Awards, prizes and band contests are fairly hilarious because they are so political and cannot be taken at face value. And while the recognition is wonderful – the feeling of being deemed the “winner” exhilirating – it’s not why The Dears make music. So anyhow, every now and again we get a courtesy nomination or something of the like for some award or prize or another. The latest is XM’s The Verge awards: I’m not sure exactly what they are, but everybody in Canada who has a band is nominated. Anyone can vote for The Dears in the “Best Artist” category. It’s gonna be a free for all, and some totally corporate band who hired a bunch of kids to vote everyday for them is going to win. And that’s what some bands want, which is great. It’s like those year end reader’s polls that magazines and other publications do: a morbid competition; irresistibly tawdry popularity contests. Cue mass eye-rolling…now!
In a completely half-assed attempt at promotion, I submitted my blog to the SXSW Interactive awards. I guess my rationale was that a nomination would be great exposure. As I mentioned a while back, I had somewhat high hopes. They were apparently way too high. Way, way, WAY too high. SXSW announced their nominations on Friday, from which this blog was excluded. I took a look at the finalists, and they are not really blogs, but full-on websites. Not sure why they call them “Weblog” awards, since most of the nominees have staff writers, advertising, slick layout and fancy programming. Basically everything out there blows my blog away.
Mine offers a simple, honest perspective, which I guess is, as I initially feared, not in your face enough. And there’s nothing I can – or want – to do about that anyway. I should get more proactive about promotions anyway. I think fellow blogger Justinsb nominated my blog (thank you!) in the Canadian Blog Awards, but I never really followed that up, so nobody really knew that they could vote for me.
Maybe it’s just the awards season frenzy: the obsession with validation by our peers, of winning and losing. Clearly I am very good at losing, or being widely ignored, so my validation comes through checking my stats, and seeing those 200 hits each day…