Award Free Blog
As of May 2012, AuthorAlden.com is henceforth an "award free" blog. I am truly flattered that anyone might think this blog worthy of recognition. I remain grateful for every nod I've been given, but I must decline any future awards. Your readership is reward enough.
There are a few reasons for this, but the shortest answer is that I'm not comfortable adhering to the requirements of most blog awards. Most dictate that you must pass the award on in order to accept. While I follow many awesome blogs that are deserving of such recognition, there are more than a few people in the blogosphere who view these kinds of awards with disdain.
You see, to some folks, these blog awards resemble chain letters. And nobody likes chain letters. While you and I might understand that these awards are coming from a good place, a way to share your favorite blogs with your readers, some people just don't see it that way. And the last thing I want to do is make anyone uncomfortable, good intentions or not.
Therefor, since I can't in good conscience adhere to the spirit of these awards (paying it forward), it would be unfair to accept them at all. Hence, award free blog.