APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN PUSHED FORWARD TO 7TH JUNE 2013. OFFICIAL START DATE IS NOW 10TH JUNE 2013.
EVENT HAS STARTED 17TH JUNE 2013. PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST POLL.
And thus! After consulting arawr (who helped me gather all my thoughts and rants together and basically rewrote this whole post), Manga Weekend will be hosting a very ambitious manga blogging event – Manga Olympics for Bloggers, Spring-Summer 2013. The official start date shall be the
3rd June 2013, this date has a EXTREMELY HIGH possibility of changing. So keep in mind that it should start sometime in June.
So like any normal Olympics, we kind of need participants to participate (doh) so, um, please do. Depending on the amount of bloggers that sign up, the format of the event would be a tourney-styled or just a free for all. Seeing as this whole event is quite dependent on its participants, it would be great if you could fully commit during the duration of the event once you’ve signed up. We’ll pretty much run through how we’ve planned things out so far, and are open to suggestions so don’t forget to leave a comment below as well =D
If your blog focuses more on anime rather than manga, we hope that you’ll still join/encourage and support your sister manga blogging community!
So it’s all fine and dandy that we’ve got this great event planned out, but what the hell is going to happen during Manga Olympics for Bloggers(which I will now refer to simply as MOB)? The general gist of events shall be:
1) You apply as a participant of this wonderful event. There are four main categories to choose to blog about, namely shounen, shoujo, seinen and josei.
2) You will receive a confirmation e-mail and whatnot; applications are currently opened until Monday 27th May, though this is likely extended. On this date, you will be informed about the format of your category (the format will only be decided after we know the number of people participating). It will contain information about the first match, and you will be given all the time until deadline day to prepare a post about whatever topic.
3) You’re allowed to post as soon as you know the topic or whenever, but voting will only be open on deadline day. The post will be on your own blog; the host blog shall provide the voting box as well as the links to all participating blogs. We have some sort of opening ceremony. In the case that you miss the deadline, you are not excluded from the event but netizens will only be able to vote for you starting from the day of your post. Voting closes varying on the events.
4) People vote and stuff. The event pretty much lasts about a month (we might anticipate 2), voting will go on until mid of the last week and since we can’t count that well it’ll take pretty much the rest of the last week to tally and count stuff up. Winners get their banners, and we have some sort of closing ceremony.
Like any Olympics people are in it for the win, but what the hell can you win from a manga blog competition? There are categories for;
1) Best Manga Blog Award
2) Best Newcomer Manga Blog Award
3) Best Shoujo Manga Blog Award (Registered category)
4) Best Shounen Manga Blog Award (Registered category)
5) Best Josei Manga Blog Award (Registered category)
6) Best Seinen Manga Blog Award (Registered category)
7) MOB Best Blogger
8) MOB Best Review Post Award (Legit Reviews)
9) MOB Best Discussion Post Award (Rants go here)
Miscellaneous titles awarded by host:
10) Host’s Choice Award for Comments – we will award this to the most enthusiastic/reflective/substantial commenter (enthusiastic ≠ OMG OMG OMG TYPING IN CAPITALS LIKE THIS SO HAWTTT)
[How’re we gonna get down with the action then?]
So about the posts themselves, shortly after the application deadline you’ll receive an e-mail from us with details of your competition. If there’s less than 5 participants, your category will be over in pretty much a single round. If there’s more than that, we’ll have more of a tourney format.
If it’s a single round, you can choose to write about your own stuff, or you could choose from a range of question we will be providing based on your category. If it’s more of a tourney-styled/knockout round, you’d be divided into groups and have to work on the range of questions we provide. Participants with the highest votes in each groups will then advance to the next round.
An example of a question we provide for the shounen bracket;
It is mainly Shounen manga that dominates the top lists for longest running manga, such as Kochikame and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure. Why do you think this is the case, as compared to other genres?
As for the shoujo bracket;
What is it about shoujo manga that captures its audience so much?
[How do I win!?]
Each category will undergo a voting process. Voters should vote for the blog post that they think best represents the category, NOT THE BLOG. This means that each blog nominates their representatives to each event so your blog can send multiple bloggers to a single category. The voting poll will list the blogger name and blog represented. So for example, if two bloggers from the same blog participate in the event, they will be voted individually for the event(but they’re still representing their blog).
These blog posts that are submitted to a category will be freshly published posts during the week in which the event is held and voting polls will open once on the decided deadline, regardless of whether some blogs did not make it as mentioned previously. If you submitted a blog post late, we’ll add you onto the poll but you’ll just have the disadvantage of entering the poll later.
There will be three main medals for each category; Gold, Silver and Bronze. The way that Best Manga Blog and Best Blogger will be chosen by using a point system utilising the votes from the 4 registered categories. Using the same points system, blogs younger than a year will be eligible for the Newcomer Award.
Gold – 7 points
Silver – 5 points
Bronze – 3 points
Participating – 1 point
[I MUST JOIN!]
Applications are officially OPEN.
GMT 00:00, Monday 27th May 2013 (Subjected to Change) 7TH JUNE 2013.
So! If you are interested in joining, there are some stuff you have to do first;
1) The event’s language of command will be in English. If your blog’s language medium is not English, you are still eligible to join; just make sure that the blog posts you submit to for the competition are in English. Your blog does not need to be purely dedicated to manga, just preferably with posts with manga as its core topic already published. They won’t be judged, it’s just for us to know that you’ve actually written stuff on manga before.
2) If your blog handles things/topics related to scanlations/adult material, this will not hinder your eligibility; just make sure the posts you submit to the event nods to these rules. This is to keep the competition more reader-friendly and we do not want to do something like upsetting publishers.
3) You will need to submit a paragraph about your blog and trivia. Also, attach an image or logo or whatever that will be representing your blog. This will be used in the opening ceremony.
4) Attach a flamed torch picture that is 125×125 pixels in size. This picture must be drawn using PAINT ONLY (as in like the program). We’ll compile all participating blogs’ flamed torch pictures, so please make them ugly. This is to replicate the idea of passing the Olympic torch.
5) Promote MOB!! Your readers will be the ones who will be voting FYW so tell them at every opportunity that you’ll be participating this summer!
6) Oh, and we do need your e-mails to send you chain mails and escape bad luck for the next 99 years. But yes, we do need it for other, more practical purposes as well.
So you can send your application to our e-mail (mangaweekend[AT]gmail.com) and hopefully it’ll look something like this:
^Name of Blog & web-address and twitter if you have one:
Manga Weekend – mangaweekend.wordpress.com
^Bloggers participating and in which of the 4 registered categories: (Shounen, Shoujo, Seinen and Josei)
Chungky – Shoujo/Josei
Arawr – Ridiculous Genre/Shounen/Shoujo
^Paragraph about your blog & trivia (if you’re a blog less than a year old please tell us):
We’re a group of 25 delusional bloggers aged -8 to 37 years that enjoy traipsing around government property in our primary school uniforms and we sing the national anthem on an hourly basis snacking on churros.
^Please acknowledge that your blog and respective writers participating have read and understood the MOB’s rules and regulations:
We, [Chungky] & [arawr] have read and agreed to Manga Olympic for Blogger’s rules and regulations.
Just copy and paste your nicknames/blog and whatever in the bracket. We’re not trying to blackmail you into doing something, but making sure you have at least read the rules and regulations so we can warn you if you’re straying from them. We do not want a scenario of – “HEY I NEVER HEARD THAT BEFORE,” in our hands.
^Please state if you’re even mildly interested in hosting the next MOB:
No, why would anyone wanna do that. OMG TOTES!
Manga Weekend will then send you a confirmation of your participation.
The final trade-off, will be the electoral run of blogs who are interested in hosting the next MOB – either Autumn-Winter or Spring-Summer. A follow up post with more details will be released on a later date.
[What’s your job then?]
Like the Olympics where a country regulates and runs the games, Manga Weekend are the hosts and will be playing dear old Athens. We will be conducting the opening ceremony and closing ceremony and will be moderating the entire event. It’ll be the responsibility of MW to create the atmosphere of a real Olympic manga blogging event, e.g. communicating and tweeting about the event. All voting processes will be carried out on MW.
There’s also the more media type of stuff such as interviews with winners and other news coverage of the events on the blog. We’ll also do stuff like putting in blurbs from blog posts for a specific event into one post which is linked back, and making up some official mini poster art dedicated to the event.
We’re also arranging for some pretty stuff for both winners and participants to keep;
1) A participating avatar/seal for all participating blogs to place on their blog.
2) A gold, silver, and bronze avatar/seal for respective winners of events, these can be used on winner’s blogs to show-off.
We will be revealing all these images in a separate post.
Hopefully, when this event is over, we can all look back at these banners and etc as memorabilia to the first Manga Olympics for Bloggers, Spring-Summer 2013. When the event is over, Manga Weekend(host) will be creating a page to commemorate the event.
[The most despised area but still extremely important]
[Rules and Regulations]
- Posts submitted to the event must be in English.
- Posts must be about manga – you may mention anime, but the main focus of your posts must revolve around manga.
Only one post per blogger for each category
- Respect your fellow bloggers (so no flaming, slandering or profanities. Be nice!)
- No offensive content is allowed, e.g. no racism etc.
- These rules simply apply to the post submissions entered into this event. So if your blog handles things/topics related to scanlations/adult material, this will not hinder your eligibility; just make sure the posts you submit to the event nods to these rules. This is to keep the competition more reader-friendly and we do not want to upset publishers.
- Don’t go blatantly mentioning your usage of scanlation groups, regardless of whether its licensed, copyrighted or otherwise. So please don’t mention things like “Chungky’s Bizarre Adventures has been scanlated and can be found here”. You can, however, discuss them in a detached manner if that’s an issue you want to tackle in a post.
- Do not try to make profit out of the event.
- Participating bloggers, please be tactful in approving comments.
In the case of any violation of the rules and regulations, we will not approve the post as a legitimate entry for competition. If there is any content that disregard the rules or regulations after we have approved the post, a warning will be sent to you to remove it. We are not planning to be Nazi Germany (OR ARE WE?), but do show your blogsmanship to make this an enjoyable event for all.
If you have any suggestions/advice don’t HESITATE to leave a comment or an email. I’m expecting us to periodically update this post if there are amendments and changes. A further confirmation post for the event with its participators will also be released. If you’re un-sure of anything, I highly recommend you ASK – leave us a comment or email. We have created a page dedicated to MOB, where you can submit an email ticket on the parent page and other sub-pages for rules and other information. These pages are on top of the blog.
So, tell your friends, parents, grandma, grandpa, enemies that a new brand of Olympics is going on and thank you!