Nominations for the Philippine Blog Awards 2008 are now being accepted. The Awards Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for July 2008. It is a bit awkward for me to write a post about these awards, as obviously, I would highly appreciate it if marketmanila.com were nominated for an award or two or three, if readers felt the blog deserved to be nominated… :)
This year, there are three categories of awards, with several new subcategories. The first category is the “Best Blog Division” and in this category, a NEW sub-category of “Food & Beverage” has been added. Last year, marketmanila.com was nominated for Home & Living (?) and obviously didn’t fare well under that heading. The winner of this category is determined by a panel of judges (5 of them last year, I think), the composition of which is still being determined.
A second and new category is the “Best Single Blog Post Division” which seeks to recognize one particularly good post, also under a sub-category of “Food & Beverage.” Readers would have to identify that one post that they thought stood out, either due to the topic, the story, the manner in which it was written, etc. The winner of this category will likewise be determined by a panel of judges.
The third category is for Special Awards. And it is in this category that the award marketmanila.com won last year resides – The Blogger’s Choice Award. Which was selected based on the votes of bloggers/readers from around the world. This particular category is based on votes, not judges. I was honestly shocked to have won this last year, see my post here.
As I reflect on the 3+ year life of this blog, I realize I may veer slightly if not dramatically away from most bloggers. I am significantly older, a techno-idiot, and most importantly, take absolutely no advertising whatsoever. I wouldn’t have thought that last point would really make a difference, but it seems that one who is really chasing advertising dollars must perform and show “the numbers” that indicate they are a popular and widely visited blog. It means that one has to figure out the parameters under which blog popularity is measured, such as visitor rankings from the likes of Alexa, ratings from Technorati, number of links, etc. Frankly, I actively manage NONE of those parameters at all. In other words, because I don’t have any advertising and have no revenue, it doesn’t really matter what other entities rank or do not rank me as. What I do pay attention to are the readers, and I closely monitor how many of you are regulars, how often you visit, if visits still continue to rise, which posts you return to often, what types of posts get the most hits, etc. I also keep a close eye on comments and the interaction between readers and myself and sometimes other readers as well. In the one year period from April 1, 2007 to March 31, 2008, marketmanila.com registered some 3.57 million page views, and that tells me all I want to know. I hope marketmanila.com has been a pleasant diversion for you from the realities of the daily grind… Thank you so very much for being a part of marketmanila.com!
If you wanted to know more about the Philippine Blog Awards 2008, please click on this link for more information. (Marketmanila.com was started in December 2004, and Marketman can be reached at email@example.com, and my full name for the purposes related to this blog, is simply “Marketman” :)