The weblog world, sometimes called the “blogosphere,” which makes me twitch, has a lot of awards. Sometimes, we get nominated for them, which is way freaking awesome. While I absolutely adore it when the awesomeness that is the Bitchery nominates us for any and all awards, I don’t pay attention to a lot of them. Some are huge, some are bizarre, and some are just hilarious. But sometimes, being nominated for one of those awards launches a person’s blog from “Hey a few people read me?” to “Major corporations want to underwrite my entire life? Really?” status.
Take, for example, Suzanne McMinn’s blog, Chickens in the Road. McMinn is a Silhouette author, and her blog was nominated in the rather kingmaking category of “Best Kept Secret” in the 2009 Bloggies. It’s not a secret for long, really. Having a romance writer’s blog (which isn’t just about her books but her books are definitely a part of the site) nominated in an award like the Bloggies brings some positive attention to the very interesting, intelligent, and long-dismissed population of women (and men) who write romance. And that definitely should no longer be kept a secret.