Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Judging Blogs For The Bloggers Blog Awards



I hate blogs. There, I said it. I have judged nearly 300 blogs over the last few weeks on a spreadsheet that just kept vomiting up new blogs at the end of the list like a spewing toddler that ate two breakfasts,and now I never want to see another blog as long as I live. (This may be a lie for dramatic effect) 





So what have I learnt, after judging so many blogs?

I have learnt that there are some INCREDIBLE blogs out there, some blogs that deserve HUGE attention and are head and shoulders above other blogs, some have photography skills that would make David Bailey weep, and some of you chicks have posing skills that Cara Delevingne can only dream of. (Work it, ladies and gents) 

We all know that there are more blogs out there than ever before and it is getting harder and harder to get noticed in a sea of beauty/fashion/lifestyle posts. I can see how so many people have poured their heart and soul into their blogs, with very little return.

Please, I beg you. If you read a blog today. Leave them a comment. It gets really disheartening when you have put a lot of time and energy into a post, only for it to get no comments, and just a minute or two of your time, can make a blogger feel so great. I love comments, we all do. Share the love a bit, leave a comment on a blog today.

What else have I learnt after judging nearly 300 blogs? I have learnt that some bloggers have a thousand and one badges on their sidebar, they proudly announce they are a Coconut Queen (Whatever the hell that is) but they haven't got an archive on their blog. Please put an archive on your blog. Not only is it helpful for readers, they can look at different months and see all your different posts without having to click through 37 pages of posts, it also means that I will not swear at my screen as much, when I am trying to make sure your blog is under two years old. If I have to go through 23 months of posts to discover when you first started, you can guarantee I am knocking off a point. OKAY? OKAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

(And breathe)

It is hard, being in a position to judge other blogs, I've been blogging for seven years now and so many blogs that I read, I sat there and thought, "I wish this was my blog" I am in AWE of so many bloggers out there and it has definitely inspired me to raise my blogging game since beginning this judging process and I CANNOT WAIT to see who is shortlisted for awards tonight. Check out Hayley's blog this evening for the shortlist. http://www.teapartybeauty.com


And please remember, whether you are shortlisted or not, you are absolutely incredible, keep up the fantastic work, you inspire me and lots of other people too.






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19 comments

  1. Oh God I can only imagine how mind numbing this must have been!! Well done you for doing it though and I for one can't wait to see the shortlist...also known as I can't wait to discover all these amazing blogs :-).
    Have a nice, hopefully less aggravating day.

    AJ xx

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    1. It's been actually really inspiring. Really encouraged me to up my game

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  2. The judging you guys have all done has not gone unnoticed and the Bloggers Blog Awards could not be a thing without each and every one of you. I cannot wait to see the shortlists and we all know how much I love having a nosy! Also, I have an archive. Just y'know, I don't want to feel your wrath.

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    1. I adore your blog, I KNOW you have an archive ;D

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  3. Archives and email adddresses not email forms are a MUST - I have cursed many a blogger these last few weeks haha

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  4. It sounds like you have been busy! Well done!

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  5. Well done! you're so right, it can be really disheartening when you don't receive comments despite getting views and working so hard. I've commented on at least 5 blogs today and plan to do so everyday!

    Holly x
    www.hollysbeautybox.co.uk

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  6. I loved reading this! You've done amazing to judge so many blogs. I agree about the comments - I've noticed engagement has decreased massively across the board! I always try to comment when I get chance and hope others do the same :). Oh and I read this then immediately started panic checking my own blog for an archives sidebar!
    xx
    Tasmin | Grandiose Days

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    1. You have one. A good one.

      And a comment on your blog in return xx

      Thanks for reading

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  7. Loved this! It can be super annoying but I love the support I've found in the blogging community. Strangers support me more than some people that should in real life haha! And well done on all your judging, I can't wait to see the results :) xxx

    Y x | www.thesweetsevenfive.com

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    1. Agreed. The support from the community can be superb

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  8. Definitely adding an archive ;) So excited for these awards, there's so much love going around!

    alicered.co.uk

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    1. Please do. It really makes a difference. Corinne explains it better below

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  9. I LOVE ARCHIVES. When I see a blog I love, I really like to look back and see how they have gotten better over time. In hope that I will one day be as good, haha!

    It's fab that you judged. I'd love to do it one year but I just know I wouldn't have the time!

    Hope you start to love blogs again soon ;)

    Corinne x

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    1. YESSSSS. This. So true. You explained it perfectly.


      Already loving em babe. I promise

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  10. I wasn't until I saw you talking about archives on Twitter that I realised I don't have one! I used to when I was on Blogger, but when I moved to Wordpress, I had to create the layout again. Funnily enough, despite an archive being such an important thing, it wasn't something my theme came set up with, so I didn't even realise I was missing something vital. I've had a play with different plugins to rectify this & I've not come across one that works how I want it to yet. Fixing this is going to be one of my top blog priorities! Xx

    Tania | When Tania Talks

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