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Nominate a Blogger to be next week's Blogger of the Week.

Originally part of Rating system for blogs?
Nominate bloggers who have never had a blog on the Front Page and have fewer than 5 recommends.
9 years ago, February 16th 2012 No: 461 Msg: #151921  
I would like to 2nd Bob's nomination of NateTheGreat. His prior blogs from SA were marvelous and he is now packing around Asia.

[Edited: 2012 Feb 17 04:04 - D MJ Binkley:42569 - corrected grammar]
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9 years ago, February 16th 2012 No: 462 Msg: #151928  
B Posts: 11.5K

In response to: Msg #151123

Hi Bob,

5 Recommends is the minimum to have a blog entry on the front page, so just checking the 'recommend' number would also cover things on the 'front page' criteria as well.

Hope that helps. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 16th 2012 No: 463 Msg: #151931  
I tend to subscribe to a blogger and if they continue to be good, then I recommend them to be Blogger of the Week. However, if they have four recommendations already, I don't recommend them, hoping that they will be selected as Blogger of the Week, because if I give them the fifth recommendation they will be disqualified from receiving this award. That is why I am so anxious for Mel to announce Bloggers of the Week so that I can then Recommend them so they get front page attention. Am I doing bloggers a disfavor by taking this approach? Reply to this

9 years ago, February 16th 2012 No: 464 Msg: #151933  
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, deleted_46288, 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! Reply to this

9 years ago, February 16th 2012 No: 465 Msg: #151934  
Re generating a list of people with a certain number of recommends, that is a very good idea, some sort of automated system would make life easier, the same as with photo of the week. Whether a script can be written for such things I do not know.

As for recommending others, on the News Feed on the right side of the Control Panel, it now displays who is following who and whether someone responds to your comment on a blog or photo - this was introduced to increase that sort of behaviour - that of recommending and commenting on others blogs and photos - I think it certainly has improved things in this area. However, further improvements can always be made, and there is merit in the recommends turning up on the Minifeed - for example, someone may read an extremely good blog but not follow them. This is partly the reason for having the Blog Treasure Hunt every month. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 18th 2012 No: 466 Msg: #152030  

In response to: Msg #150962 I've finally had time to read through Robert Lawlor Cuso International's blogs and can second Mel's nomination for Blogger of the Week.

It's been over three weeks since we've seen anything from Mel on this discussion forum. I hope she is having a great trip somewhere by way of explanation. Reply to this

9 years ago, February 20th 2012 No: 467 Msg: #152157  
I'd like to nominate jaiyen for blogger of the week. Teaching and traveling in Thailand and sharing the adventure.
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9 years ago, February 20th 2012 No: 468 Msg: #152161  

In response to: Msg #151621 Looking back over previous nominations I found that Mel had already nominated Chopsticks in December, so mine on Feb 9 is a second for her.

My system for keeping track of who has been nominated and making new nominations is flawed still...I know I need to get my act together. Anyway, normally when I Recommend someone I also nominate them as Blogger of the Week if they have less than 5 Recommendations. I previously subscribed tojaiyen, but then forgot to Recommend him so failed in turn to nominate him for Blogger of the Week. So I can now second David and Merry Jo's nomination. On the other hand David and Merry Jo nominated, but forgot to click the Recommend button. Get you act together you two!

Talking about getting acts together, Mel, we know you are having or had a great vacation in Germany, but don't forget about the Blogger of the Week selections! There are a few good candidates above.

The trouble with those who are not presently traveling and blogging is that we have way too much time to comment in the Forums! Reply to this

9 years ago, February 20th 2012 No: 469 Msg: #152163  
Hi Bob,

You are making me laugh. Actually, I have different criteria for recommending someone for blogger of the week and giving them a recommendation so I don't always do both.

I agree with you about missing the blogger of the week so hopefully Mel will return or someone will step in and take care of it. I'd be happy to help.

I agree with you and Mell about Chopsticks and would like to 3rd the nomination.
We love Peking Duck so this photo caught my attention. I cook a pretty mean Peking duck and can't wait to have it someday in China.
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9 years ago, February 21st 2012 No: 470 Msg: #152182  
B Posts: 11.5K
New nomination thread for Blogger Of The Week;

Blogger Of The Week - Nominations

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