As I woke this morning, I read an interesting blog post from MyBlogLog in which they have announced that they are running a Problogger contest. Part of the announcement reads

A few weeks ago we sat in our office and brainstormed on ways we could give our members a hand in their blogging efforts. We knocked all sorts of ideas around, the new blog-themed email signature being one of the ones that we chose, but our favorite idea was holding a contest that would 1-benefit everyone who participated and 2-give out a barrel-full of problogger-themed goodness.

::Robyn climbs up on her soapbox:: So, without further ado, I give you THE MYBLOGLOG PROBLOGGER CONTEST!

As expected, I was very excited with this news.But my excitement was short lived because a look at the rules of the contest indicates that

THE FOLLOWING CONTEST IS INTENDED FOR PLAY IN THE FIFTY UNITED STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (COLLECTIVELY, THE “ELIGIBILITY ZONE”) ONLY AND SHALL ONLY BE CONSTRUED AND EVALUATED ACCORDING TO UNITED STATES LAW. DO NOT ENTER THIS CONTEST IF YOU ARE NOT LOCATED IN, AND A LEGAL RESIDENT OF, THE ELIGIBILITY ZONE.


Did they really knock all sorts of ideas around? I do not think so! By limiting the eligibility zone to the US like this, MyBlogLog (MBL) has made a very serious mistake. They should have realized that the blogosphere is a zone in which we have folks from all over the world. Confining this Problogger Contest to US residents will not go down well with residents of other countries. MyBlogLog is, in essence, sending out a message that MBL rates US based bloggers more highly compared to bloggers based in other countries. Other blog social networking sites will capitalize on these segregative tactics from MBL. MBL should have borrowed a leaf from BlogCatalog who run their own all inclusive blogger competition a few months ago. Ironically, that competition was won by an India based blogger, Narendra.