There are a lot of “Blogging Awards” getting passed around, and although I appreciate every one I receive (as I’m sure you do too), I would feel more worthy if I knew I had actually done something to achieve them. That being said, I thought I would propose a Blog Challenge of my own. Welcome to the “Speaker’s Ball” where you will have a chance to earn some brand new Blogging rewards.
What greater satisfaction is there for a writer than to have readers that appreciate what they do? And what greater satisfaction for a reader than to have a writer that cares about what you appreciate? Let’s highlight and honor the stand-outs.
Are you up for the challenge? I promise I’m not going to ask you to reveal “7 things about yourself” or to nominate and pass an award on to 15 other Bloggers. Sound like fun? It will be if you participate!
The ”Speaker’s Ball” Blog Challenge
To win the “Speaker’s Ball Blog Challenge Award” all you have to do is complete the following three (3) part challenge. Each step is it’s own individual post and should be linked (pinged) back to this post so I know who is participating. Be sure to also ping — or otherwise notify your nominees in step-3. Once all entries are in I will create a poll with the qualifying candidates so readers can vote.
Challenge begins February 1st, 2013 and ends February 28th, 2013 at midnight PST
When putting your pieces together imagine it is a page (or part of a page) in a magazine or news paper. Before submitting, think about more than the words, also think about how it should look and feel. Are you utilizing all of the free tools available through the WordPress platform? HINT: Adding “related articles” and “related images” along with multiple “share” options helps increase your chances of gaining new readers.
Step-1…“SCOOP”, Apx. 300-500 words…You are a roving reporter and you must write a news piece — with images, on anything that is currently trending. This can be something that is trivial or something that is of great and/or historical significance. It’s your call.
Step-2…“SEPARATED AT BIRTH”, Min. of 500 words…You just discovered I am your twin sister. We were separated at birth. You never knew you had a twin sister and have only found me in adulthood…how did you find out and what happens next? Is it like looking in a mirror?
Step-3…“BLOG REVIEWS” (see details below)…There are multiple awards that are available (in addition to the “Speaker’s Ball” award above) to you or other Bloggers and you help choose the winners! Add three (3) links to three (3) different Blogs that you think should win one of the awards below. Choose your three (3) nominees carefully and be sure to designate for which award they are being nominated — choosing from the list below. Each award has a brief description to help you in your determinations. Don’t forget, these are awards of merit not “pass-it-on awards”. The nominees do notautomatically win just because they are nominated - so please do not take an award. Also of note, your nominees do NOT need to take part in the challenge itself. It is YOUR participation here that qualifies them.
*A list of the nominated Blogs/Bloggers will be compiled and posted here from the entries that are pinged back to this Blog by all challenge participants. Once the nominees are in and categorized, I will ask you to visit the Blog of each nominee up for consideration and then cast your vote. **A Poll will be created and inserted on this page after all the nominations are in.
You may nominate any Blog or Blogger you wish for any of the awards below, but you are limited to three (3).
My (3) NOMINATIONS are (be sure to ping ‘back link‘ them and this post so I can keep track and of all of the nominees).:
1. Blog Name – Blog/Post Link – Award chosen and why you nominated them for it
2. Blog Name – Blog/Post Link – Award chosen and why you nominated them for it
3. Blog Name – Blog/Post Link – Award chosen and why you nominated them for it
Blogging Award Categories
“THE GUT BUSTER AWARD”: Do you have a favorite funny man (or woman) in your “reader” who consistently makes you smile, giggle, and occasionally blow soda out of your nose? Tickle their funny bone by showing your appreciation. Nominate them for the all new “Gut Buster” Blogging Award! This award has never been won by another blogger. Your favorite could be the first if your peers agree.
“THE WORD PUSHER AWARD”: Do you find yourself frequenting a particular Blog over and over again? Don’t Bogart that Blog; instead nominate them for the all new “Word Pusher” Blogging award! Tell us about the “great blog” your “addicted” to! Who said addictions are bad? This award has never been won by another blogger. Your favorite could be the first if your peers agree.
“THE INTELLECT AWARD”: We all have a Blog we read that really makes us think. A Blogger who poses great questions and always has something important to teach us. Nominate your favorite “Intellect”. This award has never been won by another blogger. Your favorite could be the first if your peers agree.
“THE 7TH SENSE AWARD”: have you seen any romantic, sexy, sensual Bloggers on WordPress? There are a few that really stand-out from the sleaze Nominate your favorite Blogger who has the “7th Sense”. This award has never been won by another blogger. Your favorite could be the first if your peers agree.
“THE COMMUNITY MAKER AWARD”: Once in a while you stumble across a Blogger so thoroughly committed to truth, peace, love, and community. Someone who leads by example. Nominate your WordPress community leader. This award has never been won by another blogger. Your favorite could be the first if your peers agree.