Since this opportunity is hard to pass up, I thought I start a narcissistic campaign for the hell of it…
I’ve started a Facebook group called “Vote Kevin for $10k blog scholarship, then help him spend it!“, to campaign for
presidency votes to win the $10,000 college blogger scholarship.
On the Facebook group, I’ve even added a pseudo media kit consisting of photos you can use to create fake campaign posters / flyers (if you’re so inclined).
Interestingly, there are even testimonials made by fellow bloggers, such as…
– Alex Halavais’ uber-serious “I hereby endorse…“. He’s been the most interesting academic advisor I’ve ever had!
– Elia Diodati’s (acidflask) “Help feed Kevin” with silly reasons why you should vote me (he clearly indulges in self-pity)
– Priscilla Tan who says that you should help save this male cheerleader (hee hee!)
– Ivan the Rambling Librarian noted how the other bloggers write better than me but he likes how I embody openness and social engagement on the net.
– Siva (Otterman) who’s suggests doing a kind gesture, even though I’ve only garnered 1-2% of the collective votes.
– The Digital Movement’s massive plug with “SG tech blogger Kevin Lim makes waves in the States!“.
There are also friendly referrals from folks I recently got to know, like Brian “Harmless? Bananas!” Koh who explains why he bothers to read this blog, the(new)mediaslut who intends to help me get $10k (but can’t spell my name right, hee hee!), as well as the folks at The Singapore Daily national aggregator rooting for me.
To top this off, I’ve just created a fake public service announcement (PSA) video as seen above, explaining why you should vote for me and what you could expect if I win. Here’s the byline which goes with the video:
Vote for Kevin Lim for a college blogger scholarship
Having been selected as a top 20 college blogger, it all depends on you casting your vote to make winning $10,000 a reality.
If Kevin wins, he’ll invite friends to help him decide what to do with it. He’s crowdsourcing for ideas to use the money wisely, be it for a worthy cause (e.g. Saving Burma, Creative Commons, Space travel for all, etc) or to grow the capital (e.g. investing in a startup, high-yield savings account, etc).
Sounds fun? Cast your vote here.
Now I’m actually up against stiff competition. At the break of Tuesday (12.30am EST), here are the standings ranked by votes:
- Jess Kim (1066)
- Grant Brisbee (816)
- Shelley Batts (664)
- Kimberley Klein (658)
- Paul Stamatiou (440)
- Matthew Burden (375)
- Thomas Peters (231)
- Randall Booth (221)
- Shane Lavalette (149)
- Karin Dalziel (112)
- Travis Addington (110)
- Kevin Lim* (106)
- Chris Clark (66)
- Amanda Kern (61)
- Stephanie Collins (57)
- Kambiz Kamrani (48)
- Samuel Arbesman (10)
- Liz Funk (8)
- Sean Clark (7)
- Anders Ibsen (6)
Being at 12th place isn’t shabby really. Thanks to everyone who voted. I know some of you have problems casting your votes as the system may seem wonky, but don’t fret. The most important thing here is to play the game as it is. These are really mighty academic bloggers, I’m honored enough just to make the list! Sorry to friends and foes who didn’t make it. Drinks for all!
Get down and dirty by offering iPods to a random voters?
Or do good by choosing a beneficiary / charity?
I’d like to hear your bright idea on how you’d best use this cash.
Update 1: It now on tomorrow.sg too!
Update 2: My friend Anggra found a news article talking about this on AsiaOne News.