It’s boring without some pictures isn’t it?
Because for one, they totally missed out a great chance to do so by emailing everyone chosen beforehand to notify them of their “participation”.
Okay, to be serious, a lot of things have really gone out of hand in my earlier post about the tournament. Initially, my post wasn’t really meant to discourage the organizers, but more as a slight jibe against the whole nature of the tournament itself and some of the failings it had.
My only major gripe really lies in how callous some of the organizers thought about the need for proper public relations regarding this event they are doing. Seriously, if you are going to do something like this on a big scale, isn’t it proper to inform ALL the participants before hand so they could have been prepared OR at least know that it was coming? Again, I am pretty sure that if you guys had the time to go through the almost thousands of blogs in the ‘sphere currently AND chose 96 of them, I am pretty sure, you would be having the time to compile a simple list of contact information from each blog’s About page or sidebar. Let’s side aside the question of WHETHER the information is available or not (any blog without proper contact information is probably not worth reading at all), but for those who DO have proper contact information displayed, they deserve to get at least a simple notice/template email about their participation in an event of this nature.
Instead, what one of the organizers said was that he was “not sure what purpose an email to the blog authors would have served” (quoted verbatim). It’s already pretty clear the tournament organizers aren’t going to ask permissions from the blog owners already, given that they are arbitrarily putting us all in, but we DESERVE a notice, for god’s sake. One of them even quoted AnimeBlips as an example, but even AnimeBlips had the manners and courtesy to send me and email notifying of my blog’s addition in to their scraper, even if I did not give them permission at all. So you see, the problem lies in not as much as the purpose nor the way the tournament is being conducted, but the method of HOW the news of the tournament is being disseminated.
It’s akin to publicly announcing a party but not sending any invitations out and then expecting everyone to turn up. Do you think it would work? Probably not. Just because you think that the blog authors do not need to put in any effort on their part for this tournament, doesn’t mean they don’t lose the right to be informed about it before-hand. And please do not compare it with link-exchanging or trackbacking, THAT is not the same level with getting put in to a popularity contest by random choice.
I will admit I have overreacted in my initial post’s edit when I removed the link. Yes, that was pretty juvenile of me, but I am not going to apologetic about it either because I do feel I am right. And personally, I do not once at all believe that a mere popularity contest will determine what is truly the best blog(s) for me. After experiencing 4 SaiMoe tournaments and reporting on three of them, I am pretty cynical about determining the quality of a blog based merely on the number of votes it gets via Internet voting. In fact, I haven’t read any of the two eventual winners (*coughRCcoughblogsukicough*) for probably years nowadays. So, my decision to remove the link wasn’t fully because of the organizer’s comment, other personal opinions and beliefs of mine also had a say in that.
Now, let me address all the “conspiracy theories” about how this is all a scam to route more traffic to the organizers’ blogs; it’s pure bullshit. While I might not have agreed about the email issue, I do believe that the guys aren’t really doing this just to “get more ad sales”. For one, none of them are running any profiteering ads apart from misc. affiliate links and etc. In fact, I would dare say I have probably profited more from the extra pageviews for my blog no thanks to the little flame war going inside my earlier post. Obviously, the organizers are going to get some spillover traffic from hosting such an event, but I personally do not think they are going to profit very much from this. There’s a ton lot of better ways to blog-whore and get increased traffic without going through all the trouble of creating such a big event.
I hope to have cleared up a bit of my stance regarding the Aniblog Tournament. I am not fully against the idea, but obviously the organizers have a lesson to learn about event management. I am not going to care much about the tournament, maybe randomly popping in once in a while to check what’s up. Unlike Nova I am not going to be withdrawing, neither am I doing the opposite either. I am just going to leave it up to the voters to decide when the time comes, hurr. If I do win, can someone please email me about it, eh?
P.S. Nova sums it up best.
P.P.S Nova again sums it up best, LOL.