In a hard and close battle, this blog lost by a measly 1 point to those big bad Men with Pens, Harry McLeod and James Chartrand. (Just because they are prolific bloggers with a huge archive of valuable posts and a community of raving fans who adore them…really!)
John has been so generous in sharing his wisdom and perspective. On top of which we all had a great time leaving
trash talk comments about the contest on each others’ blogs.
Here’s what else I learned from John Hewitt of Writers Resource Center:
You would be wise to take a look at how he’s structuring this
contest because it is great for not only adding valuable content to
your own blog, but generating loads of link love in a niche. Maybe you can come up with an idea to do something similar for blogs in your field?
John took the concept of looking at a list of the top 16 blogs in an
industry, made up a draw like in a sporting event (his is modeled
after basketball), and is doing a side by side comparison of pairs. Eventually there will be a face-off between two blogs, and a champion.
Along the way everyone learns about what works and what doesn’t from an outsider’s perspective. In fact, learning about what works for a blog is what John says is "…one of the reasons why I started this tournament. I wanted to look at what all the other blogs were doing (right and wrong) and see how I could improve. My laundry list keeps getting longer."
John based the tournament on several factors, archives, blog purpose, personality, design, usability, and 5 recent posts.
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