Five Important Pre-Creme de la Creme Announcements (plus one more)
The air is getting cooler, the leaves will soon be crunching underfoot, and it is time to start organizing the sixth Creme de la Creme. Every year, the list gets longer and longer and I need to start working on it earlier. I’m not complaining — I’m just stating a fact: it’s a lot of work. Last year, we had 364 submissions. This year, I’d like to have over 400. So things will need to kick off soon — namely, October 20th.
Here’s what you need to know before the list opens. This post is long, but I sprinkle a lot of good information in here so you’re going to want to read until the end. Lots of changes afoot — some boring but some, I hope, are a bit fun.
Because it’s a lot of work, I’m changing one aspect of it this year (beyond opening the list on October 20): the list will only be open for new submissions until January 5th. In the past, I’ve updated it well into the spring, but the list is just too enormous to do that now. I need to contain the bulk of the work to these fall/winter months and then put it to bed. So the last submissions will be taken on January 5th at 11 pm EST and then the list will close for the year.
Which means, you may want to take the next few weeks to peek through your archives and find which post you want to highlight.
As always, there will be two deadlines: the first will be December 15th. Any submission that comes in between October 20th and December 15th will be on the Creme de la Creme when it goes up — as always — on New Years Day. The second deadline will be the hard deadline of January 5th. Any submission that comes in from December 16th to January 5th will go on the list after its initial posting (in other words, I’ll get it on there some time after January 1st). Any submission that comes in after January 5th will not be included.
There is plenty of time to get on the list, but I know some people like to know when the list will open so they can submit as soon as the list opens so they’re high up on the list. Also, I ask as a favour that you spread word about the list between now and December in order to get as many people on there as possible before the list goes up on January 1st. Tweet it, Facebook it, Stumble it, blog about it, email about it, call your mother about it — help me get word out so no one gets to mid-January and feels left out.
When the call for submissions goes up on October 20th and the list opens, please take the time to read the full post. I know it’s long, but I write it for a reason. It is to make things easier for me and easier for you. I can’t tell you how many people don’t bother to read the post and it shows when the submission comes in wrong, for instance, a post from 2009 for the 2010 list. So I’m begging you, if you want the Creme to run smoothly, please read the post.
The part that I really, really, really need help with is the Blogs that Closed section. I am looking for the names of blogs that closed in 2011. This means that they have at least one post in 2011 and then they formally stated that they are going to stop blogging OR they have not had a new post since January 2011. If you are a former blog writer who closed his/her blog in 2011 OR a blog you read in 2011 closed, please email me the name so I can keep track.
Speaking of being high up on the list (I was speaking about that in the first point in case your eyes are currently glazing over), I am holding the second slot on the list for the winner of a commenting contest I’m going to hold in the next few weeks. You know how I love for people to comment everywhere, so in order to encourage people to comment more, I’m going to be offering up the second slot on the list as a prize. Yes, those higher up on the list have given feedback that they get more hits. More news coming soon.
I will probably hold a second slot somewhere high on the list for an IComLeavWe’er to grab in a comment raffle.
Just trying to keep it fun.
Lastly, the Creme de la Creme was created as the anti-award list in response to all of the “best of” voting contests that spring up each winter. It’s all well and good to honour one person, but I’d much rather everyone have a post honoured — we all do great work.
That said, I think it would be fun to have prizes this year BUT they would not be merit based. No blog post would be deemed “better” than someone else’s (how do you truly judge something like that?) Instead, they would be by random chance based on where you are on the list.
Because this is the 6th year, I’d like to honour the 6th, the 36th, and the 216th participant (or something to that effect — I picked the number 6 and then squared and cubed it, but it will all depend on how many prizes we have to work with). And I’d like the prizes to come… from you.
The prizes should be handmade, based on a specific skill you possess, or something you wish to giveaway (such as a giftcard). You have etsy shops, you have online stores, you have crafty side projects, you can pull together a fun basket of American candy that would be appealing to someone overseas. Anyone who would like to submit one of their pieces as a prize will have their online space listed and linked to as a thank you. So it becomes a give-and-take: you contribute the prize, but in return, you get free publicity right before the holidays so people can support you (by perhaps doing some of their holiday shopping at your online site) OR support your blog. See, it’s like a big community group-hug.
Anything works, though it obviously needs to be mail-able or transferred electronically:
- Do you do website design? Offer up a free blog makeover.
- Do you make jewelry? Offer up a bracelet.
- Great at using photo software? Offer to touch up someone’s pictures for them or teach them how to use photoshop.
- Do you knit? Contribute a hat or scarf.
- Do you have a gift card to a business you’re not using? Someone else might want it.
- Anyone who crafts or creates music or has a technical skill they can pass along — send it all up as a prize.
If you would like to contribute a prize, please write the following information in a comment below:
- What the prize will be
- A link to your online site (or your blog if you don’t have an online site but can make something crafty to serve as a prize or have a skill to pass along)
By doing so, you’re making a commitment to deliver the prize — t0 mail it to the recipient or connect with them over email if you’re passing along a skill.
The prizes will all be randomly assigned based on where you fall on the list. The first person who has a “lucky spot” on the list will get to choose from all the prizes offered. Then the second lucky spot will get to pick, so on and so on until the final lucky spot gets the final remaining prize. If you do not wish to keep your prize, you can pass it along to the next person on the list. All prize submissions need to come in by October 19th at 11 pm EST to be included.
Got that? So leave a comment below if you have something to contribute.
Wheeew, and those are the five announcements. Look for the submission list opening on October 20th.
Jen asks a good question in the comment section below.
Are people interested in doing the Grateful Said again, the comment equivalent to the Creme de la Creme list? I loved it and would pull it together again if people are interested. Let me know in a comment below if you’d participate. Trying to gauge interest.