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My Pitch For The Shorty Award

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012

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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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Hi Mitch! Hope to see your name on the top 10! You are great and you deserve a slot in there.. Good luck!
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January 18th, 2012 | 12:20 PM

Thanks Cassandra; we’ll see how it all goes.

January 18th, 2012 | 6:06 PM

Thanks Cassandra; I’m going to shoot for whatever I can get.

January 19th, 2012 | 12:21 AM

Just voted, my man! Couldn’t include all the reasons why in a tweet but I hope you raise up in the ranks.

You’re practicing what you preach, this is the year of self-promotion!! ๐Ÿ™‚
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January 18th, 2012 | 12:47 PM

Thanks John. Working it as I can and hopefully bringing others along in the process as well.

January 18th, 2012 | 12:59 PM
Jacko @ Web page:

Cool idea.

What would really make me vote for you would be a button or something I could just click and boom you got it?

Let me know if you need help setting that up.
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January 18th, 2012 | 4:49 PM

Unfortunately Jacko, it doesn’t quite work that way. Their site, their rules I’m afraid.

January 18th, 2012 | 6:07 PM

Actually, bro, I did it. And I will send you the code.

Meanwhile, Jacko, you can click on my CommentLuv Link.

I hope you get to FOUR digits!!


Mitchell Allen recently posted…Hey ShortyMy Profile

January 19th, 2012 | 1:48 PM

Thanks Mitch; we’re checking on that code as I type. And it would be nice to get 4 digits, but I’m not expecting to even get to 3 so anything higher than that will be fairly satisfying… that is, unless I have a chance to win. ๐Ÿ˜‰

January 19th, 2012 | 11:58 PM

Best wishes to find yourself in the top10! I’ve just voted! You’ll really deserve it;)
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January 18th, 2012 | 7:17 PM

Too bad it didn’t show up Catwoman, but maybe it’ll show later.

January 18th, 2012 | 8:06 PM

You got my vote in friend.
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January 18th, 2012 | 8:22 PM

Thanks Rummuser; you da man! lol

January 19th, 2012 | 12:18 AM

Well, after a few thousand posts- yes, I’d say you do deserve an award ๐Ÿ™‚ Sadly, I do not have a twitter account. Who knows, maybe I will create one just for this reason alone.
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January 18th, 2012 | 10:42 PM

No problem Doug, but if you do go that route I’d be honored more than you could believe.

January 19th, 2012 | 12:19 AM

Good luck on the Shorty Awards, Mitch! I am surely nominating you via Twitter. 1,200 posts is definitely something, I’m pretty sure that’s gonna contribute a lot on your winning. So excited for you, cheers!

January 19th, 2012 | 1:33 AM

Thanks Christine. If you get adventurous and decide to participate, I won’t be disappointed. ๐Ÿ™‚

January 19th, 2012 | 11:52 PM

I wish you to achieve everything you want and of course, to become one of the favorites on the top 10!!! I’m completely sure that your work deserves world’s acknowledgment! GOOD LUCK!!!!
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January 19th, 2012 | 4:42 AM

Thanks Amanda; we’ll see how it goes. Of course, if you want to vote…

January 19th, 2012 | 11:53 PM

You so deserve some recognition. I did my tweet. Best of luck to you!
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January 19th, 2012 | 10:26 AM

I saw it; thanks Melinda. Also, today was the first time I realized those were lemons around your avatar; yeah, I’m slow on the draw sometimes.

January 19th, 2012 | 11:56 PM

I will definitely vote for you, Mitch and I wish you top place. Unfortunately I am a bit skeptic about Twitter voting, as Twitter is pretty much vulnerable, there are many black hat programs that abusing Twitter rules, creating multiple accounts through proxies. On the other hand everybody have seen accounts with 1-2 tweets and 20000 followers.
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January 19th, 2012 | 9:22 PM

Carl, I think you’ll be fine with these Shorty Awards people, as I remember them from last year. Also, after February 17th you can inactivate the plugin, which is probably what I’m going to do until the following year.

January 20th, 2012 | 12:05 AM

Oh, I am sure that plugin is fine as OATH connection doesn’t give much of an access to user account. My concern was related to software like TweetAttacks which is widely used by black hat SEOs and can create multiple Twitter accounts in a matter of minutes and can abuse the voting rules.
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January 20th, 2012 | 9:28 PM

Ah, I wondered that myself. You know, the person in the lead isn’t a name I know, but being so much further ahead than anyone else makes you wonder just how legitimate those votes are.

January 21st, 2012 | 10:24 AM

You got my vote Mitch and the reason I gave them was because you’re ‘bloody awesome” I reckon I’ll get away with that being an Aussie and all ๐Ÿ˜‰
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January 20th, 2012 | 7:35 AM

Thanks Sire; you da man! Might have to see if we can get you a vote or two as well.

January 20th, 2012 | 2:08 PM

Yeah, thanks for that, now I had to write my own post ๐Ÿ˜€
Sire recently posted…I Need Your Vote For The Shorty AwardsMy Profile

January 21st, 2012 | 7:56 AM

I see that; and I had to get it all started for you. ๐Ÿ˜Ž

January 21st, 2012 | 10:30 AM

Hey Mitch, here’s my vote:

I nominate @Mitch_M for a Shorty Award in #blogger because he is a prolific, well-rounded writer who encourages engagement. #shortyaward

Like it? LOL (And I agree with the Aussie!)
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January 21st, 2012 | 4:06 AM

Thanks Vernessa, and I expect Sire will be happy that you agree with him. ๐Ÿ™‚

January 21st, 2012 | 10:25 AM

I have heard of the Shorty Awards. Seems quite a few folks in my Twitter stream are also in the running. This is another example of how you self-promote without being obnoxious about it–or bragging. You’re learning Mitch!
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January 21st, 2012 | 9:35 AM

Thanks Bev; see, I do learn some lessons from you here and there. ๐Ÿ™‚

January 21st, 2012 | 10:32 AM

Hi Mitch, Good luck on the Shorty Awards. I’m voting for you of course. We’re all proud of you. I’m sure you would be back blogging and producing fresh articles again after this.

January 22nd, 2012 | 2:07 AM

Candice, I’m still writing new content. This post is sticky, which means it will be up at the top for awhile but newer posts will show up below it.

January 22nd, 2012 | 6:45 PM

never heard of it..but you have my vote i guess

may i add, you have lots of blogs,your hands must get sore


January 23rd, 2012 | 3:59 PM

James, if my hands got sore just from typing I’d be kind of a wuss. I did more with my fingers when I was playing piano and practicing hours upon hours than anything I do on a keyboard.

January 23rd, 2012 | 10:13 PM

Hi Mitch! you deserve a slot in there and you got my vote. So excited to see your name on the top 10. Good luck!!!
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January 24th, 2012 | 5:47 AM

This award is new to me but best of luck with it, you’ve got my backing!

January 24th, 2012 | 6:49 AM
Lily@Healthy Trim:

This is my first comment here, although I read your blog quite often. I just wanted to say that I really think you deserve this.

When will you know who won the award?

January 24th, 2012 | 1:15 PM

I don’t really know, but I know I don’t have a realistic shot at it so I’m not overly worried about it. Thanks for the nice words.

January 24th, 2012 | 10:27 PM

Popping over to vote for you now. Special hugs and thanks for all your quiet behind the scenes encouragement. Much appreciated. Peace.

January 27th, 2012 | 2:55 AM

No problem Ntathu, and thanks.

January 27th, 2012 | 4:01 PM