I have given this serious thought over the past few months. On both sides of my writing, author and journalist, I could care less how many awards I win. There are a few reasons why I do.

I realize awards mean recognition, either by readers or peers. To me, they are just another line on a resume. Most awards are nothing but popularity contests. Some just prove how much ass kissing a person can do. Especially on the internet, there are so many awards a writer can win. Major publications / organizations down to individual bloggers have them. Not all are based on a specific criteria. Some are just created for the person / organization to get noticed. At worst, to satisfy a person's ego. Example: "Hey, check this out. I am giving out awards in these categories. I have no, established, criteria. I really do not have any valuable content. I have awards for writers." This is an extreme example, but, it does exist.

I do not blame writers for trying to get any award. For new writers / authors it could mean increased sales and exposure. For writers who want to make it their career / life, it could backfire in the long run. A long list of awards does not always mean you are a great writer. Popularity does not always equal quality. By popularity, I mean amount of awards received; not feedback and reviews.

At best, I try for reviews and interviews. Interviews I enjoy because they help me explain my writing. Another reason: some of the questions asked make me look at my writing from a different angle / perspective. Reviews is fairly obvious. What the readers think of my book or article.

If I ever win any awards, would I turn them down? Honestly, it would depend on the person / organization. If they are established and very credible, no. If they are not credible, yes. This would be open to my interpretation and research.

Do I enter contests and kiss ass for them? No. I admit to trying to kiss the local media's ass for an interview. I did get one without doing that. I did get an interview from another author / blogger. Every contest I would enter takes time away from writing and other projects.

I also admit to being guilty of planning awards at the end of this year. There will be only a few categories. I am calling this "honors". I know the terms are synonyms. There are differences. The "honors" I am planning will be based on my criteria which I will post. They will also be based on what I have experienced. Right now, music / humanitarian / writers will be my main categories. My, end of year, "honors" will not be a popularity contest. I do not care how much of a following someone has. Yes, I am guilty of what I have stated in the this article. I also realize authors / writers / musicians may not take it seriously. I do not expect anyone to. I want to give recognition to people I feel deserve it. I will not be doing for my own ego or site views by a long shot.

Yeah, I did think about starting an e-zine (magazine in ebook format). I had a few suggestions on the local side. Both local and beyond are over-saturated with publications. I do think about writing from both sides: The writer and publisher.

Feel free to leave comments and disagree with me.

Vonda Norwood
02/05/2013 9:14am

This is a very interesting take. My only thought, so many writers bloggers ETC... who's to say who is reputable? That's the thing about entertainment of any kind. All is subjective. BUT LOADS OF FUN!!! This is why I prefer being Independent. I can enjoy what I enjoy just because I do enjoy it.


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