Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Why I am Not Going to Win an Eddie - And I am Ok With That


Ahh the Edublog Awards, affectionately known as the Eddies, are upon us and with that comes all the "Vote for me!" tweets and posts as well as the misgivings people have about awards.  And boy does that get boring after a while.  But let's be real here for a second, it is nice to be recognized by someone that your blog is worthwhile.  In fact, it is really nice.  I was lucky enough to be nominated in 3 different categories, all new to me, and all way out of my league.  Most influential post...did you see who I am in company with?  So that is why I am certain I will not win, and I am ok with that.

The thing is, I am still fairly new to this blogging world.  I started 1 1/2 years ago not intending to write to anyone but just as a matter of reflection for myself as I changed my teaching dramatically.  In that time I have shared many personal stories as well about losing a pet, various competitions, and even the heartbreak of losing a pregnancy.  This blog has morphed into a true reflection of my life, my dreams, and my fight for students first in education.  And for that I am proud.  I look at some of the contenders in the awards and I realize that I have far to go, many miles to walk and mountains to climb before I reach their level.  It simply is not my time.

So if you stumble upon the EduBlog Awards take some time to read the other people.  Discover new blogs if you feel like it and weigh their contribution.  Don't worry about how long they have been blogging but rather whether or not you have been moved by their writing.   Worry about whether it speaks to your heart, or whether it changes your mind.  Then vote for them or maybe don't even vote but add them to your reader.  Celebrate the diversity of the voices out there and know that being nominated is indeed an honor, but not a necessity to be a great blogger.  My biggest prize from blogging are the connections I make, the comments I get, the ways I am challenged through  discussion.  I win that every week, and that I am ok with.

5 comments:

John T. Spencer said...

If it helps at all, I wasn't nominated. Then again, I've been pretty vocal in my criticism of awards and the Edublogs in particular (especially the shame that it brings up in me).

You've got a large, passionate community who loves your blog, though. Ultimately that's what matters.

Tom said...

I'm too much of an obnoxious, disrespectful prick to ever be nominated for an Edublog award, so ... yeah.

Actually, I found that when someone actively seek out the recognition, he/she comes off as false and it's easy to see through whatever they're writing to the motivation they have ("If I post enough someone will want me to write a book!"). Sometimes it goes even further and they oversell to the point where the it's the blogging equivalent of standing on a street corner.

But I digress (see? Obnoxious and disrespectful ... but I wasn't talking about you). I've been enjoying your blog for quite a while. Don't know who this Spencer character is, though.

Jose Vilson said...

Agreed with the gentlemen above this comment, though I do take issue with the "diversity" comment. More if / when I make the effort. Hmm.

Mrs Ripp aka @pernilleripp said...

Thank you gentlemen for your comments. I must admit that I am baffled that you John did not get a single nomination and it makes me once again realize how skewed these things are. What I know for sure is if we keep writing and yelling for change from within the system; we can create something. That is all that matters.

tsheko said...

Just discovered your blog which is in my category. I share your sentiment, well said. My first time too. Glad I found your blog and will continue to check in.

 

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