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  Monday, May 03, 2004


KING OF THE BLOGS
ROUND 1 RESULTS

are up at the King of the Blogs home page. In addition to my craptacular blathering, you'll find:

Belief Seeking Understanding's bonus fetish

Susie's "cut to the chase" numerical rankings

Pietro's eloquent & entertaining analysis of the entries

And a complete absense of Mr. Stuffy.


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  Saturday, May 01, 2004


KING OF THE BLOGS
CHALLENGE AND SUBMITTED POST REVIEWS

This week's challenge question:

A genie grants you three wishes. You may have three things (and they must be "things," so no 1 million wishes, world peace, or a stint as dictator of the world). What three things do you wish for?

I'm listing scores for both the challenge questions and the submitted questions (on a 1-10 scale) under each section so you can see how I determined the final rankings, which are at the bottom of the post.

COOLMEL
(challenge)
GOOD POINTS: Answered the question & provided supportive linkage
BAD POINTS: Really skimpy on the why.
SCORE: 5

(submitted)
GOOD POINTS: Provided supportive linkage for those who needed background
BAD POINTS: More stuff from the author's head, please. Help your readers better understand WHY you're writing this post. Supportive linkage is nice, but you should write the post to have impact even if the links aren't clicked.
SCORE: 4

THE MANAGEMENT V68.8
(challenge) (X (for Blog Wars))
GOOD POINTS: Answered the question, and supplied reasonable reasons.
BAD POINTS: Got the name of the contest wrong, threw in a gratuitous political jab that, while it's his opinion and he's welcome to it, was off-topic and detracted from the focus of the post. Finally, the spelling and grammar were so bad I pulled a muscle in my neck from wincing so hard
SCORE:3

(submitted) (W)
GOOD POINTS: None visible
BAD POINTS: No point, bad spelling, bad punctuation, bad grammar, and 3 F-bombs. Now go write, "Fries with that?" 10,000 times, because it's going to come in very handy during your 55 year career in the fast food service industry.
SCORE:0

THIS LIBERAL
(challenge)
GOOD POINTS: Uses his introductory musings to his advantage by making reference to them again at the end. Nice use of the callback technique.
BAD POINTS: More thoughts on what these things would mean to you personally would've helped to better bridge the reader-writer gap.
SCORE:7

(submitted)
GOOD POINTS: Short, concise, makes his point and stops talking
BAD POINTS: "two points"... of what? Percentage points? Maybe a link to some vote totals would be good here.
SCORE: 9.5

NEWS FROM THE GREAT BEYOND
(challenge)
GOOD POINTS: Excellent job of picking not-entirely-obvious things to wish for, and giving good reasons for wanting them. Nice window into Songstress7's soul
BAD POINTS: Although the third item was an intriguing notion, no real reason to not take the money instead. Do you not like Barry Bonds? I'm confused.
SCORE: 8

(submitted)
GOOD POINTS: Takes a chance by submitting a post on a controversial topic. This post does what it sets out to do, and it keeps the reader's attention. Plus a little self-linkage, which is becoming in a potential ruler.
BAD POINTS: It's a little more "preaching to the choir" than reasoned argumentation, and I'm not a choir member, but if I were a member of that target audience, I'd be nodding my head.
SCORE: 10

WALLOWORLD
(challenge)
GOOD POINTS: *spfffft* Dammit Bill! You owe me a fresh cup of coffee and a new keyboard!
BAD POINTS: No self-linkage.
SCORE: 10

(submitted)
GOOD POINTS: Amazingly short. I guess Bill's not feeling well. Good argument, examples and conclusion
BAD POINTS: A brief explanation of who George Galloway is would've been appreciated. I barely recognized the name. Some British guy, but that's about all I know. Also, no self-linkage, but I suppose we can let that go. Now get the palace slaves busy repairing those archives!
SCORE: 9

IN THE AQUARIUM
(challenge)
GOOD POINTS: A quaint little story-book tale. Nice form
BAD POINTS: Skimpy on the "why"
SCORE: 6

(submitted)
GOOD POINTS: Nice little slice-of-life about an evening in a London restaurant.
BAD POINTS: A little too "insider" for me to appreciate. I had no scorecard & found it impossible to keep track of the players or know why I should care. The use of initials instead of names was distracting. Consider using pseudonyms next time.
SCORE: 5

RANKINGS:
(challenge)
1 Walloworld
2 News From The Great Beyond
3 This Liberal
4 In The Aquarium
5 CoolMel
6 The Management V68.8

(submitted)
1 News From The Great Beyond
2 This Liberal
3 Walloworld
4 In The Aquarium
5 CoolMel
6 The Management V68.8


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  Monday, April 19, 2004


KING OF THE BLOGS RESULTS

Bill the Bloody of WalloWorld has once again succeeded in hacking his helpless challengers to bits. Can no one stop this madman?

Full results at the King of the Blogs home page, including Andrew's short, yet still incredibly stuffy reviews, Practical Penumbra's pithiness, Pietro's really readable writings, and my... GOD don't I ever shut up? Judging from the length of my review, I'm obviously compensating for some... shortcoming.

By the way, anyone who's a Large Mammal or higher is cordially invited to come and kick Bloody Billy's ass in the next tournament. We're desperate to stop the oppression. I swear, he's starting to make the Puppy Blender look like Mr. Rogers. If he doesn't lose soon, I'll have to start making up filthy lies about him.

WALLOWORLD ESSE DELENDUM!


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  Thursday, April 15, 2004


KING OF THE BLOGS
FINAL ROUND REVIEWS

This week's challenge question:

You have just walked out of the house when you see a Ninety foot tall Bunny Rabbit destroying the city (assume you are in a city). As King of the Blogs what would you do to save the day?

WalloWorld
GOOD POINTS: Covers all the bases with various options. Actually, since he gives 5 options, I guess he covered the pitcher's mound, too. Love the "RABBITS ARE TERRORISTS" picture. I can almost hear that freak on the left saying "Dude! Rabbits are like, totally evil."
BAD POINTS: He posted a picture of Michael Moore. I'd rather clean a bag lady's toenails than look at Michael Moore. Also, Bill failed to blame the Bush administration who was clearly responsible for not taking action to prevent this atrocity. Bush flopped! Bunnies hopped!
RANK: #1

DGCI
GOOD POINTS: Stands and fights, rather than appeasing. A noble characteristic in a monarch. Also provides all necessary explanatory linkage.
BAD POINTS: Needed to expound a bit on why the Bugs & Daffy cartoons would lull the rabbit into a false sense of security. I didn't get that. Basically just had the bad luck of entering a text adventure against King Bill's splashy Photoshopping.
RANK: #2

Debra Galant
GOOD POINTS: That picture just tickles me.
BAD POINTS: Two words: explain how.
RANK: #3


The Whole Blog: Technical Merit & Personality
 
Here are some technical things I like to see on a blog:
 
Comments enabled
Permalinks working
E-mail contact info available
Blogger's name/pseudonym prominently displayed
Site search feature enabled
Link to an "About Me" post on the sidebar
Blogger's gender is easily discernable
Blogroll
Readable font style & size
Readable color scheme (for example, NOT bright red type on bright green
background)
Divisions between posts clearly marked
Paragraphing in entries (NOT just writing one fat block of text)
 
Aside from the tech stuff, I also like to see a blogger's personality shining through, to remind us of the person behind the words.

WalloWorld
GOOD POINTS: Oh, yeah, he's got the techie details running smoothly, and even though he recently suffered a DOS attack, you wouldn't know any damage was done. The place still looks  great.
BAD POINTS: Yellow blockquotes? Freakin' YELLOW? Dear GOD, Bill! This is NOT Trading Spaces! Yellow is for girls & flouncy interior decorators. Manly up, would ya?
RANK: #1

DGCI
GOOD POINTS: Technically perfect, and way-spiffy non-yellow blockquotes. One of these days I'm going to have to steal that code & see if I can make it work in Radio. Bonus for linking Day By Day.
BAD POINTS: Nothing really bad, exactly, just not quite as fancy as WalloWorld. Might consider giving up that text header for a spiffy banner, which you can create here for free.
RANK: #2

Debra Galant
GOOD POINTS: Clean, white background, thin crisp lines neatly segregating each area. A nicely organized look.
BAD POINTS: Missing the search feature. If your software doesn't have the option, you can get the code free from Google:
RANK: #3


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  Monday, April 12, 2004


KING OF THE BLOGS RESULTS: ROUND 1 OF 2

DGCI 40 points

WalloWorld 35 points

Debra Galant 28.5 points

Generation Why 25.5 points

Hear that? That's the sound of Good King Bill of WalloWorld starting to sweat. Looks like we may have a serious contender in the form of DGCI.

Links to 3 other judges' reviews (as well as my own brilliant analyses) are available at the KotB page, as well as Pietro's full reviews, Andrew being practically non-stuffy, and Southern Musings cutting right to the chase.


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  Sunday, April 11, 2004


KING OF THE BLOGS REVIEWS
CHALLENGE QUESTION AND SUBMITTED POSTS

OVERALL NOTE ON RANKING: The new King of the Blogs scoring system awards points based how an entrant performed relative to his/her competitors, so what counts is whether someone got first, second, third, or fourth place. As a courtesy to the contestants, I'm including the scores I assigned to the individual posts to determine placement.

This week's challenge question is:

Is your blog therapy for you or does it exist as an on-going op-ed piece for you to express your views to the world, and why?

DGCI (3rd place)
(challenge)
GOOD POINTS: Takes the time to explain what blogs are before going into the various reasons for blogging. Assumes the throne by utilizing the Royal "we" during most of the discussion.
BAD POINTS: The question was meant to be about the contestant's feelings & opinions. A chance to open up and share a little bit about himself. I thought this post could have been less global and more personal.
SCORE 7.5

(submitted)
GOOD POINTS: A firm-handed discussion of why the terrorists themselves, and not any Presidential administration, were to blame for 9/11. I thought the police analogy was apt.
BAD POINTS: The discussion of Bush and Kerry felt tacked on and gratuitous. It seemed especially out of place given that one of the points of the piece was that the President can't protect you from a terrorist attack, he can only direct clean-up operations afterward. While the Bush/Kerry comparison is a valid point and an interesting topic for discussion, it really belonged in a separate post.
SCORE 6.5

DEBRA GALANT
(1st place)
(challenge)
GOOD POINTS: Has the audacity to question the premise of the question (audacity is a good trait in a blogospheric monarch). She has a good analogy (a dinner party) and a good answer (fun). The rest of her entry serves to give support to both, in turns. Well constructed, insightful, and personally revealing
BAD POINTS: None visible.
SCORE 10

(submitted)
GOOD POINTS: Striking imagery, and nice verbal build-up in the caption
BAD POINTS: Who's Noah? Also, am I supposed to be amused, disappointed, or pleased that he got walked? I think I'm missing the point here.
SCORE 5

GENERATION WHY?
(challenge)(4-9 CTRL+F "therapy")
GOOD POINTS: Answers the "which is it" portion of the question while leaving no ambiguity regarding the author's personal politics.
BAD POINTS: Not much into the personal reasons of "why". Jason missed a good chance to showcase his creativity and settled for a few quick political jabs.
SCORE 5

(submitted)(4-7 CTRL+F "double standard")
GOOD POINTS: Cites sources for all his quotes, which is a good blogging habit, as it allows the reader to determine for himself the validity of the claims
BAD POINTS: Although the point of Robert Byrd being a racist is well-received, the post was poorly constructed when it came to making the analogy. As written, Jason takes Lott saying something vaguely racist as a compliment to someone who is a racist (Thurmond) - and compares it to Dodd & Kennedy saying something non-racist as a compliment to someone who is a racist (Byrd). The sad part is that Dodd DID say something vaguely racist ("He would have been right during the great conflict of civil war in this Nation."), but Jason didn't use that quote. If Jason had stuck to criticism of Dodd & Kennedy for praising a former Klansman Kleagle, instead of trying to work the double standard angle, this would have been a better post.
SCORE: 5

WALLOWORLD
(challenge)
GOOD POINTS: Almost Pythonesque in it's self-referential, and self-deprecating humor. It's good to see Bill giving his funny side a long leash to romp with. Even answers the question, eventually
BAD POINTS: Arrogant, pointless, blowhardian twaddle being shoved down the throats of innocent readers. Why? Because King Bill is MAD! Mad with power! Brutally torturing his subjects with an endless meandering yellow-brick-road-to-hell of a post. There's a human rights violation in there somewhere.
SCORE:8.5

(submitted)
GOOD POINTS: Nice visual at the end with the hippy/Dr. Scholl's commercial
BAD POINTS: I read this thing about 10 times, trying to figure out why I couldn't find the point. It finally hit me. The whole section from "While I'm not one…" to "…jobs and all the rest" belongs at the top of the piece as an introduction. In its current position, it destroys the conceptual flow and build-up of the post. This isn't up to Bill's usual high standards. Reading it was like watching a gold-medal gymnast falling off the balance beam.
SCORE:6


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  Monday, April 05, 2004


KING OF THE BLOGS HOST BRAIN-WIPE

Nick, the jovial host of the King of the Blogs Tournament, had a senior moment and accidentally deleted the e-mail addresses of this week's KotB tournament contestants. If you're in the KotB tournament this week, drop him a line:

patriot AT patriot-paradox.com

Then whack him on the nose with a rolled up newspaper so he doesn't do this again.


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