The LotusUserGroup.org Blogger awards... how about just being grateful?
I'll apologize in advance for any feathers I'll ruffle with this post, but the attitude just hit me wrong today...
As you probably know, LotusUserGroup.org decided to try something different and have an award for "best blogger" to be presented at Lotusphere. Now, if you put any 10 random Notes blog readers in a room, you'll get *at least* 20 different opinions as to what "best blogger" means (or should mean, in their own humble opinion). Some will think it's for value, some will think it's for longevity, some will think it's most popular. Without trying to break the awards down into a number of categories, there will always be some level of disagreement as to what the award *should*
represent (again, in everyone's own humble opinion).
Bottom line, just deal with it and be grateful that LotusUserGroup.org tried something interesting, OK?
What prompted this was Jake's post about his nomination as one of the finalists, along with some of the commenters. I sense (in *my* own humble opinion) an attitude of sour grapes before anything is even awarded. Deciding you won't win because you're not part of the LotusUserGroup.org group, or that you won't be there to accept, or that it shouldn't be awarded to most popular, or that it should reflect value over time, or that it's odd that IBM bloggers have three of the slots, or...
Every one of the finalists on the list deserve to be there. Everyone who votes for a winner will vote based on how they perceive the award. Most all the nominees are just honored to be part of the list (and figure that they don't belong in such a group).
Trying to make a case for why you should be awarded the prize based on your interpretation is a bit tacky. And saying why others shouldn't be voted on is a slap in the face to those who placed the nominations.
Just accept the nomination and prize for what it is, feel good that people appreciate what you do, and acknowledge that you're part of a group that makes a difference in the life of your fellow Domino developers.
EDIT: 7:26 pm - It was pointed out to me that I should disclose the fact that I write the Developer Tips newsletter for LUG.org and get paid for it. Personally, I don't think that's relevant to my rant, as it's more about attitudes than a defense of LUG's award. In fact, until I was pinged about disclosure, I hadn't even thought about my newsletter activities in relation to what I said here. If the fact that I get paid for something I do for LUG.org colors your opinion of my opinion, so be it. Yeah, I'm getting snarky about this whole thing. I think some people need to get a life (and no, that's not directed to the person who pinged me on this... I appreciate the "heads-up").