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Eric Siebert (from Sphere-Land.com) has opened THE contest for voting the Top vBlog 2018, aka the ‘Top VMware & Virtualization Blogs’.

This is a recurring and esteemed contest in the VMware & virtualization world and not only (see also the history of the top blog voting over the years).

Last year over 1,600 people voted from all over the world and when the votes were tallied the top 25 bloggers were revealed.

Voting criteria remain the same:

  • Longevity – Anyone can start a blog but it requires dedication, time & effort to keep it going. Some bloggers start a blog only to have it fall to the wayside several months later. Things always come up in life but the good bloggers keep going regardless of what is happening in their life.
  • Length – It’s easy to make a quick blog post without much content, nothing wrong with this as long as you have good content in the post that people will enjoy. But some bloggers post pretty long detailed posts which take a lot of time and effort to produce. The tip of the hat goes to these guys that burn the midnight oil trying to get you some great detailed information.
  • Frequency – Some bloggers post several times a week which provides readers with lots of content. This requires a lot of effort as bloggers have to come up with more content ideas to write about. Frequency ties into length, some do high frequency/low length, some do low frequency/high length, some do both. They’re all good and require a lot of time and effort on the bloggers part.
  • Quality – It all comes down to what’s in the blog post regardless of how often or how long the blog posts are. After reading a blog post if you come away with learning something that you did not previously know and it benefits you in some way then you know you are reading a quality post. Good quality is usually the result of original content, its easy to re-hash something previously published elsewhere, the good bloggers come up with unique content or put their own unique spin on popular topics.

Rules mainly remain the same of last year:

  • Gain this year you can pick 12 of your favorite blogs and then rank them in your order of preference. The results will be weighted with a #1 ranking getting 12 points and a #12 ranking getting 1 point. Point totals will be tabulated and from them, the top 100 will be determined.
  • Blogs are listed on the ballot with the current top 100 blogs listed first with their current ranking and the rest of the blogs listed below them alphabetically. So please go through the whole list when making your choices.
  • Note that blogs that did not have at least 10 posts in 2017 are not eligible to participate and not listed.
    Also, note that Duncan Epping (Yellow Bricks) and Frank Denneman chose not to participate this year.
  • Again this year we also having voted in special categories to help distinguish certain types of blogs. The choices of which blogs to include in the categories was the result of this survey and my best guessing. The categories are independent of the general voting so first pick and rank your top 12 overall favorite blogs and then choose your favorite blog in each category.
  • Voting will run until 12/15, afterward the results will be determined and announced on a special live podcast.

This year Turbonomic will be the official sponsor for Top vBlog 2018.

So cast your vote:

vote-button1I don’t want to suggest any name on which blog you should vote… use the declared criteria, and consider that it’s not a popularity contest. You don’t have to nominate only big names, consider the quality and the effort of the blogger.

But more important, if a blog article has helped you in something (for example a troubleshooting task or to provide useful information), consider nominating the relative blog site! Use your own head.

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2918 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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