A cross-promotion idea
I kind of panicked because I'm not a great blog reader (too much time reading webfiction) but while I did eventually pull 7 other blogs out of my brainspace my first thought was if I had to tag seven great weblit authors I probably could.
Then I thought "hmmm"
Then I tweeted the following to Anna
"@quillsandzebras seven other bloggers who you haven't already tagged? ... *mind goes blank*"
"@quillsandzebras though this does give me a cross-promotion idea. What about a similar thing but for #weblit writers rather than bloggers?"
Anna's reply was:
"@shutsumon That is a genius idea - and we could also use Mr Linky for it. But the problem is, not many #weblit people have blogs, & they >>"
"@shutsumon >> might not want to interrupt their story content with a post about the award."
Which is a fair comment.
Anyway my basic thought on this is that it's not a real award but a kind of a link-building chain scheme, but for all that no money is at stake, and no one is being asked to do anything dishonest. You nominate people you think deserve the linkage anyway.
But there are a few issues.
1. the issue Anna raises is a good one - not every #weblit writer blogs and some won't want to annoy their readers with non-story updates.
2. It may be an inoffensive chain scheme but it's still a chain scheme. The starter page is going to get a heck of a lot of link love. Everyone involved gets link love but the first page gets a link from every nominee who plays along. Even with Mr Linky that means the starter gets the most benefit. This goes against my sense of fair play.
I do, however, see a solution.
1. We need the initial nominator to be someone like @Janoda - if she's willing - who's a weblit advocate but not a weblit author. From there the tagged authors take over but no one author gets an unfair link boost.
2. If @Janoda is willing perhaps the starting post could be hosted on Ergofiction? After all it benefits all of us to promote Ergofiction as a hub site so aiming tons of links there is a good thing.
3. A solution to the problem of blogless #weblit authors is harder, but surely solvable. Allowing guest posting on another blog by blogless authors maybe?
So what do people think? Am I really a genius as Anna said, or is this the stupidest idea since Eve decided that apple looked really tasty?