Written by Robert Niles
Published: October 29, 2004 at 7:51 PM
For the past weeks, you've been reading Blog Flumes contributed by our team of five candidates, each vying to be named the next Blog Flume writer here on Theme Park Insider. Here's your chance to let me know what you think. Which candidate do you believe did the best job? Whose work would make you check back on Theme Park Insider several times a week to read new columns and comments?
To refresh your memory, here are the candidates:
So now, let's cast your vote! You can also submit a comment below, or e-mail me a private note about any of the candidates. If you do submit a public comment, please keep it positive -- talk about the candidate you liked best. I want to thank each of the candidates for sticking their necks out here, and don't want to see any of them slammed for taking a chance.
Voting is now closed.
Thanks, again, to all the candidates! Great job, guys; it'll be a tough decision!
What am I to assume here? No one much cares? They're all about the same? What do I need to do to make this a must-read column for people?
Again, feedback welcomed....
Robert, although it would not be prudent for me to say who I'd like to see writing the Blog Flume (I have a dog in the fight, so to speak), if you had a category for ABSOLUTELY NOT, I'd definitely pick one or two writers I think I'd vote ABSOLUTELY NOT. No names publicly, because politics is dirty enough.
However, in keeping with our election week theming, all I can say is, I ask for your vote. I'd love to take up where Kevin left off and keep everyone up-to-date on the goings-on with theme parks twice per week. Vote for me and I promise you higher taxes, fewer jobs, but a heckuva fun ride on the Blog Flume.
What can I say? I'm honest with my constituency.
I get much more enjoyment from commenting on stories and scoops than I get from trying to find them myself. Good luck to the other people in the running, may the best blogger win.
"Blogger." What an awesome word.)
These are the statistics for both rounds:
Joe Llorens : 31 comments
Kenny Hitt : 40 comments
Russell Meyer:38 comments
J. Dana: 46 comments
J. Franklin: 52 comments
Round one stats:
Round Two stats:
One thing you have to say about my articles, I do get the comments.
Robert, you can always decide who should write this column based on the number of comments.
Robert, since Dana and I have the most comments, how about a third round with only Dana and I writing an article? And see how many comments these new articles will generate.
Or better yet, how about 4 weeks where Dana and I will each supply an article and see who gets the most comments?
And then in December decide who writes this thing based on the total number of comments all six articles generated.
Hey Meyer, it's your turn to give us your two cents.
Also, Kevin Baxter, WHERE ARE YOUR TWO PENNIES?
I feel that it is important for a Blog Flume writer to be enthusiastic and well balanced (read: covering more than just articles about Disney). I feel that I have excelled in providing a balanced view of the theme park world by reporting on more than just the two or three major theme park chains.
While it may appear a thankless job, I enjoy staying informed, and in turn, providing the readers of TPI with the latest, best and most thorough theme park news on the web today. It may seem that to perform this job is to spend two hours before the deadline to do research on a couple of stories- the job is much more than that. It requires someone who is plugged into the goings-on in the theme park universe.
I believe that I am "the right writer, for the right website, at the right time"!
And it is tough to judge a writer on either of those criteria, given that each had just two columns to write, on very different news days. J. Dana's first column came on a day when news broke of a death at Universal Studios Florida. Obviously, that story will generate quite a bit of interest and comment on the site. But other days, with less happening, provide less material to work with.
What I want to see is who, in their two columns, did the most with the material they had to work with for those two days? Who wrote with strong command of the language, clear formatting, sound insight and an interesting voice?
*Those* are the criteria for selecting our next writer.
Joking aside, a helluva lot of it just comes down to the stories that you get on your day. The Mummy death incident would have provoked a large number of comments no matter who had covered it, although I think J did well in increasing interest in that one.
This kind of stance also served to stir up emotions--and stirred-up emotions generate comments and converstation! TPI is a reliable news source, a great service for safety and accident information and, as important as all these things, a tight community of theme park fans and experts. Communication is a key not just in socializing, but exchanging ideas and viewpoint--maybe getting people to see things in a different light.
I think all the Persister contestants made a great effort. There's room for improvement for everyone, and a need to settle on a blogging style that is consistant and easy to follow. Sadly, we can only choose one writer to fill Kev's shoes. I've placed my vote. Best of luck to you all.
Thanks, again, to all five candidates, and to everyone who commented and voted!
I want to thank everyone for the nice comments, but I have to say the biggest compliment is that so many of you vied for my job in an even more thankless manner than writing the Flume usually was. It's nice to know that a job that was often a chore for me apparently didn't come off that way. I hope the winner can not only keep the Flume interesting for TPI visitors, but interesting to write also. I lasted two years. Can we get two more from my replacement?
I feel the best writer for the Blog Flume is Kevin Baxter.