Ashley Rants

So, I think a lot of things are lame. People who make jokes like this are lame, twins who wear matching outfits are lame, but mostly,  awards are lame. People should produce good work for the sake of good work and self-fulfillment. I guess I just really don’t like the artificial incentive and sense of self-importance created by awards. Self-fulfillment > Self-importance. The obvious exceptions to this are childhood spelling bee prodigies, A+ to you, now get a real hobby — and some friends.

This brings me to the blogger awards, a system of awards apparently catered towards people who have too much time on their hands. I’ve seen this going around WP, and unsurprisingly, I think it’s super lame. Like seriously, I am excited when someone reads my blog, why would I nominate myself for an award and then make my beloved readers sign up for an account on something just to inflate my own ego?

Though, if I was way less apathetic, I would entertain the idea of running for Worst Blog of All Time, especially since I am quite interested in being the polar opposite of the blog that is winning for Best Blog of All Time.

Basically, if you see this on someone’s blog, they are taking themselves way too seriously. Real talk.




28 thoughts on “Ashley Rants

  1. joehoover says:

    The awards have been puzzling me lately, from what I can gather its a form of chain letter as you nominate 15 others to receive it. Whether a family member dies if you don’t forward it I’m unsure. whilst I may ultimately be the cause of someone dying it won’t be because I didn’t join the blog awards bandwagon.

      1. philosophermouseofthehedge says:

        the chain blog nomination thing is a little creepy….is it “someone” trying to increase all traffic on WordPress press for some unknown purpose….or someone with not enough to do….someone who just likes to manipulate people for giggles?….it sort of reminds me of elm. school….

  2. talker96 says:

    Speaking as a former Spelling Bee prodigy whose self-fulfillment needs are often put aside for self-gratification, I found your post to be very disheartening. I realize now that I shouldn’t have entered my blog into every single category that the bloggers choice awards offered(vote for me) and I especially shouldn’t have submitted ideas for new award categories,(Best Hair, Best use of the word “Twas”, Best in Show and Most Eco-Friendly).
    You have made me see the err of my ways, though I was really looking forward to seeing Jack Black(I heard he was hosting this year)
    Nice post.

  3. themiddlestsister says:

    Aw, I like awards. It turns out my mom saved every single award I’d ever gotten and didn’t fully appreciate at the time of receipt. Every single certificate, ribbon, and medal since preschool. She gave them to me all at once a few months ago when she was cleaning out the garage. It was pretty great to go through them all. Nobody’s given me an award since high school and I didn’t really go on to do anything that great… but suddenly I had all this evidence in my very hands that other people recognized I was a “Good Sharer,” that I often “Exceeded Expectations” and the principle really cared that I had perfect attendance. It kind of felt great.

    I am, admittedly, incredibly lame, though.

  4. Paula Tohline Calhoun says:

    Good one, AJ! With one exception: My blog was named the “World’s Sexiests BLog of 2011.” Can’t remember who gave me the award – maybe it was me. THht award is at least as good as being the worst. . .but I would take tnat one too.

  5. Linda Vernon says:

    Well these wouldn’t be so bad if they were awards for something that really meant something. Here’s a few Blog Awards I’d like to see:

    Best Creative Punctuation Blog
    Best Typed With One Finger Blog
    Best Written While Drunk Blog
    Best Reanimated Dead Body Blog
    Best Stolen Material Blog
    Best Siamese Twin Blog (sometimes same winner as Best Typed with One Finger Blog)
    Best Dictated by Brain in Jar Blog
    Best Humorous Blog Untilizing Wackadoodle in Every Sentence Blog. (I might possibly be a contender on this one, with a little work, of course.)

  6. matthewsmark says:

    Couldn’t agree more that good work should be done for the sake of good work. I’ve never heard of the blogger awards before, but I don’t imagine that I’ll be casting a vote any time soon.

  7. joem18b says:

    speaking as a twin, i can’t help it if my dweeb brother wears the same thing I do. If you see us dressed the same, please note that “I’m with Lame.”

  8. Kemi says:

    Interesting take on awards, Ashley. I love how you speak your mind. I guess I’ve always felt that these awards were a way of exposing blogs you like and not really about self-importance as such. Well, who knows? Everyone has different motives. Thought provoking post- great! K

  9. bestbathroombooks says:

    Once again, AJ pulls out her x-ray specs and reveals that the emperor has no clothes. For all the people that have been involved in the “Best Blog” hype, don’t feel bad. I actually bought mags from Publisher’s Clearing House one year.
    Brats Rule!

  10. LisaaLinh says:

    First time stumbling upon your blog, but I love it! I didn’t even know there were blogger awards, how strange.

    – LisaaLinh @

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