Because I cannot in good conscience consider my blog to be in any way superior to the other in this… you know, I'm not even sure what this is supposed to be. A tournament? A cursory comparison? Something deeper and far more sinister? It is a mystery.

  • I have little to no interest in actually designing this blog. I just take a template (Mandigo, in this case), stick in the necessary links, and then forget about it for the next couple of years or so.
  • I don't plan my posts. (And about five hundred readers per day go "yes, we know.") It's all based on what floats through my brain at any given moment.
  • I don't actually have a target audience defined, apart from possibly myself and my increasingly-poor memory. It helps to keep a record of my opinions on something or other… which I end up ignoring anyway because I can't be bothered to look it up in the archives.
  • I have absolutely no idea how I even caught the organizers' eyes. I've never gotten around to truly advertising this blog around. Considering the state it's in, I doubt I ever will.

I would have posted this sooner, and possibly make some sort of significant difference, if I had kind of sort of actually known about this… competition thing? I'm sorry, I'm still not sure what it's supposed to be. It says "Tournament", but it's one where we don't have to prepare or do anything, and it doesn't seem to have any prize or penalty? Curious.

6 Responses to “Too Late To Make Any Difference”
  1. mefloraine says:

    It's just meant to be used to have a little fun and introduce people to some new blogs.
    No sinister purpose at all!

  2. Valence says:

    I'm voting for you =D

  3. DKellis says:

    @mefloraine: What puzzles me most is the tournament format. Introducing people to new blogs doesn't need a comparison per se, especially if we don't know what the criteria are to be picked in the first place. I mean, I can't even classify my blog as any one category (episodic, editorial, comedy, serious). It's just, yanno, Things I Write Down. Does that mean I should only be compared to blogs consisting of Things People Write Down?

    It's a little like having a tournament, to continue the sports metaphors, with both Manchester United and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yes, they're both sports teams, and they're both "football" teams, but after that it all starts to break down.

    And since both blogs featured in each round get a spike of visitors (which was how I realized my blog was even in the running in the first place), I'm not sure why it's an opt-out tournament system, as opposed to just a sort of Blog Recommendation Service. There's a sense of unnecessary competition: I've never heard of Just As Planned until now, and based on the subject matter I'm not sure if I'll be following (nothing bad, just not really something in my very small blog-reading queue), but now I'm suddenly up against it?

    I'm not going to throw a tantrum and demand to be removed, but I am interested in knowing, basically, why a tournament system, rather than anything else.

    @Valence: Thank you! I'm curious about why (and in fact also curious about why someone would not vote for me), but I understand if you'd rather not say.

  4. kevo says:

    Humility gets you far, I'll vote for you.
    I think the tournament format is fun, kinda like Saimoe. I don't expect to get far. I put a lot of care into my writing but overall I don't think I have the pedigree to draw that many votes or anything. With Shin in the second round (if I even get there) I'm basically done. Most of my "connections" are in the tournament as well but I'm discovering a lot of new blogs. It's something silly and fun to talk about around the water cooler. Plus, people may even be inspired to write super effort induced posts to draw some votes.

  5. Scamp says:

    Err, well I'm a bit late but I'll respond to your questions.

    Why tourney format? It's fun and people will show up for it. Just toss out names of blogs and people don't visit. Give them a game and they will show up. At least, that's the theory and it's kinda working so far

    Why you didn't know you were in? Because we messed up and didn't think to contact the participants. It's something we should have done. You don't have to do anything while competing in the tourney though, that was never the plan. The idea of getting 96 bloggers to agree to do anything on time is….yeah

    Also, Man UTD and Pittsborough Steelers can play each other in the FA Cup. Except Man U don't compete until several rounds later. That's why the big/old blogs get a bye in the first round

  6. DKellis says:

    @Scamp: The obvious question which I might have missed earlier is that if the idea is to introduce people to new blogs, then what happens to the losing blogs?

    By the nature of the tournament, winning blogs will get more air-time overall, as they get re-linked during later rounds. This is theoretical; maybe you have some system in place which guarantees equal face time to all blogs. I don't know.

    I suspect a lot of the complaints are due to the competitive nature of a tournament format, especially when the basis of comparisons between blogs is ill-defined.

    Again, my primary motivation in posting all of this is not rage or indignation, but rather confusion and puzzlement, upon being presented by something that seems so inexplicable at first glance. I am trying to understand a concept (viz tournament-style is the best way to advertise blogs) that is, to me, non-obvious and somewhat alien.