Yep….it’s that time of year again. Not for voting for your favorite politician, but for your favorite Virtualization Blogs! I will admit I picked back up a lot more blogging than in 2012 in 2013 thanks to the joining of the vCloud Air business unit. What I have found is that there is quite a bit to blog about these days in the world of Hybrid Cloud so here’s hoping I can climb back up the ladder after dropping a few spots in 2012. I admit in 2012 things slowed down due to various changes in roles.
We all have our lists of people we read and comment on a regular basis. I will say like any voting situation I keep my voting private to myself. I believe any voting is a personal thing, so I’ve chosen not to list the sites I will be voting for. People that know me also known I never talk about any voting I do, it’s just something I evaluate and treat as a personal decision. I am sure you can guess some of them, they will very well be the same as yours.
I do want to thank Eric Siebert for the incredible work he puts in to this every year, I know it takes a ton of his time and those of us nominated and listed truly value the work that goes into this. Here are some of Eric’s recommendations to keep the following in mind when voting for your top blogs:
- 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 takes 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 whats 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.
Well that’s it, I just wanted to let people know the voting is OPEN so: