I have some bad news to share with the diabetes community.
I have decided to cancel this year’s Diabetes O.C. Blog Awards.
The reasons are varied, and I honestly wish I had made this decision before spending six hours putting together the nomination forms, but I suppose this is how it goes.
The main reason: I found out today that the service I used caps responses at 100 people. I can only have 100 nomination forms using the basic account. To get upgrade and receive 1000 responses, it would cost me $20 a month. With the awards going over a two month period, that’s $40.
Forty dollars of my own money going to something that I invented as a publicity stunt to spread the word throughout the diabetes community so that the magazines and forums would have a reason to link to the O.C. and we would get more traffic.
But I have to be honest: I hate the awards.
I think everyone hates them a little bit.
I hate spending hours crawling through the Directory, trying to sift out the old blogs and broken links.
I hate trying to figure out which categories people really fit in. Are they educational? Are they personal? Are the both? Aren’t we all educational? Aren’t we all personal? What about the types of diabetes that are too small to have their own category? Should have a special category for the three self-identified type 1.5 bloggers? Should I put them in Type 2 because they use metformin? Type 1 because they are on Lantus?
Yesterday, I said to Fran Kaufman, “I miss the good ole days when there were only two kinds of diabetes.”
I don’t know. And honestly, I don’t care anymore. The Diabetes O.C. doesn’t need awards. You’re all amazing and you all have dedicated readers. You don’t need to see an icon on the side of a blog that says “Best Female Blogger” to know whether or not you should read someone.
I hate that these awards make people feel bad because they think they have no chance of being nominated. That wasn’t why I started them, but that’s always the con to doing awards.
There are far better ways.
Take look at the Directory. I have it broken down into specific categories to help you find who you are looking for. Do some link-hopping. See a comment and what to know who the person is? Click on their name. You never know what great new blogs you’ll discover. Do you have a blog and you want someone to notice you? Start commenting. When people see your name and a brief comment, they’ll want to know who this person is. Then you’ll start getting comments.
It’s the great circle of comments.
If you want to take over the awards, go for it. I’ll even give you the award icons that Gina created.
The awards don’t mean anything. I made them up. The greatest award, in my opinion, is knowing that my blog is helping. And you show me that. Every day. If your blog has helped even just one person, you have the best blog. If you have met one new blogger who is changing your life for the better, they have the best blog. Because who knew, way back in 1997 when Dave Winer decided to string this code together, that blogs would be the impetus to a movement of patient-initiated education and support?
That’s kind of a miracle. And you’re part of it.