After much thought, I decided to remove my blog from Circle of Moms’ Top 25 Family Blogs contest.
While I was super honored and thankful that I was even nominated and that my blog was doing well in the contest, I didn’t like who I ended up turning into.
Contests held by Circle of Moms and contests that are run similar require people to vote on bloggers’ blogs and the blog(s) that has the most votes wins the contest. People can vote every 24 hours and the contest normally goes on for 2-4 weeks. Bloggers are encouraged to tell their readers, fans and followers about the contest so that they can vote for their blog.
I have, personally, never agreed with those types of contests. While I know that many consider them to be fun, I just don’t like the idea that people can vote and the blog(s) with the most votes wins the contest. I don’t think that you can rank blogs. I read quite a few myself and would never rank them because I feel as though every blog is great in their own way. I’ve even heard of cases where certain bloggers got their votes unfairly (i.e. voting for themselves on multiple computers, promised their readers a giveaway if they voted, etc…) and I never felt like getting involved in that sort of thing. Friendly competition can be great but, when it comes to ranking blogs — even blogs in the same niche –, I just don’t like it. That, there are plenty of small blogs out there that have great content, but they lack in a huge following. Bigger blogs naturally have more followers so, with contests like these, the smaller blogs don’t have much room, if any, to shine because they don’t have as many followers to go to and ask for votes.
Despite how I felt about those contests, I was still elated to have been nominated. I mean, I’m a blogger who was recognized as having a pretty influential family blog — the top 25! That’s awesome! It felt so good knowing that someone liked my blog enough to nominate me and so warm that my own readers, fans and followers voted for me as often as they did. Every day, and even multiple times a day, I kept posting the link to the contest so that my readers, fans and followers could vote for me. Then, one day, I was fixing to check out the contest to see how my blog was doing. I was so eager to see how many votes I had and I was looking so forward to seeing my blog be ahead of other blogs. It kind of felt like adrenaline.
And then I stopped. What was I doing? I was actually wishing and hoping that other blogs fell behind mine so that I could be in the top 5. I was hoping that more and more of my readers put in their votes, so much so that I was posting the link to the contest a couple of times a day on my blog’s Facebook page and on Twitter. After I realized what exactly the contest was doing to me, I felt ugly. An ugly person who got lost in a contest that, honestly, I don’t care much about because, as long as my readers like my blog, well, that’s all I care about. Even if that love isn’t displayed on a popular website like Circle of Moms.
I really appreciate that some of you took the time to put your vote(s) in for me — it means a lot to me, even though I ended up removing myself from the contest. It’s so easy to get caught up in competition. I didn’t and still don’t agree with the one that I was in myself. It’s like I was sucked in. I’m sorry that I lost myself in the contest.
I really hope that you continue to read my blog and enjoy the content that I put on it. I work really hard on it and love every aspect of blogging. I don’t see myself doing anything else.
Thank you for being a reader.