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2004 Weblog Awards: November 2004 Archives

November 19, 2004

2004 Weblog Awards - Nominations

This is the master post of the nomination process for the 2004 Weblog Awards. Each Weblog Award category has a post for nominations listed here. Leave your nominees (name and URL) in the comment section to the applicable post. Eventually each post will have the award lineup listed and a link to the poll. Voting should begin around December 1, 2004.

A note about nominations...

To maximize participation there will be as little overlap in the selection of finalists in the categories as possible. Blogs will generally only be finalists in one category, so blogs should be nominated in categories they best fit in. For example, a brand new blog is not likely to be one of the finalists for Best Overall Blog. That brand new blog does stand a chance of making it in as a finalist in a Ecosystem category (where it would be matched against simillarly new or small blogs), so that's a better place to nominate it. View nominating instructions (popup window).

If you are linking to the contest please use the nomination category archive, as it contains all relevant posts. By linking to the category you can see all the nominating posts on one screen. Of course if you are free to link to which ever nomination post you want as well.

The Ecosystem categories are based on the Ecosystem rankings as of November 19, 2004. You should nominate for those categories based on the current Ecosystem standings at the time of your nomination. I realize these are fluid, but the Ecosystem categories are pretty broad - most blogs aren't moving rapidly up or down. We'll adjust placement as necessary after the nominiations are closed.

Nominations are being accepted in the following categories:

Best Overall Blog
Best New Blog (Established 2004)
Best Group Blog
Best Humor Blog
Best Liberal Blog
Best Conservative Blog
Best Election Coverage
Best Media/Journalist Blog
Best Tech Blog
Best Culture Blog
Best Sports Blog
Best Photo Blog
Best LGBT Blog
Best Online Community
Best Blog Design
Best Essayist

Internationals
Best Canadian Blog
Best UK Blog
Best European (Non UK) Blog
Best Asian Blog
Best Middle East or Africa Blog
Best Australia or New Zealand Blog
Best Mexican or Central/South American Blog

Ecosystem Based Categories

Best of the Top 100 Blogs
Best of the Top 100 - 250 Blogs
Best of the Top 250 - 500 Blogs
Best of the Top 500 - 1000 Blogs
Best of the Top 1000 - 1750 Blogs
Best of the Top 1750 - 2500 Blogs
Best of the Top 2500 - 3500 Blogs
Best of the Top 3500 - 5000 Blogs
Best of the Top 5000 - 6750 Blogs
Best of the Rest of the Blogs (6750+)

The complete list of nomination posts can be reached via the Nominations Page.

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Nominations - Best Overall Blog

Nominate your your choice for Best Overall Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:52 PM | Comments (165) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best New Blog (Established 2004)

Nominate your choice for Best New Blog. The blog must have been established in 2004 - we'll be checking.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:49 PM | Comments (239) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Group Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Group Blog. A group blog is a blog with 2 or more primary authors.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:48 PM | Comments (71) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Humor Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Humor Blog. Of course this means that the pressure is on the nominees to be humorous for the next several weeks...

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Nominations - Best Liberal Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Liberal Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:47 PM | Comments (46) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Conservative Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Conservative Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:46 PM | Comments (115) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Election Coverage

Nominate your choice for Best Election Coverage. The nominees should be blogs, not news organizations. This is one of the rare categories that may contain duplicate finalists with other categories.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:38 PM | Comments (44) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Media/Journalist Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Media/Journalist Blog. The nominees can be either professional journalist bloggers or blogs devoted to media coverage.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:37 PM | Comments (36) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Tech Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Tech Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:34 PM | Comments (24) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Culture Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Culture Blog. Like beauty, culture is in the eye of the beholder...

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:33 PM | Comments (60) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Sports Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Sports Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:32 PM | Comments (22) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Photo Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Photo Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:32 PM | Comments (25) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best LGBT Blog

Nominate your choice for Best LGBT Blog. LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:31 PM | Comments (47) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Online Community

Nominate your choice for Best Online Community.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:30 PM | Comments (23) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Blog Design

Nominate your choice for Best Blog Design. Much like the Humor category, the Design category puts the pressure on nominees make a good design impression for the next few weeks.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:29 PM | Comments (49) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Essayist

Nominate your choice for Best Essayist.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:28 PM | Comments (62) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Canadian Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Canadian Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:25 PM | Comments (32) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best UK Blog

Nominate your choice for Best UK Blog. The UK Blog category includes Great Britain and Ireland.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:25 PM | Comments (35) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best European Blog

Nominate your choice for Best European Blog. The European Blog category does not include the UK and Ireland since they have their own category.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:24 PM | Comments (30) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Asian Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Asian Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:21 PM | Comments (26) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Middle East or Africa Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Middle East or Africa Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:20 PM | Comments (23) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Australia or New Zealand Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Australia or New Zealand Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:19 PM | Comments (36) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best Mexican or Central/South American Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Mexican or Central/South American Blog.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:18 PM | Comments (4) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best of the Top 100 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 100 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings (1 - 100). This category aligns closely to the top 3 levels of the Ecosystem. Use the blog ranking as of the date of nomination or November 19, 2004.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:16 PM | Comments (28) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best of the Top 100 - 250 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 100 - 250 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings (100 - 250). This category aligns closely to part of the Large Mammals level. Use the blog ranking as of the date of nomination or November 19, 2004.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:13 PM | Comments (26) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best of the Top 250 - 500 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 250 - 500 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings (250 - 500). This category aligns closely to part of the Large Mammals level. Use the blog ranking as of the date of nomination or November 19, 2004.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:12 PM | Comments (38) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best of the Top 500 - 1000 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 500 - 1000 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings (500 - 1000). This category aligns closely to the Marauding Marsupials level. Use the blog ranking as of the date of nomination or November 19, 2004.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:11 PM | Comments (44) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best of the Top 1000 - 1750 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 1000 - 1750 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings (1000 - 1750). This category aligns closely to the Adorable Rodents level. Use the blog ranking as of the date of nomination or November 19, 2004.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:10 PM | Comments (21) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best of the Top 1750 - 2500 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 1750 - 2500 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings (1750 - 2500). This category aligns closely to the Flappy Birds level. Use the blog ranking as of the date of nomination or November 19, 2004.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:09 PM | Comments (10) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best of the Top 2500 - 3500 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 2500 - 3500 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings (2500 - 3500). This category aligns closely to the Slithering Reptiles level. Use the blog ranking as of the date of nomination or November 19, 2004.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:08 PM | Comments (19) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best of the Top 3500 - 5000 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 3500 - 5000 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings (3500 - 5000). This category aligns closely to the Crawly Amphibians level. Use the blog ranking as of the date of nomination or November 19, 2004.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 04:06 PM | Comments (16) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best of the Top 5000 - 6750 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 5000 - 6750 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings (5000 - 6750). This category aligns closely to the Flippery Fish level. Use the blog ranking as of the date of nomination or November 19, 2004.

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Posted by Kevin Aylward at 03:59 PM | Comments (9) | TrackBack

Nominations - Best of the Rest of the Blogs (6750+)

Nominate your choice for Best of the Rest of the Blogs (6750+) based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings (6750 and up). This category aligns closely to the Slimy Molluscs and all the levels below it. Use the blog ranking as of the date of nomination or November 19, 2004.

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2004 Weblog Awards - Questions And Answers

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November 14, 2004

A Call For Volunteers

Last year the Weblog Awards were pretty much a one man show. I did get some much needed help from The King of Fools and Cheyenne (aka Gnome-Girl), but I found myself heavily burdened by administrative work and monitoring the polls.

This year I'm looking for a few folks to help in process of winnowing the list of nominees to finalists. Last year there were 21 categories, and this year there will be a similar (or higher) number. My current thoughts are that each category should have 10 finalists as opposed to the 20 per category we had last year. The folks who volunteer will help in narrowing down the lists in each category, and will likely have to do a little investigative work on the nominees.

You may be asked to narrow a category down to 10 finalists or to participate in that activity as a group. You might be asked to watch the polls in one of the categories for suspicious activity. You will get a spot in the blogroll for helping, and you'll still be eligible to receive for awards.

Posted by Kevin Aylward at 11:05 PM | Comments (20) | TrackBack

November 04, 2004

A Call For Categories

Last year there were 10 "Best Of" categories and 10 categories matched to The Truth Laid Bear Ecosystem rankings.

For the 2004 Weblog Awards I figured the first order of business should be to take suggestions for new (or modified) categories. Here's a preliminary list of categories under consideration for the 2004 Weblog Awards.

General

Best Blog
Best New Blog (Established in 2003)
Best Group Blog
Best Humor Blog
Best Blog Design
Best Liberal Blog
Best Conservative Blog
Best Media/Journalist Blog
Best Tech Blog
Best Culture Blog
Best Photo Blog
Best Online Community

Internationals

Best UK Blog
Best Canadian Blog
Best European Blog
Best Asian Blog
Best Middle East or Africa Blog
Best Australia or New Zealand Blog
Best Mexican or Central/South American Blog

Ecosystem Based Categories

Best of the Ecosystem Top 100 - (Higher Beings & Mortal Humans Playful Primates)
Best of the Ecosystem Top 250 - (Large Mammals)
Best of the Ecosystem Top 500 - (Large Mammals)
Best of the Ecosystem Top 1000 - (Marauding Marsupials)
Best of the Ecosystem Top 1750 - (Adorable Rodents)
Best of the Ecosystem Top 2500 - (Flappy Birds)
Best of the Ecosystem Top 3500 - (Slithering Reptiles)
Best of the Ecosystem Top 5000 - (Crawly Amphibians)
Best of the Ecosystem Top 6750 - (Flippery Fish)
Best of the Ecosystem Top 8500 - (Slimy Molluscs and below)

Make your suggestions in the comments.

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