I was recently nominated for the “I’m NOT Featured on Freshly Pressed” Award by Amy, who hosts Picking Up the Pieces. Because Amy is super special to me and we talk all the time, I know she nominated me because we’ve discussed being “Freshly Pressed,” and I lamented that I’m probably not edgy enough to stand out to the Automatticians who make the selections. Oh sure, on occasion I’ll toss in a very slight dash of irreverence – but you have to look long and hard to find it.
When she nominated me for the Award, I know she did it as a way of showing support and letting me know that I’m appreciated regardless of whether or not WordPress acknowledges me on Freshly Pressed. However, I’m ambivalent about accepting. While I see the award as a fun, slightly snarky jibe at the award process surrounding “Freshly Pressed” nominations, the fact is I look forward to being Freshly Pressed! While the “I’m NOT Featured on Freshly Pressed” Award states you can still hope for WordPress recognition even while accepting and proudly displaying the badge, it seems a bit like either admitting defeat or being resigned to my present circumstances. I’m prepared to do neither. I’m stubborn like that. Sue me. With that in mind, I can’t conscientiously nominate others for the award. Although they may not agree with my reasoning, I couldn’t ask someone to accept something I’m refusing, no matter how good-natured my intentions in making the nomination.
Therefore, I respectfully decline the award – but I gratefully acknowledge the nomination and wholeheartedly make mention of the initiative for what it is. Thanks to Amy for considering me, and to Don Charisma for his tongue-in-cheek take on the whole blogger award process. I love you guys!