As many of you know by now, I slightly altered the way the winner was determined this month for the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge. For the first eight Challenges, it was a simple popular vote–highest number of votes won. Pretty simple. This month, though, I decided to change it up a bit. There was still the popular vote, but an independent judge chose the winner from the top three in the popular vote.
Why change it up?
There were many thoughts that went into the change, but in the end, it was a desire to bring some objectivity as well as a professional eye to the Challenge.
That was the goal.
Our first judge was Kimberly Faye, one of the hosts of WineLife Radio. She is also a published author and an inspirational speaker. Kimberly took the task in front of her and really ran with it. Today, just a couple of days after pointing her to the web page that had the three finalists listed, she sent me a detailed two page write-up explaining her methodology as well as point-by-point analysis of the three finalists.
Here is the first part of her analysis:
- Narrative Arc – Does the story have a narrative arc (beginning, middle and end) theme consistent with the contest title
- Blog style – Does the blog follow ‘reachability’ standards in content and style
- Clarity and Cleanliness – Does the story flow with strong transitions from one paragraph to the next and is it free of errors
- Rules of Engagement – Does the blog follow #MWWC9 Rules
I scored each blog (after reading it several times) on a 4 out of 4 basis.