This is embarrassing. Paul Sunstone over Café Philos was cool enough to make up his own Sun Mountain awards to hand out to other blogs he thought were award-worthy and on May 24th, 2008 he awarded the 10th one to SEB. I did notice at the time and I sent him a thank you note about it and said I’d proudly display the award on the site…
…and then got distracted by a shiny object and totally forgot about it.
Now some two months from when we were given the award I’m just getting around to mentioning it publicly and again thanking Paul. Hopefully he’s not too offended by the fact that I let it slip my mind because I really did appreciate getting it to begin with. As you can see from the sidebar we’re not exactly overflowing with accolades here at SEB so the fact that Paul went through the trouble to make a special graphic and all was really cool. It doesn’t hurt that we were in the top 10 on the list either.
Needless to say I’m quite flattered though I don’t suspect we have enough of an audience to win any of the categories we’ve been nominated in, it’s still nice that someone took the time to nominate us just the same. Apparently there was a 2007 Blogger’s Choice Awards that I completely failed to hear about and I have no idea if we were nominated in that contest or not. If you want to vote for us in any of the above categories you’ll need to register an account at the site. I’ve not done that myself yet so I’m not sure what’s involved in it and I’m debating whether or not to put the little voting badges they offer on SEB to encourage people to vote simply because I’ve not heard of these folks before. If it brings a few more folks around to check out the site, though, then that’ll at least be helpful.
It appears that this contest is being put on by the folks who run PayPerPost which is somewhat controversial for paying bloggers on behalf of marketers to write about stuff the marketers would like bloggers to write about. Here’s the ad copy from their site:
Advertisers: PayPerPost delivers online word of mouth marketing, brand building and traffic generation through the world’s largest consumer generated advertising community and marketplace.
Bloggers: Get paid for blogging. Write about web sites, products, services, and companies and earn cash for providing your opinion and valuable feedback to advertisers. Disclosure required.
I remember when this company and another similar one were making the news and blog rounds when they first hit the scene and there was a lot of debate over how ethical paying bloggers to write about specific topics really was. Personally as long as they require disclosure on the part of the blogger, as PayPerPost does, then I don’t see a problem with it. Just the same I’ve never felt compelled to sign up for it myself. It appears the Blogger’s Choice Awards is as much an attempt to raise awareness of PayPerPost as it is an attempt at a legitimate award contest thingy of some sort. Just the same it’s kinda cool that SEB was nominated for recognition.