The $500 Prize Package

Posted on: April 23, 2005 7:09 PM

The Ultimate Blogger will receive:

(Note: I think the prize package is actually over $500, but that's just such a good round number.)

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This is pretty awesome!

Posted by: zachary reno at April 24, 2005 5:09 PM

Applied! Sweet!

Posted by: Andy Thompson at April 24, 2005 8:04 PM

It's on.

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 25, 2005 1:35 PM

Dude. I am so there.

Posted by: michaelsean at April 25, 2005 5:46 PM

Very Challanging Contest.


Posted by: paavan solanki at April 26, 2005 1:44 AM

Not to be a pendantic ass, but your application states a deadline of 4/29 at 8pm PST. Should that infact be PDT (Pacific Daylight Savings Time)? I tend to wait until the last minute, so this could be important {grin}.

Posted by: Jason Clark at April 26, 2005 5:12 AM

Is there anything in the rules about disqualifying anyone who uses the word "dude"? Should there be? (I didn't use it, I just quoted it. Really.)

Posted by: Dave Goodman at April 26, 2005 9:30 AM

Is this a PDX only thing, or can anyone play? I know some people in Canada who might be interested, for example...

Posted by: Jos at April 26, 2005 10:03 AM

This is open to EVERYONE! We've had an application from Iran, and one from a dog. It's going to be hard to narrow it down to 12.

If 'The Big Lewbowski' taught us anything, it's that "dude" is okay.

Posted by: Mikey at April 26, 2005 10:29 AM

is it against any rules to fill out multiple applications?

Posted by: Dude at April 26, 2005 12:05 PM

Dude, dude!

Posted by: Dave Goodman at April 26, 2005 2:54 PM

Are we required to send in a picture? And if so, will it be displayed anywhere? There are some incredibly good reasons why I don't want my picture displayed online.

Posted by: echomikeromeo at April 26, 2005 10:21 PM

Not many parts of the application are locked in, but name and picture are required. We plan on doing visual things that require a picture.

Posted by: Mikey at April 26, 2005 10:31 PM

Yeah, I was bothered by the photo posting thing too. If you're worried about violating the Prime Directive, just send in the photo of some human and nobody will know the difference. That's what I did. ;)

Posted by: Dave Goodman at April 26, 2005 11:29 PM

Very clever Dave... very clever!

Posted by: Mikey at April 27, 2005 1:52 PM

What's the criteria for judging? Most professional? Most informative? Most funny? Most popular?

Posted by: Slippers at April 27, 2005 7:24 PM

The criteria for judging will be a little different for each challenge/task/blog assignment. Depending on the subject we'll have some "experts" who help us decide which is the best. In a very general sense, we're looking for "good" blogging, which I think is informative, funny, creative, and engaging. We're looking for high quality blog posts.

Posted by: Mikey at April 28, 2005 10:03 AM

Yeah, I sent in a picture of some other person who isn't me. That's exactly what I did. 'cause of, you know, that whole privacy thing.

(Dammit, dammit, dammit, dammit!)

Um, does profanity get us disqualified?

Posted by: Rena at April 28, 2005 12:07 PM

I don't know what "whole privacy thing" you mean. It's just a picture of you. A lot of people have pictures of themselves, just look at flickr.

Real pictures are important, it allows the audience to see the bloggers and identify with them.

Posted by: Mikey at April 28, 2005 12:25 PM

I used a real picture of me, but I'm not so sure about that identification bit. In Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics he describes how it's often better to make the features less specific, making it easier for the reader to identify with the character. Pictures let you identify someone, but that's not the same as identifying with them. I don't think my personality is written on my face that well. Maybe if I dressed up like a Borg clown. That's pretty much me. Gadgets and humor and philosophy. Well, that and my plan to assimilate you all.

Posted by: Dave Goodman at April 28, 2005 3:28 PM

The "whole privacy thing" I was a reference to echomikeromeo's post. I was joking. I actually did send in a real picture of me. It must be me, because I don't have any friends who look like that, and it's pretty clearly not a picture stolen off of Alyssa Milano's website. (That was a joke, too. Unfortunately, I don't look a damn thing like Alyssa Milano, except that we're both human and female.)

Posted by: Rena at April 28, 2005 6:05 PM

Wait a sec... so who sent in the Alyssa Milano pic!!??!

Posted by: Mikey at April 28, 2005 7:26 PM

Oh you people... This thread is one of the funniest things I've read all day. The privacy thing? Are you kidding me? If you wanna live in a shell, that's your business, just don't enter the Ultimate Blogger contest. If you've been paying attention, it's kind of about being brave and putting your heart, soul, and yes, picture online. Plus, the most important reason you should not enter, is that I, Joel Bechtolt, will school you. Then again, maybe there is something fascinating about someone who is afraid to post their picture. Are you wanted for something, are you not photogenic? Oh you people... I have so many questions...
Love Always,

Posted by: Joel Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 8:56 AM

Oh my,
I just listened to the "podcast", and I have to thank you guys, it worked way better than Ambien and/ or alcohol. One question, isn't "reality blog" sort of a retarded term? Is there anything other than a "reality blog"? I thought the whole idea of a blog was to open a little window into your little unimportant life. Hmmm. Maybe I'm missing some hidden point. Anyway, terrible interview guys, I'm totally disappointed. I'm gonna go listen to Howard Stern now in the shower and try to wash off the smelly stuff that came into my ears via that horrible podcast.

Always Real,
Joel Conrad Bechtolt

PS: If any of you ever call my brother Jona "Paula Abdul" again, we is gonna have some problems, you and me. Consider yourself warned.

Posted by: Joel Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 9:48 AM

Joel, we called him Paula Abdul in a NICE way...

Posted by: Mikey at April 29, 2005 9:51 AM

Yo Mikey!

I totally get it, goofball. But here's a question? With the way she's been acting on American Idol lately, is there ever a nice way to call someone "Paula Abdul"? Just a thought...

Joel Bechtolt
Cold Hearted Snake

Posted by: Joel Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 11:13 AM

hmmm...Joel....interesting tactics. Controversy, huh? Ripping the judges before the game even starts to try to show that you will be entertaining and wacky....hmmm...i don't know, man.

Posted by: Steve Schroeder at April 29, 2005 12:37 PM

joel is very, very right.

and the judges know that i'm willing to "lay" it all on the line. they know what i'm talking about.

Posted by: kirsten at April 29, 2005 1:07 PM

Oh boy,
I just had a long talk with Jona, my brother. What he said was this: 1: Be nicer to the judges. 2: Save your inflammatory remarks for the other contestants 3: Being a dick to the judges will get you nowhere. Here's the the thing, first and foremost, I have nothing but the upmost respect for Steve, Mikey, and Jona. I am not trying to diss anyone, nor be the instigator of some sort of goofy flamefest on this, or any other thread. I'm sure it'll be as you said "entertaining and wacky" with or without my participation. I just misunderstood you cats when you were talking on what might have been the lamest podcast ever. I thought this was a real reality type show where all bets were off, and no holds were barred. I am easily confused. By no means did I ever intend to offend or disparage anyone associated with the Ulitimate Blogger contest, or those attempting to promote it. Steve, you're cool in my book and from what I'm to understand, your hip hop collection is bar none. I dig that. You guys will make the right choices for the twelve contestants, and whether or not I am chosen, I will watch the whole damn thing. Great idea for a contest, stay true to the game.

Joel Conrad Bechtolt

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 1:12 PM

BTW: I see no difference between fellow contestants, judges, or producers. People are people so why should it be, that you and I should get along so awfully? There is no room in my world, or any world for that matter, for reverence. No person is off limits from reality. Your need for safety is your own. Own it and don't be uptight. Isn't this what you kids wanted with this contest? A reality contest? C'mon guys, buck up, get a helmet! I am the ultimate blogger. Pick me for the twelve or ban my IP forever.

Either way I remain yours,

Joel Conrad Bechtolt

PS: I remember Mikey, he had this funny as all get out idea where he was asking rich folks to sponsor him to "make art" on a commission basis. Damn, that was genius. Did it work, Mikey? I gotta know, Peace to all y'all.

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 1:40 PM

I'm just interested in your approach, Joel.

Would your rip Mark Burnett when applying for his shows?

You are getting so Puck on us.

Posted by: Steve Schroeder at April 29, 2005 1:42 PM

To answer your question, yes, I would rip on Mark Burnett, if it was warranted. To comment on your comment, from what I understand, Puck, from The Real World, went for shock value, and had B. O. I am going for honesty, and wear deoderant and Dolce and Gabbana cologne. So no, I am no "Puck", but I appreciate your response.

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 1:47 PM

Dear Puck,

Regarding your repeated shit-talking of that nice guy's podcast: I invite you make something, anything, that is even remotely good and then, maybe, I will respect your obnoxiously inappropriate public commentary on it. Remember, countless Photoshop filters and horribly tacky modeling are BAD things.

Maybe you should apply for something like the Real World instead.. the Real World in 1992.

BURN. Hertz Donut?

Posted by: FLAME THROWER at April 29, 2005 1:48 PM

Dear "Flame Thrower",
First off, you are totally right. And if I'm not mistaken, you are speaking under a moniker that is not your own. If what I am understanding you to be saying is true, you saw my picture that I have submitted, which means you are "in on the contest" due to the fact that no pictures have been posted, so obviously you are prievey to photos only available to those responsible for this contest. Yes, in the picture submitted I used bad photoshop filters for the framinh effect. Here's the real question: Where's your photo? I would like to challenge you to an internet poll to see who is better looking, you, or me with my bad filters? We are talking about photos, right? Next point: Shit talking? Cmon, pal. There has been no shit from this keyboard, put your money where your face is, silly... BTW: What's your real name,and why the silly handle?

Love ,
Joel Conrad Bechtolt

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 2:05 PM

I'm not sure if the guy you are reffering to is nice or not, I just called his podcast "lame". Is that true? Does the fact that a guy is nice mean that his podcast is good or not? I question your logic "FLAME THROWER", as if that's your real name. My name is Joel Conrad Bechtolt. I live at 3615 SE Hawthorne. My phone number is 971-227-0769. Hit me up anytime. Can you say the same?

Love Always,
Joel Conrad Bechtolt

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 2:10 PM

"FLAME THROWER" I do, however apprecicate the challenge to create something better that the podcast that almost put me in a coma this morning. I will get to work on it right away.

Love Joel

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 2:16 PM

OK Kids reading this goofy 'thread', "FLAME THROWER" is really my brother Jona, whom I love. So I was right, I called my shot. Love you, Jana, have a safe trip to S.F. I get it, so there IS inside silliness involved with this contest, it is rigged! I knew it.

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 2:25 PM

All of a sudden no one's got anything to say...

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 2:33 PM

Joel 1, other Ultimate Blogger contestants, 0.

Out like Puck,
Joel Conrad Bechtolt

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 2:35 PM

i'd just like to say, that the only thing i agree with joel about is that i personally believe that the purpose of blogging is to reveal truth. it's a medium through which the average joe or jane can express his or her feelings and perspective on life.

for example, this is one of the best blogs i've come across in eons: -- mostly because it sheds light on a phenomenon that those of us who may be in a long term committed relationship may have to deal with: the long term illness of a partner.

just sayin'. so, if you can't stand by your words, what can you stand by? it's about self-integrity, man.

Posted by: kirsten at April 29, 2005 2:36 PM

p.s. hey, joel, maybe if we don't get selected, we can go form our own little alliance?

Posted by: kirsten at April 29, 2005 2:37 PM

absolutely. you're right on. about it all.

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at April 29, 2005 2:39 PM

I'd just like to say thanks to the ultimate blogger boys, whatever the outcome! The contest sounded like so much fun that it inspired me to put down the notebook and start a blog at long last. I'm off to shop for domains. Cheers, guys.

Posted by: courtney at April 30, 2005 1:14 AM

Loved your website, Courtney. A very clean, responsive and attractive design. (Kinda how I like my dates.)

Posted by: Dave Goodman at April 30, 2005 10:49 AM

Oooh, some Ultimate Blogger comments dating action?? Love.

Posted by: freddy at April 30, 2005 11:45 AM

I mean, love it.

It's early, I can't type. Coffee.....

Posted by: freddy at April 30, 2005 11:47 AM

Your cat looks kinda like mine, Freddy (except for the plastic lizard on her head).

Posted by: Dave Goodman at April 30, 2005 1:17 PM

The contest hasn't even started yet, and people are already choosing their friends and enemies.


Must be a new reality show record.

Posted by: grimsb at April 30, 2005 1:20 PM