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Blogging competition round-up 1: Most popular blogs plus Rs 20,000 to best social justice bloggers

Total prize funds in the competition remain Rs 1 lakh, to be divided and decided according to the criteria set out at the bottom of this post.

We will follow up in a few days with an analysis and reviews of some of the top bloggers and their most interesting posts. Do also remember that the ultimate decision on winners will not be made on the basis of these number of hits but a combination of factors, as set out below.

Popularity contest (not entirely):

In the last four months, the most popular bloggers by aggregate hits on all their posts were (with total number of posts in brackets):

LegalPoet (15), anirban1 (23), sss (10), nandiireywal (10), legaldrift (10), Bihari Babuu (9), legalpopat (4), john2010 (7), sagnik (2), danishsheikh (4), Let Me (4), ramanuj (3), prashbez (1), Final Year Law Student (2), Chandrajit Mukherjee (3) and allym (6).

Individual post performance
In terms of individual posts, the run-away most popular blog was LegalPoet's NLSIU? NUJS? NALSAR? The FASTEST, STRONGEST and the SEXIEST of law schools? racking up almost 4,000 hits and nearly 3,000 unique page views in less than a month. Canny headlining, a smattering of sex and stirring of law school rivalries that will never die; a recipe for success.

In fact, LegalPoet occupies all top four slots in terms of popularity, showing that useful and light-hearted career-related advice scored well with readers:

Next up in the popularity stakes were:

Moral of the blogs
Note that almost all of these display a real knack for good headline writing. Good headlines are surprising while not too cryptic, they make clear the content and facts of the post and also draw the reader with intriguing detail.

(And do also note that writing headlines in ALL CAPS has no apparent correlation with popularity but looks rather shouty so please stop - it is ultimately quality content and headlines that win an audience).

Also see that breaking news and topical content is often very popular. Plus, building up brand value goes a long way, with Legal Poet having developed fanbase that ensures that all his posts are widely read.

As discussed above, stay tuned later this week (hopefully) for a critical and personal look at the best and most interesting bloggers to date, and why.

Revised prize funds
After feedback we have revised the prize funds into the following categories.

Best legal blogger category demonstrating overall blogging excellence

First prize: Rs 30,000 cash award
Second prize: Rs 20,000
Third prize: Rs 10,000
Highly commended prize: Rs 5,000

Single best blog post categories:
Favourite overall post: Rs 10,000
Most useful post: Rs 5,000 [amended from second-best overall post]
Funniest and/or most entertaining post: Rs 5,000
Quality/skill of writing award: Rs 5,000
Best post on working as a qualified lawyer: Rs 5,000
Best post on life as a law student: Rs 5,000

Plus new special jury prize for social justice blogging:
The two most thought-provoking posts tackling issues of social and legal importance: Rs 10,000 each, sponsored by a practising lawyer and blogging supporter who wishes to remain anonymous. Many thanks! Please note that winning posts will have to be of exceptional quality and must contain rigorous argument.

Certificates will also be awarded to winners.

Selection procedure:
The best legal blogger category will be judged by a combination of popular vote and a jury (other previous eligibility criteria and terms will continue to apply, while the rules remain subject to change if deemed necessary).

The jury will consist of three judges, with each picking his or her favourite blogger in order, and an online vote will be held to determine the four most popular bloggers.

The first-placed by poll and by each juror respectively will get 4 points, down to 1 point for the fourth placed. The points will be tallied and the one with the most number of points will win. In the event of tied points, popular vote points will act as the decider.

A similar system will be used for determining the best posts in each category, with contestants entering a number of what they deem their top blogs in each class.

And with that, happy blogging!

We all look forward to reading more brilliance, freedom of expression, creativity, as well as the downright surreal.

(Ps: please do not take the announcement of the above categories as an invitation to flood post blogs in the hopes of landing one winner. Quality will always prevail over quantity here and any posts from now on that fall drastically short of reasonably acceptable standards of quality will be deleted).

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