Following up on my previous comment, I went back to see if I followed my own rules when making Recommendations. I hadn't. There were bloggers who I had nominated as Blogger of the Week, but failed to Recommend (I had subscribed) even when they had less than 5 Recommendations. I have rectified that oversight by making these Recommendations. So taking into account the fact that I tend to forget who I have subscribed to, and noticing that I also forget to Recommend people, I am changing my own rules and will Recommend bloggers in the first instance rather than just subscribing.
In doing this analysis, I also noticed that there are only a few of us who are using this forum to nominate Bloggers of the Week; bloggers like D MJ Binkley
, The Travel Camel
, Jo Trouble
, and myself (It goes without saying that Mel is deeply involved in the process whether it changes or not). Automating the process would get more bloggers involved; thus relieving those mentioned from bearing the burden or dominating the nomination process.
I think we could receive many more candidates for this honor if we let the computer generate a list of those who have received 3 or 4 Recommendations (letting Mel or Ali decide the appropriate number) from the entire membership of Travelblog. Mel could then award the Blogger of the Week from that list and add a fifth recommendation that would also put the blogger on the front page if they also met the word count and picture requirements. As a practical matter, once a person becomes a Blogger of the Week, they usually get enough attention and enough Recoomendations that they end up on the front page in any case. This is what happend to me.
However, few bloggers seem to Recommend other bloggers. I didn't understand the importance of Recommending bloggers until recently, after two years of blogging. Of the 37 bloggers that I Recommend, 25 have not Recommended anyone else (or maybe just one blogger). And some of these are well known bloggers such as thedribbleman
. You could do a computer sort to come up with the actual statistics of how many bloggers recommend others.
So if we automated the process, in order to get more involvement from bloggers, we would have to publicize the new procedure. Perhaps anytime a blogger (not just those I follow) Recommends another blogger, then the computer could announce on the Minifeed of the Control Panel page that the blog had been recommended. When I receive the announcements that someone I follow is now following someone else, I look at that blog and then decide whether I will also follow. I would use the same approach to announcements from any blogger. You may have to adjust this proceedure if we get inundated with Recommendations.
Anyway, I thought I would give some thought to this matter as using this forum can be cumbersome trying to keep track of all the nominations and how many have seconds and thrids, etc, and limiting, so there you are.
Apologies to Mel if I have interfered too much with your process!