Time once again to get out your blogrolls. The Weblog Awards are a non-profit project created in 2001 to award the best blogs. All the Bloggie winners are chosen by the public. Who are you going to vote for?
These rules may change at any time, but they probably won't.
From January 1, 2007 until 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) on Thursday, January 11, anyone was able to nominate their favorite weblogs.
That Monday, January 15, 200 randomly selected voters received an e-mail. It listed the weblogs that received the most nominations in ten random categories. They had until 10:00 PM EST on Sunday, January 21 to privately submit their five favorites (six for Weblog of the Year) for each category. The five (or six for Weblog of the Year) receiving the most votes became finalists. I (Nikolai Nolan) only voted for the panel in the case of a tie for fifth place. This panel was on an opt-in policy.
On Thursday, January 25, the finalists were announced and voting is open again to choose the winners.
Voting will close at 10:00 PM EST on Friday, February 2. The winners will be posted on Monday, March 12.
The Weblog Awards™ ceremony will be held at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, USA on Monday, March 12 at 12:45 PM at the Trade Show Day Stage. Webloggers including previous Bloggie™ winners will present certificates and prizes to those present.
Those who aren't attending may join the excitement on IRC, in #Bloggies on irc.freenode.net. Winners will be announced live and a play-by-play of the ceremony will be given.
After the ceremony, the results will be posted on this page.
Because of the large amount of categories, I won't personally give a award to every winner, but the final four categories, including Weblog of the Year, will receive 2,007 US cents (US$20.07).
What about the other prizes? Sorry, but I'm not accepting other prize contributions this year. Some contributors were taking advantage of the opportunity to get linked from the Bloggies site, but not following through with their prizes. Keeping track of the prizes is time-consuming enough, so since my life now doesn't give me as much free time to work on the Bloggies, removing that task was necessary to keep the awards going smoothly, at least until I have a plentiful staff of volunteers to do it for me.
Most categories will remain as they've always been. But because of revision or removal, it's time to bid farewell to:
In exchange, these spiffy new categories take their place:
Any questions not covered here? Get in touch with me and I'll get them answered.
Now go for it; nominate the weblogs you find most deserving of a Bloggie.
Something that helps you publish, make comments, anything that has to do with developing a weblog.
Weblogs from Asia, not including the Middle East.
Weblogs from Europe, not including the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Weblogs from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Weblogs from the United States.
Photoblogs and other weblogs that regularly feature photography.
Weblogs about movies, television, and/or theater.
Weblogs completely about Web design and development.
Weblogs about computers and/or technology, other than Web design.
Weblogs with a definite topic other than the ones in the categories above.
Webloggers in the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered community.
Weblogs written by those 19 and under.
Weblogs written by an exclusive group.
Weblogs where everyone is invited to post.
The best underrepresented weblogs.
Weblogs that began during the year 2006.
Webloggers who have been blogging at least since January 1, 2002. This award can only be won once, so Jeffrey Zeldman, Evan Williams, Jason Kottke, Heather Powazek Champ, Tom Coates, and Boing Boing are not eligible.