Why the Aniblog Tourney isn’t actually a scam for more traffic.

Cirno

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.

13 Comments

  1. Scamp Said,

    April 21, 2010 @ 7:45 pm

    Well I stayed out of the first post because of the flame war that erupted

    You have a fair point and in hindsight we probably should have contacted everyone. It just honestly never crossed our minds that we should or that someone would have a problem with being put in. It would have also cleared up a lot of the nonsense we’re currently having to go through to find replacement competitors. We only found ourselves a replacement for Jinx 2 days before he was meant to enter

    However the main aim is NOT to find the best blog. It’s to drive traffic and get new readers to these blogs. If the readers of the tourney find new blogs to read then the whole thing is a massive success regardless of who wins the thing.

  2. RP Said,

    April 21, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    Well, if I’m going to be quoted for the “not sure what purpose an email to the blog authors would have served” line, it would be nice to also quote my later comment: “Poor planning on our part, but the introduction post was akin to an introductory email as far as we were thinking. We also never really considered that people might not want to participate. Obviously, the event planning can be improved in the future” for balance. I mean, it’s not as if I haven’t been working to understand your POV throughout the whole discussion.

    But whatever, there’s been much too much attention paid to “me”, which was the last thing I ever intended. We’re still figuring it out as we go along, but hopefully people can start giving more attention to those blogs that have kicked off the voting. Personally, I think some of the discussions (on the site and on various blogs) have been pretty interesting so far.

  3. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 21, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    @Scamp: Even if your main aim is not to find the “best blog”, inevitably, whoever wins can claim some kind of title towards that purpose, am I right? Of course, all the younger blogs (I won’t say “lesser” since it’s a disrespectful term), probably gets a good surge of hits whenever their turn is up.

    @RP: Well, I understand you have learned something from this whole fiasco, but I do hope to see changes being implemented in a way that shows you have learned a thing or two about it.

    Let this be a good lesson for any future tournaments or events you both may organize. Maybe I have been a little too harsh, but I am rather fed up of things like this happening that could HAVE been avoided with proper, sensible thinking in the first place.

  4. NovaJinx Said,

    April 21, 2010 @ 9:50 pm

    What is the world coming to? Kuro is posting TL;DR with no pictures :O

    Ah man, stifling the flames when it was just getting to the best parts…oh well, I suppose it had to be done. Was fun while it lasted.

    But just like Kuro said. The existence of SaiMoe has already proven how futile this kind of polling is. Moreover I doubt how many long-term readers this whole thing will provide to anyone, aside from those who were popular in the first place. People can only follow so many blogs. In fact, wouldn’t this actually seem like a quality evaluation to your general fucktard? “Blog X got 50% more votes, so it’s gotta be better than Y, guess I’ll check out X since nobody seems to like the other.”.

    What was the point for Y to participate? To get a 500-visitor spike for two days? You know, that only makes me pissed because my stats graph looks like fuck for the following four weeks.

  5. Matthew Said,

    April 21, 2010 @ 10:25 pm

    Scamp’s apparent lack of e-peens stroking isn’t necessarily because he didn’t do exactly that, quite the contrary… you don’t see it simply because he is too much of a noob to figure out that he could have driven traffic to his website this way.

    This charade is still what it is. E-peens stroking and circlejerking. It makes me want to throw up.

  6. NovaJinx Said,

    April 21, 2010 @ 10:47 pm

    This post is now the strongest.

  7. Author Said,

    April 22, 2010 @ 12:41 pm

    Is this Sage pretending to be Matthew again? Kuro, what’s the IP address?

  8. Koji Oe Said,

    April 22, 2010 @ 1:36 pm

    Yeah personally I would have liked an e-mail as well. I didn’t even know one was going on until I found some random hits coming to my page. A kind of notification would have been nice.

    I’m not going to lie and say I’m not happy about being chosen since I thought I was relatively unknown, but I think this thing is pretty stupid since it’s just a popularity contest. I’ve decided to just be neutral about it. Not promote it on my blog or denounce it.

    Maybe that would have been best for you too Kurogane?

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 22, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    @Koji Oe: Well, it’s a bit too late for that I guess? Actually I didn’t really intend to denounce or promote it, but more like surprised at how suddenly this came out of the blue with no prior emails or contact from the organizers. Heck, I only found out about it from word of mouth last week.

    @Author: Ask him yourself :P.

  10. Velore Said,

    April 22, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    Yay a picture!

    …Unrelated though :(

    I don’t think the Tourney is THAT trustworthy, I mean, whoever’s Blog will get to the top I might never be interested to comment on.. That kind of competition is rather for one’s satisfaction not traffic.

  11. Ryan A Said,

    April 23, 2010 @ 1:59 am

    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.

    Someone has to play the devil’s advocate, otherwise we end up as gnomes collecting pantsu in some poor Colorado kid’s closet…. PROFITS!

    On driving traffic to new readers… let’s just say that the best way to drive traffic to less visited (or newer) sites is for popular sites/bloggers to share, link, trackback to articles on these blogs. I have no clue where the logic comes in that a tournament will increase traffic to less-visited blogs (in the long run)… The scenario goes:

    Blog Battle => voters visit each site (exactly what do they see? recent posts… which means what?) => voters vote … ???

    I have no qualms with the tournament, I won’t give much attention, but there are better ways to increase a consistent flow to less-read blogs… IMO, this is more fun and games than a “righteous effort.” (not that anything is wrong with it

    lelangir posted an OPML (feed subscriptions) list with a hundreds of blogs inside, and I’m checking out blogs I’ve never seen before… why is there no OPML for these 96 blogs?

  12. Exar Said,

    April 23, 2010 @ 4:16 am

    Sorry for being off topic but

    Cirno FTW!!!!!

  13. Netto Said,

    April 23, 2010 @ 1:05 pm

    Everyone’s happy with the tourney, nothing wrong with that. :\

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