TWO MANY AWARDS?
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Today has been a very unusual day, in so far as the Garden of Eaden site has been honoured with two – yes, two - different awards.
The first was from Barbara Elaine of ‘Gardening in Mannheim’ who sent me the infamous ‘Honest Scrap’ Award, while the second is the 'Best Blog' award which came from Praveshree Edenglen (I am so very sorry if I have spelt your name incorrectly – please advise) who is responsible for the web blog ‘Whatever’.
The ‘Honest Scrap’ Award
As self obsessed as I am, I am also extremely uncomfortable when it comes to self promotion as there is always someone out there waiting to knock you off your own pedestal. However, because there are 4 parts to this acceptance – all of which I am duty bound to achieve – and I am obliged to make an effort.
1.Brag about the Award:
I’ve won it, and now I’ve got it no-one can take it away from me. Also, ‘IN YOUR FACE’ to anyone I have trodden on to get where I am today (apologies to my Mother who went to great lengths in order to teach me good manners – Mum, I haven’t actually trodden on anyone, I am just following the ‘Rite of Passage’ for accepting the award).
2. Link back to the Awarder – Many thanks to Barbara at 'Gardening in Mannheim'.
3. Write ten honest things about yourself
First. I ironically suffer from hay fever.
Second. I really don’t like Roses, an irrespective to what Shakespeare has to say – call them stink flowers if you want, they don't smell sweet to me!
Third. I don’t even have a garden. This is because I sold up and bought an apartment a couple of years ago because I thought that there was going to be a crash in the housing market. IN YOUR FACE TO EVERYONE WHO TOLD ME IT WASN’T GOING TO HAPPEN – sorry mother.
Fourth. I have a long scar by my right elbow from where I was viciously attacked by the spine of a mature orange tree. The tree was in my father’s garden and I whole heartedly blame him for not looking out for the Health and Safety of his only son – although to be fair I was about 35 at the time – oohhh the blood!
Fifth, Sixth, seventh, eighth, nine and tenth. Not one of my fingers is actually green, unless I have recently blown the nose of one of my children. Sorry, I have run out of any more honest ideas – I may add to them at a later date.
4. Pass on the Award Seven Times - I don't agree with this, although I will do three - see below.
I hereby bequeath the Honest scrap Award to:-
'Persephone in Bloom' - because I love the way she writes
'Liz and the Professor' - because it is so good
'Elephantseyegarden' - because you can become absorbed by it.
The 'BEST BLOG' award
Rules. Post the award on your blog along with the name of the person who passed it on to you and link to their blog. Choose blogs which you have recently discovered and you think are great and pass it on to them. Don't forget to leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
This one is so much easier. Many thanks to my Patron 'Praveshree Edenglen' at the 'Whatever' website who gave me the 'Best Blog' award. I will now award it to 'Liz and the Professor'
On a more serious note
Unfortunately, awards such as these which are given out in this 'pyramid selling' style will eventually become meaningless, because once everybody has one, they will no longer have any real value. However, the true goal behind such awards - and this is just my opinion - is to create a way of generating large numbers of links between individual websites. This is important because the more links that feed back to your particular website, the more credibility it has to search engines. Who has the most to gain from this? Clearly the originator of the award, but for what purpose - nobody knows?
If you consider google, they work using a system - amongst others - known as PageRank. This is a link analysis algorithm owned by Stanford University and named after Larry Page, a co-founder of Google. This algorithm assigns a numerical weighting to each hyperlink that is connected to your site. It is a combination of the amount of, and 'weighting' of these links that helps to create a value for your own website.
This weighting is used to 'measure' your sites relative importance amongst other sites within the World Wide Web. The importance that search engine algorithms give your site is very valuable as it has a direct result on where your site is positioned within search engine listings. This is why having other websites or blogs link up to your own is so important and why it is actively encouraged - otherwise it is highly unlikely that anyone will get to see your work.
The PageRank ranges from 0-10, with 0 as the lowest number and 10 the highest. An example of a 10 would be the BBC, believed to be the largest website in the world today. As an further example, the 'Garden of Eaden' site has a PageRank of 4. You can check out your own page rank by clicking onto http://www.whatsmypagerank.com/
A suggestion for any future award giving - so that it would have more value and meaning - is to only allow each recipient to give out three nominations. However, to gain an award you would need to receive 6 nominations - only then can you display the award. The computer literate can then create a link from the award back to those who gave out the original nominations as proof of worthiness.
I am happy to receive comments on this - am I being too cynical, what do you think?
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