I don’t know what’s changed but the amount of people who visit this website on a daily basis has just been going up and up all summer! And that’s weird because usually the summer is VCN’s slowest time of the year. But as far as traffic goes, July was our 3rd biggest month of 2011 and it looks like August’s numbers are going to crush July’s. Maybe we moved up the google rankings a bit or maybe this is just another sign of how popular video contests in general are getting. But I think one thing that’s happening is that the number of “regular readers” we get really shot up this year. So if you’re one of those people who have us bookmarked and who check the site every week (or even every day!) thank you for your support!
We’re now getting so much traffic that I feel like I’m not really keeping up with the demand for new content. This used to be a “2 posts a week” type of blog. But lately I’ve been trying to do 3 posts a week. For future reference, new posts will usually go up on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Because VCN will be doing more posts per week, I’ve decided that it might be cool if I let someone else stand on my soapbox every once in a while.
So for the first time ever, Video Contest News will be accepting submissions for “Guest Blog Posts.” If you care about video contests enough to read this blog, you probably have some strong thoughts and opinions about this growing micro-genre of filmmaking. I’ll consider all types of articles as long as what you write is true and won’t get me sued. So if you want to brag about your latest big win or if you want to share your secret strategies or if you just want to bitch about some crappy contest where you got screwed over somehow, let me know. Hell…I might even let you plug your contest-related website or post a vote requests if those plugs and requests are part of an article that someone would actually want to read.
I’m kind of psyched about this idea and I’m looking forward to hearing what you folks have to say. I think adding other voices to this site will give it a little more depth and variety, if you know what I mean. For now, my plan is to ease into this and run just 2 guest posts a month. But if things work out, I might start running a guest blog every wednesday. So if you have an idea for a guest post, e-mail me your suggestion: . Thanks!
I’ve got a suggestion for a blog post – (also I’d be happy to write a guest post sometime, but I like when you do the work, so for now, just a suggestion)
I think you should try to talk to the people who have chosen the winners in a given contest, and show the top three videos and interview them about “what makes this one the winner,” “what did you love about the second place but where did it fall short that left it out of the top” etc. It would be a good way to give us, the video contest entering public, some ideas on why these companies choose what they choose, what they are looking for, and how to improv our entries.
Man, I WISH I could get a company to go on record about why the picked certain videos. I have asked before and no one ever wants to reveal too much about judging. I guess because they don’t want people complaining that the judges’ didn’t understand their video or something. Maybe I’ll try asking more companies. I’d really love to know how contest judges’ minds work.