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Utah’s Top Bloggers

top modelsWho are Utah’s top bloggers?

That’s the question I’m asking you…the blog reading public.

Yes, this is a popularity contest, but I want to try and keep it fair.  So, while you’ll have your favorite, please make your vote based on these conditions:

How often does your favorite blogger update?

How good are their posts?

How well does this blogger develop a sense of community?

Once you’ve answered those questions, please vote for one of the following top blogger nominees.

Who are the nominees?

In no particular order, the nominees are:

Mainstream Media Blogs

Deseret News Blogs

Ogden Standard Examiner

Salt Lake Tribune

In a league of their own (good)

In a league of their own (bad)

Real Estate Blogs

Uncategorized Blogs

What was the selection criteria?

If I could find the site on a search engine or one of my other nominees linked to you and you had a recent update and some sense of community (comments) I included you.

Why was my site excluded?

I couldn’t find you or I did find you and your blog didn’t meet my criteria.  To those newspapers in St. George, Provo and Logan I did see your blogs.  They were crap and won’t be included.

Can I still be included?

Sure.  Send me your name and the URL by email and I’ll take a look.  You’ve got until October 10, 2009 to have a fair shot with the competition.  If I like your site and it meets the judging criteria, I’ll add you to the poll.

Where can I vote?

Right here.  This isn’t American Idol, so repeat votes by the same person won’t be counted.

I’ve been nominated for Utah’s top blogger, what do I do next?

Ummm, nothing…if you want to lose!  Tell everyone to come vote for you here!  You’ll be able to download a nifty graphic to promote your prestigious nomination in a couple days, so please come back.

I’ve been nominated for Utah’s top blogger, so what?

On Friday, October 2,  a pretty widespread press release is going to hit the media.  You may get some pretty cool exposure.  Plus, do you notice who you’re stacked against here?  There are some pretty important people who get a lot of traffic.  You might be able to get some yourself.

Is there a prize?

Traffic, inbound links and widespread admiration.  What do you want?  Money?  Maybe next year we’ll find a sponsor.

  1. October 1, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Just wanted to say only 4 (maybe 5) names were females. Out of 21. And In Utah, you want to talk about top bloggers and not mention mommy blogs Mormon Blogs, or even Mormon Mommy Blogs?

    I just find it all very expected and limiting.


    • seobyswaby
      October 1, 2009 at 1:02 pm

      Thanks for your comment. I would love to hear some nominations from you. They’re still open until the 10th. I am aware of the “mommy blog” genre and that’s one of the many reasons Heather Armstrong is on the list. She practically invented the genre.



    • November 1, 2009 at 6:31 pm

      Why do the Mommy blogs have to be Mormon? I consider Dooce a Mommy blog and she’s not (any more) Mormon. (note that I’m Mormon) I find that limiting as well. 🙂


      • seobyswaby
        November 2, 2009 at 10:03 am

        They don’t. Mormon mommy blogs are just a subset of the larger Mommy blog culture that Heather gave birth to. There are subsets of all faiths. I’m sure there are even athiest mommy bloggers…



  2. MMB
    October 12, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    There is an entire blog dedicated to Mormon Mommy Blogs. It’s a blog directory with over 1,500 blogs registered on it. I agree with MrsBroth– it should totally be on the list!


  3. October 15, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Um, yeah. You call yourself an SEO specialist and have completely left out the biggest now Utah blogger there is: Stephanie Nielson. Have you been under a rock?


    • seobyswaby
      October 15, 2009 at 9:03 pm

      That’s quite a touching story. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I’ll include her before the cutoff deadline tomorrow.


    • seobyswaby
      October 15, 2009 at 10:23 pm

      You know what, I have heard this story before. Thanks to this article, I remember people in the real estate blogging community in Arizona talking about her. They also succeeded in raising some funds. Thanks again for mentioning her.


  4. November 2, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Thanks for putting me on the list.

    Obviously you’re dialed into the blogs in your particular industry (which I think is great – do what you know best). I’d keep it at that and then run future contests in different verticals and let people nominate.

    Sort of like the Utah Social Media Awards do (I’ll be there): http://www.utahsocialmediaawards.info/

    I love how Mashable Awards are run – you can tweet your nomination. So it gets the word out about the awards each time someone nominates.

    Have you chosen the winners yet?

    Blog on everyone


    • seobyswaby
      November 2, 2009 at 10:02 am


      I wanted a Utah centric theme for this contest. Running contests for my vertical is a good idea as well. Even something like this took a lot of time writing press releases, updates and such. It’s not something I really want to be doing every week. We do have some winners of the contest. I didn’t choose them, the winners did. You were a finalist and I’ll be sending you an email later today.

      Thanks for checking back and for your good ideas.



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