The grouchy old bear says:
Our blogs are successful (in part) because smaller bloggers read us, and link to us. I can’t understand why the big bloggers aren’t willing to return the favor by helping to organize a contest that recognizes high quality posts, written by smaller bloggers, and rewards them with links and traffic.
I am a cranky cynic who appreciates Dovie’s idea but is not so sure about the concept. The idea of having a panel read/judge posts is not a horrible idea. It certainly has merit. The issue is more along the lines of trying to determine who the panel members should be.
You see the fact that someone has a big blog is not indicative of quality writing. Some bloggers have managed to grow based upon the community that has formed around them. It is kind of the dive bar concept. You don’t go there for the food/drinks but for the atmosphere around the place.
To paraphrase Cheer’s ” it is a place where everyone knows your name.” There are a number of different blogs out there that are like this. You don’t go there expecting to see the blog-ha-bayit (landlord/blogger) produce brilliant content. You go because it is fun to hang out with the people around there.
To be clear, I do appreciate the grouchy old bear’s idea and his effort. We’ll have to wait and see if it pans out.