Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Finals for Five for Fighting

Long Hot Summer
Welcome to the Dude Write results page for our fifth edition. We are honest here at Dude Write and want to be honest with you our readers and writers. It's summer and we dudes normally have a lot going on.  We've lawns to mow (crops to plant or harvest), we've got baseball games to watch, pools to clean, fishing to get done... the days may be longer, but we fill them up.

Summer sludge has set in a bit and we're looking for some jump start ideas.

As you all know we set out with the modest goal of boosting dude bloggers and encouraging writing by guys in general.  This week we had 28 unique voters.  Surprisingly, we had 14 lone gunmen. (How can they be alone if there are 14 of them?)  Well, what I mean by that is that 14 voters dropped in and voted for a single entry.  That makes us wonder, did they just show allegiance to their favorite blogger / blog and not read the rest?  Or did they only think they had 1 vote?

We'll make sure on our end that the we let our visitors know that they get three, on your side please let them know that you'd love for them to read at least 1 other blog (let's start small).  We'd love them to read all of the entries, but week in and week out... that's a tough call.

As we said, we are looking for your input on making Dude Write better.  Is the Friday-Tuesday too long?  Too short?  Would it be better not to straddle the weekend?  Normally traffic is lower on the weekend, but as a dude, I find it easier to catch up on my reading during the weekend.  Do we want longer to vote?  Tell me what works and what doesn't, leave a comment down below. Be sure to read other comments and comment on them as well.

And with that, we shall reveal the results.

Our latest inductee into the Diamond Club is Youngman Brown with his Penis (yeah, I wanted to write that).

Youngman didn't want to win, he gets a charge out of entering and getting readers.  He asked that I withdraw him from consideration.  He's humble like that. I will never break the voting process or cheat you of a rightful winner. Now, normally we exclude our entries for Chairman's Choice awards consideration, but the people have spoken.

In the spirit of his awesome post, I yell at the top of my lungs.... "WINNER!"

I'm glad that he won and on a week when I am writing the results page.  I'm a stickler for the rules and procedures and damnit, YOU voted for him.  We'll have the awesome benefit of allowing Dan another try at being an editor.

He can link up in the Diamond Club just like the rest of you.

It's becoming that we might have to rename the Platinum Card to the Who Woulda Thought card as Kevin has won another Platinum card and came dangerously close to Youngman's Penis. His post You're Not Man Enough about his varied demasculinization processes in the bathroom (WHOA) including Purple Towels (albeit not fluffy) and use of the loofa will leaving you laughing and wondering if you are man enough to like Britney Spears AND admit to it.

And our Gold Man Card goes to Daniel Nest of Nest Expressed for his post 11 Replies to Combat the Sexy Text which had some of us baffled by why we wouldn't want to know our spouse or girlfriend was waiting for us naked.

This week, there will be two Chairman's Choice awards. As is tradition, Dan from ShamefulPromotions as a new member of the Diamond Club got to choose a post from this week's selection.

Though Dan was our honorary Editor this week, due to a family emergency, he wasn't able to read all the posts. Though he liked the story of Daniel Morgan, we feel that in fairness to the other participants we can't really call that a "choice" Apologies to Michael, but he will likely agree.

We all wish Dan well in his emergency.

Your editors also had an opinion this week.

Youngman Brown said, "This week, my Chairman's Choice Man Card goes to Chiz for his post "Stupid Things Kids Do To Get High/Drunk."  While it fell into the category of "hilarious," as most of his posts do, this one was also informative... as I had no idea as to the incredibly stupid lows that today's youth will stoop in order to get high."

WilyGuy said, "This week, my Chairman's Choice Man Card goes to Brandon for his post Diary of a Deadbeat Dad (My Story). I was moved and not to Idaho at the power behind the story.  I wanted to send money like he was a TV Preacher.  I'm apparently a sucker for funny guys who can get serious."

In the category of the "Color Commentator" Man Card, which is awarded to someone who we spotted making a particularly exceptional comment on another dude's post.

This week's Man Card goes to Brandon.  I was having a hard time deciding on a comment I liked when I realized that they were both from Mr. Idaho (you da ho?)
For Youngman Brown he wrote: "Fantastic point. Just to break the awkward ice, I'm tempted to go to a public place (mall? church?) and randomly yell 'Penis.' Think 500 days of Summer, but in a heavily Mormon area."

And for Living in Kellie's World, he noted "I think women like Johnny Depp because they can exchange makeup tips with him. I mean, have you seen him in Pirates of the Caribbean? Even drag queens were going "oooh gurl, I think you overdid it..."

Congratulations to all of the new Man Card winners this week. If you didn't get yours this week, come back again on Friday and try again!

And don't forget to get writing for our first Flash Fiction Competition. Yes, you have less than half a month left.

Thanks for a great week!