Thanks for the nomination… now don't vote for me!

To totally avoid confusion, I should mention that I posted this after the voting had closed, so this is in no way an attempt to canvass for votes.

I was recently nominated for the ‘Macmillan Love English Awards 2011‘ in the best blog category. I’d like to thank the hundred or so people who voted for me. While this will in no way prove enough for me to be proclaimed the owner of the ‘best blog’, it’s nice to know that quite a number of you appreciate my efforts here. In case you’re thinking this is a ‘vote for me’ request, it isn’t. the contest closed at the end of January: this post has deliberately been delayed for that very reason. I have nothing against people who post ‘vote for me’ requests on the likes of Twitter and Facebook, I just don’t happen to like the idea. If you’re asking someone to vote for you regardless of who the other nominees are, you’re basically saying ‘I’m not good enough to win this without relying on people voting for me without any reason beyond the fact that I know you and like you.’ Granted, this policy is unlikely to bolster my chances of ever winning anything, but there you go.

If you’d like some recognition for your blog in something like a contest… but one that you can’t fail to win, please come back in the next couple of days and enter the 27th blog carnival, which I’ll be hosting. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, click here for more details.

Thanks again for all those who voted for my blog. Sorry I didn’t put enough pressure on the rest of you; it’s just not my style.

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13 thoughts on “Thanks for the nomination… now don't vote for me!

  1. Nor mine, Adam, but have realised that that’s not how you get awards. People who do, mobilise their media, their country or city press, their students, their district, etc.

    If I put up the announcement on Facebook I feel I have already done too much. Writing emails feels like begging people to vote for me – not very cool.

    But it looks like cool never won anything so I might change my approach – though it may be very uncool to do this, I think it’s also not so cool that people who actually do get the votes are people who are nice, OK, but not really any better than you or me… just better at promoting their wares.

    And if my blog is part of my professional identity, a mirror that reflects back to my centre and my ability to support myself, pay salaries, keep the place in good shape, pay my rent etc., then I reckon I have as good a reason to tout this particular horn as anyone who touts theirs.

    Am I turning into a cynical pragmatist?

    No, I don’t think so. If I decide to do it, I will be grinding my teeth while doing it, but over here there are people sleeping in the street who had jobs last year.

    My teeth will survive the grinding and I may be able to keep my school open, keep my tutors in jobs and not join their ranks.


  2. Thanks, Marisa. Actually, your summary of the situation is much better than my original post: I feel like changing the post to contain a recommendation to go straight to the comments.

    I guess all we can do is what we feel comfortable about doing. I set my line and don’t wish to cross it. That’s why I don’t want to seem high and mighty, as people can only do what they think is OK by them.

  3. Adam,

    I didn’t think it would be kind to say you are doing a fine job of trying to point people’s votes in your direction by claiming you don’t want that award and no don’t vote for me – it’s as transparent as Chiew’s 100 tweets per hour and 45000 mythical votes (which actually don’t exist) about voting for him on some award given our by a grammar blog which all it’s doing is promoting its OWN wares – oh my god what a catch 22 situation

    The awards work for us – the badges are nice but they really don’t mean anything

    We are working towards promoting the award givers – they are the ones making a nice dollar out of it – edublogs, and all who jump on this wagon.

    1. I did wait until the voting process had finished to post this on my blog, thus negating the possibility that my post would work in that way.

      The prize for this particular award was… one dictionary! The British Council’s blog was up for the award. I’d like to imagine them being honoured with one whole dictionary. That would be fantastic.

  4. Hi Adam,

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with announcing that you’ve been nominated. At least that way readers of your blog have the opiton of voting for you should they wish (I, for example, had no idea about these awards until reading this post). However, if someone is directly soliciting votes by email or private messages on Twitter of Facebook, I think that’s taking it a bit far. This is the problem with online polls – it’s too easy to influence the vote like this. You could even get family and friends with no connection to ELT to vote!

    I’m in two minds about the value of these awards. On the one hand, recognition of the efforts made by members of the ELT blogging community is good. On the other hand, soliciting of votes can devalue them. Besides, it often strikes me that the poll/award is designed more to promote the organisers than honour the bloggers!

    I was recently nominated for ‘The Fascination Awards’ (I wasn’t sure about the name either!) All I did in way of promotion was to add the badge to my blog. At least in order to be nominated you are selected on merit (most of the time) rather than popularity.


  5. Looks like Dave and I are in agreement about who benefits from all this – same here about this fascination award – looked like someone was hoping that I would be doing their promotion for them and they kept sending me emails urging me to promote my nomination etc.

    Adam, apologies if my comment about your post was inaccurate – no offence meant against you or anyone else mentioned.

    It’s a marketing game and I think this discussion is a very healthy one lest some teachers should think that it’s only about the quality of their writing.

  6. No offence taken ;-)

    Actually, you’ve given me a lot to think about. You’re almost certainly right about the organizations organizing these awards getting more out of it than the bloggers they mention. This isn’t that big a deal, I guess. As you both say, at least you’re getting some recognition for your efforts. Regardless of the course of that recognition, it’s nice to know someone’s at least taking the time to read you.

    I think this particular *award* was taking it to the extreme by offering one dictionary as its reward. Also, some of the nominated blogs made the whole thing ridiculous. I mean, I loved Lindsay Clandfield’s ‘Six Things’ as much as anyone, but the fact that he formally closed it down at the end of 2010 made it a somewhat strange choice for best blog of 2011. Well, I guess that proves the point.

  7. This is a bit late…

    I would love to see the prize giving when/if The British Council won and they won their whole dictionary. In this time of cuts I am sure they need all the help they can get.

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