One of the many things about our world that I don't understand is blogging awards. I don't mean the ejaculatory "I Heart Ur Blog" things that meme hounds pass around to one another. I mean the purportedly big ones – The Bloggies and The Bloggers Choice Awards and that sort of palaver. What's the criteria? What, exactly, is being awarded? I'm hoping you hip Ask kids can give me the 411 on blog awards. Do hip kids still say "the 411"?
I ask because today’s reviewee is nominated for the Best Australian Blog in one of these award sites. And to be honest, I just don’t know why.
I had high hopes for Frog Ponds Rock. I always like to find some quality Antipodean talent and Kim is the mother of Sleepless Night’s Veronica, who justifiably got a positive review over here a while back. There's a lot of save the whales, clean up the ocean, anti-censorship and peace, love and understanding. Man. And there’s recipes and memes and blahdey fucking blah.
Kim also posts a lot of photos. Nice photos to be sure. Lots of native wildlife and lovely scenery. Makes one want to take a trip down to Tassie. All very nice. (One suggestion – change your header photo. You clearly know your way around a camera and the gum tree bark is, well, nice but you could do better.)
But we don’t traditionally review photo blogs here at Ask, we look at the writing. And the writing on Frog Ponds Rock is nothing special. It is fine. It is nice. It is grammatically correct. What there is very little of is anything that makes me want to come back and read this blog. The more I read, the more I found my mind wandering off. It just isn’t compelling. It is a bit dull. And that’s the story of this blog. Nice, but a bit dull.
Her art, though, is very cool. And I like the slightly guerrilla aspect of hiding objects in nooks and crannies along a trail in wildlife park. Maybe that’s where you take this blog Kim, treat it as you do your artwork. Write with passion and artistry and if you can’t summon that in your writing then post your artwork and let it speak for you.
So, good luck in the awards. Feel free to send us a thank you in your acceptance speech. But all this reviewer has for you is one star for nice.