Kevin Aylward: October 2007 Archives

Schedule Update

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Finalists will be announced Wednesday. If we finish the finalist slates before then we will move up the announcement, but right now we're finishing the TTLB ecosystem categories and need all the time we can get. We may release the names of finalists in sections as the day goes on; it all depends on our progress in finalizing things.

Voting should begin Thursday evening.

In the meantime you can go see a mockup of the voting booth. If you want to stay up to date with our general press releases and notification you can sign up for our Weblog Awards newsletter. If you need to talk you can check out the forums.


PS - To those who have seen us looking at your sites from within our secret work bunker we say "hello." Yes we're checking you out. You may be a finalist; you may not. Check back Wednesday to find out for sure.

Update: The list will be up before midnight Eastern.

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Poll Demo

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This demo should give you an idea of what The 2007 Weblog Awards finalist slates will look like.

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We're making steady process in selecting the field of finalists, but we can alway use more help!

If you're interested send us an e-mail of leave a comment indicating your interest and we'll get you details on pitching in.

Note: We're under tight deadlines, so unless you can devote time to this over the weekend don't bother volunteering.

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Nominations Closing

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Over the next 24 hours we will be closing nominations for most categories. This is a manual process so it takes a while to complete. As long as a category allows you to enter a comment (which is how you submit a nomination) then nominations for that category are still open. The "+" rating of nominees will remain open throughout the awards.

A select few categories may be left open for a few extra days where the number of nominations is low. If there are categories left open we'll provide direct links to them in an update to this entry.

Finalist will be announced the last week of October and voting starts Nov. 1, 2007. Keep watching this page for news and information leading up to the voting period and make plans to join us at the awards ceremony at the BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Las Vegas, Nov. 8.

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Since we're not quite ready to begin selecting finalist slates, and because there's always people late to the party, I'm extending nominations for all categories until Wednesday.

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Nomination Update

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Nominations close Monday Wednesday. Keep nominating your favorites and spread the word about nominations to other bloggers. A comment RSS feed (all nominations) and a comment search function (with RSS subscription option) are now available so you can track nominations.

Note: The following categories: Law, Tech, Celebrity, Comic Strip, Parenting, Science, Medical/Health, Pet, Music, Gossip, Video (vlog), Video of the year, Canadian, Middle East/Africa, Latino/South American, and most of the TTLB categories are where you should concentrate your efforts this weekend. Blogs can be nominated in multiple categories so some blogs nominated in specialty categories should be nominated in the TTLB categories as well.

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Nomination Index

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Nominations for The 2007 Weblog Awards are now open! The Weblog Awards is the world's largest blog competition, with over 1.5 million votes cast in the last four years for nearly 1,500 blogs.

The master list of nomination posts is shown below, and can also be found here. Make sure you grab the logo code to link to The Weblog Awards - we've even taken care of the graphic hosting for you...

Nominations are being accepted until October 15, 2007 October 15, 2007 in the following 49 categories:


Best Blog
Best New Blog
Best Individual Blogger
Funniest Blog
Best Comic Strip
Best Online Community
Best Liberal Blog
Best Conservative Blog
Best Political Coverage ***
Best Celebrity Blog ***

Topic Area Categories
Best Technology Blog
Best Sports Blog
Best Military Blog
Best Law Blog
Best Business Blog
Best LGBT Blog
Best Parenting Blog
Best Education Blog
Best Science Blog
Best Medical/Health Issues Blog
Best Religious Blog ***
Best Pet Blog ***
Best Food Blog ***

Arts & Letters Categories
Best Photo Blog
Best Culture Blog
Best Literature Blog ***
Best Diarist
Best Gossip Blog
Best Music Blog
Best Podcast
Best Video Blog
Video Of The Year

International Categories
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

TTLB Ecosystem Based Categories
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 2007.

Important Note: We reserve the option to not select a finalist slate for voting in the new categories if the nomination process does not yeild a suitable field of finalists. We've added several new categories that we might not have considered without that provision.

Nominations close October 15, 2007 October 17, 2007 so get to work!

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Welcome

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Welcome to The 2007 Weblog Awards. The Weblog Awards are the world's largest blog competition, with over 525,000 votes cast in the 2006 edition for finalists in 45 categories. Since its inception in 2003 over 1.5 million votes have been cast in The Weblog Awards.

Nomination for The 2007 Weblog Awards are now open. Go to the main page for nominations.

Make sure you get logos and badges for use on your site, read the nomination FAQ and the overall FAQ, and if you're interested check out the previous editions (2006, 2005, 2004, and 2003).

The Weblog Awards discussion forums are open if you want to talk about the awards, the nominees, or ask questions.

If you've enjoyed The Weblog Awards, don't be afraid to...

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Best Blog

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Nominate your choice for 2007's Best Blog.

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Best New Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best New Blog. The blog must have been established after November 13, 2006 - when last years nominations opened.

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Nominate your choice for Best Individual Blogger. With many popular blogs adopting a muti-author format, we've switched the Group Blog award to an individual award. The nominated author may write for an individual blog or be a member of a community or group site. Nominate by the bloggers name and primary site.

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Funniest Blog

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Nominate your choice for 2007's funniest blog. You may nominate individual bloggers, individual bloggers who contribute to community or group sites, or individual blogs.

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Best Comic Strip

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Nominate your choice for Best Comic Strip. Eligible strips should appear online and/or be the subject of a blog by the strip author.

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Best Online Community

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Nominate your choice for Best Online Community. Blog format is not required, so forums and other types of communities are eligible.

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Best Liberal Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Liberal Blog.

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Best Conservative Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Conservative Blog.

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Best Political Coverage

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Nominate your choice for best blog coverage of politics.

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Best Celebrity Blogger

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Nominate your choice for best blog written by a celebrity. The definition of celebrity will remain deliberately vague, but suffice it to say that it will be helpful to a celebrity bloggers chances if they have appeared at some point on TV, movies, records, or radio. Character blogs are eligible here as well. This category is NOT for blogs about celebrities; those nominations should go in the Best Gossip Blog category.

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Best Technology Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Technology Blog.

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Best Sports Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Sports Blog.

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Best Military Blog

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

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Best Law Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Law Blog.

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Best Business Blog

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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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Best LGBT Blog

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Best Parenting Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Parenting Blog. Baby bloggers, mommy bloggers, and daddy bloggers would all be appropriate nominees in this category.

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Best Education Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Education Blog. Blogs by educators, students, or blogs focused on educational issues would be appropriate nominees in this category.

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Best Science Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Science Blog.

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Nominate your choice for Best Medical/Health Issues Blog. Blogs about health care, disability, weight loss, fitness, etc. are among the types of nominees one would expect in this category.

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Best Religious Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Religious Blog. This is a return for a category that was dropped last year. Our objection was that most of the nominated bloggers were not primarily religious bloggers, but were usually mostly news and politics bloggers. We'll be watching the nomination pool this year to see if the religious blogger community is larger than it was two years ago.

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Best Pet Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Pet Blog. You've asked for it for years, now it's here! I CAN HAZ AWARDZ?

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Best Food Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Food Blog. Another category frequently requested over the years makes its debut.

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Best Photo Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Photoblog.

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Best Culture Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Culture Blog. Culture being somewhat in the eye of the beholder, we're looking a wide cross-section of blogs on popular culture topics.

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Best Literature Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Literature Blog. Blogs about books, writing, the publishing industry, or genres (classics, sci-fi, romance novels, etc.) would be at home in this category.

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Best Diarist

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Nominate your choice for Best Diarist.

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Best Music Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Music Blog.

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Best Gossip Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Gossip Blog.

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Best Podcast

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Nominate your choice for Best Podcast.

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Best Video Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Video Blog. Nominated video blogs (also known as vlogs) should be primarily video based or have a focus showing video clips, even if they have a mix of video and written content...

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Video Of The Year

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Nominate your choice for Video Of The Year. Leave a link to the video in the comment section. The video must be original content - not a clip from television or movies. Mashups of commercial content *may* be considered...

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Best Canadian Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Canadian Blog.

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Best UK Blog

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

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Nominate your choice for Best European Blog. Nations of the EU, Iceland/Greenland, Russia and its former republics, are among the countries included in this category. The European Blog category does not include the UK and Ireland since they have their own category.

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Best Asian Blog

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Nominate your choice for Best Asian Blog.

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Nominate your choice for Best Middle East or Africa Blog.

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

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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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Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 250 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings as of October 3, 2007.

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Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 251 - 500 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings as of October 3, 2007.

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Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 501 - 1000 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings as of October 3, 2007.

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Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 1001 - 1750 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings as of October 3, 2007.

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Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 1751 - 2500 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings as of October 3, 2007.

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Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 2501 - 3500 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings as of October 3, 2007.

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Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 3501 - 5000 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings as of October 3, 2007.

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Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 5001 - 6750 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings as of October 3, 2007.

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Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 6751 - 8750 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings as of October 3, 2007.

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Nominate your choice for Best of the Rest of the Blogs (8751+) based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings as of October 3, 2007.

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We're running a few days behind the original schedule, but nominations for The 2007 Weblog Awards will open on Wednesday evening (U.S. Eastern time) October 3, 2007. Check the main page for nominations posts for all the categories.

Read the Nominations FAQ and grab some logo link codes while you wait. Start passing the word around about the opening date for nominations.

We're adding an extra wrinkle this year during nominations. Instead of adding "me too" nominations you're encouraged to "vote up" your favorite nominees. It's not a vote like the ones made for finalists, it's just a way to make your collective voices known to the finalist selection panel. These votes have no official standing in the selection process - they're just another piece of information the panel will consider. That disclaimer aside, strong support for nominees may, in some cases, be an important piece of information for the panels consideration.

If you'd like to volunteer your services as a member of the finalist selection panel send a message to panel - at - weblogawards.org (using proper e-mail address syntax) and you'll be forwarded information about signing up.

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About

Welcome to The 2007 Weblog Awards!

The Weblog Awards are the world's largest blog competition, with over 525,000 votes cast in the 2006 edition for finalists in 45 categories. Nominations for 49 categories ended October 17, 2007 and voting began November 1, 2007. Final results will be announced November 8, 2007 at the BlogWorld & New Media Expo in Las Vegas.

Signup for our newsletter for press releases and to keep up to date on general information about The Weblog Awards. It's the best way to stay abreast of the schedule for this year and for the 2008 (and beyond) editions of The Weblog Awards.

Once the polls open comments will be disabled on the site, but you are invited to join us in The Weblog Awards discussion forums if you want to talk about the awards, the nominees, or ask questions.

If you've enjoyed The 2007 Weblog Awards, don't be afraid to...

About this Archive

This page is a archive of recent entries written by Kevin Aylward in October 2007.

Kevin Aylward: September 2007 is the previous archive.

Kevin Aylward: November 2007 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

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"So I haven't been actively promoting my Weblog Award nomination. Sure, I mentioned it, and I put up a little button, but I haven't told you to vote, have I? I haven't told you to vote once every twenty-four hours, have I? I haven't told you to rise up, my minions, and smite the Internet with your collective force, have I? Have I? Well, now I have." - Looky, Daddy!

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