It is time for our yearly appointment with Top Language Lovers (TLL). The competition took place in 2008 for the first time with the objective to find the 100 best blogs related to languages. TLL has grown a lot and the edition of last year gathered 1,276 nominees and 55,364 votes.
Top Language Lovers are:
- Language Learning Blogs: blogs about the language learning process, both from the learners and teachers perspectives.
- Language Professionals Blogs: blogs by people using languages in their profession, such as translators or interpreters.
- Language Facebook Pages: Facebook Pages related to language topics, such as dictionaries, translation tools, language lovers communities and more.
- Language Twitter Accounts: Twitterers who share content about languages.
- Language YouTube Channels: Youtubers who vlog about languages.
THE STEPS OF THE COMPETITION
The competition is divided into three phases: nominations, voting, and results.
Nominations (May 7th – May 24th, 23:59 pm CET)
Nominate your favourite language lovers here! All blogs from last year that are still active will be automatically nominated, as well as suggestions we have received since then. We will contact all bloggers, Facebook page administrators, Twitterers and YouTubers who are nominated to let them know about the nomination. You can nominate max. 1 blog, 1 Facebook page, 1 Twitter account and YouTube channel per person/company (so max. 4 in total). This means you can run in different categories at the same time. If you have several blogs, Facebook pages or Twitter accounts, you need to choose one – i.e. you can present only a nomination within the same category. The official end for nominations is May 24th. However, we will stop considering suggestions after 1,000 nominations per category.
Voting (May 26th – June 14th, 23:59 pm CET)
We will prepare a list of the 100 best nominated language lovers per category to be submitted for voting. On May 26th, we will publish the voting lists of the top 100 for each category. If your blog, Facebook page, Twitter account, YouTube channel is on the voting list, you can ask your readers, friends and family to mind to vote for you. All the participants will be provided with a voting button before the voting phase starts, for them to embed on their sites.
Ranking & Results (June 15th – June 17th)
This will be a very busy period for us! We will check all the votes for frauds and, if necessary, adjust the number of votes. All the competitors will be ranked based on user votes (50%) and the Lexiophiles ranking criteria (50%, see below for more details). We will then compile the top 100 overall language lovers list and the top 25 list for each of the five categories. The results will be published on June 17th. Each participant will be contacted and informed about the outcome of the competition and the winners will receive the following fantastic prizes, courtesy of our sister site OxfordDictionaries.com.
What are the prizes?
The winners will receive the following fantastic prizes, courtesy of our sister site OxfordDictionaries.com:
#1 Language Lover: one-year subscription to Oxford Dictionaries, a Kindle Voyage & a selection of 10 VSI books
#2 Language Lover: one-year subscription to Oxford Dictionaries & a Kindle
#3 Language Lover: one-year subscription to Oxford Dictionaries & a selection of 10 VSI books
What are the Lexiophiles ranking criteria?
Each competitor will be evaluated and ranked by our staff. Even though we know that no ranking system is 100% accurate and always somewhat subjective, we feel that the following criteria give a good overall view of how good a blog, Facebook page, Twitter account, or YouTube channel is.
Learning & Professional Blogs: We look for authored and original content, considering the depth of postings, the incorporation of multimedia (such as videos, pictures, slideshows, etc.) and meaningful linking (e.g. in-depth information for further reading, background information, interesting opinions on a subject, etc.). Interaction is also very important, i.e. sharing information and getting other people involved. The most observable feature is comments, but it doesn’t stop there: can users contact the blogger via a contact page, Facebook or similar? We also take into consideration the regularity and frequency of updating, and, finally, the overall appearance of the blog.
Facebook Pages: We look for originality and diversity of content. Good interaction means there are discussions with comments from users and answers to them. We will take into consideration the regularity of posting and the fan base of the page.
Twitter accounts: We will take into consideration the relevance of the shared information, the diversity of content, the use of hashtags and links. Another important factor will be the influence of the Twitterer, i.e. whether the content posted is also retweeted and the account is recommended by other Twitterers.
YouTube channels: We look for regularly updated vlogs which have good quality content, relevant and exclusive. We also take into account whether the content is presented in a pleasant and attractive way. Other important factors include the number of views of the videos, how many subscribers the channel has and the discussion activity.
I am nominated. Why can I not find my blog/Facebook page/Twitter account/YouTube channel on the voting list?
This might be the case due to one of the following reasons:
- Your blog/Facebook page/Twitter account/YouTube channel didn’t get to the Top 100 of its category.
- You already have another blog/Facebook page/Twitter account/YouTube channel nominated for the competition.
- We received more than one thousand nominations for the category you fit into (after which we stop considering new suggestions).
What about the results?
The results of the Top 100 Language Lovers 2015 competition will be published on bab.la on June 17th to reach the biggest audience possible. We will publish an overall Top 100 list and a Top 25 list for each of the five categories (see above).
My blog/Facebook page/Twitter account/YouTube channel is in the wrong category
If your blog was nominated but runs in the wrong category, please let us know as soon as possible. Once the Top 100 has been established, we cannot change your blog from a category to another.
Where can I find the voting button?
Every blog/Facebook Page/Twitterer/YouTuber who has made it to the Voting phase will receive a voting button to let their readers vote for them. You will receive it by email when the voting phase starts. If you did not, check your spam folder. If you did not receive any email, it is possible that we were not able to find an email to contact you. Please email us and we will forward you the relevant code to embed on your page.
Can I vote for my own site?
Many of you have asked if you can vote for your own site. The answer to this question is YES!
How many times can you vote for one site?
You can vote for one candidate per category. If you vote several times, these will be deleted when we check for fraudulent votes at the end of the competition.
If you have further questions about TLL, you can drop an email at the following email address: benedetta[at]bab[dot]la. Finally, the official hashtag for the competition is #tll15.
Good luck to all the participants!