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November 1, 2006

The 2006 Weblog Awards - Legal Stuff

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November 6, 2006

Call For Categories

Take a look at last years categories (shown below). Are we missing any? Should we drop any exiting categories?

Nominations will begin Monday November 13, so act fast!


Update: Thanks for all your suggestions. Nominations are now open!

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November 7, 2006

Help Wanted!

Every year we cast our net for volenteers to help out in the administration of The Weblog Awards. This year all conversations will occur in The Weblog Awards Forum. If you'd like to help out register and drop a note in the Volunteer thread.

Also we need someone with some SMF skining experience to translate the 2006 site design to SMF and help with integration. If that's you let me know!

November 9, 2006

Get Your Weblog Awards Logos!

The 2006 Weblog Awards


The 2006 Weblog Awards logo is now available for use on your website. Feel free to host the graphic on your own server, or to use the linking code provided courtesy of our friends at ImageShack. The linking codes are available below.

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November 12, 2006

Nominations FAQ

Nominations Frequently Asked Questions

Q:How do I nominate a blog for The 2006 Weblog Awards?

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

Q:How do I leave a comment?

A: The best way to comment is to sign in via SixApart's Typekey service. That allows us to protect against spammers and automated comment bots. Comments from non-Typekey accounts will be accepted, but could be moderated - delaying their appearance.

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

A: You can leave a comment without a Typekey login, though it may take up to a day for your comment to appear.

Q:Will Typekey be required for voting?

A: No.

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 2005 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 10 to 15 up for voting. Many, many excellent blogs are not going to be finalists, so prepare yourself for disappointment.

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 you can block or redirect incoming traffic...

November 13, 2006

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

Nominate your choice for Best of the Rest of the Blogs (8751+) based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 13, 2006.

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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 13, 2006.

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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 13, 2006.

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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 13, 2006.

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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 13, 2006.

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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 13, 2006.

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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 13, 2006.

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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 13, 2006.

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Nominations - Best of the Top 251 - 500 Blogs

Nominate your choice for Best of the Top 251 - 500 Blogs based on the TTLB Ecosystem rankings. Use the Ecosystem link above which is a static snapshot ranking as of November 13, 2006.

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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 13, 2006.

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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 Australia or New Zealand Blog

Nominate your choice for the best Australian or New Zealand 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 Asian Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Asian Blog.

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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 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 Canadian Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Canadian Blog.

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Nominations - Video Of The Year

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...

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 Podcast

Nominate your choice for Best Podcast.

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Nominations - Best Music Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Music Blog.

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Nominations - Best Gossip Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Gossip Blog.

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Nominations - Best Diarist

Nominate your choice for Best Diarist.

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Nominations - Best Culture Blog

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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Nominations - Best Photo Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Photo Blog.

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Nominations - Best Medical/Health Issues Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Medical/Health Issues Blog.

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Nominations - Best Science Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Science Blog.

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Nominations - Best Educational Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Educational Blog.

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Nominations - Best Parenting Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Parenting 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 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 Law Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Law Blog.

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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 Sports Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Sports Blog.

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Nominations - Best Technology Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Technology Blog.

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Nominations - Best Media Blog

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

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Nominations - Best Campaign Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Campaign Blog.

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Nominations - Best Centrist Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Centrist Blog.

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Nominations - Best Conservative Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Conservative Blog.

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Nominations - Best Liberal Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Liberal Blog.

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Nominations - Best Online Community

Nominate your choice for Best Online Community.

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Nominations - Best Comics Strip

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

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Nominations - Best Humor Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Humor Blog.

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Nominations - Best Individual Blog

Nominate your choice for Best Individual Blog. With many popular blogs adopting a muti-author format, we've switched the Group Blog award to an individual award...

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Nominations - Best New Blog

Nominate your choice for Best New Blog. The blog must have been established after November 14, 2005 - when last years nominations opened.

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Nominations - Best Blog

Nominate your choice for 2006's Best Blog.

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The 2006 Weblog Awards - Nominations Open

Nominations for The 2006 Weblog Awards are now open. The Weblog Awards is the world's largest blog competition, with over 1 million votes cast in the last three years for nearly 1,000 blogs.

The master list of nomination posts can be found here, or you can use this entry to navigate to the nomination posts for the 46 categories.

The big change for 2006 is the addition of several new categories and the reduction in the number of finalists. Most categories will have only 10 finalists, as opposed to the 15 selected in 2005.

Nomination Categories
Best Blog
Best New Blog
Best Individual Blog
Best Humor Blog
Best Comic Strip
Best Online Community
Best Liberal Blog
Best Conservative Blog
Best Centrist Blog
Best Campaign Blog

Topic Areas
Best Media Blog
Best Technology Blog
Best Sports Blog
Best Military Blog
Best Law Blog
Best Business Blog
Best LGBT Blog
Best Parenting Blog
Best Educational Blog
Best Science Blog
Best Medical/Health Issues Blog

The Arts
Best Photo Blog
Best Culture Blog
Best Diarist
Best Gossip Blog
Best Music Blog
Best Podcast
Best Video Blog
Video Of The Year

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
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+)

Nominations close November 24, 2006. Voting will begin the first week of December.


[Note: Best Group Blog, Best Blog Design, and Best Religious Blog awards have been discontinued.]


A couple of notes:

  • You can nominate yourself; don't be shy.
  • The number of nominations a blog receives is irrelevant. One nomination is enough...
  • In some cases the list of finalists may contain sites not publically nominated.
  • This contest is about fun - find some new blogs to read by following the links.

Quick Links:

November 17, 2006

Nominations Update

Nominations are going very well - we've got over 3,000 nominations and there's still a week left to nominate blogs.

On a more serious note... A couple of sites have been entered in the junk file (their existing nominations remain) because their supporters were using the nomination post comment sections to hold running conversations. We've got a specially designated area to "smack talk" or debate who should be nominated for what - The Weblog Awards Forums. While we welcome their nominations, repetitively entering nominations for the same site just makes the finalist selection process harder.

Supporters of those sites - you'll figure out who you are when your comments aren't published - are free to carry on their conversations in the forums.

Thanks!

PS - Don't forget to spread the word about the nominations process!

November 25, 2006

Nominations Closed - Almost

Nominations for The 2006 Weblog Awards are now closed. Please continue to check the awards homepage for news and updates. Voting will begin the first week of December.

Nomination for the following categories remains open through the weekend due to a low number of nominees.

Best Campaign Blog
Best Business Blog
Best Middle Eastern or Africa Blog

Please get to those three categories and fill them up with nominees. Thanks!


Update: All categories are now closed.

Welcome to The 2006 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 ended November 24, and voting was conducted between December 7 and December 15. Final results will be announced Dec. 18, 2006.

Comments have been disabled, 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.

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