A little while back, after an alert from Lucy Gray, I reflected on the Blogger’s Choice Awards. At the time I wondered very much tongue in cheek why this very minor part of the blogosphere wasn’t in amongst the nominees. Rightly, Lucy did point out the worth of these awards in potentially highlighting previously unknown blogging gems with which I had to concur as I did find a couple of interesting blogs I hadn’t previously come across. I did also ponder on whether popularity awards such as these were valid reflections of a blog’s value.
It was interesting then when a member of a listserve that I, (and some other more prominent Aussie bloggers), belong to, began soliciting votes for his blog. In itself this wasn’t totally surprising. However as the email appeal extended beyond the initial notice with follow up updates to tell us said blog was now ranked higher than Steve Dumbo, (sic) and Will Richardson it became more than interesting. Now said emailer does have a strong website presence with lots of people who use it. The blog, in comparison to Steve and Will however, has only minimal, content or reflection on Web 2.0. As fellow Aussie blogger Graham W notes in a great post titled Reflective Connection, (the entry has only passing connection to this entry and should be read for the other content), the listserver’s blog is more Web1.0 than any other numerical annotation.
It has been interesting then to track the progress of the emailer’s blog as it has moved onto the first page of the award. Imagine my surprise when I logged in tonight to see that the Homeschooler blog that had been heading the pack for some days now had almost overnight been supplanted by Esoriano.Wordpress.com. The note attached to Esoriano’s entry
“Ask all your spiritual concerns to the most sensible preacher of our time”
suggests that the rest of the prospective awardee bloggers would be best to roll over now. This is especially so given that said sensible preacher is also in for the “Best Religious”, and “Best Celebrity’ blogs in addition to his quest for the Education gong. Oh and he is after the “Best Blog Of All Time” as well.
Interesting now if I self nominated this blog, went to school tomorrow and enrolled all 500 plus students with the award site, showed them how to cast a vote for me and got them all to press the VOTE button would that make me No.1?
For what it is worth Esoriano’s blog has a Technorati Rating of 1,098,32422,0461,819 . (Oh for the record I am way back at 290,604