You know what I always say? Online awards aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. In other words, they’re a bit of fun but nothing serious.
Yeah, I know most of the people reading this already know that, but it appears that some people don’t. As the My Opera Awards heat up people have started campaigning. Sure I’ve jokingly done my bit on people’s pages, but they’re always people I know, and I don’t expect to win anyway as my current theme is broken and the new one is still in the coding stages.
Something I haven’t done is to visit someone I’ve never heard of and put up an advert asking for a vote, yet so many people have started doing that recently. Surely they must realise how tacky and annoying that is, especially as they tend not to comment at all on the post they’re spamming?
Something else I haven’t done is to send out private messages asking for votes. I know a lot of people do that to their friends list and I can respect that despite it turning the competition into a popularity contest instead of a talent contest. But this year it appears that people are mailing strangers and asking them to vote. I was told yesterday of someone doing that in a category I’m nominated in and, today, I received one from a different member also nominated in that category begging me to vote for him. Obviously he hasn’t even bothered to check out his competition else he’d know that I was in the Blog Design category and a competitor isn’t likely to vote for him. This means he hasn’t even been to my page properly, yet he expects me to go out of my way to vote for him?
Is this what this competition has come to in only it’s second year? People put winning (does it count as winning when you beg strangers to vote for you) above their own self respect? Does it really mean that much to them? The one thing that’s clear is that no matter how good I am at something I don’t stand a chance in a category where people will stoop so low. Am I bitter? It sounds like it but I’m not really. More surprised that people want this award so badly that they’ll beg to strangers. It’s like they’ll only feel good about themselves if they get it affirmed to the entire community. I kind of feel sorry for them to be completely honest. After all, you know what I always say – online rewards aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.