Bloggers of the World! I would like to run a Blog-Off: a contest between bloggers with some monetary awards and some contributions to charity as a result (plus, fame, fortune, and lots of prestige), but I’d like to know how many people would be interested in participating. If this sounds interesting, read on:
The basic format would be something like this: You get a subject and you have to write a blog post on your own blog about it by a certain day of the week. Then everyone else would have until the end of the week to read and vote for the top 3 entries. This continues for several rounds until a winner is declared.
The details of it can be worked out later, but that’s the basic idea. Everyone contributes a dollar amount (something around $10-$20 USD) to the cause and at the end, the winner(s) get a portion (50% split up between them) and the other 50% goes to a charity. Right now I’m thinking about the March of Dimes, but I’m open to suggestions.
The advantages are that you get ideas to write blog posts about, you get some incentive to read other blogs, and you get to meet some great people. Disadvantages are that you’re on a bit of a schedule to get things written and read (gotta keep it moving), but most people find a rhythm that works for them and it’s not too bad.
I participated in several Blog-Offs for cancer ran by Courtney of Five Second Dance Party and had a great time, plus met a bunch of terribly interesting people. I highly recommend it if you haven’t tried it before, and if you are a seasoned veteran, why not jump in again?
If you are interested in hearing more — NO committment yet — please leave a comment on this post or use the “Contact Me” link to drop me a line. Hopefully we can get a good whack of people together and have a bunch of fun!