Have you forgotten the 2003 Weblog Awards allready?
Based on over 63,000 votes cast during the ten days polls were open (12/5/2003 -12/14/2003), here are the 22 winners of the 2003 Weblog Awards. Read on for the list of winners.
Best New Blog (Established in 2003)
Ecosystem categories were based on The Truth Laid Bear Blogoshpere Ecosystem that ranks blogs based on the number of other blogs linking to them. The rating levels use a evolutionary metaphor. I think most people liked the idea of competing against sites from the same TTLB Ecosystem level, but I think for this year we are going to need some better "awards show" names for those categories. I'm open to suggestions...
The 2004 Weblog Awards will continue the tradition begun here last year:
1) Open and public nominations
2) Categories that allow blogs of similar readership levels to compete
3) Real time vote totals
4) Quick turnaround of the results
Nominations will open Wednesday November 3, 2004. Many more details to follow.
Why were the 2003 Weblog Awards a success? I think they were successful because unlike nearly every other end of year award the 2003 Weblog Awards were as open and honest (except for a day of ballot stuffing - which was quickly fixed) as I could possibly make them. Nominations were public, and I did the best I could to get as many sites on the ballots in 20 different categories. Overall close to 400 blogs were in the running for awards. I even ran a Most Egregious Omission contest to prove that I wasn't trying to claim a mantle of infallibility.
Of course everything did not go perfectly... There was controversy about the inclusion of a Best Female Authored Blog (without a corresponding Male category); there were probably a few categories that should have been added; and there were a few categories that should have been removed. That said, most people took it for what it was - FUN, and did not get bent out of shape.