Blog Design Madness


Tonight I’m sitting at my desk wishing that I didn’t have work to do so I could be on the couch watching college basketball. I know many readers are from various parts of the world, so if you’re not familiar with American sports, March Madness is a huge event for college basketball fans. There is a tournament involving 64 teams that takes about 3 weeks to determine the national champion.

You may be wondering what this has to do with web design, and quite honestly the answer is nothing, and that’s part of my problem (and something I’ll attempt to change). Since I’m stuck at the computer most of the time and I won’t be watching many of the games, I figured it would be fun to have a similar type of tournament here to coincide with March Madness. Since the games started today and I just now got the idea I’m a little late, but that’s ok, we have enough time.

Introducing Blog Design Madness:

(First of all, the name sucks, so if you have a better suggestion leave a comment.) We are going to have a tournament featuring 64 of the best blog designs that can be found anywhere. The tournament will work just like the NCAA basketball tournament, head-to-head matchups, single elimination, winner advances to the next round. I’ll seed all of the competitors into a bracket and then I’ll post the matchups with a poll for readers and visitors to vote. The poll will be set for a certain length (probably 24 hours) and the winner moves on.

I think this will be a fun way to get everyone’s opinion of which designs they like the best, and of course the competitors can encourage friends and readers to vote if they like. I’ve decided just to include blog designs because having a tournament of any type of website design would be too broad to work very well (blogs can be broad too, but I think it will work better).

So here is where I need your help. Off the top of my head I have about 20 blogs in mind to include in the tournament, but I need a lot of reader feedback to let me know which 64 blogs should be included. Please leave a comment and mention a few blogs that you like. Feel free to keep mentioning those that have already been mentioned by other commenters because that could help me with the seeding. You can certainly nominate your own blog, but I do ask that you identify it as your own in the comment.

It doesn’t matter what platform the blog runs on, and it doesn’t matter what the subject is (although anything objectionable will not be included). It can be a blog that was designed by the owner or one that was done by a professional designer. Obviously, free themes should not be included. But if moderate customizations have been made to the theme it can be included.

Thanks in advance for your help with nominating blogs and voting when the time comes!

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