We’re just a half month from the conclusion of popular voting for the 2017 Best Construction Blog competition. At the moment (this can change), the Oldcastle Building Solutions Blog has a strong lead. I still have about five blogs to review and will complete these reviews within the next week to 10 days.
Several years ago, I realized that while popular vote should be a major element in deciding the Best Construction Blog winner, it cannot be the only foundation for awarding the recognition. This is because an unfettered popular vote rule creates an unfair advantage to large organizations with extensive employer/supporter networks. At one point, I tried a vote regulation method that prevented more than one vote from a single IP address. But this decision had the unintended effect of penalizing larger organizations where employees are concentred in offices, while benefiting consultants and very small enterprises with skill in manipulating social media in extensive “get out the vote” campaigns.
The compromise: I would allow everyone one vote, regardless of location, but overlay the popular vote with a judging panel.
In this system, the judges carry about as much weight as the vote. They however, will generally only review the top seven contenders. (There is nothing stopping them from voting in favour of other blogs, but the workload becomes rather excessive.) So the key for a blogger is to obtain enough votes to reach he first, priority page on the popular vote chart. It doesn’t hurt to aim for number one in popular vote — but that certainly doesn’ guarantee success in the final competition.