Now, they stopped letting me comment back in December, shorty after this article. This close-minded attitude is seen a lot with Big Boy sites as they outgrow the need for visitors, and any concerns those folks may have. You will never find that problem here, but you'll also find few comments.
I want money when I write, not some ticket to a conference. And hopping on a plane to Denver sounds like more of a hassle than a prize to me.
"But Seth Godin's gonna be there!"
Wow, I'm so excited I just shit.
Well, it looks like I won’t have to worry about winning those amazing prizes, because my work wasn’t good enough for them. Here are the winners.
I also have a feeling that they may never have received my document, as they decided to use Google Docs for uploads, something many complained about by asking “have you received my entry yet?” (I’d tell you to check the comments but they love to close posts over there).
Let me tell you a secret folks – anyone can write this shit. You don’t need to pay sites like Copyblogger hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month to put up this kind of writing. I have a feeling you could do it if you’d only try.
(Hint: Talking like a small-town sheriff will help!)
So I might have lost the contest but I sure won the hearts and minds of their visitors and users. In the past 2 weeks, since I’ve challenged them on this silly contest, my site has gotten about 650 backlinks from Copyblogger. Seems at least some people over there want to look at what this crazy guy who’s not too impressed by them has to say.
Well, I’m done bitching for now, and here’s my losing entry. It’s called:
Why You’re Not An Authority
So how did they become authorities while you continue to languish in obscurity? Probably because they talked about things they didn’t know, had nothing new to say, and didn’t find the time. Can you do that?
You’re a Know-it-All
Many people became authorities by talking about things they don’t know. This often leads to embarrassment, and nothing spurs you to learn exactly what you got wrong than being a little red in the face.
So roll up your sleeves, hit the books, and do the tough research. You’ll finally begin doing better and sounding a little more authoritative. That’s how authority is made. So how often are you getting it wrong? I do it a lot, and that’s why I know I’m well on my way to becoming an authority.
You’re a Broken Record
Can you say 10 new things? How about 5? I can’t. That’s why I routinely take my cues from others. I am good at rehashing what others say and putting a different spin on the same old message. And my website traffic inches upward as a result.
You’ve Got No Time
Take a look at the clock. Chances are you’re trying to find time. Authorities don’t find time, they make it. Take a look at that clock again. Can you make time where there is none? Hey, welcome to the club!