… and then you realize the pig likes it
Posted by aogWednesday, 07 January 2009 at 20:35 TrackBack Ping URL

I have been seeing some mentions lately on various weblogs about the “2008 Weblog Awards”. What is amazing to me is that some normally reasonable people take these seriously. For example, Little Green Footballs is concerned that Juan Cole is leading one category. While I am in complete agreement concerning Cole himself, so what if he wins this? Any contest with Internet based voting is going to smell quite gamey to start with, but this one lets you vote again every so often. It’s clearly designed to favor weblogs with the most fanatical fans which is rarely a mark of quality. The few categories I haved looked at from those various mentions are all being won by what seem to be the most infantile and angry content. I will treat the winners the same way I do winners of the Nobel Peace Prize — people whose humanity (or basic sanity) is suspect until proven otherwise.

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Andrea Harris Wednesday, 07 January 2009 at 23:31

I’ve never understood the appeal of these weblog awards things. Is there money involved? If not, then why do bloggers care what other people think of them? The only advantage I suppose this sort of thing has is that is advertising. That brings in eyeballs and money and attention (maybe) from the dead tree and broadcast media (which still has most of the money). But other than that, it’s just a popularity contest. I wasn’t interested in them in junior high, I am certainly not interested now.

erp Thursday, 08 January 2009 at 08:53

I used to tell my kids that what it takes to be popular in high school isn’t necessarily what it takes to be a success in the real world.

Apparently I was wrong.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 08 January 2009 at 11:11

No, because winning one of these awards has very little to do with “success”, unless that is defined purely as having the most rabid cult in your weight class.

Andrea Harris Thursday, 08 January 2009 at 11:21

Hmm. I’m not interested in being popular, but inspiring my very own rabid cult — now that’s an accomplishment! I think I’ve got an idea for the next blog contest…

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