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Come di consueto in questo periodo, Eric Siebert (del blog ha aperto il concorso per votare i Top vBlog 2018, aka the ‘Top VMware & Virtualization Blogs’.

Questa “competizione” è divenuta oramai una tradizione nel mondo della virtualizzazione, e non solo, tanto da diventare un ambito riconoscimento (per la storia del concorso, vedere il post: history of the top blog voting over the years).

Lo scorso anno, hanno votato più di 1600 e i più votati sono finiti nella top 25 e poi nella top 100.

I criteri di votazione sono rimasti gli stessi degli scorsi anni:

  • 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.

Anche le regole sono rimaste simili, con qualche piccola variazione:

  • 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.

Alla fine sartanno valutati i seguenti elementi:

  • Numero di voti ricevuti e ranking
  • Numero di post pubblicati, più post sono stati pubblicati nel 2017 e più punti il blog riceve
  • Design del blog e punteggio di Google PageSpeed

Lo sponsor di quest’anno è ancora Turbonomic.

Tra i siti italiani (o di italiani) che sono in concorso quest’anno (se ho dimenticato qualcuno vi prego di segnalarlo nelle note) vi sono:

Quindi non mi rimane che votare i vostri blog preferiti:

A differenza di altri non voglio dire per chi votare, i criteri di selezione mi sembrano abbastanza chiari.

Votate con la vostra testa e ricordatevi che non necessariamente bisogna votare i blog più famosi. Valutate anche magari l’utilità del blog o di specifici post.