No, I haven’t won one.
I was reading an EMS blog this evening, one which I haven’t frequented much of late. I noticed a badge declaring it to be a Top EMT Blog 2010 Winner. I clicked the link as I had not heard of this particular award, and I was interested to see who else was honored.
The link brings up a rather plain page with a list of the Top 40 EMS Blogs. I scanned the list and saw a few with which I’m not familiar. Then the trouble began.
None of the links were active. I had to copy and past or type them over.
I immediately recognized two of the links as old favorites which had gone dormant. One has been dead since November 2009, which makes me wonder how it won a Best of 2010 award. Heck, my content is better in 2010 than his. Another which I didn’t recognize leads to a GoDaddy.com holding page.
Now my suspicions were aroused. At least one other link leads to an old address for a popular active blog.
But wait!! There’s a link for badge code, so I can ‘signify [my] acceptance of [my] award to [my] readers.’ All I have to do is cut and paste.
There’s a page explaining an impressive sounding nomination and selection process. It notes that the results were released on August 17, 2010 (yet three of the blogs are dead?) and explains how I can get started on next year’s award.
BTW, their rigorous selection process for the Top 40 EMS Blogs yielded 45 results. I guess the moral is that if you receive an ‘award’ from someone you don’t know, you should check them out before accepting it. I’ll pass on the 2011 nomination, thanks.