Sunday, May 31, 2009

Rockin' the BlogLuxe Vote: An Illustrated Guide


In case you're looking at this wondering WTF? you can get all the details and motivational speeches in this post. In a nutshell, Violence UnSilenced has been nominated for the BlogLuxe 2009 Most Inspiring Blog award. Voting has already opened and will run through July 6th. There are lots of good reasons for voting for VU and its contributors, but that's in the other post. this one is just the nuts and bolts of how to get around BlogLuxe. Which can a bit of a challenge.

Apparently the voting page at BlogLuxe was designed by a former employee of the Florida Board of Elections (Chad Something I believe he said his name was). Anyway, the point is that several people have emailed me saying they couldn't find the link when they got to the page. And it's really not the most intuitive path to take, which is why I've prepared this Handy Voting Guide. Together we will make your voice heard!

Step 1. Go to . (The link will open in a new window, so you can keep me here for guidance.)

Step 2. This is the part that seems to bite most folks. When the page loads, all it gives you is the list of categories. And until you click one of the category banners, you won't see any of the nominees. This is an improvement over the original page which opened with the "Cleanest Blog" category already selected and open. You might have assumed that this was where all the votes were cast, and not even seen the other categories. The one you want is in blue -- Most Inspiring Blog.

Step 3. Once the category is open, locate the button for Violence UnSilenced. This might be a little tricky too since sometimes the category takes you to the bottom of the list when it opens. As of this writing, VU is in the #2 spot -- so scroll back up until you find it. It'll look like the illustration below -- only hopefully with lots more votes.

Step 4. This is the easy part. From here on it's pretty intuitive, but if I'm gonna do this may as well do it right, na? Here's where you fill in a name (doesn't have to be your real name, but you should probably use the same one every time you vote. Just sayin'. This is Florida after all.) And fill in an email address so they an keep track of how many times you voted today. It has to be a valid email address. It should probably be your email address, but I don't think they're checking. (Just sayin'.) If you have more than one, vote them all. And your kids, your parents, your dog -- hey don't laugh -- whoever you have proxy for.

Step 5. If everything went according to plan, you should get a confirmation that says your vote was recorded. so click the OK button and feel good about what you've just done. Then repeat for each email address and remind yourself to come back tomorrow and do it all again!

And THANK YOU for your support!

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8 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

I did something right today. Wow. Time to turn out the lights and enjoy this exciting conclusion....And I will do right by this blog tomorrow and the next day, too.

Eaton Bennett said...

Done and dusted; for today. Tomorrow will hit the vote button again, several agains. :)

Smilingsal said...

Your picture of the yellow martin that some people call purple martin is a different entrant for BLUE MONDAY; however, with the blue sky ...

Shadow said...

okay, something keeps freezing, will try again later...

Pare said...

FYI the "vote" buttons won't appear. I don't know if this is a problem on my end only or if others are experiencing this too...?

Debbie said...

I managed to vote once, but I'm still having a problem with the vote buttons coming up. They just don't.

maryt/theteach said...

Been voting and voting... Today I saw we're up in the 8000+ range. Hope we win! :)

Leora said...

Because of your email, I voted.