I've been coordinating the BLOG BLITZ since March 2013 and during that span of time we have BLITZED approximately 83 targets and seen the team expand to 486 members. I feel that together we have brought an immeasurable amount of positive energy to the blogosphere and I am extremely proud of our accomplishments. However, it's not been without its detractors. Below is a sample of an email I received a couple months ago about the BLITZ.
I joined Blog Blitz on the off-chance that I'd get more exposure for my blog. I don't know how your random selection thing works but when there were 150-some blogs in rotation (when I joined) I knew that in the worst case scenario, my blog would come up "at random" sometime within 3 years (at the rate of 1 Blitz per week).
I'm dropping out because A) we don't Blitz every week so my blog will never receive exposure, and B) no one is going to nominate my blog because... no one reads it.
If I realized it was going to be an on-again, off-again popularity contest, I never would have signed up. If I can figure out how, I'll remove my blog from the line-up. I'm going to remove the "Blog Blitz button" from my site.
I occasionally receive other requests to be dropped from the BLITZ TEAM, but usually those members no longer have the time to spare to participate. The average BLITZ generates 90-120 comments, which is only 18-25% of the TEAM, and that concerns me. I recently had a friend audit the entire BLITZ TEAM list and we found almost 150 dead links.
The BLITZ was never intended as a way for members to draw traffic to their site, but rather a tool for focusing blogosphere energy for fun...and as it turns out...when its desperately needed. The person who wrote the above email must not have understood that. All you have to do is re-read my original POST introducing the BLITZ if you want to really understand my motives. This got me thinking about our low participation rate and why people added their name to the linky list in the first place.
So...today we are re-booting the Blog Blitz Team with a new Linky List and asking everyone who believes in the true purpose of the BLITZ to re-dedicate themselves by signing up again. The rules will remain the same. From time to time I will select a blog via a random selection or recommendation (must be another Blitz Team member) and a date. I will email the team members that information and on that date we all will go out of our way to visit that blog and leave an encouraging comment on their most recent post
My only restriction about who joins the Blog Blitz Team is that your blog cannot be primarily for commercial gain.