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avatar SoggyTractor
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Do you know if Planet Minecraft is hosting another blog contest any time soon? No, me neither. But whether ito s happening or not, we need it. We need it now.




Unfortunately some people have complained about previous blogging contests, such aso ¦


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because they got in the way of o proper contestso such aso ¦


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And you might say, o more people enjoy building; building/skin contests are more popular than blogging ones, and PMC want their contests to be as big as possible!o




Wrong. The last blog contest received 1475 entries, while the latest project competition only earned around 500. So clearly, people like blogging as much as building, and will happily enter another battle of the bloggers.




Also, PMC cares about quality just as much as quantity, if not more. Blogging contests bring out an incredibly high number of high-quality articles, causing many people to write more frequently.




Basically: Blog contests = More writers = More high-level blogs = More people subscribing and returning to PMC to read them = More visitors = What PMC wants.


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Plus, some blogs, unlike builds, can shoot straight to the top of Google Search Results. For instance, my o 100 things to build in Minecrafto is the second result when people search o things to build in Minecraft.o The popularity of this search term means that nearly 30,000 people have read my blog. Therefore Io ve probably attracted at least 20,000 non-PMC-users to the site.




People like to search for information on video games and the internet, and doing so may take them to blogs on Planet minecraft, because they can be good sources of information. These users may stick around and start using PMC full-time - which is, again, what PMC wants. As a result, PMC likes as many people as possible to write these informative blogs and bring more users to the site. What better way to get people writing these articles and attracting these users, than to host a blog contest?


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Anyway, weo ve touched on PMCo s desire to maintain a high-quality site. And yes, regardless of visitors or the amount of money the site makes, quality is very important.




People complain about the falling standard of content in the blog section (due to younger people signing up and posting things without reading the rules/understanding the nature of PMC.) A blog contest is the perfect way to reverse this trend. It would ensure that only the best of the best reach the popular reel, because thereo d be so many of them.




A wave of good submissions would teach the less-skilled users about how to write well and write creatively. People would pick up these techniques and hopefully utilise them in future. Just as I pick up building techniques when looking at all the great projects posted in a project contest.




Yes, this all sounds a bit idealistic and hopeful. But is there any other way of improving the blog section? No. Not really. (Tightening up the submission rules would have little effect, if you think about it.)


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Now, you might say, o surely lots of rubbish blogs will also be posted by people who just want to get in on the contest?o In response, Io d say:




A) Project contests are no different. Just as much bad content as good content is inevitable.


B) Only the good content would reach the pop reel and, in a contest, ito s more likely to get the credit it deserves.




Additionally, shouldno t we be promoting reading and writing on PMC? We have a great opportunity to do it. Everyone who cano t be bothered to read a full-length novel can turn to the fun, interesting reading material on this very site. In terms of writing, a contest would help people to realise that they can blog well, and encourage them to take up the craft. Education is good, etco ¦

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There you have it. Blog contests are beneficial for the site and all of its users; Io d like to see one very soon. Of course, there may be impracticalities involved with them, such as the fact that it takes longer to judge blogs than builds. Also, it's difficult to come up with ideas for blog contests. But the benefits far outweigh these difficulties.

Mini contests hosted in the forums dono t compare - theyo re often poorly organised, badly judged, and the quality and quantity of entries is never impressive. Although Io m glad to have been able to judge/participate in these, Io m frustrated that PMC hasno t hosted a proper blog contest in all the months Io ve been here.






How much would you like to see another blog contest? Tell me in the comments!

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The building contest might be lower in entering cause some people can't get the maps to enter, so they have no chance to enter in the first place.
  • jimjamb98
  • Level 17
  • Journeyman Caveman
  • November 10, 2013, 6:43 am
If they had more blogging contests would you not leave?
  • AlexSMDD
  • Level 22
  • Expert Taco
  • November 5, 2013, 4:59 pm
I love blog contests!
  • Smarmaged0n
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Mage
  • November 5, 2013, 3:38 pm
Can I do a blog about bananas?did you guys know that bananas are going extinct? Its a real shameæ
  • Toolman12
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • November 5, 2013, 2:38 pm
I'm a blogger and I've never entered a contest before, so I would like to see more blogging contests.
  • Chips
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Pirate
  • November 5, 2013, 11:54 am
I approve this more than nutella.

You best feel special right now.
  • NeonGhost_
  • Level 40
  • Master Pyro
  • November 4, 2013, 6:30 pm
pls blog contests id like to get better at blogging
  • Pinkapples
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • November 4, 2013, 12:30 pm
Epic I agree a ton!(so I can just read them)
My best fruend MissFunkyShoes asked someone about thi (about a month ago) and said it is way to hard to judge :(
I totally agree! I am a skinner and am probably never going to write a blog but I loved going through the blog contests entries! They are much more interesting to look at than a couple of skins.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 4, 2013, 8:25 am
Exactly! Thanks.
  • Nathsem
  • Level 28
  • Expert Blockhead
  • November 4, 2013, 7:35 am
You, sir, definitely deserve a Diamond from me. It's people like you who we need more of on sites like this.

Well done!
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 4, 2013, 8:26 am
Thaanks!
  • SpongyBacon
  • Level 30
  • Artisan Princess
  • November 4, 2013, 7:25 am
Really enjoyed reading this blog! +1 Diamond
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 4, 2013, 8:25 am
Fank you.
  • Zatharel
  • Level 44
  • Master Sweetheart
  • November 4, 2013, 7:13 am
Blog contests pls.
  • RedJohnxS
  • Level 57
  • Grandmaster Nerd
  • November 3, 2013, 11:31 pm
"PMC cares about quality just as much as quantity."
- yet you still compare building contests and Blogging contest by only the numbers of entries they've gotten.

Yes a lot of people enter Blogging contests, but let's be honest, when there're that many blogs beeing made with the same kind of basic idea behind them it's hard to find anything good and well made beneath all the others submissions. I think a lot of people join the contest because they think it'll be easy to get a contestbatch and views from it.
With building and skinning that's less of a problem, since you actually need some basic skill and knowledge to even start working for entering the contest.

But i agree with your point..contests are a good way to improve the quality of content and to share ideas and techniques.
And People will probably get motivated more to actually put efforts in their uploads when they know how 'good' blogs are made.
There should just be some kind of limitation for people to enter, to prrvent spamming and/or repetitive content, for example harder rules when it comes to disqualifying.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 4, 2013, 5:15 am
Your first argument is nonsensical. I was only pointing out that the blogging contest was popular. Both contests get good and bad entries. Simple. We've covered everything else you've said in the comments below.
Thanks for another quality blog. Also, would you care for some ideas? here are some:
Minestories blog contest
Minecraft art blog contest
Minecomics Blog contest

Also, now that I mention it, concerning art in pmc, once that the rule of making evryone put all of their art in just one blog is making art on pmc less frecuent and popular, after all, with all your art in one blog you just have one chance to make it to the pop reel, wich is kind of sad for me, because I used to like seeing art people make in the pop reel. This gives you an idea of how enforcing rules would not make pmc better (I know more or less why they made this rule but is still sad for me)
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 9:14 pm
I think you'll have to explain your ideas further, and please pass them on to Teddy or OliverFrenchie, the site mods, they have commented below. Thanks!
  • sirtoalikan
  • Level 33
  • Artisan Fox
  • November 3, 2013, 4:08 pm
And now think of it... as a minecraft site we have a blogs section and in that blogs section we probably get even more art blogs and things that have nothing to do with minecraft at all then actual tutorials etc. I also notice a lot more rule breaking in the blogs section then any other. besides what I just wrote this is a good blog but contests on blogs seems like a bad idea in the first place to me...
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 9:12 pm
Thanks! Ah, sorry I couldn't change your mind.
I can agree with this 100%. I think maybe breaking up contests into sections, blogging section, modding section, building section, skin section. I know we have something that is like that but have the contests more frequent, that way more people can be able to post good submissions and think about their work. I have some ideas, but who gives them a thought? Good work and keep up the good work!

- Will Breault
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 9:11 pm
Thanks! If you have ideas, pass them on to the site mods, such as Teddy or OliverFrenchie, who have commented below...
  • bebopper5
  • Level 27
  • Expert Ninja
  • November 3, 2013, 1:25 pm
Good to see my opinion looks deleted for being to opiniony.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 9:09 pm
What? I haven't deleted any comments, what was it.
  • bebopper5
  • Level 27
  • Expert Ninja
  • November 3, 2013, 9:45 pm
No I think someone deleted their comment. It was a huge block of text - not writing it out again :P
  • Ninniy
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Dragonborn
  • November 3, 2013, 10:05 am
Great blog, bro.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 9:09 pm
Thanks!
  • Beta_Alpha
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 55
  • Grandmaster Meme
  • November 3, 2013, 9:24 am
All of these longs comments. All of these long replies. All of these good points.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 9:25 am
I know. Exhausting, isn't it?
Building a project and putting it on PMC required time and effort. Anyone can mash a few keys, tick a box and hit post. Blogging isn't a skill as such, it's just if you can type English well and write about something mildly entertaining. A tutorial isn't creative at all, compared to a fortress in the nether or a spectacular castle.
Yes I understand you want a shiny badge for entering a blogging contest but it just isn't necessary and is pretty pointless.
  • CalPal_
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Cake
  • November 3, 2013, 9:07 am
Heh.
Being able to type English well, and expressing yourself well using words is a skill, and one that has to be earned through hard work. People aren't just magically blessed with the skill to write well, we all have to build up our skills in it, just like builders and skinners and such.
I will concede your point that it does not take as much time as other PMC related topics.
However, do not EVER say blogging does not take effort, or skill. There, you are wrong, my non-friend.
  • MayuriYandere
  • Level 54
  • Grandmaster Prince
  • November 3, 2013, 8:59 am
ahem if i may. Down below it says that the judges would have to go through care fully on every entry, not only that but 'typing a few words' on a page is not a skill unless you are a teacher,professional blogger, student, newspaper recorder, script writer, story author, professional business man, or a lawyer. Building can help you if you an architect but then again if you were an architect then why would you use minecraft? Not only that but you can use map making programs were you just paint a house and then it appears on the map. If tutorials aren't creative then they are helpful but then again nothing is creative these days. Finally yes i want a shiny pixel badge for entering a contest and there is nothing wrong with that. In my opinion your negative comment on the blogging idea was pointless.

pwease state ur arguments better k?k. have a nice day k thanx bai xoxoxox
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 8:57 am
A) Writing is a talent, if you know what it's about. No point explaining this to you any further.
B) I don't want a shiny badge, I'm quitting PMC after my next blog.
C) We're not talking about just tutorials. Blogs *can* be creative, obviously.
D) Dozens, possibly hundreds of people have talked to me on PMC saying how much they like blogging. They want another contest.
E) If you actually read the blog, you'll see why a contest would be anything but 'pointless'.
  • bebopper5
  • Level 27
  • Expert Ninja
  • November 3, 2013, 1:26 pm
Why are you quiting? 0_0
  • CalPal_
  • Level 36
  • Artisan Cake
  • November 3, 2013, 9:09 am
Ooooo quiting after your next blog? :I
Me too.
  • LBUlises1
  • Level 15
  • Journeyman Architect
  • November 3, 2013, 8:25 am
This.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 8:58 am
..is easily destroyed.
  • Mercer
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Button Pusher
  • November 3, 2013, 7:50 am
Yes! Yes! A blog about more blogs! Finally! Thats one thing off my bucket list. "See a blog about more blog-related items needed"
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 8:58 am
Sorry?
  • Mercer
  • Level 32
  • Artisan Button Pusher
  • November 3, 2013, 9:24 am
I had to many haribos.
  • OliverFrenchie
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 70
  • Legendary Scribe
  • November 3, 2013, 7:37 am
I'm currently the Site Moderator who's probably 'in control' so to speak of the blog section and anything run in it. In terms of blog contests, the past ones we've had that were organised by other moderators were in my opinion very clever ideas, however the community reacted rather sourly towards them which actually put us off slightly. The introduction of new rules has also meant that we're restricted in what contests we can set.

Only Cyprezz/Paril can officially 'start' a contest as they have the coding powers to do so. Cyprezz is usually the individual in charge of that and sadly Cyprezz is a very very very busy man. I have recently discussed with him the future of the blogs section as well as possible contest ideas to hold and we are currently developing an idea. However, as I said Cyprezz is busy at the moment with not only Minecon but also a large part of revamping some code and features across the site. Hopefully you can see that the site as a whole is ten times more important than a particular section needing a contest.

Blog contests most likely demand more work and attention than any other contest, purely down to the fact that judges will be judging text and will have to do so in an unbiased way and follow strict guidelines and rules. These rules have to be nitpicked to infinity by site moderators to avoid confusion and annoyances that happened with the last few contests which demands a huge amount of our time which up until now has been used elsewhere on the site or during our lives. Skins and project contests are more easier to organise and judge and that's why on the whole, they are more frequent.

As I've said, there is a blog contest in the works but I nor any other moderator will confirm the date because there simply isn't one. We're working as hard as we can and as fast as we can, hopefully the blogging community will be able to appreciate that and respect that.

If you're really desperate for some competitiveness and a chance to use your blogging skills, start your own contest in the forums and advertise it in chat! Try something new, perhaps collaborating with other users. Personally I've had an idea for a blogging contest for a while I'd like to do on a smaller scale, perhaps that'll pop up at some point...
  • Jetra
  • Level 23
  • Expert Archer
  • November 3, 2013, 11:51 am
We really should get together with various bloggers and come up with something. I'd be a fun change of pace. I really don't know why your ideas wouldn't be accepted, Oli, they seemed good enough to me.
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 8:53 am
Read my response to Teddy's comment /
Nice blog, and i agree with this too!
  • SoggyTractor
  • Level 53
  • Grandmaster Spelunker
  • November 3, 2013, 8:58 am
Thanks! :)
  • theMRR11
  • Level 9
  • Apprentice Engineer
  • November 3, 2013, 6:23 am
it takes a lot mor effort to make a map or mod or even a skin and anyone can make a blog so many blogs are terribly made with low effort and overused topics

sure there are terrible maps and skins and mods but should pmc really award someone for spending around 10 minutes typin a couple paragraphs
  • planetblox2000
  • Retired Moderator
  • Level 40
  • Master Mlem Mlem Bat
  • November 3, 2013, 10:09 am
Sorry, but no. Blogs take just as much effort to post and create as skins and projects. No one is naturally born with the ability to write like Charles Dickens. Any good blog takes a lot longer than 10 minutes to write. Look at the quality blogs that won the past blogging contests. I'd much rather read some of them than use a winning skin or play on a winning project.

-Blox.
  • bebopper5
  • Level 27
  • Expert Ninja
  • November 3, 2013, 1:22 pm
Exactly.

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