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Take Your Award and SHOVE IT

I received an email this morning informing me my blog had been chosen, after careful review by a panel of expert judges, for “excellence due to the contribution its top editorial offers the depression world.”

I’m already skeptical because well, I don’t know the sender.

Then, the second paragraph begins and it gets better. Oh yes, it does.

The award comes from none other than an online pharmaceutical company.

RIGHT. Like I’m gonna link to an online pharmaceutical company from THIS blog because yanno, I have no ethics and it’s clear this is now a marketing ploy to gain more consumers and yadda yadda yadda.

But then, oh then, I decide to go check out the website with my “award” on it. It’s there I find this lovely little nugget once I get to the listing of my blog:

First of all, and correct me if I’m wrong but…when you’re giving someone an award (unless it’s a Roast on Comedy Central), it’s a bit “off-putting” to insult the person to whom you’re giving the award, yes?

Also, there’s a reason my blog is plain visually, thank you very much. It’s because here? Here the WORDS are what matter. Not the graphics, not the bling, not the whatever the hell else this person obviously requires of a blog in order for it not to be “off-putting.” For the record, that header up there? I designed it myself, as is the case with most of the graphics you find throughout my site. And no, I’m not a professional, don’t claim to be but I have been paid for graphics in the past and frankly, am of the school of “less is more.” Clearly this person is of the school which thinks “more is never enough.”

I don’t care if your website has been featured in a zillion places with a zillion readers and endorsed by organizations with a ton of credibility. You clearly don’t give a flying eff about anyone but yourself and increasing your bottom line. Also? You didn’t read much of my blog because if you had, you would know I call people out for this crap – marketing ploys which prey on those with mental health issues ALL.THE.TIME.

So no, I don’t want your stinking award. I don’t want the insults associated with it and I am quite comfortable with the appearance of my blog right now. Yeah, it *could* be organized a smidge better and I am working on that but hey, let’s not get ugly.

My blog has ALWAYS been plain and ALWAYS will be thus. I’m not here to showcase bling. I’m here to provide a safe space for women who feel like I did after I had my girls. To welcome them and let them know they are absolutely not alone. There is nothing off-putting about that, thank you very much.

0 thoughts on “Take Your Award and SHOVE IT

  1. Andrea B (@goodgirlgonered)

    I’m kind of laughing though I know I shouldn’t be. That is completely and utterly ridiculous. Your space here is JUST THAT. YOURS. And ours – your readers. It belongs to us, too, because you support us here beyond your words. What a goober! I’ll make you my own award! :) And I’ll decorate it with bacon just for you.

    1. Lauren Hale

      A Bacon Award?! OOOOH. Now That?! That’s a delicious award I can support! 😀

      Yes, you’re right – it IS my space and it IS your space too. What was really ridiculous is that they literally insult nearly every blog they put on their list in one way or another. Absolutely unbelievable.

  2. katery

    that’s messed up. quite frankly, i find blogs with tons of fancy bling and graphics off putting, as you said, i’m here for the words, not for some fancy design, and i think your blog is organized just fine.

    1. Lauren Hale

      Thank you very much.

      I respect that every blog is a representation of that person’s space – and that’s fine, they can do what they want with their space. All that matters is that THEY are happy with how it represents them.

      To me, content speaks volumes over appearance though. Always has and always always will.

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