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Well now, this is something new, at least for me. It seems there are these social media awards called the Shorty Awards that actually have people nominate them for awards in different social media categories and allow people to ask for others to nominate them. At a certain date, all the voting ends and there’s a winner, and they win… what? I’ll come back to that.

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I decided to ask for some support in getting nominated for a Shorty; yeah, I’m linking it often in this post so no one can legitimately say they didn’t know how to get there. I want to be nominated, and I want to be nominated in the “blogger” category.

First, it seems you have to know my Twitter handle to nominate me; it’s mitch_m; remember that. And you have to have a Twitter account to vote, or at least that’s what it looks like.

Second, here’s my pitch for why I feel I deserve to be nominated and voted for. I just hit post #1,200 on this blog. I’ve written more than 900 posts on my main business blog, have more than 500 on my finance blog (okay, I didn’t write all of those, but most of them), and more than 50 posts on two other blogs, one of those which I just started in August. I blog for other people as well; one client I’ve been writing for about 2 1/2 years.

Three, writing diversity. Goodness, I’ve written on 35 different general topics on this blog alone; I don’t want to go back to see how many different categories total I’ve written about on my other blogs, but I know I’ve written on at least 20 different categories of blogs for other people.

I think that’s enough. Truthfully, I don’t expect to win a Shorty because I’m starting too late. The contest started on January 3 and runs through February 17th, so I’m already two weeks behind. The leader in the category already has more than 9,000 votes, and the closest competitor is more than 4 times behind him. However, right now the person in the 10th position only has 166 votes, and I think that one can be overcome by starting now. I’d love to finish in the top 10; why not, right? By the way, if you want to vote for me in the social media category as well, I won’t be depressed by that either, but I’m shooting for blogger.

Also, to vote, since it’s through Twitter, you’ll have to authorize it access to your Twitter account for awhile, at least until the voting is over. That makes sense as it wouldn’t know who you were if it didn’t do that. Maybe it cuts down on cheating, though I haven’t found anything yet saying you can’t vote for a person more than once, and you certainly can vote many times if you have a lot of folks you want to vouch for; it tells you that after you authorize it. I’m thinking it’s smarmy to vote for yourself, but I haven’t seen in the rules where you’re not allowed to do that either. Your vote won’t immediately show up, but it will eventually; I know that because it took awhile before the person I voted for in testing it didn’t immediately show up. Actually, I was surprised no one else had nominated her yet (nope, I’m not telling lol).

And there you have it. Yes, a little self serving, but if you don’t ask… Vote me in for a Shorty; thanks! 😉

Update!!! Seems that indeed you can vote without having to go to the website. Here are the rest of the rules:

  • To vote, send a tweet like this: I nominate @TwitterUser for a Shorty Award in #category because [add reason here]. You can do this using the form on our site, from Twitter itself, or from any Twitter client. (PS; all links above surrounding “Shorty” will take you directly to Twitter except for the first one)
  • You can also send shorter votes like this: #shortyawards @username #category [add reason here]. This short format is helpful when you want to vote from a party, on the road, in a meeting, or on a boat.
  • A tweet that ends in “because…” will not be counted.
  • Vote for as many different people as you want in as many categories as you want, as often as you want.
  • Only one person and one category per tweet.
  • Voting for the same person in the same category more than once just replaces the text of your original vote.


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