Awards Culture


Yesterday’s post was the 300th post on this blog. It was kind of a serious post, which is mostly out of character for this blog since it is really meant to be kind of a tongue and cheek kind of attitude.

Today, however, I decided that I really needed one of those blogger awards. I see them being bounced all the time and I keep wondering when someone will nominate me. I am not sure they are really serious awards, I mean it kind of seems like people just decided “I like this blogger so I am going to award them a moderately fake and self-aggrandizing award.” Makes sense.

We live in an awards culture (some call it a “trophy culture”) where everyone gets an award just for participating. They don’t deserve it for anything other than just showing up. Makes sense. I get it. Showing up is hard and takes extra effort.

So, in the spirit of the awards culture, I created my own award! I feel much better about myself now. I mean, it’s about time someone is finally recognizing that I showed up and that I am almost worthy of an award, even if I have to do it for myself. Call it “self-care.” That’s a buzz word floating around out there these days.

Also, in the spirit of “sharing is caring,” I want you to nominate someone (or maybe even yourself!) who is totally undeserving of an award but maybe feels left out. Actually, please nominate yourself if you also think the “blogger awards” thing is stupid too.

Drop your nominations in the comments section, or borrow the award and tag me in the post where you award yourself. Either way, is fine with me! Have fun with this, since that is really the intent!



  1. The Hinoeuma · August 31, 2019

    Thank you. I’ve rec’d several ‘blogging awards’, one of which came to me after I’d been gone from blogging for four years. In fact, four years ago, I didn’t even know what a blogging award was…until one was given to me, two days after I had returned, from a blogger I’d never heard of. Nice guy but, imagine my confusion when I got his award and all I could think was “I just got here! WTF is this?”

    I played along for a while but, it got stupid. I don’t play anymore and I have removed all of my posts regarding said awards. I’ve seen some bloggers with sidebar menu notices stating that they are an ‘award free blog’, which strikes me as somewhat of an oxymoron…but, that’s just me, I suppose.

    As long as I get blog hits and folks talk to me on a regular basis, THAT is my reward.



    • backuphill · September 1, 2019

      Wow! You hit the nail right on the head. I am glad there are others out there that feel the same way. It just seems silly that most of them are “nominations” that basically are just passed along, almost like a chain letter or one of those spam emails that claims they are a Nigerian princess in need of money to smuggle her vast riches out of the country. It really an honor to be selected? Not really.


      • The Hinoeuma · September 1, 2019

        Exactly. It was a little too close to the email forwards with urban legends that gave rise to Snopes and the like and, the ‘Like & Share’ nonsense on FakeBook. A lot of bloggers love the awards being passed around, like they are keeping score or something.


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