What is the state of the global music blogging scene in 2012? Are music blogs a more established form of media than they were 12 months ago? Do you read more of them, or have you refined your RSS feed? Are they seen to be growing or diminishing when it comes to their popularity or influence? Difficult questions to answer, but one fantastic way to get the discussion going and to find out which blogs are leading the way is to ask the people at the centre of the music blogging world, other music bloggers.
Regular readers will know that we open up this poll every year and it’s become something of an annual barometer. It’s a well known fact that music bloggers read music blogs. It’s a large chunk of the traffic on our busy blog highways. This peers-only poll – which strictly only canvasses those who run their own music blogs – asks them to nominate which three blogs have become their favourites in 2012 .
It is by far the most-visited article The Recommender writes every year, as the poll goes globally viral, with votes counted in their hundreds from all around the world. The commentary it provides reaches beyond the editors of these music sites though, as with so many millions of blogs out there, it’s helpful to know which ones truly stand out. If you don’t know where to start, or are looking for some new suggestions, then we hope that this poll will act as a guiding light to the best in music blogging in 2012.
We now declare the books OPEN! Let the voting begin…
It couldn’t be easier to get involved – simply leave a comment on this post listing your favourite three music blogs of 2012. There are some rules that apply so please make sure that you read the below framework before you vote! Any votes that don’t follow the rules will not be counted (last year we had 47 incorrect votes that couldn’t be counted, so please don’t make that same mistake). If you edit, write or contribute to a music blog then go for it and get voting!
Closing date is November 30th 2012. We will aggregate the votes as they appear. The winners will be announced early in December. Please follow us on Twitter for updates and announcements. The winner will receive an award that they can place on their music blog and virtually polish with pride.
The results from the 2010 and 2011 votes can be seen here and here respectively. If you have any questions, or issues, then please let us know. Remember, this should be a fun, encouraging and positive exercise for all. A poll for the best in music blogging, by music bloggers, for music bloggers. It doesn’t get more back-scratchingly awesome than this.
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