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.