Starting this April, anime blogs will be pitched against each other in a series of knock out rounds, decided by the readers, to compete for top spot. This is our second time running the tourney, so it will be really interesting to see how the shape of the anime blogging landscape has changed over the course of the last two years.
The format will run similar to last time. Blogs will be pitched against each other with the winner being decided via popular vote in a poll. We’re going to be trying a few different formats this year, such as 3-way ties and possibly some larger ties with more than one blog progressing, but the victors will always be decided by popular vote using a poll. The bloggers themselves don’t have to do anything; this is a contest for the readers. The criteria on which you are judging them are very simple: Which would you rather read? If you had a choice between only reading one or the other, which would you choose? Try to pick the blog based on the content of the blog itself, not because you know the person in real life or on twitter of wherever.
The reason we are running this tourney, first and foremost, is for fun. It’s fascinating to see which blogs people like reading and what surprises and upsets occur along the way. The other main reason is because it’s a good way for readers to discover new blogs, whether this be a popular blog that you never really paid attention to before, or a newer, lesser known blog that was unearthed via following the tourney. It also helps blogs gain new readers and exposure through competing. We will be using a similar seeding system to last time (main factors for seeding are blog age and previous tourney score) so new blogs won’t be drawn against a popular blog right off the bat.
The criteria for a blog being selected are as follows:
- Must be anime-related. Last time we didn’t include manga blogs, but this time we are. The anime and manga spheres seem to be very disconnected from each other, so hopefully we can spread some of the readers of anime blogs into reading some manga blogs. We’ll also be including light novel or visual novel blogs. This also means no blogs that have a mix of things that aren’t related to anime.
- Must be your own original written content. This means no translation blogs, such as 2ch thread translators or song lyrics, or blogs that post news items.
- No photography blogs. This includes cosplay, figurine or travel blogs.
- Must be consistently updated. To pass this, the blog must have at least one post that has proper content (so no I’M NOT DEAD YET posts) in each January, February and March of 2012.
We must also know your blog exists. This is fairly simple though. We take a look at all the blogs listed on AnimeNano, so if you’re on there then we have you down already. If you’re not listed on Nano and want to take part, simply sign up to Nano and we will add your blog to the tourney (even if you don’t want to take part in the tourney, Nano is a great way to get exposure anyway).
We will start sending out e-mails to the blog owners today. If you don’t want to take part for whatever reason, simply reply to the e-mail saying as such and we will take your blog out. Please provide an e-mail address somewhere on your site so we can contact you (or anyone can contact you, this is just general good blogging practice). If that’s not possible we’ll try contact you via the aniblogtourney twitter account. If you don’t get an e-mail straight away, don’t worry that we might have missed you. It will take a while to get through to everyone. However if you are listed on AnimeNano, think you are eligible and want to take part, but we haven’t e-mailed you by mid-March, then by all means contact us. We are not infallible and may have missed your blog by accident. The Aniblog Tourney e-mail is aniblogtourney [at] hotmail [dot] com. As an aside though, if we e-mail you now but you don’t update at all during March, then we will take you out of the tourney before it starts.
If you have any questions, please do leave a comment or send us an e-mail.