While the Screen Actors Guild was busy this weekend hosting an awards show you most likely didn’t watch, someone representing a far more obscure outfit, the Blogger’s Choice Awards, saw fit to nominate none other than The View From the Dining Room Office for best humor blog of 2011.
It’s still a blur.
Saturday night, Jenny and I were at Barnes & Noble when I Googled “humor blog” and came to a site that apparently allowed you to vote for your favorite. I thought: “Gee whiz, what would I have to do to get my little old blog nominated for something like this?”
Then I saw the answer: create an account on the site, which required that I a) have a working e-mail address, b) be from somewhere, and c) have a birthday.
Check, check, and … yup, check.
So yes, the “someone” representing the Blogger’s Choice Awards was me. According to the big, blue “nominate your blog” button, this is well within the rules, and I think it would be hard to betray the spirit of a competition with such a rigorous process for vetting entries.
I’m not even sure what winning this thing would mean. Currently, I’m sitting 13th out of approximately 5,000 nominees in the humor category. And do you know how many votes it took to get to this lofty position? 11—one more than free-online-beauty-tips.blogspot.com. Sounds hilarious.
Why do it at all, then? For starters, I’m not exactly writing this before I rush off to a book signing, so winning the title of “best humor blog,” no matter where it comes from, has some intrinsic appeal. Plus, there do appear to be legitimate blogs on there, and, at the very least, I could pick up some new readers.
Hell, who am I kidding? I just wanted that logo up top. This whole enterprise seems more legit now.
Speaking of the logo, just click on it if you’re inclined to vote for the dining room office, and you’ll be redirected to my profile page on the Blogger’s Choice Awards site. You should know, though, that voting requires that you too create an account (unless you already … sorry, couldn’t get that out with a straight face). I suppose this ensures only one vote for a blog per e-mail address. And who knows? Maybe you’ll get some spam down the road. Fingers crossed on that one.
Also, if you don’t feel comfortable signing up for an account that you’ll never use again, please don’t feel any pressure to do so. Some of you are probably rolling your eyes that I feel inclined to include this disclaimer, but I don’t like being leaned on through social media, and I’m not going to do that here.
That said, if I find out you voted for free-online-beauty-tips.blogspot.com, we’re through.