Three of my ten nominees made it to the list of this year’s most influential blogger award. The writing initiative, which started in 2007, attracted more than 200 blog entries with more than 55 blogs nominated to the coveted spot.
Following are the list of the winners:
- Writing to Exhale
- Patay Gutom
- The Struggling Blogger
- Father Blogger dot Com
- Kelvinonian Ideas 2.0
- Tales from the Mom Side
- Let’s Go Sago!
As project proponent Ms Janet Toral reflect on the writing project, I would like to pitch my own comment/observation which I had this writing project was initiated and I first joined. Here it goes.
The project only qualifies blogs which started from a certain period. The first time the project started, blogs created between August 2006 and July 2007 qualified. Last year, blogs created between July 2007 and July 2008 qualified. This year, a reasonable adjustment was made as blogs created between May 2008 and July 2009 qualified to be nominated. However, the writing project starts around three months within the year of the awarding thus blogs created within those months or a few months prior to that miss out, I will explain my point later.
The project aim is quite simple: nominate a blog created between the period stated and that these blogs should be “gaining a considerable amount of readership and influence.” For blogs created, say, between one and three months prior to the start of the contest, “gaining a considerable amount of readership and influence” might be a hard call especially for beginning bloggers who are exceptionally good at what they have started but might not know nothing at SEO. It is a different story if the “beginning blogger” is a well versed SEO practioner or have read a number of blogs and blogging guides prior to really sitting down and blogging then yes, the cut off should remain as is.
If Ms. Janette might please consider next year this: It might be useful if the beginning cut-off date for blogs to qualify will be around two months prior to the start of the writing project, i.e., if the writing project will start from May to July of the current year, the qualified blogs should have been created between February or March of last year to July of the current year.
Let me explain, influence and readership is not earned overnight, so those blogs created between a day and three months prior to the beginning cut-off date will never have a chance for recognition, no matter how good they are. It is inevitable to ignore those gap months that I suggested regardless if they are INDEED emerging and influential, they definitely have missed out.
Darren Prowse makes a good point that a blogger could basically build a better blog in 31 days. So, theoretically, if a blogger has just started and say, discovered the Prowse’s principle with two weeks of his blogging experience then that gives the blogger around about two months to really put a stamp and have his/her presence felt. Unless, the blogger is full time then recognition could probably come earlier, i.e., within two weeks after implementing the Prowse’s principles to better blogging. So, I reckon that three months is enough for a novice blogger to establish his/her integrity in the blogosphere and therefore his/her influence.
Now that’s my piece, this is just a suggestion posted on the most democratic space on earth, the blogosphere.
Congratulations again to the nominees and all the winners!