Why I Won’t Be Participating In The UK Blog Awards Again

Why I Won’t Be Participating In The UK Blog Awards Again

I know what you’re thinking. Is this really coming from the same person who pleaded with us to vote for our favourites?

Yup.

It seems I was naive. Consider this a lesson learned.

At the time of writing the previous post, I truly believed it would be fair. It looked good on paper, and I was optimistic. When I was nominated, I was ecstatic. Upon discovering I was through to the voting stages, I was emotional. It was something I was eager to see come to fruition.

Then I read this post by The Bloglancer and some concerns started creeping in. I considered things from a new perspective, and approached with caution.

Then, since the voting process began, everything has gone downhill.

Let’s preface this.

This isn’t on the basis of being bitter. This was my first year of blogging. I didn’t expect to be nominated, or reach the finals. I’m not going to say I didn’t want to, because I did. Despite how things have turned out, I remain grateful for the opportunity, and the support I received.

Then things started happening, and my confidence in the UK Blog Awards started to dwindle. I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt, because I respected them. Time and time again, though, they fell short of expectations.

No system is perfect. You can’t please everyone. But to get it so badly wrong? That’s something else entirely.

This post is on the back of how things have been handled, the mess that it’s been since November, and the shameful lack of communication.

I’m also willing to admit that, yes, I am a little angsty about some of the other bloggers who have been overlooked. My opinion isn’t the be all and end all, but these are individuals I was confident would be there because they are admired throughout the community, and because they’re fantastic at what they do.

I’m not going to rehash every mistake.

Most of you will already know, and the rest probably aren’t interested. If this was their first year, then I would have been more understanding. After six years, though, I feel they should know better.

I wrote a thread on Twitter, and plenty of people echoed my sentiments, but there was no response. There was opportunity to go some way in redeeming themselves, and they chose to bury their head in the sand.

Bear in mind, this is a big deal to a lot of people, especially newer bloggers. It was new to them, and there were new elements to the process for seasoned bloggers, too. We were anxious, we were excited and, understandably, perhaps a bit restless. A lack of communication meant this quickly transcended into confusion, and, in turn, frustration.

Now, it’s easy to say “it shouldn’t matter, what’s the big deal – awards don’t define your content”, and I do agree with that. Yet, during the process, you get swept up in it. There’s a chance to receive recognition for your work, and that should be a good thing.

Open laptop with white flowers and gold dotted notebook

I appreciate they experimented with new systems, and new procedures.

I know technology is unpredictable. This is all well and good, but when things failed, it seemed increasingly more difficult to get hold of anyone to find out information. People were left in the dark.

I know they have since released the judging criteria which may have been helpful to some. But it’s a struggle for me to have respect for an organisation that claims to be in favour of bloggers, yet messes them around, and doesn’t offer so much as an apology for their conduct.

The feedback I gave them was well-intentioned, and I did my best to make that clear. I am of the opinion that feedback is helpful to learn, and to grow, and wanted them to acknowledge it for next year.

Of course, they didn’t. They were happy enough to retweet and like tweets which sang their praises, or anything in their defence. To respond to justifiably unhappy individuals? Nope.

And the thing is, is that they won’t do that while people passively accept or, worst yet, blindly praise them regardless of their actions. It’s a case of if they can get away with it, they will. I don’t really care who you are – if you mess up repeatedly, you should be held accountable. Especially when you fail a community you represent.

I can’t agree with an organisation that claims to celebrate the diversity in the blogging community, yet…

1) The majority of the finalists are white.
2) Almost all have self-hosted blogs.
3) The fashion finalists are all female, and there’s not a single plus size girl amongst them.
4) Several of the finalists are “big names”, who have several opportunities under their belt.
5) In some categories, the finalists’ blogs all look exactly the same.

With the first three points, it is possible that that reflects who entered. Without access to that information, it’s difficult to draw definitive conclusions, but it is a point of interest for me. The last two points, though, are a little more dubious.

Does that really represent the broad talent across the community? I don’t think so. Then again, it’s tricky when the marks are based on 3 blog posts, and 3 bits of criteria. A year’s worth of work for most people came down to their three most recent posts at the time of marking.

Having one judge per category is bound to cause issues. No matter how impartial someone aspires to be, they have their tastes and will naturally be drawn to certain things more than others. This is nothing against the judges as people, it’s simply how humans are. I’d be just as guilty as it of anyone else.

This was pitched as a level playing field; it was presented as an opportunity for all, but it’s difficult to believe that.

Small camera, computer keyboard, white pencil and white calculator

As for numbers not being a contributing factor, I’d like to give you some figures to mull over.

The average Instagram following in lifestyle was 5800. In fashion, 7000. Beauty was 9800. Culinary was way up there with 13,500. Oh, and in Parenting and Baby, there was a finalist with 811,000. Yep, you read that right. Though that one is extreme, there were several others in that category beyond the 10k mark.

I’m not saying those individuals don’t deserve their follower numbers. But, at some stage, you have to admit that popularity comes into it somewhere, and it’s harder for new talent to emerge amongst established names.

The vote, supposedly, counted for very little, with a 40% role in the total, and 60% from the judges. Why have it at all? Any voting system is open to abuse and puts anyone with low numbers at a disadvantage. It instantly becomes a popularity contest. (In the interest of fairness, I will say that this isn’t the case in every category. Some are better balanced than others.)

It is questionable to me, though, that these votes can’t be revealed because it’s “too much work.” I would have thought these statistics would be readily available in a voting system? I don’t know – that argument just doesn’t sit right with me. Once again, it demonstrates a lack of transparency.

Throw into that the fact that, as it turns out, there’s not one big event, but a few smaller ones, a dinner for the winners, and just an Instagram live ceremony? While this may work out better for the people involved (and I hope it does), I’m confused as to why this wasn’t made clear previously. This information only came to light in emails to the finalists.

It’s unfair to use this as a basis to tell bloggers to “work harder.”

On the one hand, we have people saying it doesn’t matter. Be proud of your content regardless. On another, we have people saying “let it motivate you to work harder” or “improve your content for next year” and I take issue with this.

This feeds into the idea that, somehow, an individual wasn’t doing enough, or that their content wasn’t up to standard. Perhaps, in fact, the truth is that the odds were stacked against them.

There are bloggers I have connected with this year who have outstanding content. They nail it every time – their writing, their images, their tone. It’s all fantastic. It’s a struggle to pinpoint how they could improve.

Yet, they didn’t make the cut.

I know the community is packed with talent, and not everyone can win. But the individuals I have in mind… well, to be frank, I’m baffled how someone could look at them and not see them as fit for recognition. Even having seen the criteria they were judged on, I can’t find any logic in it.

In some instances, maybe I’m biased, but in other cases, I know I won’t be the only one who was completely stunned to not see some deserving names in there.

Maybe it was simply a case of bad luck, but please, don’t come out with the nonsense that it should drive them forward. It’s insulting. If you’re going to attempt to console people, maybe stick with “your content is awesome, keep it up.” (I did see a lot of that as well so kudos to you, cuties.)

Gold scissors on top of opened lined notebook

I am aware there are humans behind this, but there are also humans behind these blogs, too.

We deserve more respect than has been demonstrated throughout this entire process.

This isn’t a personal attack against any one individual. Having worked on a website in a previous job, I am painfully aware of how unreliable technology is sometimes. Things go wrong. This understanding is probably the reason I wasn’t as quick to jump on tweets or direct messages as others. I didn’t want to bombard anyone when I could imagine how stressed they were.

In these situations, though, communicating makes such a big difference – especially when people are eagerly waiting on you with bated breath. It may not be viable to respond to everyone individually, but intermittent updates along the way wouldn’t have gone amiss.

It’s hard to be criticised and not take it personally, or feel like you’re being attacked. But a lot of what I saw on Twitter was legitimate feedback. Though, nobody knows what could have been said in direct messages, and I don’t think there’s ever any excuse to be unpleasant.

Believe it or not, I have let a lot of things slide.

I’ve been patient and polite (correct me if I’m wrong) and I’m not content to sit and keep my mouth shut. I imagine this looks like I’ve gone off on a random one-woman crusade, but this is the culmination of a lot of frustration – both on my end, and for others who have been involved.

Maybe you’ve reached this point and you think I’m taking it all too seriously. Does any of it even matter? Well, yes, I think it does because, as a community, we are responsible for each other, and responsible for the standards we set. In my opinion, they failed to meet the mark, on numerous occasions, so it’s up to us to say that. We deserve better.

Having written and re-written this more times than I can count, I know it’s hard to talk about it without 1) sounding like you’re spitting the dummy out because you didn’t get through and 2) trying to take glory away from the finalists, but it’s not about that. It’s about how everything has been handled, which has ultimately caused me to lose any respect I had for them.

White flowers, small camera, open laptop, white calculator and gold notebook

Would I still be writing this if I were through to the finals?

The tone may have been different, but I still would have had similar things to say. I would have discussed the highs and lows of the process overall. The number of hiccups along the way were beginning to replace any excitement with frustration. This was growing and it no longer felt as fun as it should. Whether or not you trust me on that is your choice.

The lack of organisation and the poor communication left a bitter taste in my mouth, which wouldn’t have been washed away just because I progressed.

I don’t think any less of anyone who is excited to be in the final. I hope it lives up to their expectations. As well as that, I hope the process is a lot smoother going forward, because this should be a big moment for you – once which isn’t overshadowed by anything else.

In the context of the category I was in – mental health – I maintain that I’m happy to see it there. It was a category of wonderfully talented individuals, and I stand by the fact I felt proud to be amongst them.

Nothing can be done now, and I will be letting it lie from here on out. But I’m disappointed, and think the community deserves more. I’ll stand by that.

I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I’m not going to name names because those individuals chose to message me privately for a reason. But I am aware that several people feel let down by the way the whole thing has been executed.

Now, before you write us off as haters, you should probably know that a couple of the people who have messaged me have been finalists. Grateful as they are to be moving forward, they admit the entire thing could have been handled much better. I think that should set some alarm bells ringing.

There were also finalists from previous years who popped up to say they were disappointed in the conduct this year. So, the feelings aren’t exclusive to me.

Needless to say, I have absolutely no intention of being involved next year.

Though I hope the UK Blog Awards learn from their mistakes and the whole thing is much better co-ordinated in 2020, I would prefer not to have a part in it.

For those who think I’m just upset right now and will feel differently next year, I can tell you from knowing myself as well as I do that it’s highly unlikely. The way I work is that I give people multiple chances, but when they mess up the last one, that’s it. It’s very hard to rebuild my trust from there.

This was my first time being involved with the UK Blog Awards, and they’ve made sure it will be my last. What anyone else does is their choice.

My choice to not be involved in the future will likely be of little consequence to anyone or anything, but the reason I’m writing this is so you all know and appreciate where I stand on the matter. And so that anyone who may be feeling the same way – even if they don’t want to express it openly – knows they’re not alone.

White calculator on top of lined notebook with white pencil

In summary, it’s just not worth the price.

Following the announcements, I imagine a lot of us went through a similar series of emotions. Sadness, disappointment, self-doubt. I’m not going to pin that on the UK Blog Awards because this is a sad side effect of these kind of things, and not created intentionally.

But what I realised was that anything that makes me question my content and my ability isn’t worth signing up for again. Given the cruel way my mind works at times, it may not have been the best idea to try in the first place. I was just so moved by the encouragement I’d had from others that I felt motivated to give it a go.

I held off on saying anything in the immediate aftermath, because I knew I wasn’t in the right headspace to be reasonable. Yet, after those feelings subsided, there was still an underlying sense of anger at the whole situation – not only on behalf of myself, but of many others, too.

Am I shooting myself in the foot by making such a decision? I’m sure some people will think so. As far as I’m concerned, I’m staying true to who I am and the morals I adamantly believe in. So, no, not really.

As I said way back at the beginning of this post (congratulations on making it this far, by the way), it’s a lesson learned, in more ways than one.

My blog, my platforms, and my “brand” if you will, are built on positivity, and I know this doesn’t necessarily showcase that. But, I do also have a deep respect and admiration for members of this community. If you think I’m being over the top, keep in mind it’s because I care.

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41 Comments

  1. 9th January 2019 / 11:02 am

    I’m so sorry you had to deal with this. You truly deserve the best!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th January 2019 / 11:31 am

      That’s very sweet of you, thank you! All bloggers deserve better than this.

  2. 9th January 2019 / 11:12 am

    THIS. I wasn’t involved really at all, apart from the voting, but from seeing what everyone was dealing with on twitter it made me cautious and wondered how things would work moving forwards. With my day job we work closely with an awards ceremony, and often run workshops and things so I have some grasp of how it can be done and work successfully – and this year for the uk blog awards wasn’t it. Proud of what you’ve achieved, and backing your 2020 decision completely.

    Cordelia || cordeliamoor.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th January 2019 / 11:32 am

      Thank you, angel! It’s a shame because it has potential to be a great thing, and I believe it has been in previous years, but this year was a badly failed experiment, in my opinion.

  3. 9th January 2019 / 11:40 am

    Ruth this is a brilliant post and I feel it on so many parts. The consistent failure to roll things out on dates listed online was infuriating, then the constant chuff ups, and well… I’m still yet to receive that ‘sorry you didn’t make it’ email they told us we would get.
    I’m gutted as to me, this seemed so professional, like the one thing to have! But I even noticed the lack of interest from them as each blog hour came on. The lack of engagement, the lack of any acknowledgement that bloggers were engaging with one another as well as them… yet we may as well have been tweeting to a brick wall).

    My anxiety went through the roof during this whole process and I can imagine it did so for others too, and I somewhat feel part to blame as I did push some people to go for it having had a greater (although not directly but somewhat) experience in the prior year. Now? I’m not so sure, in fact no, I am sure. I won’t be damaging myself in such a way again.

    Be proud of your blog and it’s content because I am! I wish the best to those shortlisted, and hope that it’s something everyone can learn a lesson from come the next year it rolls out,

    For now, let’s keep slaying 😉💯

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th January 2019 / 2:02 pm

      AMEN to everything you said – except being partly to blame. There was no way for you to have known how it would turn out. Particularly as you had a better experience the year before – “if it ain’t broke…” You encouraged people to go for it because you believed in them, and their content, and that’s just part of the amazing human you are!!

  4. 9th January 2019 / 11:42 am

    Wow this is a very thought-provoking post. I didn’t know much about the application process but being *THE* UK blog awards, I thought it must have being excellent, it’s quite disappointing to find out that wasn’t the case. Also, as a Black blogger, the lack of diversity really puts me off. I didn’t even notice but thanks for bringing it to my attention. I hope they learn from the feedback and improve next year. Thanks for writing this

    Taiwo | https://www.alifestylenerd.wordpress.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th January 2019 / 2:04 pm

      Thank you, Taiwo. I had high hopes and expectations, too, and it’s sad to see they weren’t met, and that lots of other bloggers feel the same. Like you say, though, if nothing else, here’s hoping they learn for next time and it can be a much better experience for those who choose to participate.

  5. 9th January 2019 / 12:24 pm

    Wow this is a huge insight into it. Although I’m in Ireland and couldn’t take part seeing your facts and figures definitely shows the bias. You’re content is amazing so keep it up ❤️

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th January 2019 / 2:04 pm

      Thank you, Anne! You’re a star. 🙂

  6. 9th January 2019 / 12:54 pm

    This was a thought provoking read and a huge insight. I though being *THE* UK blog awards may have made them, I don’t know, more pristine or knowledgeable in how to run an awards cermony. I’m shocked at the lack of diversity too, primarily white women. I entered this year but didn’t get through to the voting stages, but it’s put me off entering in the future.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th January 2019 / 2:06 pm

      I really did anticipate a completely different experience to this, because they seemed reputable and knowledgeable about they were doing. It’s a huge shame for the community that the selection is lacking in diversity. I feel like it adds to the stereotype of what people expect bloggers to be, and fails to show the difference across the board.

  7. 9th January 2019 / 1:03 pm

    As you know, I totally agree with the points you’re making here, and I’m glad you made a post out of this.

    I’d also like to add that not living to expectations is one thing, as everyone can make mistakes and no job, no process, no ‘voting system’ is perfect. Accepting criticism, on the other hand, is a whole other story.

    Peace out.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th January 2019 / 2:07 pm

      I couldn’t agree more. The fact they aren’t even acknowledging the criticisms and are trying to go about business as normal is really annoying.

  8. 9th January 2019 / 1:21 pm

    Wow. Having seen all the feedback on Twitter, I realised that it had all been a bit of an unfortunate shambles in the end. But didn’t realise how bad it had been. Between yourself and the bloglancer you very eloquently and fairly deal with the whole business. Blogger beware!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th January 2019 / 2:09 pm

      The mess it turned into is appalling, and shocking when you would think they would know what they’re doing after 6 years in the business. Thank you very much, Jo!

  9. 9th January 2019 / 3:26 pm

    This is such a well-written post. I honestly thought I was just being bitter but knowing that you (voice of reason!) and so many other people feel the same way makes me feel a whole lot better. Yes I am disappointed I didn’t progress but I’m more disappointed at the complete lack of diversity and that so many bloggers that have inspired me massively didn’t make it. Sometimes I feel its the unwritten rule that you’re not deserving of recognition until you have a whitewashed blog, warm toned, perfectly themed photos and make out as if you have a wonderful life. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that – some people enjoy that kinda thing but I hate that you have to conform to succeed most of the time. None of that is me and I won’t apologise for it. I like sharing my failures, most of the times it makes for pretty hilarious content. Also, I had no idea that you’re only judged on your last 3 posts. My category was beauty and only 1/3 of my most recent posts at the time were beauty-themed, I never stood a chance haha. But anyway, I totally agree with your stance. It made me really anxious too waiting for the results and it also made me anxious thinking about how I’d beat myself up if I didn’t make it. I’m not going to try harder though because honestly, I work my ass off already and I enjoy my content, as do my readers!
    Alice Xx

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th January 2019 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you, Alice. I think that’s one of the main reasons I wanted to write this, because I knew several of us would find the fault in ourselves and worry we were being bitter, when it isn’t down to us at all.

      I completely agree with you as well. There are mixed messages everywhere. People saying to be yourself and have your own style, but then those who conform are the ones who are rewarded. Like you say, if they enjoy that, then awesome – but it’s not the only type of blog in existence and the others should be just as celebrated.

      Regardless of the outcome, you have a ridiculous amount of talent, and this won’t hold you back at all. Go get ’em!

  10. 9th January 2019 / 4:13 pm

    Thank you for these insights Ruth. I was not involved in the awards in any way, other than voting in a couple of the categories, so I had no idea of the organisational aspects. I do think it is so important though to be fair and transparent in awards such as this, so not to make the voting results available is a nonsense. The criteria also need to be organised to prevent the awards from just being about popularity. I hope that the organisers do look at the feedback and take it on board. Regardless of the outcome, be proud of your achievements. I am a fan!

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th January 2019 / 10:18 am

      Thank you, Jane!

  11. 9th January 2019 / 6:15 pm

    I can’t believe I am reading this. You must have been so happy to be through to the voting stage only to be messed around. You have such amazing content and grown so much in your first year I can’t understand why you wouldn’t have been a finalist. I voted for yourself and other people only to find that none of them have been given a finalist position.
    I think you have done well to express yourself about the situation and remain so dignified. You have not bashed anyone and by no means do you look bitter. I think your post is a great insight to what can potentially happen and go wrong. Wishing you all the best in the future. I love you content and your spirit within the blogging community.
    Kate x
    http://www.katesbeautyhome.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th January 2019 / 10:20 am

      Aww, you are an angel, Kate! Thank you so much. x

  12. 9th January 2019 / 6:57 pm

    This was really well said to be honest. After the initial mess ups and lack of communication – the amount of broken links etc on the website set of lots of flags for me. I just stepped back after the initial flurry, I did some promotion but it was half asses as my heart just wasn’t in it anymore. I’m glad you’ve raised this and the possible issues. I never got responses from my queries either, but I thought as I’ve been mia on all things social of late, that maybe I just wasn’t worth it from their perspective.

    I wholeheartedly agree with all you’ve written.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th January 2019 / 10:21 am

      Thank you! I felt the same way – I shared my voting link a few times, but not much because I had pretty much lost faith in it by that point, which is a shame. Sorry to hear you didn’t get any response, but hopefully they can learn and do better in the future.

  13. 9th January 2019 / 7:02 pm

    I haven’t paid much attention to the UK Blog Awards other than casting my vote for you. I know how respectful and patient you are though. I know you wouldn’t write this post without good cause. I’m so sorry that it has been a bad experience for yourself and so many others. If it makes any difference you get my award for awesome content 🙂 I’m sure the Blog Awards started out with some integrity but it doesn’t sound like they have any now. Rach 💜

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th January 2019 / 10:22 am

      Awwww, thank you so much, Rachael! I’ll take your award instead, any day! I’m sure they can rebuild their integrity, but they need to be open to criticism in order to do that, and improve. x

  14. Jen
    9th January 2019 / 7:14 pm

    I always feel that any awards are popularity contests. We don’t all have the time we’d like to dedicate to our blogs. Maybe there should be a free contest for all and people can just vote? I don’t know

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th January 2019 / 10:23 am

      They do always seem to end up that way, sadly. I’m hoping from the feedback they’ve had that UK Blog Awards can learn, tweak, and take a step closer to a fairer system, but we’ll see.

  15. 9th January 2019 / 10:12 pm

    I’m sorry about how bad the whole experience has been for you 🙁 I agree that they have seemed pretty disorganised sometimes, and I am just as surprised as you about some bloggers that didn’t make it through to the final. I’m actually in the final, and I know I shouldn’t compare myself to other bloggers, but I see you and other bloggers that have a lot of support and I don’t get how I got into the final and you didn’t. I guess I’ll find out what the upcoming events are like and I’ll find out how well they’re ran, but seeing what past blog award winners and finalists have said worries me a little.

    Chloe xx

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      9th January 2019 / 10:17 pm

      Awww, you must have more support than you realised and were obviously impressive to the judge, and I believe you are a strong contender and worthy finalist in your category. 🙂 Not all categories seemed as biased as others.

      Congratulations on making the finals, though – I do hope it’s smooth sailing from here and an experience you are able to enjoy to the fullest. 💛

  16. Melanie
    9th January 2019 / 10:21 pm

    I am honestly so sorry you felt this way Ruth 🙁 I agree with this post completely but please just know that your blog is amazing and nobody should let you feel otherwise. You are a total asset to the blogging community, especially in mental health so just keep that in mind ❤️<3

    Melanie || http://www.melaniewithanie.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th January 2019 / 10:24 am

      Thank you so much, Melanie! x

  17. Misa
    9th January 2019 / 11:54 pm

    I was too late to blogging to have a nomination, but I excitedly followed the process and voted for my favourites. At least at first. When they put off the tally, I left unease. I thought it was because they were new and maybe didn’t have enough votes, but then the nominated names came through. And like you say, you’ve not been the only one to question but nothing has been addressed. In short, I’ve seen enough that I’ve no intention to be involved in any way this year.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th January 2019 / 10:25 am

      I think it’s sad that it was felt from the voters’ perspective. I had my frustrations as a voter, too, but I didn’t know if it was simply because I felt unhappy with it overall. Thanks for commenting!

  18. 10th January 2019 / 4:15 am

    Ruth, you have explained yourself wonderfully throughout this post. In no way do you come across as bitter and I hope so much that this lights a fire in you to blog like there’s no tomorrow. I am a mental health blogger and have just written an article about the challenges we face as bloggers not being in the “profitable niche’s” that exists in the blogging world. I am amazingly proud of you for standing tall and delivering this post with absolute honesty and integrity. I would love one day to be able to collaborate with someone like you who shares the same values and ethics as I do.
    Cheers,
    Kyle
    http://www.meltdownbykyle.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th January 2019 / 10:27 am

      Thank you so much, Kyle! This feedback is so kind. I will check out your blog, and I’m sure we can figure out a way of working together. I do accept guest posts, and there’s more information here: https://www.ruthinrevolt.com/join-my-squad.

  19. 10th January 2019 / 12:10 pm

    This is such a well written post and thoughtful Ruth, you have raised so many interesting points. I never knew much about the process but hearing that they judged everyone on their last 3 posts seems unfair to me. If they judged us in December, a lot of us would have Blogmas/Christmassy posts up which may not reflect our blog or category as a whole. I think they should have picked 3 random posts to make it more balanced. I’m really surprised you never got through to the finals, in my opinion you were a certainty. It seems like there was a lot of anxiety surrounding these awards and nothing like this should be worth the stress and confusion. Keep doing your thing lovely, I think you are awesome and such a positive inspiration within the blogging community <3 xxx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th January 2019 / 10:29 am

      Thank you so much, Bexa! I agree with regards to judging in December – it’s not really the best time to do it, and 3 random posts would have been a good way around it. I’m sure they’ll consider these things next year. Well, I hope so, at least! As always, thank you for being so kind, it really does mean a lot xx

  20. 10th January 2019 / 11:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing some insight in the process, and a voice for the others. I only took part in voting. Sad that behind the glory there are unspoken truth. I do hope your your post help improve the process.

    • ruthinrevolt
      Author
      11th January 2019 / 10:30 am

      Thank you, Daisy!

  21. 12th January 2019 / 10:22 am

    What a great post! And what an eye opener: I honestly had no idea that any of this was going on. Kudos to you for being open and writing about this; hopefully it’ll lead to change and a fairer awards process! 😘

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