Here are the real-time results for the 2014 Best Construction Blog competition voting, which closes at 11:45 p.m EST tonight (March 31, 2014). It is hard to say if there will be a last-minute voting surge (I’m writing this posting at 5:30 a.m., EST, so there are several hours left), but already the results indicate an intriguing diversity for the judges. There are large multi-nationals, and smaller specialized and local businesses; there are new entries and returning finalists. And a last-minute voting surge may change the results, though (unlike previous years) the gap is significant enough both at the top and bottom of the voting scale, the results we see this morning may well be the results that conclude the competition.
You can see voting “off the scale” by clicking on the small button at the bottom of the chart.
Absolute vote count certainly has significance in the judging process, but it isn’t the final determining issue. We ask our independent judges to consider only the top seven entries (they could evaluate entries below that level, if they wish, but it simplifies the judging process to reduce the number of possible blogs to review) before they assess the overall blog quality and relevance. There have been some signs of aggressive voting — a flurry of votes, for example, from seemingly dubious or closely related email addresses — but none, in my opinion, that would skewer the results unfairly.
The judges have a month to review and deliberate, and we’ll report the finalist results — and judging explanations — on May 1.
In the meantime, if you are reading the blog on March 31, you can vote here — at least until 11:45 EDT, that is.