We’re two weeks from the voting deadline for the 2013 Best Construction Blog competition. Yesterday, I wrote the final of 35 blog reviews. Each blog has merit, providing a distinctive perspective and outlining insights, perspectives and ideas relevant to the community.
I won’t prejudge either the final popular vote results or the judged competition but can share the general judging criteria here.
- Graphic quality/appearance
- Content: Relevance, interest and utility
- Reader interaction and involvement (comments, external hyperlinks, Facebook postings, etc.)
- Reader support for blog through voting process (actual popular vote) * (no judging required)
The judging system allows for individual discretion in weighing the criteria. While it isn’t mandatory, I expect the judges will likely select the finalist/winners from among the top five in the popular vote. Judges can review the “quality” of the vote — giving more weight to voting diversity. I’ve seen some perhaps good-intentioned efforts to “game” the voting, when individuals with several email addresses vote several times in short order. These strategies might inflate results, but ultimately will have little impact on the judging.
In the meantime, the voting gap between several of the highest-ranked blogs (including some just below the top-five list) is truly narrow, so you may see standings changes right up to the deadline at 5 p.m. on April 1.
If you haven’t voted yet, you can vote now. You’ll help favorite blogs by posting comments, either (or both) on the voting form or the review posting.