The 2nd annual Chicago International Blog Awards on August 23, 2012 is rapidly approaching and Chicago couldn’t care any less.
While it sounds like a legitimate event for bloggers in the Chicago area to earn some recognition, I think the whole thing really just looks like a scam, therefore, I would like to respectfully decline any involvement in this guy’s little scheme (I already won best blog for 2012 in my own awards anyway).
Why does it look like a scam? Take a look at the entry form. It looks like a decent blog contest, right up until you see the $299.95 entry fee. Why does a entering a blog cost $299.95? Last year, the Chicago International Blog Awards offered free entry for a period of time, which seems much more fair than the $300 they’re charging this year. Sure, the $300 bucks will get you a ticket to the “big event” along with some posters and other souvenirs, but as far as winning a prestigious award with international reach, it doesn’t look like you’ll be getting much exposure at all.
First of all, their Facebook page only has 70 ‘likes’, which is not exactly a wide reach. And as far as the traffic their main site gets: my little blog space, Chicago Rants, actually has a higher page rank and almost as much traffic as chicagoblogawards.com. Thirdly, we can take a look at who’s running this “event”- Edmund Dantes Hamilton. His Google+ profile lists him as “Business Owner (Entrepreneur)” and his education is listed as “NUNYAB- Minding my own business,” ummmm, ok?… He also runs a Chicago WordPress meetup group and charges people $249.95 to teach them how to use WordPress.
He also hosted a workshop to launch a WordPress online store- it cost $995.00.
He also hosted a similar, free workshop, which one attendee reviewed as “not really worth while, unlike some people, unfortunately i did stay until the bitter end for a promised reward that never materialized First 50 RVSPs Receive Complimentary 2nd Annual Chicago International Blog Awards 2012 Entry emails to dante went unanswered.”
As far as legitimate contests go, I’d stick with the Reader’s ‘2012 Best of Chicago‘ and enter and vote for blogs/websites there. (Vote for Chicago Rants as ‘best local blog’). And as far as learning how to use WordPress, most of it is self explanatory. And all of your questions can be solved by Googling “how to use WordPress.” Problem solved. I just saved you $300.
In other news, Chicago Rants will be hosting a Facebook seminar workshop next week, at the Starbuck’s at Clark and Adams in the loop. Please attend this fun and informative event. Earlybird registration starts at only $195.99… send me your money.