Phew. Yesterday afternoon I was minding my own business when I got a Twitter notification from African Blogger Awards that Not Another Poppie was chosen as the runner up (together with the fabulously chic In My Bag) in the Health & Beauty category.
There are two reasons I’m bringing this up, and the first is to explain how they choose their winners. Nobody votes (thank the heavens, ain’t nobody got time to beg their followers to vote for them) and they calculate your influence and reach purely by looking at your stats across all platforms – you hand everything over to them and the human element is eliminated completely. You can read more about that here.
I’m an advocate of this because I’ve never been good at popularity contests – I don’t think I’m hungry enough for awards and recognition to grovel and beg my peers and readers for favours. I’ll also happily accept runner-up status in a competition like this over triple-first-place in a competition that relies on generating votes. The winners aren’t listed on their website yet, but you can scroll down the African Blogger Awards Twitter timeline to see them all.
Secondly (and much more importantly) I’d like to thank you for reading, following, sharing, liking – those are the things that counts. While I’m at it, thank you for all the well wishes and congratulations yesterday (and also for allowing me to lightly bask in some self congratulation). You guys rock xxxx