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December 1, 2006

The 2006 Weblog Awards Schedule

Here's it the current schedule for The 2006 Weblog Awards:

December 5, 2006 - Finalists announced
December 6, 2006 - Finalist badges and voting link codes available
December 7, 2006 - Voting begins
December 15, 2006 - Voting ends
December 18, 2006 - Results certified

Daily notes on all things Weblog Awards related will begin tomorrow.

Voting Rules

Voting Rules:

  • Polls close at 11:59 PM (US - Eastern) December 15, 2006.
  • You may vote once every 24 hours in each poll.
  • After voting in an individual poll you will be locked out from voting again in that poll (on the computer you voted from) for 24 hours.
  • Each poll has its own separate 24 hour lockout control. Voting in, for example, Best Blog will not lock you out of voting in other categories.
  • Vote totals are not final until certified.
  • Vote totals are subject to periodic correction for identified cheating.
  • Cheaters will be banned from the site.
  • We reserve the right to close some or all polls earlier than the posted end date.

December 3, 2006

Weblog Award Notes

The Best Campaign Blog category has been dropped, leaving us with a mere 45 categories...

The Best Campaign Blog category was a new addition to The Weblog Awards this year, and after checking the nomination I wasn't convinced that we would have been able to field a good slate of finalists for the category. We'll keep the category in mind for future editions.

December 5, 2006

A Note To Nominees

Every year this is the hardest post I have to write - the one where I explain why your nominated blog was not selected as a finalist. First, the odds are heavily stacked against you. This year we received nearly 4,500 nominations in 45 categories, of which no more than 450 will be selected as finalists.

Second, it's worth restating the guiding principles of of The Weblog Awards; ones we've used since the inception of The Weblog Awards 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. There are two notable exceptions to this edict [Note: It's a guideline, not an iron-clad rule], the Best Blog and Best Podcast categories. Finalists in those two categories my appear as finalists in other categories. Even with that general guideline there will be several 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 10 finalists per category. We're under no illusion that (even with unlimited time) we could prune each category to a list of the 10 blogs that everyone would agree were the absolute best 10 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. 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...

Finalist Will Be Announced Tonight

We're putting the finishing touches on the slate of finalists right now. They'll be ready this evening.

Note: The comment section will be closed starting this evening. The Weblog Awards forums will remain open throughout the voting.

The 2006 Weblog Awards Finalists Announced

Below are the finalists for The 2006 Weblog Awards. Voting begins Thursday evening. Finalist badges are available now and voting is scheduled to begin Thursday.

[Note: In order to get this information out as fast as possible we've not done all the formating that will go along with the listings that will be included with the polls. Each poll will have hyperlinks for all of the finalists sites as well as RSS (or Atom) feed links (where available) for each of the finalists. We also hope to have OPML links for each the finalist slates as well.]

Continue reading "The 2006 Weblog Awards Finalists Announced" »

The 2006 Weblog Awards - Finalist Badges

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

Once the polls open sites are encouraged to modify the code provided to link directly to their poll. The linking codes are available below.

Continue reading "The 2006 Weblog Awards - Finalist Badges" »

December 6, 2006

All Your Questions Answered

You've got questions, we've got answers

The Weblog Awards FAQ
Everything you wanted to know about voting

If those don't answer your questions feel free to ask.

December 7, 2006


So you're probably here looking for the voting screens, right?

The polls will start appearing this afternoon and into the evening. There's a lot of behind the scenes work that has to be finished before we can release the polls. We're working as fast as possible, but it's worth noting that we've hit all our schedule deadlines to this point in the process, and we'll make this one as well...

Best Of The Rest (8501+)

Voting has ended for The 2006 Weblog Awards. Return to the The 2006 Weblog Award Poll Navigation Page or see the list of winners.

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