We’re half way through the voting period for the 2016 Best Construction Blog competition, and the leading two contenders on March 1 are last year’s winner, Tocci Building Companies, with 105 votes (as of 11 p.m. Feb. 29) and Motorhard Blog with 80 votes. The remaining five popular vote leaders include a mix of new and returning blogs.
Of course, we won’t know who wins the popular vote for another month, and things can change. (If you want to see the actual live results, click on the fixed image here and you’ll go straight to the up-to-the-minute voting results page.)
Popular vote is a key, but not the only, element in the competition. The judges who will review the entries beginning April 1 can review any blog they wish, but in practice they generally only assess the top seven blogs. The combination judged and popular vote model means that competing blogs need to prove some level of popularity to win, but I appreciate that “popularity” cannot be the only indicator of a blog’s effectiveness. As well, with the online voting system, there are real advantages to large companies and organizations who can organize massive “get out the vote” strategies. Notably, previous winner Burgin Construction, a southern California residential contractor, has managed to find a place on the list largely (I believe) through enthusiastic client support — so Burgin certainly remains a contender in this year’s competition.
I’ll continue my review of the remaining blogs that haven’t been covered with their own articles in the next few weeks.
In the meantime, if you want to vote, you can cast your ballot. You can vote for one or more blogs — but the systems will only allow one vote for each email address. (This isn’t a highly secure system; and yes, it is possible to “game” the voting process with manipulation — but the judging model prevents anyone from really winning by that type of cheating.)