The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 August 2005

Statue of limitations

There's a scene in Woody Allen's Annie Hall where Alvy Singer (Allen) has come to Los Angeles, and just about the very first thing he says is "What's with all these awards? They're always giving out awards. Best Fascist Dictator: Adolf Hitler."

It's not that I have anything against awards per se — in fact, I hand out a few every year myself — but I've never seen myself as a trophy collector, which is why my enthusiasm for blog awards runs rather tepid at best.

In the past, I would explain it this way: "If I win, I feel undeserving and creeped-out. If I lose, I feel undeserving and creeped-out. What's the upside?"

That said, I have turned in my ballot for the 2005 Okie Blog Awards, and I wish good luck to those for whom I voted, none of whom, per the rules, were me.

Posted at 8:42 AM to Blogorrhea

I struggled with that same logic in considering the formation of the Okie Blog Awards. Realizing the limitations of any Awards process, I'd hoped the benefits of showcasing a variety of blogs outside the realm of many blogger's normal viewing pattern would broaden our blog horizon and strengthen our sense of community as Oklahoma bloggers. Plus, most folks enjoy feedback; especially bloggers.

Blogging is a potent communication vehicle for the masses, and bringing us together by honoring, supporting and sharing appreciation of our diversity is the main thing these Awards are designed to accomplish. That is unless you want to pay for an advertisement. ;)

And thanks, Charles, for playing along. I know your honest evaluation is valued by many bloggers.

I'd wish you good luck, but don't know if you want it or not. Instead, may the best blogs win.

Posted by: MikeH at 12:00 PM on 28 August 2005

What's good, I think, is the exposure for lesser-known blogs; there are at least half a dozen nominees I hadn't read before, and this gave me a perfect justification to give them a look. (It's hard enough to keep up with the dozens on the blogroll.)

On the other hand, I have to wonder how it is I got nominated in nearly half the categories. :)

Posted by: CGHill at 12:10 PM on 28 August 2005

Even though you don't see yourself as deserving, many of us do. You are a staple in the Oklahoma blogsphere; an anchored rock. It would not seem right to not have your name in half the categories.

I agree with you and Mike, this has been excellent opportunity to broaden my horizons to Oklahoma blogs and to cheer the recognition of blogs that I view as deserving.

Posted by: Babs at 1:53 PM on 28 August 2005

If there'd been a category for wordplay (some of which I actually get), you'd be a shoe-in.

Posted by: unimpressed at 2:28 PM on 29 August 2005