On polling, (not) begging and more


BlogJunta is holding Indian Blogosphere polls, across several categories. What was interesting was that the blogs that have been shortlisted are mostly of good quality. And many of these, I haven’t had the opportunity to read until now. So, I am looking forward to enjoying these blogs going forward.

I’m very grateful to BlogJunta for having shortlisted my blog in the Fiction category. Really grateful. Such recognition is really very encouraging.

What I ‘dare’ to call ๐Ÿ˜‰ my ‘collection’ of short stories can be found at this link. My favourite 55-ers are here.

After experiencing recent blogging contests in Blogosphere, I am rather disillusioned by the way most polls work. Unfortunately, having a large friends-network in Blogosphere often scores over true writing potential.

This time,ย I’m not campaigning for my own blog. I hope you will vote for the blog that deserves to win.

I hope you will use your wise judgement and NOT vote for someone only because he/she is your friend, or a friend’s friend, someone who is just popular.. or perhaps someone who simply begs well!!

For once, may only the best blogs win.

To vote, kindly head over to the Facebook poll page by clicking this link.

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32 thoughts on “On polling, (not) begging and more

  1. ~HE he he COngratulations DID you know MY blog is also there in the list.. yayyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    all the best .. yeah heres to wishing the best one wins .. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. ah, one more site asking for votes!

    Pal, I am sorry if my words hurt u, but tell u something very honestly? aren’t we confident/satisfied/happy with what we write? if yes, then why do we need an outsider person/site/authority to judge us? are we competing with one-another by blogging or what? write a post and send it for judgment – that’s fine; but selecting the whole blog and put it forward for voting – oh my!

    1. On the contrary Neha, I think selecting an entire blog is better than only one post. A person can work a miracle in one post, but to write well CONSISTENTLY, well that is a different matter. It reflects – or atleast it should – on the writer’s talent, and not a flash-in-the-pan performance.

      Anyway, as I have said, I am not getting into this rigmarole of campaigning and convincing. Each to his/her own.

        1. Oh By the way,
          If some one has bothered to read our curtain Raiser will know that we are looking forward to select ten blogs in each category.

          We have 30 categories, so 300 blogs worth reading.
          Wow! That is awesome!
          Plus there will be a jury’s decision to give best 5 blogs under each category, that many bring upto around 450 blogs which have made a difference in the past year.
          That is good news. So this will be independent of the polls, right?
          And we agree with Neha, no point competing or outsiders telling us how good we are . But this is just one attempt to help recognize bloggers and get them the deserving reads ๐Ÿ™‚
          May the best blogs win!!

  3. Wow! Congrats Pal ๐Ÿ™‚
    And u r so rt. Luv ur honesty ๐Ÿ™‚
    May the best ones win – am sure u are one of the best though – no doubts abt it! And am not saying that bcoz u r a gud friend ๐Ÿ˜€ Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

    Awwww thank you dear!

  4. Yup, I agree with you on how poll based contests work… But then again, maybe I’ll network with only those bloggers whom I enjoy reading regularly, I think.

    So I’m not sure if it is partial if I vote for you from that list… But yes, I understand that since I wouldn’ve have read the other blogs in the category, and possibly most won’t have the time to do so, the results would obviously depend on who is better networked.

    Btw, honestly, I find this type of contests not so interesting coz. there are a million other blogs which may be better but not popular and hence not discovered.

    I guess, being nominated itself in such a contest is great, so congratulations to you and Bikram ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hmmm… you have a point, but you know, there have been contests where people have very consciously voted for those who are ‘friends’ despite their inferior writing capabilities. That is what gets me angry.

      But yes, I whole-heartedly agree with you, that there are lots and lots of blogs who are unfortunately not popular simply because of inadequate networking. I have a couple of friends who are true writer-material. I mean, seriously awesome writing. Sadly, they never figure in contests because either they aren’t aware or interested, or that they aren’t too ‘popular’. I guess its a loss for Blogworld and for the world of literature too, in a sort of way.

    2. Also many a times what happens is people vote for posts even without reading or knowing what those posts have to say merely because they have been written by friends. Thats where bloggers with not enough network in the blogosphere lose out on, despite having showcased excellent writing potential.

      Its like those music-based reality shows where the participants walk away with the trophy because they get the maximum votes from the region they belong to or their friends and family send out multiple votes despite not having performed very well. And in the process the more deserving ones lose out.

      So true, Deeps!!! I wonder when and if ever, this will change to merit based votes?!

  5. I love ur stories n ur blog pal ๐Ÿ™‚ i dont think u need some stupid ‘Blogjunta’.com to judge ur blog. I will pop here once in while as long u write awesome stories ๐Ÿ™‚
    Brat bless ya!
    ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Bahh there is not even a kind mention of the existence of blogs by me and Brat ๐Ÿ˜ก No one appreciates the fact that we both don’t write posts coz our heart is too big and we spend our entire internet bandwidth on commenting and making you all happy ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

    Brat it’s time to go on a MaunComment Vrath I tell ya ๐Ÿ‘ฟ

    Jokes apart congrats Crocky for being short listed and am pretty sure they accepted your kaju katli and parantha as bribes :mrgreen:

  7. Pals, firstly congratulations for making it to the list of blogjunta. And secondly kudos to you for writing what you did! I agree many a times the purpose or the intention of contests gets lost when the more deserving blogs get overlooked because of lack of ‘popularity’ or networking.

    I know I will vote for you because yours is truly a blog that deserves to be there. I’m saying this not because you’re my friend but because I have read your posts and I believe that you are an excellent writer ๐Ÿ™‚
    Awww that is so encouraging, thank you Deeps. I hope I’m more regular in writing this year!

  8. Without asking, no body gives. Same applies to such contests, directly or indirectly one has to ask for vote.
    I agree. And its a pity that most people end up voting for their friends rather than the good writers around! I bet I have done it myself , too, in ignorance. I hope this time, I will be able to read the posts and then vote for the blog that deserves to win ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Pals! Congratulations! And I would vote for you just for that honest, from-the-heart piece you have written here ๐Ÿ™‚

    You totally deserve the nomination! I love your fiction – they are different, and each one makes me think! All the best for the competition!

    Aww thank u so much, Smitha!! What would I do without encouraging friends like you!!!

  10. It s a tough call – if you go by merit then you need dedicated competent judges.
    If you go my votes – the mass popularity/visibility becomes the key factor.

    I’ve always maintained that writing cannot be judged – coz someone’s drudgery could be someone’s poetry, someone’s yawn could be someone’s dawn !

    1. Am with you on the first point, GB. Going only by merit needs dedicated judges, who will have to spare a lot of time and effort.

      I think writing can definitely be judged. Anybody can dish out stuff and call it fiction or poetry. Like some of my ‘so called poetry’ which is an insult to poetry itself ๐Ÿ˜‰ But one can easily distinguish between good writing and not-so-good writing, and that is where contests should work towards identifying talent.

      BJ has also just posted an ‘editor’s choice’ list of blogs, which I’m yet to read. But I’m hoping that has some great quality writing.

      As for the method of judging, IMHO, that should be a combination of factors, and not ‘only’ one.

  11. Hey, Congrats to you !!! Thats really fab news. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ To be shortlisted itself is like an Oscar Nomination….u shld be feeling really good as ARR is feeling now…he he he….jokes apart, its truly a good effort by you, to be shortlisted. So, let the best blog win huh ???? OK, got the point….will read all the entries, when I get the time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Its easy for me to just click on a vote against your name….u dont want me to do that ????? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰ U can bribe me with those meenji paranthas….I dont mind it at all…. ๐Ÿ˜€

    LOL, Thank u so much Uma, but I’d rather you just choose the best blog rather than me ๐Ÿ™‚ And I better focus on writing, I’ve been neglecting my blog so much lately!!

  12. Hi Pal, I stepped into the Indian Blogosphere through your blog .
    Awww thank u Ash!! I’m glad you’re here. You are a very inspiring Mum ๐Ÿ™‚

    And no begging needed , I already voted for you ๐Ÿ™‚ becoz you speak from your heart and speak only the truth . And congrats for the shortlisting. Fiction is one of the tight categories . I am new to this . You know better than me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Aww danke danke danke ๐Ÿ™‚

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