If you're reading this, then I'm sure you must read other blogs.
I can't believe there are all that many people who restrict their reading to a single blog, and I find it even harder to believe that -- if these people exist -- that any of them would choose this as their one and only stop. So I suppose, by deduction, that means that if you are reading this, then you must have a list of other blogs that you like to read too.
I know there's a load of crap out on the internet, and that there are an awful lot of mind-numbingly tedious blogs out there, but you are clearly a discerning and selective reader, so imagine that you only select the very best of the best. I reckon you must read an awful lot of really good posts every week, perhaps even every single day, written by some of the best writers on the web.
You and I both know that there are some great writers out there. Some of them have thousands of readers passing through every day; some of them have book deals and appear on chat shows.... but many of them don't. Great writing is not the preserve of the popular bloggers and it can be found almost anywhere. I make no claims for greatness for this blog, but I know that every single one of the bloggers that I read regularly are capable of both making me laugh and of making me cry .
I sometimes wonder why these blogs aren't read by more people. I know there are zillions of other blogs out there, but wouldn't it be great if there was some way that this great writing could be showcased in some way?
Can you guess where I'm going with this?
Well, there is a way you can shout out to other people when you have found some really great writing. You can head over to Post of the Week and you can nominate these wonderful posts by all of these amazing bloggers.
There's no prize (although winners are free to brag all they want), but every post nominated is in with a chance of being put on the shortlist for the week and of being named (oh the glory!) Post of the Week.
Have you read anything good this week?
Why not go and nominate it?
Go on. Do it. It'll only take you 2 minutes, and think how it will make that blogger feel.
Don't be shy, and definitely don't be giving me any of that crap about how it's run by a clique and that only the most well known bloggers or members of the gang win. Do you know who has won? Ever? Well, here's the list. Lots of people have won it. And if no one you know is on that list, then doesn't that give you more incentive than ever to go and nominate someone you read? The pool of winners can only get more diverse if more people take the time to nominate. I'm asking for your help. Anyone can win this. It doesn't matter who you are or how popular (or otherwise) your blog is: the only criteria is that the post is good.
Think the judging is a fix? Think that only blogs that the judges know will ever win? Well, think again. I'm on the panel for starters, and you can be too. You can volunteer to be a judge or a shortlister and take your turn on the rota.
Here's the thing: There are currently only 8 posts nominated this week. As of midnight tomorrow, a shortlist will be produced of between 6 and 12 posts. The winner will be chosen from that list on Sunday night by the judging panel (who all vote independently) - and this week I'm the head judge.
So what are you waiting for? Go nominate someone. Just one person. Before midnight on Friday.
Or if you can't do that, then at least tell me what's stopping you.
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