There’s always one or other “blogging contest” going on around in the world, some are sponsored by “Big Money” and launched with obvious “Brand Promotion Agendas” while others promote “Presumably Good Causes”.
I’ve said previously, in general, joining a blogging contest is a good way to promote your blog and network with other bloggers. You not only get a chance to build a wider readership for your audience, but you also get a chance to meet more established bloggers who can actually help you become a better blogger.
The right attitude in joining a contest, any contest, is to become more aware of what your capabilities are and learn how to improve them. It is not so much winning that matters but finding and taking away lessons that you can help you achieve your own personal blogging goals.
However, it must be said, that some blogging contests are rigged in such a way that it essentially becomes a vehicle for establishing “no go” zones around certain brands. Moreover, it can be a palliative remedy for what really ails people’s perception of the brand — bad service and bad practices.