I thought this was pretty damn weird -- I've been named on similar awards lists in the past and no one has ever told me that I had to "agree" to be named a top blog, or that I had to promote the award on my site or it would be taken away. They're basically giving away spots to bloggers who agree to promote them, making it not much of a list.
So I ignored them.
Yesterday, I got another email, reminding me that I hadn't yet posted my award badge and adding:
"If you choose to decline our award, please respond by Monday, July 26. The only reason we ask this is because if you choose to decline or not recognize our award, then let us know so your colleagues who could qualify for the award have a chance at recognition and take your spot. Dennis and I work too hard on these awards for it to be discarded, as this is our passion. We just want our award winners not only to appreciate our award, but also to understand what our ultimate goal is; to take away awards from marketing companies and make them back into what they should be: awards."
What's funny about this is that Emma Lee and Dennis Anderson are a marketing company, running a scam to get free promotion on well-trafficked blogs. After some back and forth with Emma about their questionable business model, a little online research quickly revealed that they're sponsored by a consortium of online diploma mills that are trying to shore up their credibility.
I'm taking up your time with this only because I'm disgusted by this and want to out this silly little scam. Now back to our regular programming...