To vote or not to vote? That is the question.
I’m sure some of you are aware of the aniblog tourney that’s currently underway. As a non-participant, I feel the need to express my thoughts about it, because I know that it’ll affect my status and outlook in aniblogging.
I know that Scamp started the second tournament with good intentions. Aside from letting anibloggers connect with each other, the tourney also lets active readers find the good blogs that they might want to subscribe and follow. However, the idea that people would only connect, gather, and check out blogs they don’t read or know just because there’s a aniblog battle royale going on wouldn’t sit well for some. I mean, would I heedlessly subscribe to a blog just because it destroyed We Remember Love or Random Curiosity by the sheer amount of votes they got? Of course not.
I also know that he went from hell and back trying to make that tournament bracket before he started calling for votes. It was literally a smorgasbord of content-rich links, some of them famous blogs that participated in the first tourney. Trying to make a bracket that lets every blog compete in equal ground is hard, let alone think that said blogs will compete fair and square. There are some that try, though, and I admire them for that.
This is where the dirty part comes in. The participating authors of each blog try to appeal and convince people to give their votes for them. There’s nothing really wrong about this, and I honestly don’t think it’s a bad thing. You can do shameless plugging on other sites, write blog posts that advertise your blog, personally talk to other readers for their vote, and be everywhere so people can notice you. Now, plugging for your blog isn’t bad, but it does make it seem that you’re literally begging for votes if you do it very frequently. If you want people to vote for your blog more, you need to build a solid list of good blog posts, or alternatively, write guest blog posts on other, more famous blogs. That way, people would vote you for what you are as a blogger, not because you just asked them to vote for you.
There were also blogs that wrote potshot posts about the blogs they faced. I know that some bloggers did it in jest so I took every one of them with a grain of salt. But is this necessary? Call me serious or whatever, but I think throwing dirt at a blog doesn’t improve your blog’s disposition to other people. Sure, you’re confident enough that you’ll rake enough votes, that’s why you’re simply throwing potshots at the other blog. But I tell you, it’s in bad taste.
And then, there’s vote rigging. I don’t know how or why some of them do this, but this is simply ridiculous. I won’t talk about CSW’s incident here, but if the allegations are true, then it’s a prime example of what people shouldn’t do. Doing it makes people see you in a bad perspective rather than a good one.
As for my own standing on this event, I’m actually glad that I’m not participating in it because it saves me the trouble of having to deal with underhand potshots and other unruly things you usually see in aniblog tourneys. This also means I plan on keeping my current standing outside the tourney, which is not to vote and simply watch it from afar. I may not get readership, but it’s fine. I just want my personal space to be a place of discussion about topics that I want to get across.
- No offense intended for this example citation, Draggle-kun. [↩]