Hello and Welcome to the Aniblog Tourney.
Over the course of the next three-ish months anime blogs from across the internet will compete for the top spot, decided by the readers of these blogs themselves.
Right, let me explain. This is a straight knock-out contest, similar to Saimoe (or the World Cup but I thought I’d keep to anime related matters for those who go ‘ewww, sports’). Two blogs are pitched against each other and the winner is decided by a popular vote. The bloggers themselves don’t have to do anything. The criteria on which you should decide the winner is which would you prefer to read. If you could only read one or the other, which would it be. Try to pick the blog based on the content of the blog itself, not because you know the person in real life or on IRC or twitter or whatever. Voting is done by a poll and each poll stays open for a week.
Why are we doing this? Now I know many people will just scoff at this reasoning, but the main reason is for fun. The prospect of seeing a match up like Omonomono vs Fuzakenna or Unmei Kaihen vs Continuing World is intriguing to say the least. The other reason for holding this tourney is it should draw attention to good anime blogs that aren’t maybe getting the attention they deserve. You’ll see in the tourney bracket down below that the top 32 blogs get a bye in the first round which should help the other blogs not get drawn against a giant in the very first round and therefore hopefully increasing their exposure.
Anywho, here’s the Tourney Bracket and I’ll hand you over to RP who drew it up.
So why 96 blogs?
Ideally, any tourney like this is should follow a base of 2 (e.g., 16, 32, 64, 128). Otherwise you get this weird issue with play-in rounds, like we have with our tourney of 96. But it was too tough to cut down to 64 blogs. Too many deserving blogs that wouldn’t have made the cut. But on the flip side, 128 would’ve made the tourney considerably longer (it’s already probably going to take about 2 months to finish) and it would’ve been a lot tougher to manage. Plus, we have no idea whether there’ll be any enthusiasm for this tourney yet. So creating a massive tourney with 7 rounds felt like overkill. Thus, the magic number of 96. If it turns out the tourney’s a big success, then there’s a good chance we’ll go for the full gusto and 128 blogs in the next tourney.
How did you choose these 96 blogs?
So here’s the types of blogs that weren’t picked: news blogs, figma blogs, meta blogs and manga-centric blogs. We wanted the tourney to focus on blogs that were anime-related. We also wanted active blogs. Any blogs that were on hiatus or retired at the time also didn’t make the cut. If there was no formal hiatus/retirement announcement, but not very many recent posts, it also was not picked.
Why isn’t my %$^&ing blog in the list of 96?
Sadly there were definitely some good blogs that we realize aren’t on this list, and probably plenty of other blogs out there for consideration that we just weren’t aware of. If you’d like to be considered in a future tourney, leave a comment, and keep on doing what you’re doing.
How did you rank the blogs?
So the rank system is actually fairly objective. The biggest factor was blog age. Basically, the longer a blog was around, the more points they got. Blog age was determined by checking out the first post in their archives. We didn’t go beyond the current blog. So if a blog had a long history, but changed its name, URL, whatever, and never moved those old posts over to their current blog, we didn’t take those into account. The other factors were animeblips ranking and google ranking for “anime blog.” This was probably the most objective method we could think of (and a lot less opaque compared to the BCS ranking system), but we also realize it’s not a perfect ranking system. So if you have any suggestions for future tourneys, feel free to leave a comment.