Shawn L. Bird

Original poetry, commentary, and fiction. All copyrights reserved.

Blog award policy July 13, 2013

Thank you for your nominations for awards.

I am honoured.

I appreciate the kind thoughts;

however, it is my policy now to decline such nominations.


I am supposed to be writing novels

(after I get home from my day job).

I’m having enough trouble focusing!


image from Photos by Ava Franklin At Hidden Gems Bookstore in Salmon Arm

image from Photos by Ava Franklin
At Hidden Gems Bookstore in Salmon Arm


50 Responses to “Blog award policy”

  1. 1writeplace Says:

    You ask, “What do you think?”
    I think you have such a gift for words and show us a kind heart in other places on your blog, that this “policy” just doesn’t match. It feels very corporate.
    I would hope that someone would tell me the same thing, so I hope I have not offended you. That was not my intention. Feel free to delete this, I will not be offended at all.

    • Thanks Patti. It’s just that the one time I tried to deal with the requirements of accepting an award, it took well over four hours to answer the questions, create my own post, find other blogs to nominate and then to send them all their nominations. When I was done, I was forced to acknowledge that with all my responsibilities, I simply don’t have that kind of time. So I must decline the nominations, though with gratitude for the kind intention. 🙂

      • 1writeplace Says:

        I do agree. I can’t believe the time they take. They are essentially chain letters, which I abhor. I just thank people and break the chain now:>)

  2. I’m with you, Shawn. It is really nice to receive one of these awards but very time consuming to pass them on. I have all I can do to find the time to write a blog post and still have time to edit Ian’s writings. Your idea to thank the award giver and leave it at that is probably the best course for us to follow as well. Too bad, but I’m afraid it is a necessity.

    • It’s all about spreading the ‘blog love’ around, but perhaps inviting someone to do a guest post or interviewing them on your blog would be more beneficial? I’ve just thought of that. Hmm.

  3. Shivani Panchmatia Says:

    Hi there I have nominated you for “Everyone deserves an award….”

    Please find the information on the below link if you choose to accept the award nomination. (P.S i know you wont accept it but just in case ……)

    Hope to continue reading brilliant stuffs from you as always.

    Shivani Panchmatia

  4. Reaching Out Says:


    I just nominated you for:

    One Lovely Blog Award
    Inner Peace Award

    You don’t have to accept the award if it’s not your cuppa tea, but please accept my sincere appreciation of your work.

    Please drop by and check it out here:

    Congrats and cheers!

  5. quarksire Says:

    yeah i agree with ya i spent a lotta time pondering whether er not to involve with the pay it forward on awards thing, thought maybe this is where ud have the ones folks sent u but i do see ur point shawn, i did add u to my page anyhow it is jest a blog to give credit to where credit is due and good way to share ur fav friends pages i guess, so wanted u to know u were added to my blog award page as one of my favorite enjoyable reads, I kinna into the pay it forward movements that are in honest appreciation, is a bit of what makes my werld go roundy round…oh declination aprooved! is kewl 🙂 .. namaste 2 u! & take care overanout..Q

  6. Hi Shawn,
    I am so glad to have found you and your blog-thank you so much for making yourself known to me by visiting me at Engaging….from one proud eccentric to another I wish you every good thing and lots of finished pages!

  7. Kaufman's Kavalkade Says:

    Well, maybe we at Andy Kaufman’s Kavalkade Krew need a Blog Award Policy as well. We will give this deep thoughts. Perhaps even ask Jack Handey what he thinks.

  8. Loca Gringa Says:

    Awards should be given for work done, not causing you to do work as though in a chain letter. I would like to see a blogger award that doesn’t involve sending out 10 nominations! I myself don’t participate. I’ve received many and do thank those individuals but will not post chain awards.

  9. Cerridwynn Says:

    Well Please accept my compliments in knowing I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Enjoy writing your novels!

  10. I agree with you. We appreciate the honors. But all the follow through consumes time that is needed for all the other stuff we do. Have a wonderful holiday.

  11. I hear you on this one!! I love love love getting likes and comments especially and feedback on my writing…that is such a treat for me. I also work full time and thankfully I live alone, so Bette, my feline bff is the only one I am neglecting but she lets me know alright:)

  12. Just a bit of fun in appreciation of your awesome writing dear poet

    You are cordially invited on a blog tour

  13. Yes, as appreciative as I am about awards, my heart does tend to sink these days — just a little — when yet another comes my way. With the last one I received, I did cheat a little by only passing the award on to one person, on the grounds that I didn’t want to shower too many awards on people who’d already received one or more from me already.

    • The thing is that they’re really not awards, they’re chain letters. No one likes chain letters. lol

      • I hadn’t thought of it that way, although there do seem to be a growing number of recipients who say “thank you” but don’t follow up with a post. As far as I know, no bad luck befalls them as a result!!!

        Blog tours are much more fun to participate in, although still hard work and a diversion from novel-writing.

      • Yes, at least the name reflects the reality with a blog tour! If you don’t have time for touring, you can easily decline. I suspect we often feel guilty declining ‘an award’ because it sounds like an honour, whereas a tour sounds like work. 😉

  14. […] “I am supposed to be writing novels (after I get home from my day job). I’m having enough trouble focusing!” […]

  15. I understand the need to focus. It is difficult. What are some things you do to clear your mind to focus on the writing at hand?

  16. Thank you for liking “Snowflakes” and for following my blog. I feel the same way you do about blogging awards. While it is nice to be nominated, it requires extra work that I do not have time for. I also do not like the chain mail aspect of blogging awards and burdening other people with nominations.

    I have thought about putting a “no blog awards” message somewhere on my blog, but I do not think I need it because I have been nominated only once so far.

  17. unbolt Says:

    Liebster Blog Award. Let’s fly with me!

    (I’m not a cuckoo… Well, not completely the cuckoo. I just wanted to say that I nominate you!)

    P.S. You don’t accept awards. I see. Any way – thanks for your lovely blog!

  18. Ol' Big Jim Says:

    Congratulations! I have just given you the Very Inspiring Blog Award. Of course, you are under no obligation to accept it, and of course, I know your policy. Nevertheless, I wanted to at least pass the award to you as a way of thanking you for being a constant inspiration to your readers!

  19. JustSomeDood Says:

    this is just to inform you that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award 🙂 however I understand and respect your decision to decline.

  20. Hi Shawn L. Bird. I nominated you for the 3 Quotes 3 Days Challenge. But I don’t even know if I did it right, so any ways *awkward pause* you have a great blog and I hope you have a good day. 🙂

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