What Does a #Blog Award Even Mean?

What is a #blog award?

It’s quite simply a networking opportunity.  I received a “blog award” today from my good friend Chase Fraicola.  At first I had no idea what it was about, but upon analyzing it’s implications for social interaction, I realize that this is a great way to discover blogs and other entrepreneurs.  Chase is a fantastic writer who is able to dig deep within himself to truly express what he’s feeling and observing about the world around him.  I highly recommend checking out his blog for some great reading.

Briefly, here are the “Award Rules”:

After giving credit to the person who gave it to you, list seven things about yourself, and then pass the “award” on to some of your favorite bloggers.  By connecting bloggers to other bloggers, we can create a network that emphasizes the importance of blogging and bring awareness to social interactions.  I’m a pretty new blogger, but over the past few weeks (through doing #blogchat and the #SocialFresh Tampa conference) I’ve truly realized the importance of establishing yourself as a “brand”, creating unique, intriguing content, and how to keep your “consumers” and fans interested.  With that said, here we go:

7 Things About Me:

1.  I moved to Nashville, TN about 5 months ago (without having been here before).

2.  I’m currently working on my thesis business plan and leadership portfolio for my Masters in Entertainment Business with Full Sail University.

3.  I’m currently interning with Social Fresh and Dream Row as an Editorial Assistant and Booking Agent Assistant, respectively.

4. I’m passionate about many things: music, Glee, American Idol, Carrie Underwood, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, gay rights, writing, social media, and blogging, just to name a few.

5.  I’m writing a creative non-fiction piece called “I Will Take You with Me” which chronicles my life’s experiences as a gay male struggling with suicide (based upon my journal I’ve been writing since I was 16)

6. My dream is attend all the major music award shows: the Grammy’s, the ACM’s, the CMT Music Awards, the VMA’s, the AMA’s, the CMA’s, and the ACA’s.

7. Even though I haven’t been to a show in a while, I’m a HUGE theatre nut.

Now, it’s time for the “awards”;  I dedicate this blog post to the following bloggers:

First, I would like to highlight Lauren Gray who is one of the other interns with Social Fresh.  Her unbelievable passion and skill with PR, blogging, and Twitter are things we all should strive for in a constantly growing digital world.  It’s evident through her online presence that she’s learned what it means to be a professional, as well as creating a brand for herself.  I admire her and I hope I continue to learn more things about social media from her in the future.

The second dedication goes out to Jennifer Vanella.  I’ve known her for about four years now and I must say that I’ve never met a person so passionate about life, thier career, and their friends and family.  She is such a talented opera singer that I urge you to check out her music here.  She’s fairly new with utilizing social media tools, but it’s her terrific drive, focus, and ambition that makes her an incredible contributor of music, words, and art.

The third highlight is Lauren Gillaspey.  She’s one of the many bloggers that I’ve started following recently thanks to #SocialFresh.  While I haven’t been able to dig deep on her blog, from what I’ve read so far, she’s

“passionate about many things, however, creativity is a must. Throughout this blog, one will see multiple examples of pieces I take inspiration from–artwork, news articles, industry officials’ tweets, etc.”

Her creative ambiance is what drew me to her site.  She’s creative and is not afraid to explore that in her posts.   I look forward to reading more in the future and learning as much as I can.


Not to overload on new and interesting bloggers, I’ll leave this dedications to three of my favorites.  Another thing to note, is that all three of these lovely ladies have something very different to say, and they know how to say it.  They understand themselves and understand the things that work for their brand.  As the digital world trudges on, it’s important to keep in mind that every moment another blogger is hitting the streets with something to say and we, as a collective nation of bloggers, need to keep our ideas fresh, creative, and unique. :)

About Jason

I'm a Lover of Pop Culture. I live it. I breathe it. I create it. I recently graduated with a Masters of Science in Entertainment Business. I believe in digging deep in my soul to find something worth sharing with the world and creating art never before experienced. I'm a hardcore Gleek, Idoloonie, and CareBear. If you don't know what those mean, well, it's better if you don't. Music shapes my life, and welcome to it! :)

Posted on February 24, 2011, in Social Media and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. chasewfraicola

    Thank you for the wonderful compliments. :-) I love your ideas about the importance of awards like this and I can’t wait to check out the two bloggers you mentioned (since I already know Jenn).

  2. I really appreciate the shout out and being an inspiration to you!! You are doing an AWESOME job at Social Fresh and I love working with you and it’s been great connecting with you!

  3. Katherine: Unemployed

    thanks for outlining this; great info here

  4. I think Blog Awards are a great way to maintain motivation. It’s definitely a good feeling when somebody finds your content worthy enough to give an award, even if it means little. You are doing a great job with the blog bud! Keep up the good work! I like your design too!

    • Thanks! I really appreciate it. Yea, it’s definitely helped me stay motivated to keep blogging.

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