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BB’s 1st Annual Celebration of Blogs: Looking Forwards, Looking Back 2008-2009 December 24, 2008

Posted by bookbutterfly in blogs and blogging, contests.
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So…this might seem pretty last minute, but I just came up with this idea for a sort of contest while in the shower (I come up with the greatest blog post ideas in the shower, I’m serious). So lemme break it down to the basics:

Who: I’m the host. But because I’m the host, I cannot participate. NB: I am also a judge. See below on “How” for judging.

What: A contest about blogs. More info about each division below.

When: I haven’t set an exact time frame yet, but from now until probably early January 2009 will the contest last.

Where: Here, duh! That’s where all the announcing and stuff takes place.

Why: There are so many blogs out there that need some appreciation that isn’t always shown. Why not have a contest honoring blogs of all shapes and sizes, whether they win a prize or not?

How: As I am not a psychic, I cannot see the future and find out how the reception of this contest will be amongst my readers (though if it was my decision, everyone would want to be in it and think it’s a great idea). So for my helpers, or judges if you may, I am not entirely sure yet how many I will choose or need. If I get 20 comments all day today (Dec 24), I will pick about 5 judges. Who? Judges will be picked in order of comments. For example, say Blogger A, B, C, D, and E comment first; that means, I will choose all of them to be my judges (if I get 20 comments from 20 different people that is). But let’s say Blogger C doesn’t want to be a judge (stated through comment or email); however, Blogger Z left a comment (or perhaps sent me an email) saying he/she can be a judge if my judges back out. Therefore, Z will take C’s place as judge. Got it? If I get like 5 comments from 5 different people my first day, I’ll wager a guess that this contest won’t do so well and pick the first (and maybe second) blogger to help me out. Of course, if reception changes day by day, so will my number of judges. Judges will receive an email as soon as I figure out how this contest will do.

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OK, so now for the real stuff. The boring part’s over; now all the things you all want to know are coming.

What are the possible things I could win? There are 4 different divisions (geez, I make it sound like I have 1000 participants):

  • Blog of the Year: The main award. This basically goes to the best blog of the year, one that’s absolutely outstanding (for example, excellent blog posts, beautiful template/layout, cool widgets, etc).
  • Blogger of the Year: This is a person who does just about everything: they have a blog (or blogs), comment all over the place with thoughtful comments, etc. I’m guessing that whoever is nominated for Blog of the Year can also be nominated for this.
  • Review Blog of the Year: Yes, it’s a whole separate ball game, review blog and blog. “Blog” basically means like a journal, and “review blog” is like…ok, you all know what that is. This is the award for the best review blog.
  • Rookie of the Year: Just started a blog this year? Maybe you’ll win this one! Although this prize might seem like the “little kid” award, I really like this one. I would want it to go to a blog that has tons of potential for the following year to snag one of the above awards. Watch out for nominees of this award!

Ok, sounds cool. But what will I win? Um…I don’t have the money to go out and buy like a $50 gift card to B&N or Borders for you guys, but what I will do is spend my time over break to make little widgets to put up on your blog or as your profile picture for whatever (maybe even your siggie for your email, LRRH, etc). I haven’t made them yet, but I have some really awesome designs in mind. Nominees will also receive these. This little prize might even attract more readers; who knows? πŸ˜€ If I get too busy over vacation, I might “hire” a few of you guys for free to help me make them, if my program turns out to not work out right.

So what if I want to do this contest on my blog on my own? *le gasp* So you don’t want to be a judge? That’s alright, you want to do it on your own. Since I believe that it is possible to plagiarize a contest, please, please, PLEASE leave me a comment or shoot me an email that you want to do this contest on your own (hmph, maybe you think you could do a better job of it or whatever πŸ˜‰ ).Β I would also really appreciate it if you mention this blog and link to here!

Anything else? Of course! A lot of you are already eligible for some of the prizes above. Anyone who has left me a comment within the last two months is eligible for “Blogger of the Year” (but not necessarily nominated; you must leave a comment here first!!); anyone who has left me a comment within the two weeks is also eligible for “Blog of the Year” (also not necessarily nominated, but it brings you one step ahead! Just comment!!) Also, I may be tracking my footsteps all over your blog with a “siggie” in comments saying something like “visit my blog for the contest” or whatever. πŸ˜€ Just letting you guys know so you don’t think I’m being a weirdo or I’m trying to annoy y’all with a shameless plug.

I have a comment/question/concern/feedback. Besides the last part about feedback, you sound like my 6th grade teacher! She always used to say that at the end of everyday in case we had homework questions, etc. Anyway, just email me! I love email! I’ve posted my email at the side, but if you don’t see it, it is bookbutterflyangel [at] yahoo [dot] com OR lady [dot] dashti [at] gmail [dot] com. Also, I would absolutely love feedback! I may not do this contest at all if it doesn’t seem to be working out so well, so please send me mail letting me know so that I don’t waste my time on nothing!!

Thank you all for reading my blog!! I β™₯ y’all! πŸ˜€

Β β™₯Lots of Love and MOLD,

BB

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1. felicity12 - December 24, 2008

That sounds so cool! Maybe you should also include like best sci fi blog, best school blog, best fantasy blogs, etc.

I think it is a great idea, but I don’t have time to be a judge.

2. bookbutterfly - December 24, 2008

Ooh, I like that idea! I’ll have to figure out what divisions I want, since I’m not aware of many sci fi blogs, etc.

One last thing! You can also spread the word about this contest on your blog and be eligible for one of the awards! So spread the word, people, spread the word! πŸ˜€

3. Merissa - December 24, 2008

That sounds fun! So creative. πŸ™‚

4. Summermoon - December 26, 2008

I like this idea! Very cool… πŸ™‚

Unfortunately though, I won’t be able to be a judge because I’m not going to be online so much for the next two or so weeks. 😦


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