Since I’ve been tracking them, here are some statistics from the 2nd round (as well as overall) from the AniBlog Tournament:
The second round had 32 matches, 30 of which resulted in an actual vote count (there was one resignation, and the one game with vote manipulation that was canceled). Over those 30 matches, there was a grand total of 7,539 votes cast, which is a 16% increase in votes, despite having 2 fewer vote-counting matches. It comes out to an average of 251.3 votes per match, which is a 24% increase. So far, 14,024 votes have been cast in 62 matches, for an average of 226.2 votes per match, which I think is pretty respectable.
The most voted upon match in the 2nd round was the match between Star Crossed Anime Blog and Just as Planned, in which 671 total votes were cast, which is also the tournament high so far. The top 5 winning vote getting blogs in the 2nd round were Star Crossed Anime Blog (584), Baka-Raptor (334), Hanner’s Anime Blog (318), Kurogane’s Anime Blog (280), and THAT Anime Blog (252). The 5 blogs which received the highest percentage of the vote in their poll was Star Crossed Anime Blog (87%), Sea Slugs! Anime Blog (76%), Kurogane’s Anime Blog (76%), Reverse Thieves (75%), and THAT Anime Blog (75%).
The top 5 closest matches in actual votes were:
- Rabbit Poets vs. JanaiBlog (tie)
- Mainichi Anime Yume vs. Memories of Eternity (1 vote)
- Unmei Kaihen vs. blogSuki (2 votes)
- Anime Diet vs. Anime Princess (5 votes)
- Hanner’s Anime Blog vs. We Remember Love (6 votes)
Top 5 closest matches in percentage were:
- Rabbit Poets vs. JanaiBlog (tie)
- Mainichi Anime Yume vs. Memories of Eternity (0.6%)
- Unmei Kaihen vs. blogSuki (0.8%)
- Hanner’s Anime Blog vs. We Remember Love (1.0%)
- Anime Diet vs. Anime Princess (2.8%)
Now, I’m not going to spend too much time responding to 21stcenturydigitalboy’s rant about my blog and my posts about the tournament. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if someone is being serious or just trolling (especially since I am unfamiliar with his overall blogging style), though he certainly sounds serious, going as far as making sure to post a comment with a link to his post onto one of my posts. Most of the things he brings up in his rant I have already addressed various times elsewhere, and I don’t particularly feel like rehashing those things again.
The only things I’ll add are these: Yes, some blogs (such as his) I had never visited before. I do my best evaluation by reading and/or scanning over what appears to be a representative sample of posts – usually 3 or 4 posts – sometimes more if there appears to be a variety of different types of posts – as well as maybe glancing over several more, with the assumption that if I’ve evaluated the quality of writing, etc. on 3 or 4 posts, I can probably assume it holds for most of the other posts.
Now, I’m not going to go counting actual words like how 21stcenturydigitalboy felt compelled to do, but if one blog is writing longer articles than another, then I’ll generally favor the person who writes more if the quality of the content is roughly equal. As for the images – I do consider how one inserts images in one’s post as far as the Post Style category. Generally I don’t care as long as it doesn’t disrupt the flow of the writing or I have to scroll past a million images before I even get to to the post text. However, these factors alone aren’t going to cause me to vote for or against your blog. (Just as design alone won’t, but perhaps 21stcenturydigitalboy mistakes my writing about people’s designs as my making a voting decision based primarily on their design, which I do not unless that is the only thing that really distinguishes the two blogs.)
One also has to make room for the fact that, you know, people have different tastes, and I fully admit that it is impossible for me to completely dispassionately make a review, because the very act of reviewing is dependent on what my tastes are.
As far as whether I win or lose, yes, I pretty much fully expected to lose badly in the 3rd round. I already knew I had no shot against Omo, and if someone beat him, it would stand to reason that I wouldn’t have a shot against whomever beat him. 21stcenturydigitalboy is right, no, I don’t particularly care. If I win, then great, and if not, so what. And yes, I do find it rather sad that he’s taking this tournament, my tournament write ups, my review of his blog (and perhaps the fact that I’ve voted against his blog – twice) so seriously.
I was planning on being courteous towards any opponents I might face in this tournament (which hopefully Chii felt like I was in the last round) but I am very seriously considering not being so considerate this time around. I don’t mind criticism. If you think my reviews of the blogs are BS, fine. If you think I should do it differently, then great. However, 21stcenturydigitalboy’s post, as one of his own tags on his post describes it, is nothing but unproductive, over the top shit talking.
Anyway, I just felt like I should respond to his post. If he was, in fact, posting it in jest, then I apologize for taking it seriously. However, that was definitely not my impression upon reading it.