In around three weeks time I hope to reveal the winners of Technology Bloggers 2012 community awards.
To do that, there are a few things that need to happen, one of which is for you (the community) to vote as to who you feel deserves each award.
The aim of the awards is to recognise key and valued members of the community, and to celebrate the brilliant personalities that make up our blog.
Here is a quote from my article on the awards last year:
“…at the end of the year, we shall celebrate the people who have helped make this blog the huge success it is today.”
Last week I asked for your award suggestions and comments, and from the response I received, I am assuming that everyone pretty much liked the awards we had last year, so we are going to stick with them.
So, without further ado, let the voting commence!
Below you can find the 6 awards that are up for grabs, and the nominations for each award. Read the description of the award, consider the candidates and then cast your vote as to who you feel should be claimed victor.
Who do you feel posts the most valuable and interesting comments, which you always enjoy reading?
Top Writer (Contributor)
Which writer do you feel has made the most valuable contribution to the blog in the last year. Who’s articles do you love to read?
Last year the awards weren’t democratic. I had the idea a bit too late in the year to be able to open up a democratic system, therefore I choose what awards there were, who was nominated for them, and who won them. A fix, I know. That said I didn’t win a single one! How did that work?
Before I open up voting I wanted to get your opinion as to what we should do this year.
Here is how I hope it will role:
This article will get comments and feedback from people (you!) suggesting awards we should have
The admin team (me at the moment) will select the awards we are going to run with and then suggest nominations
Next Saturday, voting shall commence and the community shall decide upon who wins the awards
Like last year, there is no physical or financial prize. If you win you get recognition and a lovely paragraph written about you, linking to your site (if you have one).
Last year, the awards were:
Top Commenter – Someone who posts valuable and interesting comments which you like to read
Top Writer (Contributor) – The contributor who has made the most valuable contribution to the blog – in terms of articles published in the last year
Top Writer (Author +) – The author (editor or admin) who has been your favourite writer this year
Rising Star – Someone with real potential who is becoming an ever greater asset to the community
Most Friendly Member of the Community – The person who has been the most pleasant and kind person on the blog this year
Top All Rounder – The big one! Technology Bloggers ultimate award, who is the best example of a good all round community member?
So, what awards do you think we should have this year?
If you have anyone in mind for a particular award, please let us all know!
Are there any awards above that we don’t need? Do you want to see any return this year? Would you like to see any new ones?
Some would call today an unlucky day, as it is Friday the 13th, a day renowned for its link to bad luck. It is not an unlucky day for Technology Bloggers though, as today we are celebrating our first birthday!
I want to use this post to thank everyone who has been instrumental in creating this fantastic community blog we have, and also to showcase the blogs fantastic achievements, just 1 year in.
The first thing I want to say about Technology Bloggers, is how blow away I am by the traffic we have received. Excluding December, every single month, the number of people visiting the blog has grown.
In June 2011, we received just over 1,200 visitors, in October 2011 we received around 3,400 visitors, and last month (March 2012) Technology Bloggers had almost 7,000 people visit the blog. Don’t believe me? Check out our Google Analytics:
Technology Bloggers traffic statistics from April 2011 to April 2012
We were awarded the British Gas Blog of the Month for our work on educating people about smart meters, and how they are changing the way we use our electricity, along with our work on environmental issues. Special thanks go out to Jonny regarding his series Can We Improve the Health of the Planet?
After just two weeks of the blog being live, I wrote an article about our achievements, I did the same four months in. As today is the blog’s first birthday, I thought it right to do the same sort of review today, and compare it with our past reviews.
Two weeks in Technology Bloggers had 14 articles, which had been written by our 4 writers, four months in the blog had 65 articles written by 15 writers. 1 year in, this is Technology Bloggers 205th article, and we currently have 47 writers! That means we publish an article, on average every 1.78 days, and each writer has written on average, 4 articles. Many of our writers have written just one article, whilst some like myself, Jonny and Ron have written significantly more – we average 47 articles each!
Two weeks in, Technology Bloggers had had 85 comments posted by 22 different commenters. By 4 months, we had had 788 comments posted by 120 commenters. When this article went live we had had 2,849 comments contributed from over 500 commenters! That’s a lot of comments! Special kudos to Jonny, Alan, Anna, DiNaRa, Peter and Neil, for their outstanding contributions to Technology Bloggers commenting community 🙂
14 days in, and at 4 months, I wrote about Technology Bloggers Alexa rank. To be honest, it isn’t very accurate, and I have given actual traffic statistics for the blog, but I thought I should mention it anyway, as I have done in the past. 2 weeks after its launch, Technology Bloggers was ranked in the top 1,400,516516 of sites on the internet, by Alexa. By August 2011, Alexa believed we were in the top 165,351 of sites on the web. Today our rank is 85,826, which is a very respectable rank, but nothing to become to obsessed about.
Technology Bloggers is still a Google PageRank 3, which is very credible for a 1 year old blog, however again, is nothing that accurate or to be obsessed over.
Across social media, since August we have had 41 new likes, taking our Facebook page up to a total of 52 likes, and 45 more Twitter followers, taking us up to 69 Twitter followers. Our RSS feed is also well subscribed to.
Basically, Technology Bloggers is doing really well, and that is something we should all be proud of!
Technology Bloggers started out as a dofollow blog, and it will remain dofollow for the foreseeable future. It is a community blog, and so that everyone can benefit, the blog should be dofollow.
Now it’s time for me to say thank you to everyone who has been a part of the blog this year. Thank you to everyone for your contributions and efforts, which have helped make this blog the fantastic community blog that it is today!
We have already had community awards, and will have one every year. In this article I would like to pay special thanks to Jonny, Ron, Alan, Chadrack, David, Marc and Peter who have all played a massive role in ensuring Technology Bloggers is where it is today. I have no doubt that without these people, the blog would not be as good as it is today, and the community would be noway near as strong.
Here’s to the future success of Technology Bloggers!
Well done everyone and thank you, lets keep this community alive, so we can all continue to benefit 🙂
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