My 1000th Post Special // “BestBlogForward” meme contest

BestBlogForward meme

UPDATE: MEME CONTEST NOW EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, 31ST MAY 2006!
Keep your entries coming and do check out the wonderful stories others have already shared! :)

Believe it or not, this is my 1000th blog post! To commemorate this special occasion, I’d like to thank fellow bloggers by holding a unique meme contest. Yes, we wouldn’t have a blogosphere if not for one another, so here’s my nifty idea: I’m going to help you discover how bloggers like yourselves gain popularity.

THE INSTRUCTIONS

1. Find the most popular post on your blog
You can discover this either by checking your web statistics service, most number of comments, or simply googling yourself and finding what tops the rankings. Suggestions on using blog trackers like BlogPulse and Technorati are welcomed. If all this sounds too complicated, just go wth your instinct!

2. Blog the story behind it!
Blog the story behind your most popular post by giving the permalink, what it’s about, how it became popular and how you came to write about it. It’s a great way to see our different blogging strategies. I’ll post mine as an example soon but get started if you get the picture.

3. Tag “BestBlogForward”
Once you’re done writing, make sure to title and tag it “BestBlogForward”. Link your post back here if you wish to qualify for the contest. Everyone will also be able to see your post over at Technorati if you use the following HTML code: <a href="http://technorati.com/tag/bestblogforward" rel="tag">bestblogforward</a>

THE DEADLINE
DUE TO THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND, THIS CONTEST IS NOW EXTENDED TO 11.59PM ON WEDNESDAY, 31st MAY 2006 MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 29th 2006. After that, you can continue adding to the meme, but you won’t be getting a prize (it’s self-gratifying already right?). I’ll pick out the most interesting blog story and announce the winner next week.

THE PRIZES
Since I’m not exactly rich, I’m emailing the first place winner a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Alec over at the8thsign.com loves the idea so much, he kindly sponsors a Flickr Pro account for the runner-up. I’m currently approaching some Web 2.0 sponsors for more prizes in case this gets widespread. If anyone’s interested to sponsor, let me know and I’ll plug you. I’ll have the final say as to how things go, but rest assured, I’m hoping to make this experience as enjoyable as possible.

THE FAVOR
Before you go, help me pass the word about this meme contest by telling your friends, by submitting it to your favorite social-bookmarking service (e.g. Digg, Del.icio.us) or simply adding me to your blogroll. If you haven’t done so, you can subscribe to my blog’s RSS feed here.

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    As the observant ones have realized, my blog has an automated life of its own. Thus, my 1000th post turned into the 1001th. No matter… the meme contest is still on!

  • http://nodependenciesnologo.wordpress.com Napfisk

    My brain is currently frying up due to misapplied thermal paste, I mean it’s been a long day and I’m getting tired, but I will so blog this and join the fun tomorrow morning!

    Cheers then!

  • http://disambiguity.com leisa

    congrats on your 1001th post Kevin :)

    it’s been a great read!

  • http://ramblinglibrarian.blogspot.com Ivan Chew

    Your wish is my command, oh Mac-guru!

  • http://www.accmanpro.com Dennis Howlett

    A nice idea but isn’t this link bait by another name?

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    Dennis: Linkbaiting is usually a cheap tactic that involves pissing bloggers off in order to serve one’s self serving need for links. This isn’t a linkbait because a) it’s isn’t cheap for me, b) it serves the benefit of all bloggers. Just take a look at the blogs that have participated and see the positive experience they’ve had doing this! Simply speaking, memes bring fresh traffic to everyone.

  • http://jennimi.blogspot.com/ jennimi

    Hey Kev… couldn’t resist. You can just put aside that prize for me and we can get together soon. :)

    Oh and regarding the comment about linkbaiting, surely Howlett realizes contestants get hits too, just by participating? And along those lines, thanks as always for all your support and encouragement while I learn and participate in all things two point oh. Way cool, man. Happy meme, happy 1000th, and happy summer. You rule. – j

  • http://www.sgentrepreneurs.com BL

    Hi Kev,

    Good idea. Great to know of another Mac fan around.
    I will try to do an entry to support this fun idea in our blog, just to support your entrepreneurial idea. :)

    Best regards,
    BL

    Singapore Entrepreneurs
    http://www.sgentrepreneurs.com

  • http://jennimi.blogspot.com/ jennimi

    :( Why oh why does technorati ignore me? I used the correct tag…but am not showing up on the site. This constantly happens with them. I’ll tag something then weeks later use the same tag and it’s “the first time”. Oy.

  • http://www.sgentrepreneurs.com BL

    Hi Jennimi,

    The same problem happens to me as well. The technorati tag I placed there also does not have my post there, since I posted the thing more than 24 hours. Perhaps, it’s a bug in the technorati tracker.

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    Jennimi and BL: I’ve seen this problem before. That’s why it’s good that you guys trackbacked here as a backup.

    While both of you are using different blogging systems, check that you’ve used the correct HTML code as seen in point 3 of my instructions… note that there’s a rel=”tag” in the link code.

    Hopefully someone can enlighten us about this. As long as I know where to find it, you’ll qualify for the contest.

  • http://www.sgentrepreneurs.com BL

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for the note and also dropping by our site.
    I tried to redo the posting and copy your tag to the post. That did not work either. Anyway, the other traceback URL is broken. Please use this URL when review my entry.

    Have a good day. I look forward to meet you in our gatherings when you happen to pop by back in SG.

    Best regards,
    BL

  • nadnut

    hahaha i know. im more interested in the runnerup prize. :P

  • http://sassyjan.com sassyjan

    make that 2 of us. hahahah

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    Don’t worry, I’ll let winners have a choice. :)

  • http://nodependenciesnologo.wordpress.com Napfisk

    It’s going good : – )

    Full-time job for ya already, buddy?

    Btw, is that closing time GMT/UTC or your time?

    Cheers (and thanks for the occasional name dropping, hehe)!

  • http://theory.isthereason.com Kevin

    Napfisk: It’ll be 11.59pm Eastern Standard Time this Wednesday