Okay, as many of my loyal readers (thanks, you two) know, I have been watching Battle of the YouTube Non-Stars recently. JenLuv has done a really good job of copying DiGiTiLsOuL's idea of "Battle of the YouTube Stars." And copying in a good way. She has really done a fine job with it, and by the time I post this, she will have the fifth and final round of the fine competition.
This of course, seems to be like something I remember in the late 1970s – Battle of the Network Stars. I didn't watch any of DiGiTiLsOuL's videos on his competition, but I assume he attributed his competition to what I remember as a child. The three networks (oh my, only three networks!) had a competition that was really a copying of the Olympics.1 The first Battle was broadcast on ABC starting in November 19762, and the format for the almost ten years it was on consisted of a two-hour sequence of physical challenges, which were real and sometimes even aggressively competitive, hosted by Howard Cosell (usually). Focus. Back to "Battle of the Blogs".
I have noticed that blogs seem to be so 2005; maybe it's because most of the people I have been viewing are no longer blogging, and I have not added too many new blogs (my bad). Someone had a competition recently for bloggers, and it seemed sad that there were only a few people who voted (less than 60 last time I checked). That seems like only a few people to me.
Well, I wanted to do a competition, and I want it to be like "Battle of the YouTube Stars." Here is how I would like it to work:
1. I will accept possible entries from now until February 23. You can either respond to this blog entry, or you can email me at bloggerbattle(at)gmail.com. It is not my personal address; I have created it for this competition. Please only recommend two entries.
2. Then I will look to see at the number of entries (I sure hope there are lots of them). I will post the list on Monday, February 26, and then have everybody vote for the one blog they think is the best. From that voting, I will take the best 16, 8 or whatever makes sense, and we will start pairing blogs up. I will ask the owner of the blog to write a short summery of their blog, and we will place that up. Then you vote on which of the two is best, and so on. Think "March Madness" as it relates to basketball but without the betting.
3. Eventually one blog will reign supreme. Yeah. But that is not the point. The point will be that several blogs will be exposed to lots of eyeballs, and maybe you can find another gem or two for your blogroll. That is the real point of this.
Here is what I need from you:
1. Advertisement. You need to post something to advertise this competition.
You can cut and paste the below message if you like:
This is not spam. Well, this is not bad spam. Leesa
2. Feedback. Oh, and if you think this whole thing is crap, let me know that too. Maybe this is not a good idea. Really. No hurt feelings. And I won't get a friend to launch a denial of service (DoS) attack on your blog.
3. Patience. I will clutter up my blog with this thing, and if you just want to read my normal stuff, I will still post. I figure I will probably lose one day's worth of posts for the duration of the tournament.
A couple of things I forgot to mention:
1. Exclusion. Since I will be, for lack of a better word, sponsoring this, I am of course excluded from the competition. It seems obvious but I did want to state it.
2. Limiting Nominations. The whole point of limiting nominations is so people don't submit their blogrolls to me. If you must nominate three or four, I may let that slide. I just don't want people nominating tons of different blogs.
3. Poll Question. If you would like to vote on my newly created poll, it is hidden on the right (--->).
4. Furture Addendums. I know I have forgotten things. Sorry. I am not omniscient. Heck, I don't even plan well.
1 The Olympics seemed so much more important when only true amateurs competed (and it seemed to be us against the Russians).
2From Wikipedia: Each team had a captain; they and their fellow teammates were interviewed during the contest, engaging in sometimes earnest and campy discussions about the competition. It was hosted by Howard Cosell, and I think he took the competition more seriously than some. Some took the competition very seriously.