Thursday, January 3, 2008
Blogger of the Year Award
When the Blogger of the Year Award was announced, it was initially intended to be a tribute to David Glickman at the Boylston Blog. He did a tremendous job of reporting on the League in 2005 and 2006, and it was expected that he would continue to dominate the USCL Blogosphere. Things changed in 2007 however as the number of bloggers multiplied, and in the end there were three main contenders for the prize: Boylston Chess Club Blog, boston-blitz.com, and lizzyknowsall.blogspot.com
Because of boston-blitz.com's cutting edge video interviews and coverage, along with many nice reports and previews, they seemed to be the likely winner with a few weeks left in the season. Things took a major change once the playoffs began though as boston-blitz.com became very quiet while lizzyknowsall brought dozens of interviews that shed light into the players that most knew nothing about. Elizabeth Vicary's blog was close to outright receiving the award because during the most important time of the year, the postseason, her blog dwarfed the competitors in terms of content. It seemed as if every single day there was at least one new interview posted on her blog. In fact in the month of November, she posted 14 interviews including one with nearly every key member of the USCL Champion Dallas Destiny and at least two interviews from every other Semifinal team.
On top of this she generated a lot of controversy with what is likely the most popular blog entry in the history of the USCL: when she responded to Mark LaRocca's analysis of one of her moves. While some of the commentary in the thread may have been a bit over the edge, it was also entertaining and garnered over 80 responses.
At the same time though, we had to look at the overall professionalism of the boston-blitz site and the high quality and entertainment value of their videos. These attributes combined with Mark LaRocca's match recaps, the large photo galleries, and the chance to be a "Blitz Buddy" were impressive features which were hard to ignore.
In the end, given how much trouble we were having in making the decision, we elected to put it in the fans' hands (well sort of). We decided to let the team managers (other than Boston and New York's) each cast one vote between boston-blitz.com and lizzyknowsall.blogspot.com to decide the winner, and they wound up choosing in favor of lizzyknowsall.blogspot.com
In regards to David Glickman at the Boylston Blog, I will say that Glickman's individual reports are probably the best out there, but without the excellent video coverage, it was hard for him to measure up to the boston-blitz website. He still should be given a lot of credit for his detailed reports along with really being the pioneer of USCL Blogging back in the 2005 Season.
In other good news to those who want to compete for the 2008 award, Elizabeth Vicary has agreed for her blog to no longer be eligible as she will become the official interviewer for the USCL.
In all it was a great season for the USCL Blogosphere. Congratulations to Elizabeth Vicary at lizzyknowsall.blogspot.com and also thanks to all of the other contenders and the many other bloggers that I didn't mention here. Your predictions, power rankings, stories, and interviews were a big part of making the 2007 USCL season fantastic for everyone involved!