Announcing the Virginia Real Estate Blog Brawl (now with fabulous prizes)


The deal:

How good is your blog? Time to find out — it’s our second Real Estate Blog Brawl competition. This one’s just for Virginia REALTORS, and this one’s got some sweet prizes. Rest assured, there will be a bigger, badder version of our uber-popular national Real Estate Blog Brawl in March, so consider this Blog Brawl the prelims.

So, let’s talk prizes:

First place:

Second place:

Third and fourth place:

Thanks to the good folks at Inman for ponying up the registrations as bounty in support of the Blog Brawl. And by the way, they’ll be offering up a pretty hefty discount to Real Estate Connect NYC 2009 just for VAR members. Stay tuned for details.

Back to the brawl… Use the form at the end of this post to register your blog — or to nominate someone else’s (or, if you care to hop from IP address to IP address, several someone elses’). We’ll take the top nominees and create the Blog Brawl bracket in typical single-elimination tournament style.

Next month, we’ll hold up to six rounds of voting to determine who moves on to the next round, who goes home weeping, and ultimately the big winner. Being as this is the Blog Brawl, there are no rules. Competitors can use whatever means at their disposal to drive up their vote. Those REALTORS who engaged their current and former clients in the voting not only did well in the tourney, they also had a fun (and frequent) reason to contact their clients. You can also get your mama to vote for you.

So get to it. Nominate all of your favorite real estate blogs as many times as you want from as many IP addresses as you can by Friday, November 7 at 11:59 p.m. EST; just enter the URL into the form below.

Caveats: This Blog Brawl is open to Virginia Realtor bloggers only. (The national Real Estate Blog Brawl comes in March.) Multi-author blogs are permitted to join the brawl, provided that a majority of its authors are REALTORS. VARbuzz may exclude blogs from the brawl at its sole discretion. As the Blog Brawl sponsor, VARbuzz will not participate.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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22 Responses to Announcing the Virginia Real Estate Blog Brawl (now with fabulous prizes)

  1. Jay Thompson says:

    How totally cool! You need to change the rule to include bloggers born in Virginia… ;)

    “Being as this is the Blog Brawl, there are no rules. Competitors can use whatever means at their disposal to drive up their vote.”

    Note to Virginia bloggers, my vote can be bought.

  2. Brian Block says:

    Jay, feel free to send me your wishlist for your vote to be bought. However, more useful may be buying your influence in a “get out the vote” campaign for my blog. If all else fails, I may just want to purchase a 30 minute infomercial on!

    Glad to see another Blog Brawl and looking forward to reading and meeting some new faces in Virginia as well as hopefully seeing many familiar blogs in the Brawl!

  3. Tammy Winner says:

    Being this is a Virginia blog, is anybody familiar with Shenandoah University and the surrounding area. I have a potential job opportunity there, so I was just curious. Thanks and happy blogging.

  4. Monika says:

    Can I move to Virginia???? Oh wait…I like Jay’s idea! My vote can be bought…LOL!

  5. I want that flip cam so I nominated myself. HOWEVER, I was so excited that I typed the name wrong and there’s no way for me to delete it or correct it. Can anyone else fix it for me? Please email me if you can. Thanks! Once this is fixed, if you’re outside of VA, you can vote for me or give me a few tips to make it better. Thanks!

  6. Jennifer, I’ll take care of it for you.

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  8. Cindy Jones says:

    I’ll nominate Brian Block because he is begging for people to love him :-)

  9. Ritu says:

    Go Brian!!! I always enjoy reading your blogs on AR.

  10. Matt Fagioli says:

    Man, I wish NAMAR in Atlanta would do this!

  11. Ok, I’m just jealous that my own board doesn’t have something like this rolling around! This would be a blast and worth some serious trash talking around Ann Arbor.

  12. I’m with Todd Waller! Our board could never come up with something like this. What a fabulous way to get your REALTORS up there blogging!

  13. Mike Mueller says:

    I’ve just nominated the future winner. ;)

    I’ve been to a state that started with V before – does that count?

  14. Quality, Informative, Clear Winner is Brian Block’s Blog – Now to just get Brian to hand over the prizes to this southwest Chick…”what’s it gonna take B?”

  15. Bob Stewart says:

    I’m with Jay. My vote can be bought as well and for the right price I’ll even campaign for someone! :-)

  16. Tina Merritt says:

    I’m all for buying votes! Send me your wish lists and I’ll send you mine!

  17. Bob H says:

    Ok Ok Nobody paid for my vote..How come?

  18. Please “do not” vote for my blog.
    The stress of the race almost killed me last time!!!


  19. Unlike my esteemed colleague, Mr. Stewart, my vote was NOT paid for, nor the result of attempted bribery or illegal coercion. However, I will admit to being a sucker for a pretty face!

  20. Bob, Bob, Jay,
    As there ar famously “no rules” for this contest, I’m assuming that the $1000 travel budget could be used for, say, libations, at Inman? Just sayin’…


  21. I’m still waiting fo ideas for how to make my site better! Tina, how many cookies can I get for you?

  22. I almost got into real estate a few years back. This is a novel idea. Good for you.

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