wings and things


on February 27, 2012

I have an aversion to awards, accolades and so on. When I wrote my PhD, many years ago now, I did so because I wanted passionately to write about something, not get a PhD. It was a couple of years before I got around to adding “Dr” to my name on the office door at the university and I only did that because my mother insisted (hehe!) I did try for a promotion a couple of times but I failed because the promotion application required me to sing my own praises across several octaves and I just couldn’t get used to that kind of tune.

So, at the risk of seeming ungracious, I haven’t responded to the multitude of award nominations I’ve received from fellow bloggers (well, three!) because, again, I just cannot seem to play to that tune. I’m grateful to those lovely nominators but something stops me from entering into that kind of thing; I hope that’s okay. I guess I also have a bit of an aversion to the various rules of the award games; I would rather acknowledge other bloggers via url-ing or re-blogging.

Am I being a bad sport?

19 responses to “Awards

  1. Tilly Bud says:

    No. I feel the same way. I try to link to other blogs as often as possible, instead.

  2. melissakoski says:

    I say you’re not a bad sport. You’re never wrong for being who you are!
    (Hooray for your Mom making you add Dr. to your name though)

  3. dodsy says:

    nope!! each to their own julie 😉

  4. narhvalur says:

    Congrats Doc, that was VERY interesting news! 🙂 Ann

  5. narhvalur says:

    I reblogg, think that’s a good thing here at WordPress!

  6. tootlepedal says:

    The awards are in effect chain letters and have no intrinsic value so you are right to turn them down. I’m impressed by your Dr though, it takes some hard work to get one of those. I fooled around so much as a student that I got a lot of experience but I didn’t get anything worthy of respect.

  7. magsx2 says:

    Don’t think you are the only one that does not reply to awards. I also go down this track, and I think people do understand, and don’t worry too much about it at all. Everyone has their own way of doing things. 🙂

  8. I don’t think you’re a bad sport at all! I understand completely.

  9. victoriaaphotography says:

    No, you’re definitely not a bad sport at all, Doc.
    As dodsy says: ‘Each to their own’.
    I find the ‘rules’ of these blogging awards a wee bit tedious. How on earth do you ‘choose’ 10 other blogs – I really like ALL the blogs I follow (otherwise I wouldn’t follow them, would I?).

  10. Not a bad sport at all. I’d say an honest sport. I’d much rather know my friend or “nominee” is being honest with how they feel genuine and sincere. Its after all just a silly kind of game we play, these awards.

    I think of playing along as something similar to giving myself permission to be playful. No worries Julie!!

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