Thank you for the award but………

……..there’s always a but isn’t there.

I’ve been asked a lot this week why I do not accept awards, I have also this week, been the recipient of a couple from fellow bloggers, so what better time to address the situation.

Break Out

I was incarcerated once, there I said it. Phew, I’m glad that’s off my chest. Now before you panic, not in a real prison, but I was put in a detention centre by Akismet – The Spam Killers, it was a cold, dark and lonely place called ‘The Spam Folder’.

Back in the day before any of you knew me, in fact before anyone really knew me I used to get awards and would dutifully do all that was asked of me before passing them on, usually via a link on my intended recipients blog. Before long I started to run out of answers for the questions that were posed, and I also noticed that my comments were no longer showing on other peoples blogs when I stopped by. I figured at first that like me,  people had comment moderation turned on, but time passed and the comment was still no where to be seen. After a lot of head scratching I wondered if I had perhaps annoyed the entire blogging community and was being collectively shunned for my crime, hard for you to imagine I know, but yes I CAN be that irritating. I headed to the blogs of my two best friends knowing they would never desert me, ok hoping they never would, but even they had too. D I S A S T E R!

Eventually, with the help of Mr Google I was able to figure out that I had fallen foul of the filters on Akismet and due to the link posting for the awards, I had been banned for my crimes and branded as Spam. After about a month of pleading and begging people to release me I was finally freed and able to feel the sun on my face, or on my pages…..ahh whatever….I was free, and there I wish to remain.

I have not done awards since, I cherish being able to leave comments and interact with everyone. That however does not mean I am ungrateful, far from it, there is nothing better than knowing that someone liked you enough to put you on their list, it is praise indeed. In the act of doing so, they then introduce you to some of their friends and your little community grows, as far as networking goes, it is a useful tool, just be careful with the links.

Another thing about awards is the fact that you usually have to nominate a certain amount of people to pass the torch too. This used to cause me terrible problems, I hated leaving anyone out as each person who follows and interacts here is unique with different endearing qualities. When you love everyone equally it’s hard to make choices.

I know I’m not here as often as I would like, I’m trying to make changes to rectify this, but hang around, read the comments and interact, not just with me but with everyone who comments here, that’s what this blog is all about, community and hopefully it’s funny too. I have the best bunch of people that can be found on WordPress and there is always room for more, make yourself at home.

To the people who nominated me this week, thank you very much, please know that it is appreciated. Janey from Cupid or Cats is pretty famous in blogging circles so I am humbled indeed and the lovely Ritu from But I Smile Anyway labelled my blog as funny, you have no idea how ridiculously pleased that made me, because after all, that’s the name of the game.

All in all a good end to a pretty up and down week. Whilst looking particularly stressed after a meeting this week, my very nice boss asked if he could make me a cup of tea to which I replied, “I’m away for a smoke, I need nicotine, we’re well past the tea stage!

And on that happy note, till next time eejits!

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55 thoughts on “Thank you for the award but………

  1. I keep meaning to get on this, but I am just going to have a general awards page to thank people and promote their blogs. I appreciate the thought each time though but yeah, I can’t give 20 more facts about me that y’all can’t already read LOL

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  2. Hi Juls I hope the weekend gives you some rest and recovery time.
    I have to say I have found the award thing very stressful. Thankfully I don’t get many but the idea of nominating others is daunting, so I’m like you I say no politely.

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  3. Three points Eejit :D
    1. I had all my comments in other blogs (not my own) end up in Akismet spam. I started a thread in WP Forum and a Happiness ……ummm…….engineer gave me the email address of Akismet who freed my comments very quickly.
    2. One time I had over 60 spam comments an hour hit my notifier. Once again WP Forum H.Engineer told me to go through all the comments in the past (about 4000) and delete any Anonymous comments even if they look genuine. I found 4. Within a couple of days my notifier was back to normal.
    3. Awards. I don’t do them. Too much work, but I thank the blogger for the thought.
    Happy Sunday :D <3

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  4. I didn’t realise replying to awards could make WordPress think that you’re spam! That’s good to know, not that my blog is going to win any awards, lol

    Oh, a couple of your links have been tagged by Chrome as being unsafe. The Avengers one and the Weekly Writing Challenge. Just thought I’d give you a heads up! :)

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    • Oh I have no doubt that you will win awards and one day the penny will drop and you’ll be like….ahhhh that’s what that eejit meant, I get it now lol

      Yikes re Google, I have absolutely no clue where to head for that one, will have to search their own pages for wisdom lol

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  5. I totally understand. I actually have neglected a lot of these awards. And I often wonder why it’s seen as necessary to notify your nominees when you can just link to them and they get the notification then. Anyway, I nominated you because I enjoy your blog and you’re a gas ticket :)

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  6. […] I’ve seen the ‘Get to know me’ type challenge doing the rounds for a while now, but never really paid much attention. I’m not usually a fan of tag type prompts / awards, mainly because way back when I first started I had a few issues with Akismet thinking I was a pain in the arse robot or something else sinister. If you’re interested you can read why I choose to be an Award free blog here. […]

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