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Industry Awards and the Rubber Chicken

Written by David Harry   
Saturday, 29 December 2007 17:34

Well it seems that it is Awards Season in the blog-o-sphere and we actually got nominated for something! As is only fitting, the only thing we were nominated for is a Rubber Chicken award, it just figures don’t it? It seems that Jeff and I tickled a few funny bones with our 2 Part Series dubbed ‘the Sphinn Awards (Part I and II)'. Considering I do enjoy playing the class clown, I am more than pleased to have made it as a finalist.

For those that missed it, here are the posts;

The Sphinn Awards Part I
The Sphinn Awards Part II

For those of you that enjoy a good guffaw, here are the other Top 10 Finalists;

Shana Albert’s Boobs – Wignut
Add words to Adwords; Google removes them - SEOmoz
Why eBay and Wikipedia dominate the Google SERPs – Sabastian
SEO’s Home Alone; Google’s Nightmare - Sebastian
13 things to do when you loved one is at a conference – SEOmoz
SEO High School Confidential – Search Markeitng Gurus
21 Signs You need a break from SEO – Tamar
10 Signs you may be a Blog addict – Search Rank
the SEOs guide to Beginners - SEOmoz
the Internet Marketer’s Nightmare – James Morris Online
Mission Accomplished; Top Ranking in Google – Alchemist Media
Google interiors; the day my house became searchable – Closed Loop


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I am not really a fan of Awards really and would prefer to make fun of them than to be all warm and fuzzy with the excitement of being noticed in my silly industry. It really does seem that it is what it is; a popularity contest. As I am reading various ‘Awards’ post around the web I can’t help but think that each is slightly skewed to internal interests (of the site holding the awards) and subjectivity is surely lost.

Some of the blogs I have seen nominated are often sparsely posted upon or dominated by industry regurgitation and link bait. Then there is the entire confusion as to what is a Blog and what is a media outlet. At one point I noticed sites such as ‘Web Pro News’ as a ‘Top Blog’ – which I see as a news site, not really a Blog. Is that where we’re at? Does that mean that the New York Times (online) is now considered a Blog? WTF gives wid dat? I could even argue it with Search Engine Land (also nominated as a Top Blog). Can some one puulleeaaazzeee freakin explain the difference between a Blog and a Media outlet (News site)???

It also seems that the ‘in-crowd’ get a pass as I have seen more than a few of the ‘Old Boys Club’ sites nominated when in truth, some of these folks post no more than passing thoughts that would likely be best left on Twitter, not posted to a Blog, or at least considered to be in some way quality. At one point I even saw Sphinn nominated for ‘Best Community/Forum’ which I have to assume is due to folks chatting in the comments. So now anywhere we can leave comments is a community? I just think this is all waaaayyyy to freakin fuzzy for me peeps.

…. I am happy with our RCA nomination and wouldn’t have it any other way, I am proud to be a class clown.


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