I’m sure that I speak for many of the other bloggers – writing the blog is a labor of love for me. It takes time, effort, but pays off for me personally – I meet a lot of people that I’ve “met virtually” through the blog all around the world – in fact, I met one today here in Japan.
- In many, many cases – I’ve met people I would consider life-long friends in the community.
- In many, many cases – I’ve solved problems I would have struggled with without the blogger community.
- In many, many cases – I think the debates that rage publicly are useful for people around the world.
The process is simple, easy, and takes only a couple minutes.
It’s funny – regardless of my role – this vote (and even being on the list!) is one of the things that matters the most to me, as it’s about the community view.
The way that Eric suggests people vote is around these considerations:
- Longevity – Anyone can start a blog but it requires dedication, time & effort to keep it going. Some bloggers start a blog only to have it fall to the wayside several months later. Things always come up in life but the good bloggers keep going regardless of what is happening in their life. (I cant believe I’m still doing this!)
- Length – It’s easy to make a quick blog post without much content, nothing wrong with this as long as you have good content in the post that people will enjoy. But some bloggers post pretty long detailed posts which takes a lot of time and effort to produce. The tip of the hat goes to these guys that burn the midnight oil trying to get you some great detailed information. (LOL – I think I must take the cake on this one :-) I just can’t stop myself, and those of you that know me, I tend to always talk like this :-)
- Frequency – Some bloggers post several times a week which provides readers with lots of content. This requires a lot of effort as bloggers have to come up with more content ideas to write about. Frequency ties into length, some do high frequency/low length, some do low frequency/high length, some do both. They’re all good and require a lot of time and effort on the bloggers part.
- Quality – It all comes down to what’s in the blog post regardless of how often or how long the blog posts are. After reading a blog post if you come away with learning something that you did not previously know and it benefits you in some way then you know you are reading a quality post. Good quality is usually the result of original content, its easy to re-hash something previously published elsewhere, the good bloggers come up with unique content or put their own unique spin on popular topics.
I’m not suggesting you should vote for these people, but it’s how I cast my vote (in no particular order):
- 2 VCPs
- A vTexan – always good, always funny (Tommy, you a gas, and remain the king of self-promotion – and that’s coming from someone who knows :-)
- Cormac Hogan (Cormac, your stuff is always so awesome – please keep it coming!)
- Virtualization Evangelist
- Scott Lowe (Scott’s blog has changed over the years, and the new content reflects his more recent focus – but man, it is always so filled to the brim with great content, and his short takes are priceless)
- Virtually Ghetto (William’s scripts and tricks are priceless)
- Wahl Network (also my favorite independent blog)
- Yellow Bricks (‘nuff said)
- Virtual Geek – I can’t help but vote for myself :-)
Regardless of how you vote – PLEASE VOTE! Thanks!!!