The coolest thing about it is that I never asked for one nomination this year. It was you, our loyal fans and readers, that took it upon yourself to nominate us. I appreciate that so much and I am honored to make it to the finals.
Then it became a moral dilemma
First, the Petties awards are voter based. Personally, I dislike voter based contests. Maybe it is because I feel like I am constantly being asked to like this or share that. Perhaps it is because it makes an award feel more like a popularity contest than one based on merit (pot-A-to, Po-TAH-to I guess though).
Regardless, I groveled for votes for a month last year. Not that I am a sore loser, but we didn’t win.
I felt a little dirty every time I pitched you hard on why we were the one blog in our category that epitomized “active living” the most. I mean, we not only LIVE an active life but we INSPIRE OTHERS to become active with their dogs.
I felt a little dirtier every time I asked, on the blog or on social media, for you to vote over and over.
I REALLY want to win this year but I don’t feel comfortable begging for likes again. I decided that I am going to place this image on the sidebar of our blog (that big fat one up there to the right).
If you want to vote for us today, or every day, click that image and you will be magically transported to the polls.
I will not be making much more effort than that.
Moral dilemma solved….or so I thought
Yesterday, every finalist blogger in the Petties got an brief, cold-feeling email. DogTime Media, the organizers of the Petties award, said that there was a glitch in their processing of the nominations, that they counted the newly discovered tallies, and adjusted the list.
Confused, the pet blogger finalists clicked on the link to discover that some of them had been removed from the list and some new ones were added. That’s it. No advanced warning that this was going to happen. No personal email to those pet bloggers that were removed.
The email notification only said “sorry for the confusion” like it was no big deal. Seeing as how the Petties are touted as “the Oscars of the pet blogging community”, it really IS a big deal.
So my dilemma was what to do about my distaste for the way this mistake was handled. To be honest, I thought about emailing DogTime Media and asking them to pull my name from the nominations out of principle. I felt like that would be a slap in the fact to those of you who were generous enough to nominate us though. I decided to stay in the running but, as I decided for the first dilemma, I don’t plan to do much promotion of the contest.
First, I need to tell you that if you generously voted for us, even in the absence of my begging, your vote has been wiped out. You will need to vote again. Votes that were place before yesterday evening were wiped out and voting was re-opened at 7 pm. That really chaps my hide – that you made the effort and it was for naught.
Second, pet bloggers are a close-knit community and I know most the bloggers that were removed from the finalist list. What happened sucks but none of us have a real beef with the mistake itself. Mistakes happen.
I believe that DogTime Media should have been more transparent about the mistake, and more respectful to the bloggers impacted by it, though. From what I understand, they knew about this glitch for DAYS.
The bloggers booted were gracious enough to congratulate those of us that held our place on the finalist list. If you have time, you should check them out:
Kol’s Notes – Great DIY, dog-friendly crafts and LOTS of delicious dog treat recipes
Pawcurious – Vetrinarian Dr. V shares thoughtful stories about living, and living healthy with, dogs and cats.
Oz the Terrier – Oz the Terrier was up for funniest dog blog and, let me tell you, he’s a riot…and a cute one at that.
Dog House Adoptions – They believe that a dog’s love feeds the human soul so they designed a rescue program to enrich the lives of both dogs and people.
Bringing Up Bella – Leslie journals about living with her beautiful, crazy, smart, and reactive rescue dog, Bella.
The Writers’ Dog (Peggy’s Pet Place) – Peggy wrote the book Dieting with My Dog. She is a writer who also promotes getting fit with your dog.
I really appreciate our fans, readers, and friends. I wouldn’t be having this moral dilemma if it weren’t for you. Considering that winning a Pettie award is one of the highest honors among pet bloggers, there are worse problems to have.
Just because I know that some of you will ask, voting is open through midnight (Pacific Time) on August 7, 2014. You can place one vote a day. You will have to long in to vote but it’s a quick process done either with email or through Facebook. Each winner will receive $1,000 donation to the non-profit shelter or rescue of choice (ours will be Motley Zoo Animal Rescue again this year), along with a Petties trophy.