We’ve got time for one more navel-gazing blogosphere (err, bloggernacle choir) post, and here it is. I’m now accepting nominations for Post of the Month for March 2004. Here are the rules:
1. Any post in the LDS blogosphere, on any blog, is eligible, as long as it was posted during the month of March. (What is the LDS blogosphere? I’m looking for posts that deal with an LDS or LDS-related issue, or that approach an issue in an LDS way. This is a pretty loose and forgiving standard; mainly, I don’t want to see nominations of purely political, legal, or other off-topic posts — “John Kerry is a good/bad candidate because __” — even if they are well-written posts and were posted by an LDS blogger).
2. To be considered by the judges, a post must be nominated and seconded in the comments section of this post.
3. Commenters may nominate only one post. (They may second as many as they want to).
(i.e., comments should be along the lines of:
Adam – I nominate Jim’s post of __ date.
Kristine – I second the nomination of Jim’s post.
Kristine – I nominate Dave’s post of __ date.
4. Judging will be performed by a secret, hand-picked panel.
5. No one may nominate or second their own post. Also, as organizer of this event, I will not nominate or second any posts.
6. The prize will be recognition of the post as Post of the Month. A small monetary prize, like a $10 Amazon gift certificate, may also be awarded.
7. How will the posts be judged? That’s a good question. Generally, I believe the judges will try to reward original, well-thought, important posts. Perhaps a post that makes people think about a new way to approach the Book of Mormon, or that presents a new, exciting thought on the atonement. Hopefully we will have lots of nominations of posts that reflect high-quality, in-depth, interesting, and provocative blogosphere participation.
8. The nomination process will close at midnight on April 5. That should be enough time to sort through, nominate, second, and discuss posts.
9. Further discussion of posts in the comment section is welcomed. “I really liked Bob’s post because it ___” are encouraged. Attacks on posts are not encouraged.
10. Posts will be judged on their content, not on the comments they did or did not generate. (It seemed unfair to allow comments to be considered, since not all blogs have comments, and some blogs have more comment participation than others).
11. Any questions, comments, or suggestions can be sent to me. If this contest works well, it may become a monthly (?) feature.
Nominations are now open.
EDIT: Added rule #10, renumbered #11.