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A Note To Nominees

First it's worth restating the guiding principles of of The Weblog Awards, since it's inception in 2003:

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
5) Fun

An operation of this magnitude will never be without its share of controversy or problems. There's one part of The Weblog Awards that will never get any easier - the finalist cut down. Explaining why many nominated blogs are not finalists is always the trickiest part of The Weblog Awards.

To maximize participation there will be as little overlap in the selection of finalists in the categories as possible [Note: This is a guideline, not a rule]. Even with that general guideline there are bound to be thousands of nominated blogs that for one reason or another will not be finalists in any category.

There will be more written about the finalist selection process later, but in advance please understand that the constraints of the number of categories and the maximum number of finalists per category really ties our hands. The goal is to get the most representative slate of 15 finalists per category. We're under no illusion that (even with unlimited time) we could prune each category to a list of the 15 blogs that everyone would agree were the absolute best 15 blogs that category has to offer. We do what we can under incredible deadlines to pick the best slate possible. In the process I'm sure many excellent blogs are overlooked...

If your blog was nominated, but is not selected as a finalist I want you to know how much I appreciate your participation in this years awards. Many blogs will get caught in a numbers game when the finalists for this years Weblog Awards are announced, where there are too many nominated blogs for too few slots. With several thousand blogs nominated this kind of disappointment is an unfortunate consequence of the success of The Weblog Awards - one which will repeat every year. The prospect of anonymous and closed nomination, while it might lessen the disappointment of those not selected as finalists, is to my mind far less appealing than the open nomination process of The Weblog Awards.

I wish it could be another way, but unfortunately it cannot...

2005 Weblog Awards Nominations

Welcome to the 2005 Weblog Awards!

Nominations are being taken in the following 37 categories. The nomination process at The Weblog Awards is an open and public process - take a look at the nominated blogs you might find some interesting new reads.

The links below will take you to the nomination page for each of the categories. Nominations close November 26, 2005. After finalists are selected (more on that in the FAQ), voting will begin December 1, 2005.

Best Blog
Best New Blog (Established after November 19, 2004)
Best Group Blog
Best Humor/Comics Blog
Best Liberal Blog
Best Conservative Blog
Best Media/Journalist Blog
Best Technology Blog
Best Culture/Gossip Blog
Best Sports Blog
Best Photo Blog
Best LGBT Blog
Best Military Blog
Best Blog Design
Best Podcast ***
Best Video Blog ***
Best Religious Blog ***
Best Parenting Blog ***
Best Law Blog ***
Best Business Blog ***

International
Best Canadian Blog
Best UK Blog
Best European Blog (Non UK)
Best Asian Blog
Best Middle East or Africa Blog
Best Australia or New Zealand Blog
Best Latino, Caribbean, or South American Blog

Ecosystem Based (View the TTLB Ecosystem November 14th snapshot)
Best of the Top 250 Blogs
Best of the Top 251 - 500 Blogs
Best of the Top 501 - 1000 Blogs
Best of the Top 1001 - 1750 Blogs
Best of the Top 1751 - 2500 Blogs
Best of the Top 2501 - 3500 Blogs
Best of the Top 3501 - 5000 Blogs
Best of the Top 5001 - 6750 Blogs
Best of the Top 6751 - 8750 Blogs
Best of the Rest of the Blogs (8751+) ****

*** New categories for 2005.

Read the Nomination FAQ for answers to questions about the nominations, finalist selection, and voting. If you're having problems with comment registration or leaving a comment, technical support is available here.

Enjoy!

Nominations - Best Blog

Nominate your choice for 2005's Best Blog.

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Nominations - Best New Blog

Nominate your choice for Best New Blog. The blog must have been established after November 19, 2004 - when last years nominations opened.

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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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Nominations - Best Humor/Comics Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Humor/Comics Blog. This year we've added comic strips (if they're presented in blog format) to the humor category to add a little spice to the competion. As usual the pressure is on all of 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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Nominations - Best Conservative Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Conservative Blog.

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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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Nominations - Best Technology Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Technology Blog.

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Nominations - Best Culture/Gossip Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Culture/Gossip Blog. Like beauty, culture is in the eye of the beholder. Gossip on the other hand should be pretty easy to identify...

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Nominations - Best Sports Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Sports Blog.

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Nominations - Best Photo Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Photo Blog.

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Nominations - Best LGBT Blog

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

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Nominations - Best Military Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Military Blogbog. Blogs by members of the armed forces, or blogs that primarily deal with military issues are appropriate for this category.

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Nominations - Best Blog Design

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

Note: Denigrating nominated sites will not be tolerated. If you don't have anything nice (or neutral) to say, don't say anything...

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Nominations - Best Podcast

Nominate your choice for Best Podcast.

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Nominations - Best Video Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Video Blog. Nominated video blogs (also known as vlogs) should have a primary focus on video, even if they have a mix of video and written content.

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Nominations - Best Religious Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Religious Blog. Blogs nominated in this category should be recognized as having a strong religious focus (though they may cover other topics) or deal primarily with religious topics.

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Nominations - Best Parenting Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Parenting Blog.

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Nominations - Best Law Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Law Blog.

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Nominations - Best Business Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Business Blog. This category encompasses blogs that frequently cover such things as economics, marketing, business strategy, consulting, etc.

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Nominations - Best Canadian Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Canadian Blog.

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Nominations - Best UK Blog

Nominate your choice for Best UK Blog. The UK Blog category includes Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland, etc.

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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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Nominations - Best Asian Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Asian Blog.

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Nominations - Best Middle East or Africa Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Middle East or Africa Blog.

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Nominations - Best Australia or New Zealand Blog

Nominate your choice for the best Australian or New Zealand blog.

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Nominations - Best Latino, Caribbean, or South American Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Latino, Caribbean, or South American Blog. Essentially any blog authored south of the United States, or blog focused on Latino, Caribbean, or South American issues (regardless of the authors location) are eligible in this category.

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Nominations - Best of the Top 250 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 250 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. This category contains entries from the Higher Beings, Mortal Humans, Playful Primates, and
Large Mammals level. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 14, 2005.

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Nominations - Best of the Top 251 - 500 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 250 - 500 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 14, 2005.

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Nominations - Best of the Top 501 - 1000 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 501 - 1000 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 14, 2005.

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Nominations - Best of the Top 1001 - 1750 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 1001 - 1750 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 14, 2005.

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Nominations - Best of the Top 1751 - 2500 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 1751 - 2500 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 14, 2005.

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Nominations - Best of the Top 2501 - 3500 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 2501 - 3500 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 14, 2005.

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Nominations - Best of the Top 3501 - 5000 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 3501 - 5000 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 14, 2005.

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Nominations - Best of the Top 5001 - 6750 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 5001 - 6750 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 14, 2005.

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Nominations - Best of the Top 6751 - 8750 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 6751 - 8750 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 14, 2005.

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Nominations - Best of the Rest of the Blogs (8751+)

Nominate your choice for Best of the Rest of the Blog (8751+) based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 14, 2005.

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2005 Weblog Awards - Nomination Support

If you have questions or need technical help with the nomination process, you can ask your question here.

Nominations FAQ

Nominations Frequently Asked Questions

Q:How do I nominate a blog for a Weblog Award?

A: Leave a comment in the associated nomination post with the blog name and URL.

Q:How do I leave a comment?

A: You will need to signup with SixApart's Typekey service, which allows us to verify identities and protect against spammers and automated comment bots.

Q:I don't want to use Typekey, isn't there another option?

A: Sorry no. A bonus to signing up with Typekey is that your Typekey identity will allow you to comment on thousands of blogs that require Typekey registration with little extra effort on your part. At the Typekey login screen there is an option to keep yourself logged into the Typekey service for up to two weeks - which means you won't need to present credentials on ANY Typekey enabled blog during that period.

Q:Will Typekey be required for voting?

A: No. Only the open nomination process is using Typekey.

Q: How will finalist be picked?

A: To understand how 15 finalists in each category will be picked you first have to understand how they were nominated. Since you're reading this you're probably aware of the call for nominations for all of the award categories. In 2004 there were about 3000 nominations for the various categories, and we expect more this year.

For the most part if a site is not nominated it wont be considered as a finalist in a category. For everyone who will complain that we "missed" one site or another, our question to you is, "did you nominate them?" We don't have ESP here at the Weblog Awards, though it a oft requested feature.

Q: I nominated XXX, but don't see them as a finalist. Why is XXX not included?

A: Several thousand blogs will be nominated. Of the hundreds nominated in each category there's at most 15 up for voting. Many, many excellent blogs are not going to be finalists, so prepare yourself for disappointment. It should be noted that

You are, of course, free to disagree with the finalists we choose, but denigrating the sites selected will not be tolerated. Calling such and such site "shitty", "lame", etc. is a pretty cruel thing to do, especially since many of the sites nominated didn't even know they would be included. If you don't like the choices available don't participate.

Q: No offense, but some of the nominations in Best XXX suck. Those are not the best XXX... YYY and XXX are much better.

A: See the previous entry. Offense taken. Throwing backhanded insults at nominees or finalists is not a good way to enter the discussion....

Q: I'm a finalist and I don't want to participate. Can you remove me from the poll?

A: No. Due to the complexities of the poll creation process it will be a one time only process. Additions and deletions to the list of finalists will not be made. If you don't want your weblog to be linked to there are way to block or redirect incoming traffic...

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. This category contains entries from the Large Mamals level. Use the blog ranking as of November 15, 2005.

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Call For Categories

Take a look at last years categories and the 2003 categories. Are we missing any? Should we drop any exiting categories?

Make you case. No guarantee that new categories will be added, but I am in the mood to consider additions and deletions.

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