There are quite a number of awards circulating in the blogosphere. Liebster Blog, The Versatile Blogger, the Very Inspiring Blogger award, the Sunshine award, the Kreativ Blogger award, and probably some more that I haven’t heard of. Most of these require someone who is nominated for the award to nominate 5 others, or 7, or even 15. As Conor pointed out in his excellent post, the numbers multiply quite quickly and if every winner would actually nominate the required amount of new nominees, after a more limited number of rounds than you might think if you are not into maths, there will be more potential winners than there are blogs on the entire internet. And thus receiving such an award is fun and appreciated, but it’s not very exclusive. And so I decided that after participating in the Liebster Blog award, which was the first award I received as a blogger, I would stop. This was also instigated by the fact that out of the five blogs I nominated, only one actually nominated five others. (Which means by the way that the propagation of blogging awards in practice is not as fast as it could be in theory.) It doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciated being nominated for awards, because I do.
Conor introduced the Two Chances Award in a “genuine effort to restore some exclusivity to the obviously tarnished world of blog awards. The rules are simple. A fellow blogger does great stuff and receives the award. You do great stuff, they recognise it for what it is. You have two chances of their awarding it to you. That’s it.”
I was honored to be nominated by the founding father of this award himself. Given the exclusivity of The Two Chances Award and my great esteem for Conor, I decided to make an exception and participate in this award after all. So together with the Liebster Blog, you’ve had seven chances to be nominated by me and that’s it. (Unless someone else comes up with a really good idea. A One Chance Award, perhaps?)
This leaves me with the difficult task of deciding which blogs deserve the exclusive honor to be awarded a Two Chances Award. Conor would certainly deserve it himself, because of his good recipes, witty writing and excellent photography (with or without all the ingredients). But it seems a bit strange to nominate the blog where the award originated, so I had some more thinking to do.
To shorten the list of prospects, I decided to exclude blogs that received a Liebster Blog nomination from me. And that gave me an idea. When I decided on those, I selected the blogs that I like with the lowest number of followers since the whole point of the Liebster Blog is to help a new blog get more followers. There were two blogs on my short-list for Liebster that had more followers than the others and were therefore not selected, so this is a good time to nominate those.
I would like to nominate for the Two Chances Award:
Emmy Cooks – Because she blogs faithfully every day (usually when I’m on the tram to work), has good recipes and good taste (I forgive you for putting parmigiano on pasta with salmon), inspires me to do more with vegetables and experiment, and frames the recipes nicely with insights into her family life and the way she thinks about food. Thus we get to know the person behind the recipes a bit, which is great.
Meatballs & Milkshakes – Because of her authentic Italian recipes that provide inspiration for me to try new things.