So, yeah. Hope Street’s in a blog contest.
I didn’t nominate myself — I have mixed feelings about the whole thing, as we’ll discuss in a minute.
But I was nominated — or should I say, Hope Street was nominated — in the local daily paper’s second annual best-of-the-local-blogs contest.
The blog’s up for consideration alongside a host of other local blogs in two categories, Family and Misfits. (And if ever there were a category for this endeavor, it would be Misfits.)
Voting starts this Friday, March 9. But before you mark your calendars, be aware that I am ambivalent enough about this contest that I might not even bother voting for myself.
* To be able to vote, you have to register for an account on the newspaper’s website, or have an account already.
Registration is free. And of course, you’re under no obligation besides honor to provide your real info. You could say you’re eighty-four-year-old Humphrey Gustafson of Chillicothe, Ohio, if you wanted to, and the worst that could happen if they found you out is that you’d lose your account.
But now that newspapers have gone digital-first, registered site users are money. That’s the kind of statistic newspapers like to parade now that print circulation is declining. The contrarian side of me has no interest in bringing the paper additional registered users that it can turn around and brag about in advertising meetings.
* Being nominated in the contest seems to have brought me a few extra eyeballs over the past few days. But I don’t see how actually winning it would accomplish much more toward that end.
(When was the last time you went to your local paper’s “Blogs In Our Community” page and looked at any of them? I don’t think the paper hosting this contest even has a page that links to local blogs. I think the winners get a certificate and a handshake, and that’s about it.)
If anyone wants to help me reach more readers, the better way is probably to post a link on your Facebook or Twitter account — if you have one — saying, “I like this blog. Check out the latest entry.”
* There are at least two or three other blogs in the Misfits category, particularly, that I think are probably better and more interesting than mine on a pound-for-pound basis. (In the Family category, I might maybe have an argument.)
Now that I’ve said all that … if my graceless screed has not put you off forever, and you still want to take the time to vote for Hope Street, the link to the contest is up there in the third graf.
Voting starts March 9, ends March 25, and you can vote once per category per day.
May the best blog win — however “best” might be defined.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. The next slice of family history will be along on Monday.