Blogging Insights: Award Freedom


Dr Tanya’s questions today are about blogging awards.

How long have you been blogging? Can you remember the first blogging award you received?

As it happens I’ve just celebrated 8 years of blogging at our doll blog and at the end of the month will reach the same milestone with this blog. I’m quite proud of that. I think the first award I received was a Liebster Award and I was very excited about it.

Do you still accept blogging award nominations or is yours an award free blog? If your blog is award free, what are your reasons for this?

While my blog is not officially award free I rarely receive award nominations these days. That’s probably because I rarely participate in them. While I was flattered to get them in the early days I soon realised that I didn’t want to do so many Q&A posts and I especially did not want to pass on the award nomination to so many other bloggers. Especially as many of them did have award free blogs.

I am not belittling awards. When you are a new blogger they are a good way to get your posts read, introduce you to other bloggers and to give you ideas but it’s a bit like party plan sales. Have you ever been invited to a friend’s place for one of those? Tupperware, linen, clothes, essential oils or whatever it is. You go along and at least one or two of the guests will agree to book parties which you may be invited to. Then at that party more friends will book parties. You are trapped in a never-ending round of parties. That’s how awards seem to me. You could find yourself doing nothing else. I do Share Your World and Blogging Insights on a regular basis and a couple of other Q&A posts occasionally but after 8 years that’s really all he Q&A I want to do unless someone has a really interesting set of questions.

If I was getting a lot of nominations I probably would make this blog officially award free but as I don’t it’s not really necessary. However, if you were thinking of nominating me thanks but no thanks.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

One comment

  1. I agree that awards are a great opportunity for new bloggers.
    My current attitude towards awards is quite the same as yours, unofficially award free. I would still feel flattered and grateful for the nomination but would not be able to contribute the time and energy required to pay the nomination forward.

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