Monday, April 05, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions: Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2010 Writing Project

Here is a compilation of questions asked about the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2010 Writing Project and their answers.

Question #1: What is the intent of the writing project?

Answer: To help promote new blogs/bloggers and put the spotlight on them. These blogs are gradually gaining a considerable amount of following and influence. The bloggers behind them established the blog for various reasons such as expression of thoughts, sharing of knowledge and insight, events reporting or coverage, and some for profit.

I hope the writing project, as it introduces new blogs, will give blog newbies the chance to shine and grow.

At the end of it, we celebrate and give recognition to those that were favored by writing project participants.

Question #2: How can we nominate a blog?

Answer: You just make a blog post citing the blogs that you believe are emerging and influential. The blog must be created anytime within the date range of March 2009 to the present. The writing project page went up last May where you'll be able to submit your blog post link up to August 31.

Question #3: What do you consider as legitimate blogs that can be used to submit an entry to this writing project?

Answer: For as long as the identity of the blog owner can be identified, it is considered as a valid blog and can be used to submit an entry for the writing project. Although for this year, we are requiring a 3 months blog age (based on the date of post url submission) as minimum requirement.

Question #4: Are there restrictions on campaigning?

Answer: None.

Question #5: Are the writing project entries visible to everyone?

Answer: Yes. All submissions are made in the comments section of join the writing project page that anyone can view, check, and make their own tally.

Question #6: I created a blog early this year, but I imported blog posts from an older blog of mine. Does it qualify?

Answer: If that is a continuation of your older blog, then it will not be qualified. However, if you only imported it for repository purpose, you can make a declaration in your blog citing that your blog started only a particular date (covered by the writing project minimum date).

Question #7: Can Tumblr blogs, Multiply blogs, Facebook Notes, and the likes be used to submit an entry?

Answer: Yes for as long as they are publicly viewable (not private pages where friends can only see it).

Question #8: How do you make sure that all bloggers joining this writing project are real people?

Answer: Since the writing project started in 2007, all writing project entries considered and got included in the final count are made by real persons. I check on their blogger profiles, valid email address, and also do phone or social networking profile verification as necessary.


Question #9: Can a blogger nominate his or her own blog?

Answer: Yes.

Question #10: Can I update my entry even after inclusion in the weekly count?

Answer: Yes. Entries can be updated on or before August 31. However, they will only be included in the weekly count once to recognize lodging of writing project entry. Any subsequent updates will be noted in our tally.

I will update this as we get to receive more questions and able to answer them.

Feel free to post questions about the Top 10 Emerging Influential Blogs 2010 in the comment section and will reply as I update this post. If your question does not appear right away, it is likely that the disqus commenting system has hold it for approval or your identity is not verifiable.

Thank you everyone!