Vote for America’s Top Blog

In the last few years, there have been various documentaries on blogging celebrities. But who, precisely, ought to be proclaimed a web star? After all, you can’t very easily buy or shill celebrity in the blogosphere; you have to earn it, post by post and link by link.

So the producers of a new documentary — The Weblog Project — have taken this logic to its extreme, by putting up a website at which anyone can vote on who ought to be the 20 top bloggers who’ll be interviewed in the doc. I’ll be intrigued to see if anyone tries to game the system!

But the project isn’t just about talking-head commentary from the Big Names. The meat of the documentary is apparently going to be short videos shot by bloggers worldwide, in their homes. Anyone can contribute, as the site urges:

We ask all the world bloggers to send us a short video (min. 30 seconds, max. 2 minutes). This can be a recording of the screen, a videoblog post, a clip shot with your videocamera, an interview, even just an audio clip if you feel more comfortable with an audio-only approach.

It sounds like fun, though I note that for their funding the producers also intend to appeal to the blogging community — and ask for donations. We’ll see how well that turns out, heh.

(Thanks to Mario for this one!)

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