Saturday, August 28, 2010

Texas Cryptid Hunter Blog Chosen As One Of 2010's Best

The Texas Cryptid Hunter site has been named one of the top 40 paranormal blogs of 2010 by Online Schools.

The process for selecting the winning sites, according to the Online Schools website, was as follows:

This award highlights the very best blogs to learn about the Paranormal and all things related on the internet that were nominated by the internet community, and is designed to thank the authors for their contribution toward the world wide web we all use & enjoy.

Awards candidates are found by one method:

- Anonymous nominations that are open to the internet community

This allows us to generate a candidate list that is based upon what the internet determines as being good, original content. We stay away from a voting system because the only information that gives us is how well a site's readership can click a button.
After a list of candidates is compiled, we then filter the list to ensure that each site qualifies for the category. We then give the list to be scored by our panel of 5 judges. Each judge rates each blog across 20 different attributes, including content, frequency of updates, amount of advertising, length of posts, and readibility. This then provides the site with a ‘subjective’ score. These ratings are combined into an aggregate total for the 5 judges. The amount of nominations are also converted into a score, and this score combined with the aggregate score gives the blog its final rating.

The ratings are then compared for each site within a category and awards are given out to blogs in the 99% percentile (meaning the top 1% of blogs receive awards).

I've never really considered my site to be a paranormal blog per se so I was surprised my site was honored with this award. I was even more humbled to learn that readers nominated the site.

So thank you to Online Schools and to the reader or readers that nominated the Texas Cryptid Hunter site. I very much appreciate it.

Now, back to work...

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