do, I display it proudly. Until then, I’ll just stick to my strange brand of comedy and be grateful that my friends in the blogosphere come and visit.