After 45 days of voting and with 1,173 individual bloggers entering, The Big Blog Exchange has now announced its top 100 finalists. As one of the world’s largest blogging competitions in history, the success of the project has spread worldwide, appearing in global and local media.
100 bloggers from all around the globe will now be anticipating the 29th April, when the final 16 will be published on bigblogexchange.org at 7AM GMT.
An international jury will make the decision about which 16 bloggers will be simultaneously exchanging lives and blogs in June. Two of the bloggers will have the opportunity to get a wildcard regardless of the number of votes they have.
CEO of Hostelling International, Mikael Hansson says, “We have been overwhelmed by the number of bloggers getting involved in the project, and that we have been able to promote Hostelling International to around 170 countries in such a short time”.
He added, “It is going to be extremely difficult to whittle the top 100 down to our finalists. Seeing the online blogging community we have created come to life is amazing. We set out to re-ignite our mission of encouraging global interaction and this has been a real success so far”.
From bloggers who write about beating cancer, to those who blog about cupcakes, the project has generated 90,000 votes for individual bloggers, 26,000 Facebook likes and an audience of over 2,500,000 on Twitter, in just one month and a half.
The Big Blog Exchange website has gained over 164,000 visits in the short time it has been online and has been ranked as one of statshow.com’s top rising websites.
The 16 lucky winners will fly to their exchange destination on the 7th June for 10 days, simultaneously, immersing themselves in local culture whilst blogging live.