First Annual Blogging All-Star Challenge

Some people have said that Ricky Anderson and I are twins because we think so much alike. Other people have said that it’s more like distant cousins. The truth is that we aren’t related. What we do have in common is that we both blog and love reading blogs. That love has led to a conversation. Sports teams have All-Star Games, so why can’t bloggers. The following is the First Annual All-Star Blogging Challenge.  Two teams. Team Ricky vs. Team Rob. Five bloggers each. You get to vote on which team you think is the best. The truth is that it’s just a fun way to feature some of our favorite bloggers. Enjoy.
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Team Ricky – The Team Most Likely to Communicate Back With You Compared to the Competition (TTMLTCBWYCTTC)

Matt Cannon – Matt is unstoppable. He has 5 kids, a wife and two jobs, yet he blogs every weekday without fail, and replies to every comment before the commenter can even finish thinking the comment. He’s not human, but he is funny…and a pastor who uses each post to teach a bit about Jesus. If you don’t vote for Team Ricky, you hate kids. And Jesus. And you probably kick puppies.

Knox McCoy – Knox, Knox. Who’s there? One of the best bloggers out there. Today, I reveal the Internet’s biggest secret: Knox is the secret love child of Tyler Stanton and Jon Acuff. He writes with Tyler’s wit and Jon’s gift of word structure and clarity. This guy will hit it big; it’s only a matter of time. A vote for Team Ricky today is a vote for the Internet of tomorrow.

Tyler Tarver – Tyler is truly original. He’s afflicted with focused ADD. Although he loves the Earth, there’s nothing recycled about him. He’s funny in print, video and origami. And he raps. It’s like a gift.

Leanne Shirtliffe – Radio. TV. Newspapers. Asia. The Internet. Leanne’s everywhere. In her spare time, she’s a middle school teacher and mother of twins (she had two to save time and money on birthday parties). Did I mention she’s Canadian? A vote for Team Ricky is a vote for gender equality and world peace.

Scott Moore – Scott Moore is one of the most kind and funny guys I know. He nails every post with deadpan clarity and/or hilarious Microsoft Paint illustrations. He’s one of my personal writing heroes, and that list includes Dave Barry and Patrick F. McManus. The best part about Scott is he doesn’t actually think he’s funny. His goal isn’t to impress you, yet that’s what happens…every time.

Team Ricky is the Dream Team of bloggers. They’ll make you laugh. They’ll make you think. They aren’t confined to any topic or medium. They’re not world-famous; they’re just awesome..and they’ll write you back.

If you love Jesus…

If you love kids…

If you love the Internet…

If you love equality and peace…

If you love socks…

You’ll love Team Ricky.

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Team Rob – There is a good chance the Internet will shut down due to the sheer magnitude of awesomeness that is Team Rob.

Jon Acuff – Jon’s blog, Stuff Christians Like, is read by, I would say, a billion people. He’s funny, challenging and insightful. Jesus Jukes, Deep V-Neck Syndrome, and Side Hugs are just a few of his famous blogs. He’s pretty much the Michael Jordan of blogging.

Scott Williams – Scott Williams is the inventor of the virtual fist bump on Twitter. His blog will challenge you to Dream Big and to Think Bigger. If you are a pastor, leader, or just a human being you will enjoy his blog.

Bryan Allain – If Jon Accuff and Tyler Stanton produced a kid it would be Bryan Allain. He lives in Amish country so I’m not sure how he has power to use a computer. He’s gut busting funny.

Tyler Stanton – People falling, men getting hit in the crotch, and Tyler Stanton. What do they have in common? They are all things that are guaranteed to make a human being laugh. His blog was one of the first that I started reading. He inspired me to (attempt) to be funny on my blog.

Steven Furtick – Passionate. Audaciousness. Jump all over your toes. That’s how I would describe Steven Furtick’s blog. He has a unique take on this world. His writing makes me want to be a better Christ Follower.

Team Rob is the Ocean 11 of bloggers. Have you seen Oceans 11? How did they get that many big movie stars into one movie? Whether you are looking for humor, passion, leadership, or just some random fun this team brings the heat. Vote team Rob and God will bless your children’s children. Vote team Ricky and Rob will put a curse on you where all your babies will be born bald and naked.

Vote for which team is the overall best. Oh and what Blogging All-Star got snubbed?


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Rob Shepherd

I am the full-time husband of a wonderful woman! I love being married! We are proud parents to twins, Hayden and Reese. In my spare time I am the pastor of Next Level Church. I have a relationship with God and it is an adventure. Oh and I wrote a book. It's called Even If You Were Perfect Someone Would Crucify You.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Wes did an awesome job on the artwork!

    I don't like the idea of 'who got snubbed'. You, the basketball fan, limited us to 5 apiece.

    Other bloggers I love, but did not mean to snub, include Joseph Robinson, Some Guy, Sharideth Smith, David Robbins, Rick Knowles, Burrill Strong, Jared Clifton, Kevin Keigley, etc.

    When you told me there was a joke we duplicated, I thought, "There's no way he used the secret love child one."

    Boy, was I wrong! But I guess that does mean we think alike.

    Game on, Shepherd!

  • seekingpastor

    Those voting for Team Ricky receive a virutal fist bump and one of my children–you pick!

  • tylertarver

    I'm so excited to be here, it's like that time I went to that party and everyone was hanging out and kissing and I threw up. So awesome. 

  • Scott Moore

    I feel very undeserving to be in such esteemed company. I'm not really sure what esteemed company means but it sounds pleasant so I went with it.

    Also, this makes 4 comments…all Team Ricky. 

  • Burrill Strong

    I'm shocked — shocked! — the Team Ricky "If you love…" section didn't include pancakes.  (Shocked!)

    Anyway, I like you both.  I really do.  But I'm Team Ricky because he made me embarrass myself by writing a guest post.*  Is that a form of Stockholm Syndrome?  Ah, who cares.  I'm late for my appointment to get my TEAM RICKY 4EVER tattoo, anyway.

    *In retrospect, I feel confident in saying it's still the greatest guest post in the entire history of guest posts written by people named Burrill.  Ever.  Ever ever.

  • seekingpastor

    Thank you for your vote. I'm think about getting the same tattoo to go along with the one across my stomach that says "Krispy Kreme 4 Life."

  • Ricky Anderson

    Embarrass yourself?!? That was the best guest post in the entire history of guest posts written by people named Burrill.  Ever.  Ever ever.

  • gabriellaheidi

    This is awesome! Hilarious descriptions and art at the top!  🙂

  • Russ Ray

    Ehhh… I bet you love your kids, so I'll take the fist bump.

  • Immodiumabuser.com

    It's hard when you stack a team with Knox McCoy and Tyler Tarver. It'slike mental illness overload, but always get the votes!!!the only way to describe them with some semblance of accuracy would be to compare them to a slurpee brain freeze. I mean that in the best possible way – you like it but have to wait until your head stops hurting for another serving.

  • seekingpastor

    Your assumption may be faulty 🙂

  • seekingpastor

    I like the art, too. It makes me look muscular. And like I have 2 distinct eyebrows.

  • Jason Wert

    I love Mr. Allain and Mr. Acuff and Mr. Williams and Mr. Stanton.  But…I can't vote for that full slate.  Threw a vote in for team Ricky.

  • Cindy Holman

    I think I'm going for Team Ricky – only because I follow and know more of the ones on that team 🙂

  • Dave Hearn

    Great idea for the All-Star Competition.   I follow more of team Rob, so I'll vote for them.  But I'm going to check out the blogs on Team Ricky… so your marketing worked on me…

  • seekingpastor

    Attaboy Jason. Underdogs unite!

  • seekingpastor

    Cindy, you are a fantastic woman with great taste.

  • Sharideth

    threw in a vote for team ricky.  why?  because at least a couple of those guys have done guest posts for me.

    you hear that acuff and stanton?  burn!

  • torcon1

    Can I vote for one team, but pray that the other team wins???

  • monshep

    Great idea & fantastic artwork! Team Jacob though….voted for Rob's team here.

  • Rob Shepherd

    That depends on what team you vote for. If it's mine then yes. If it's Ricky's then no but I'll still take the prayers.

  • Ricky Anderson

    As long as you vote for Team Ricky, this is allowable. We thank you in advance, and may your children be many and/or few, as would meet your desires.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Score. Maybe it's because of my last name but your blog name is amazing!

  • Rob Shepherd

    Is it rude to boo? Booo. I kid, I kid. Hey it's not too late to find another computer and put down a vote for Team Rob.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Love that analogy. I just wish you had one for team Rob.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Thanks! The amazing Wes at wesdraws.com did it. He's a ninja artist.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Does that mean you will vote for Team Rob?

  • Rob Shepherd

    Game on indeed.

  • Leanne (Ironic Mom)

    Go Team Ricky! And Ode to Wes on that art. Wow. And Rob for hosting. Did I leave anyone out?

    I've got a post going up on Ironic Mom linking to this in a few hours…

  • Daniel Carman

    O.K.,  I don't know any of the people on either side. That said, I will hold back my vote for whomever offers me the biggest bribe. I am not being subtle here. If you want my vote, you had better pony up the dough.

  • Cindy Holman

    Sorry Rob – I don't know anyone on your team 🙁

  • Liz McLennan (Bellymonster)

    Am a Canuck, blogging Mama. Of COURSE I voted from Team Ricky – Leanne's the best there is, anywhere. Seriously, eh?

  • tylertarver

    Obviously. HAHAHAHAHHAHAHA GET IT? WHY AM I YELLING? OH SORry I was watching SIgns and it got scary. 

  • Dave Hearn

    Thanks Rob… it's how I try and live my life: As a warrior and a shepherd.  It might sound like a contradiction, but it can be done!

  • Rob Shepherd

    Thanks for stopping by. Leanne's blog is great!

  • Rob Shepherd

    Okay, how about you vote for my team cause I have a copy of your book? I will trash it if I don't get your vote. Uhhh…who am I kidding. I wouldn't do that. But I will give you a real high five (instead of a virtual one) on Sunday if you vote for team Rob.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Wes did an amazing job! He's gifted! I would say thanks for sending people this way but they are all voting against me. If only I could get Acuff to send his army of fans my way.

  • Rob Shepherd

    How about I do a guest post for you and you find another computer and vote again. I know it's not as good as an Acuff or Stanton post but that's all I got.

  • Rob Shepherd

    I think King David in the Bible fits that bill. Great stuff.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Cindy, even though you don't know him you would enjoy Jon Acuff's blog. You should check out Stuff Christians Like. And if you do come back and vote again. I kid, I kid. Thanks for the comments.

  • MichaelDPerkins

    I like a lot of these guys. But one guy on team Rob doesn't allow comments.  That's like a DH winning the MVP award.

  • Tony Alicea

    I love an underdog. Team Ricky FTW!

  • seekingpastor

    Team Rob just got served!

  • ThatGuyKC

    Go Team Ricky!! Matt Cannon's "Prophetic Thursday" series put Tyler Stanton to shame.

  • Bodowd

    I think he made Acuff's V-neck too low. It's way to tempting for the ladies. For Shame! #JesusJuke #TeamRob #HashtagsInInappropriatePlaces

  • Ragamuffinway

    So I have to go for team Rob because I am a big Jona Cuff fan. Wait, I mean Jon Acuff. Plus, Furtick will pray down fire on whoever doesn't vote for his team. I hear he has a direct phone line to God like the Red phone in the oval office.

  • Joseph

    Team Rob is a powerhouse! They're like an SEC team going up against a Big Ten team. And we all know the SEC whoops up on Bog Ten teams.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Thanks, Russ. I wish you many years of free pizza.

  • Jimmy

    My leaving a comment here is like being a mut at a dog show.  Sure, I like to consider myself part of the breed but in reality I'm not a player.  I'm torn who to vote for.  Is anyone offering compensation for a vote?

  • Ricky Anderson

    Sarge, I wish you wedding-less photo shoots forever.

    I would wish for great parking spaces forever, but you seem to have that covered.

  • Ricky Anderson

    I was curious about that. It seems Acuff has two distinct eyebrows as well…

  • Ricky Anderson

    You, sir, are a champion.

    I wish you free car rental upgrades for the rest of your life.

  • seekingpastor

    And underdogs love you, too.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Yes. If by compensation you mean blessings in heaven and a load of respect…Yes I am.

  • Ricky Anderson

    We love them too, Jason…and we truly appreciate your efforts to help us crush them.

    I wish you a small little elf who will fix all your electronics so they never give you any hassles ever again.

  • seekingpastor

    Thanks, man. #fistbump (Williams may have created it, but I use them with reckless abandon).

  • Rob Shepherd

    Ragamuffinway, that's what I'm talking bout! Thanks for the vote.

  • seekingpastor

    You can have one of my kids.

  • Ricky Anderson

    What, you think Sharideth's that easy?

    Plus, I did TWO guest posts for her, so you have some catching up to do!

    Back off, Shepherd – Agent Smith is ours!

  • Ricky Anderson

    They have come. They are here.

    We will assimilate them.

  • seekingpastor

    Just finished cutting Furtick's phone line.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Thanks, Cindy!

    In addition to traffic-less travels for the next month, I wish you unending green lights.

  • Immodiumabuser.com

    Is team Rob in the lead because you have Scott Williams on your team? Is it really fair to have the guy that played Stifler in American Pie on a team?
     
    The pairing of Tyler Stanton and Brain Allain (not a typo) is like the blind leading the blind folded – you can't help but laugh at them trying to smash a Dharma Initiative logo pinata.  
     

  • Ricky Anderson

    We will assimilate you, one way or the other.

    Thanks for checking our team out!

  • Ricky Anderson

    Doesn't sound like much of a bribe, Rob. Plus, you threatened him while doing so.

    Daniel, name your price.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Matt, that comment made me laugh audibly.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Bellymonster (if that IS your real name), I wish you two adorable red-headed kids.

    Dang, you've already got that covered.

    I wish you a stupendous box of chocolates then.

  • Immodiumabuser.com

    Funny, I was just singing "We are the Champions" to the reflection in my bathroom mirror and then read this…Is that irony?

    Rental cars skeeve me out a little. What else have you got?

     

  • Ricky Anderson

    Michael, you are a man among men.

    I wish you jam-packed church services, and not just on Easter.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Thanks, Tony.

    I wish you a happily married life. Cherish her!

  • Ricky Anderson

    We understand.

    We don't look down on those that vote the way the do because they fear for their lives.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Thanks!

    I hope your wife makes it home soon, safe and sound!

    We appreciate the sacrifices your family is making.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Vote local, Jimmy.

    Tyler Tarver's from Arkansas, too.

    And I'm wishing all Team Ricky supporters no taxes for life!

  • MichaelDPerkins

    Awesome man. I'd love for Christmas to be packed too…Okay, I'd love for them all to be…

  • Sharideth

    having my virtue defended….that's no something you see everyday.

  • Kim Wilson

    I arrived via an Acuff tweet (although I follow a few of the others in the competition as well), so your plan's a-workin.' 🙂

  • ThatGuyKC

    Thanks Ricky, but that's my guest poster @BlaneYoung 🙂

  • seekingpastor

    Does that mean you're voiting for Team Ricky?

  • Rob Shepherd

    Thanks Kim for stopping by!

  • Russ Ray

    You and your boys need to start stumping for votes!

  • seekingpastor

    Good to have you join the fun–if you voted Team Ricky.

  • Tony Alicea

    Thanks Ricky! I appreciate it and I definitely will!

  • Ragamuffinway

    You can look down on me all you want, but team Rob still got my vote.

  • Ricky Anderson

    First class flight upgrades?

  • Ricky Anderson

    I will defend you to the death!

    Or at least to lunch. I get hungry sometimes.

  • Ricky Anderson

    I will take the egg off my face and make you scrambled eggs.

    Are we cool?

  • Ricky Anderson

    No, we don't look down on people. Well, maybe Matt does 'cause he's huge. But I'm short, so I don't. All meant in jest, kind sir!

  • ThatGuyKC

    Naturally. Side of hashbrowns and we're good.

  • Deuce101968

    I actually know Matt Cannon. That's why I voted for the other team. A line from Road House comes to mind when I think of him: "I thought you'd be bigger!"

  • seekingpastor

    I'm one of the best things that ever happened to you.

  • Faye Bryant

    Hmmm, who to vote for. Or is that whom? 

    I love Acuff – he talked to me and shared about his really cool business cards at Catalyst '09. 
    I love Furtick – he shared with me great truth at Innovate '08, such a passion for pastors and church leaders!
    I love Williams – he stopped me at Catalyst to tell me he never misses my comments on his blog. 
    I love Allain – he actually tweets back at me sometimes.
    Wait. So does Cannon. 

    This is not getting easier! 

  • seekingpastor

    C'mon–if I can't carry the east Tennessee vote they will probably kick me off of the team.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Nope.

  • Rob Shepherd

    It's true. We did. I'm just waiting for Furtick to respond. I doubt he will but when he does MichaelDPerkins will change sides. Mark my words. I kid, I kid.

  • Chad Jones

    I voted Team Ricky–cause I'm and underdog, too. So far under, that in fact, almost nobody knows I'm there. Guess that makes me a blogging ninja then, right? 😉

    Oh, that, and I own the copyright on "Krispy Kreme 4 Life." 😉 We'll talk licensing, or you can chronicle your attempt to take down the Gigante Challenge at Sweet P's in Knoxville. Your choice. 😉

  • Liz McLennan (Bellymonster)

    Chocolates? It's official. Belly HEARTS Ricky.

  • Chad Jones

    Trying to get Team Ricky some votes by "hating" on Matt today:

    6 Reasons I Hate @seekingpastor.

    😉

  • Immodiumabuser.com

    I guess if that's all you have…any rogaine discounts? It's for a "friend"

  • Daniel Carman

    How about a 1972 Ford Pinto that comes already engulfed in flames?

  • seekingpastor

    I've never enjoyed being hated more.

  • Chad Jones

    Happy to oblige! 😉 & praying for you.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Underdogs, Unite!

    Thanks for your help, Chad.

    I wish you free gasoline for a year.

  • Ricky Anderson

    I wish you less car rental skeeving, first class flight upgrades, and a lifetime supply of Rogaine.

    Tell your "friend" we appreciate his help, and see if he has any other friends…

  • Ricky Anderson

    My assistant is driving it your way as we speak, Daniel.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Thanks; it's mutual.

    I tried not to eat too many of the good ones…

  • Chad Jones

    Free gas? Awesome! 😉 Hey, wait… You didn't specify what kind of gas.
    Sounds like a bait and switch to me–meaning that, by "free gas," you're not
    offering a refined petroleum product, but rather a year of frijoles refritos
    (retried beans). What kind of outfit are you running?

    😉

    Seriously, it was my pleasure to support the underdog.

  • DP

    Sorry Rob…  he had the better team. 

  • Dustin

    I'd say @moe_nyc:twitter . He's a machine as well. And a witty one.

  • Moe

    You are awesome dude, but everyone knows real bloggers don't take vacations. Therefore I'm disqualified. :/ but go team Ricky!

  • Rob Shepherd

    I've heard about this Moe guy. I will need to check out his blog. I've heard good stuff.

  • Rob Shepherd

    What do you base that on? You don't read any of their blogs.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Moe, I wish you many extended vacations. And if you should happen to have some friends who'd like to vote, I'd even wish you an early retirement!

  • John Finkelde

    Devastated I didn't make the cut!

    I think it should be compulsory to include one non-North American blogger 😉

  • DP

    I scanned and read snippets before my vote.  I never vote without being at least partially informed.  Tyler Taver and Scott Moore were my 2 favorites from about a  minute on each and they were both on his team. 

  • Renee Schuls-Jacobson

    Clearly, I have to meet more guys from Team Ricky. If they are as good as the folks from Team Rob — and I know those folks — well, let's just say I'm psyched to meet some new bloggers! 😉

    Ten points awarded to whichever of you all comments to my latest Friday Quick Question at "Lessons From Teachers and Twits." 😉

  • Ricky Anderson

    That would be me, so can I trade the points for votes?

    I wish you record-breaking book sales!

  • Bill Moore Blog

    The blogger All-Star characters are sweet! Props to the artist whoever you are! Nuradical71@wordpress.com

  • Rob Shepherd

    The artist is Wes. His blog is great. You can check it out at wesdraws.com.

  • Rob Shepherd

    Sorry John. Next year we will have to try to mix it up. If it's any consultation you are my favorite Australian blogger.

  • 3rdXacharm

    I've thrown in my vote for Team Ricky…as I've discovered a mutual admiration for Patrick F. McManus! Who knew?!?!

  • Immodiumabuser.com

    If I'm bipolar will my vote count twice?  Please make sure it's the Rogaine Foam so it doesn't drip down the back of my neck and leave a tail of hair like one of the new Kids on the Block…

  • Taylorlane18

    I havent worked in a week cause ive been so busy reading all these awesome blogs that I never knew about before. My boss loathes you. I love you! Been laughing all week! Thanks!

  • John Finkelde

    Hey thanks Rob! Yes go international … and I don't mean Canada!!

  • Moe

    Early retirement. I wish!

  • Moe

    Go with low expectations. Then you may (emphasis on may) be entertained. Again… very low expectations.

  • Ricky Anderson

    Glad you found something you like, Taylor!

    Especially if it was someone on Team Ricky…

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