If you wish to read about The Intellectual Blogger Award — read my page on it. This blog post describes how the award came into existence and the history behind it (only if you’re really interested — it’s a long post; you’ve been warned).
Krish Ashok has been kind enough to tag me with the “Thinking Blogger Award” leading my brain’s CPU to more and more convoluted processing cycles. Being a newbie blogger, with just about a 100 posts to his credit, I was, to say the least, flabbergasted.
But the tag and the rules really put me in thinking mode. I’ll try to describe them chronologically, i.e., as they entered my mind.
First, I was inspired to blog by my friend Asuph, who’s such a long time blogger that he seems to have overgrown the habit to quite an extent. I’d seen him getting this award, and saw whom he nominated. All veteran bloggers. Surely, if this is now coming to me, the caliber of the award itself must be diluting over a period of time?
That is to say, any award list that restricts itself to a certain number, would retain a certain authenticity. What if the Nobel awards were being given in this form — everyone who gets one, gets to award 5 others? Wouldn’t the caliber of the award degrade over time? Yes, definitely (what I think).
My conclusion was that, yes, this will dilute the caliber of the awards to a great extent, but at the same time, it will enable those ‘never-to-be-found-gems’ also gain the limelight, correct? I mean, in such a scenario, Einstein will get the Nobel prize not for the photoelectric effect, but for the General Theory of Relativity! So I resisted this opposition in my mind.
Second, the description of the award, the core if you may call it, says that this is all about ‘5 Blogs That Make Me Think’.
Well, there are a lot of blogs out there that make me think. For example:
- Why did the blogger write this post?
- Why did the blogger think that writing this review (of book/music/movie/whatever) is worthwhile spending 30 minutes of his/her time, and wasting 10–15 minutes of my time, if ultimately he/she thinks it is crap?
- Why does the blogger think that duplicating content of what’s already being ‘logged’ — such as night show jokes, etc. would draw me to his/her blog?
- Why are email forwards turning into blog posts?
So, there are a lot of bloggers out there, who make me think. Is that really the driving principle behind this award? The award title is “Thinking Blogger Award” and the description is “5 Blogs That Make You Think”. IMHO, I think that itself is not consistent with the objective — there are blogs that make you think, and those blogs do not necessarily denote bloggers who you think are thinking.
Again, I relented. Disregarding the title and reading the content of what the award-starter wanted to start, I realized that this objection is also not in the spirit of the award. Now came the deciding question: Do I want to get along with the flow of the river, or do something about it to address these discrepancies?
Like I’ve said in About Myself, I’m new to blogging and am afraid. But I’ve decided to jump into the waters of the blogosphere, and launch my own award. I wondered about Indianizing the title for the award, such as “Guru Blogger”, but it seems too mediocre. Also, the award should be global in its true spirit. Thus, with no more fanfare, I launch the “Intellectual Blogger Award”.
Update 13th July 2007: Restricted topic strictly to blogging, and made a few clarifications. I would be glad if anyone wishes to contribute a smaller graphic for use with this award.
Update 18th July 2007: Added a smaller graphic, and increased the maximum nominations from 3 to 5. Note that it is not necessary to tag 5 — you can tag only 1. Please use your discretion. So that we may all enjoy quality blogs!
Update 27th July 2007: Created a separate page for the actual award, and edited but retained this blog post for historical reasons.