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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.
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.
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
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.
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.