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December 24, 2003

Grumblings

I really haven't commented on the fallout from the 2003 Weblog Awards.

One particular column by Steve Outing at Poynteronline did irk me. In it he bemoans the design quality of blogs focusing on the Best Looking Blog category.

First these were open nominations. Gnome-girl and I tried to pick a representative top 20 from the numerous nominations, knowing full well that there were probably better sites out their among the millions of blogs.

Second, no one is getting rich making visually appealing weblogs. The site owners in the poll design for their own enjoyment or hire blog designers to give them as much flair as their limitted budgets can afford. Here I know what of I speak. Ask Robyn and Stacy at Sekimori. I worked with them in the redesign at SportsBlog, which turned out marvelous. We had numerous exchanges in regards to ideas for the site design compared to the "professional" sites like ESPN, CBS Sportsline, FOXSports, etc. Those sites were developed for 10's or 100's of thousands of dollars. SportsBlog was constrained to a budget of hundreds of dollars. Comparing one to the other is an apples to oranges comparison.

Finally, this wouldn't have anything to do with Romensko's eighth place finish in the Best Media/Journalism Blog would it? Romensko and Poynteronline are synonymous.

By the way Orange Haired Boy found this humorous Japenese translation of the Ecosystem categories.

Hat Tip: Arguing With Signposts

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Arguing with signposts... linked with Steve Outing replies
Chuck's Blogumentary linked with WEBLOG AWARDS HUBUB

December 15, 2003

2003 Weblog Awards - Winners

2003 Weblog Awards

Based on over 63,000 votes cast during the ten days polls were open (12/5/2003 -12/14/2003), here are the 22 winners of 2003 Weblog Awards. Congratulations!

Best Overall Blog

Little Green Footballs


Best New Blog (Established in 2003)

Allah Is In The House


Best Group Blog

The Volokh Conspiracy


Best Foreign Blog

Merde In France
Merde In France


Best Humor Blog

Allah Is In The House


Best Looking Blog

Snazzy Kat
Snazzy Kat


Best Female Authored Blog (tie)

Meryl Yourish   Asymmetrical Information


Best Liberal Blog

Michael J. Totten


Best Conservative Blog

Hugh Hewitt


Best Media/Journalist Blog

Opinion Journal (Best Of The Web by James Taranto)
Opinion Journal (Best Of The Web by James Taranto)


Best Ecosystem Higher Beings & Mortal Humans Blog

James Lileks
James Lileks


Best Ecosystem Playful Primates Blog

Citizen Smash
Citizen Smash


Best Ecosystem Large Mammals Blog

damnum absque injuria


Best Ecosystem Marauding Marsupials Blog

Patterico's Pontifications


Best Ecosystem Adorable Rodents Blog

Yale Diva


Best Ecosystem Flappy Birds Blog

Busy Mom Blog


Best Ecosystem Slithering Reptiles Blog

Buddha's Den


Best Ecosystem Crawly Amphibians Blog

Tasty Manatees


Best Ecosystem Flippery Fish Blog

Sweetness Follows


Best Ecosystem Slimy Molluscs (and below) Blog

Jozjozjoz
Jozjozjoz


Most Egregious Omission

Not A Fish

Winners logo's and HTML code will be available here Tuesday. The poll page will remain in place so you may continue to link to it and the results. The content of this post will be copied into the header section of the poll page as well.

Thanks to everyone who participated, those who have sent well wishes, and especially Michele, Cheyenne, and the King for their assistance.

I'll try to recap the though process behind the design and operation of the awards at some point in the next few days. The participation in terms of nominations and voting has been amazing. There were lessons learned along the way that will make next years Weblog Awards even better.

I think most people liked the idea of competing against sites from the same TTLB Ecosystem level, but I think for next year we are going to need some better "awards show" names for those categories. I'm open to suggestions...

Text Listing Of the Winners:

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BoiFromTroy linked with Southern Cal dominates...
Electric Venom linked with A Dubious Distinction
AlphaPatriot linked with Belated Congrats...
Mind of Mog linked with 2003 Weblog Awards: Vote Now
Signifying Nothing linked with While We Were Sleeping II: The Two Towers
Buddha's Den linked with My Thanks....to you the people...
srah blah blah linked with We're #2! We're #2!
drowning at 2 feet sea level linked with Around the 'Sphere
swirlspice linked with I am not a loser. I am NOT a loser.
Unscrewing The Inscrutable linked with Ah, Good Times, Good Times
Resonance linked with Concession and Congratulations
Resonance linked with Concession and Congratulations
www [dot] margilowry [dot] com linked with It's an honor just to be nominated
Life's Like This linked with ...and the winners are *drumroll*
PrestoPundit.com linked with http://www.hayekcenter.org/prestopunditarchive/002161.html

December 14, 2003

2003 Weblog Awards - Polls Closed

2003 Weblog Awards

Polls are closed and vote totals in all categories are being reviewed. Since there have already been adjustments in some categories, hold off on claims of victory until I give the official results. A winners announcement post will follow either this evening or tomorrow morning.

The poll page will remain in place, and everyone sees only the vote totals. You can link to the results of a poll using the permalink icon.

Thanks to all for the overwhelming support and participation.

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Matthew J. Stinson | weblog linked with Blog award polling has ended
The American Mind linked with TAM Lost

December 12, 2003

2003 Weblog Awards - Stretch Run

2003 Weblog Awards

Most races are too close to call. Even the Best Overall Blog category, where LGF holds a strong lead, isn't immune to a well timed mention from the competition.

Voting closes Sunday.

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apropos of something linked with Around the blogosphere

December 11, 2003

2003 Weblog Awards - Procedures

2003 Weblog Awards


Polls for the 2003 Weblog Awards close Sunday December 14. Winners will be announced December 15.

Why the delay? I am checking logs for excessive voting patterns regularly, but I'd rather make the adjustments all at once. I appreciate the efforts of all the contestants to guide their readers to proper participation, but regardless of how hard we all try there will always be some who try to spoil the fun. Fear not, it's trivially easy for me to spot the excessive voting. How to address these votes (which will be discarded) midway through the polling is a thornier issue. There are three ways I can handle this:

  1. Make the adjustment, and hope I remember that I made the adjustment when I look through the logs again once the polls close. I'm worried, frankly, that I will forget that I already adjusted the vote totals downward and mistakenly do it again. There are 21 different polls to keep up with.

  2. Make the adjustment(s) then clear the logs. This way there is no chance that I would have the problem described above, but I loose the existing vote logs for that poll. I really don't want to keep checkmarking the logs in this way. I would like to keep the logs intact until the polls close.

  3. Note the adjustments, leave the logs in place, then adjust the totals when the polls close. This allows me to keep the logs and make all the adjustments at one time.
Option 3 is the one I'm going with. I'm sorry if this is not an optimal solution, but I will try to note the polls where corrections are to be applied.

See the update below...

Others will surely be added. I will notify these sites by mail and include a copy of the relevant portion of the log if requested. Please refrain from spiteful name calling between sites over this issue because:

  1. Unless the blogger did it themselves (highly unlikely) they really have no control over it.

  2. You could be the next on the list.
As to the declaration of winners, where the vote total is exceedingly close I reserve the right to declare co-winners.

Update: I changed my mind. I am going to apply the corrections to date. I found a way to preserve the logs offline.

The following vote totals have decreased by the amount indicated based on vote abuse.

Best Conservative Blog
Hewitt (151)
Misha (150)

Best Marauding Marsupials Ecosystem Level Blog
the cheese stands alone (35)

Best Flappy Birds Ecosystem Level Blog
Quibles And Bits (22)
Agroves (52)
Exultate Justi (53)

Best Group Blog
Powerline (150)
Rantburg (650)

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Citizen Smash - The Indepundit linked with Final Push for Votes
the cheese stands alone under the mistletoe linked with Pissed
Patterico's Pontifications linked with CHEESE OVERTAKES STILL TRAILS PATTERICO

December 09, 2003

Where's Kottke.org?

2003 Weblog Awards

Jason Kottke has asked to be removed from the running from the Best Overall Blog category. The reason I honored his request is that there were voting issues with 4 blogs (of which his was one) on Saturday. Those issues have since been fixed, but I decided that if any of the 4 ever wanted out I would honor their request.

That's it, I'm done removing people from the contest. Don't bother asking.

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2003 Weblog Awards - Most Egregious Omission

2003 Weblog Awards


One last category was added based on nominations made in this post.

Vote in the category: Most Egregious Omission

Nominees:


Ambient Irony
American Digest
angelweave
The Belmont Club
Captain's Quarters
DFMoore
DizzyGirl
Not A Fish
The People's Republic of Seabrook
Jennifer's History And Stuff
Backcountry Conservative
JustOneMinute
The Laughing Wolf
Liquid Courage
Voodoo Lounge
Molotov Cocktail Frank
Possumblog
Musings from Brian J. Noggle
Dodgeblogium
Clear Lake Reflections
Econpundit
On The Fritz
Gnome-girl
Halley's Comment
Juan Cole
Not Me
PardonMyEnglish
QandO
SnoozeButtonDreams
wackyfun dot net
Twilight Cafe

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Dizzy Girl linked with A Glaring Error Times Deux!

December 08, 2003

Get Your Buttons

Michele at A Small Victory, who graciously provided all of the graphics for the 2003 Weblog Awards, is Photoshopping up a storm of custom buttons. Nothing says "vote for me" or "don't vote for that other site" better than a personalized logo.

2003 Weblog Awards

Update: The Most Egregious Omission category will be up in a few hours.

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December 07, 2003

2003 Weblog Awards Support

Use this post to ask questions or notify me of problems.

Click the graphic below to enter the polls.

2003 Weblog Awards

If you are having trouble voting try refreshing you browser; many times that fixes the problem. If you are having problems with extended poll lockout, use this
link to reset your counters. Abuse will get you banned.

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Who Tends the Fires linked with Cast your votes, folks!

December 06, 2003

Cheaters

2003 Weblog Awards

Never prosper. I know who it is and it's been fixed.

If you think it will help your favorite site by padding votes or hacking you are wrong. I'll be lopping off the cheaters votes and banning addresses. I am watching the vote logs and zapping cheaters votes.

Yesterday I saw the rise in Lessig, LGF, and Scripting News and figured they were moving together. This was not exactly the case.

Scripting News rocketed up 5000 votes in short order. I combed through the Scripting News vote logs and didn't initially see any issues. It appeared that LGF and Lessig fans tried to match the Scripting News gains illicitly. Lessig, LGF, and Kottke were all docked due to heavy vote fraud from individual address. Lessing (5K), LGF (3K), Kottke (500).

That was not the end of the story. Checking the referral logs showed where all the Scripting News votes were coming from. He benefited from some underground hacking games and did not earn the votes I though he had. He wasn't involved, but I found the little twerps who where doing it. There were lots of other mirrors like memepool.com who were carrying similar code.

Pete Holiday was able to come up with some code to block the kind of direct link "magic" vote fraud that was happening. Things should run smoother now. Serious thanks to Pete!!!

The moral of the story is earn your votes the old fashion way: beg for them.

Update: There are 19 categories (if I remember correctly) and the voting problems have only occurred in the Best Overall Blog category and only with the sites mentioned. The illicit votes have been removed and the poll code has been modified to disable the cheating. None of the other polls were affected.

In the Best Overall Blog category all of the aforementioned sites are aware of the situation, and none of them are encouraging people to game the system. With the vote totals corrected and the polls more secure the contest will continue. It turns out that I don't have to guess about totals when removing votes.

Some have called for the contest to end. To this I say "no". Aside from wanting to stage a competition, I also wanted to give non A-list bloggers a chance to get some new readers at their sites. Numerous sites (even when complaining about the Weblog Awards) say that they've found some new blogs of interest in the Weblog Awards.

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Posted by Kevin at 07:59 PM | Comments (60) | Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (14)
Patterico's Pontifications linked with MORE PROOF THAT HUMANS WILL CHEAT AT ANYTHING
American Digest linked with Cheating Continues at Wizbang
PoliBlog linked with Cheaters Never Prosper
The Blog Herald linked with Cheating blights Wizbang awards
Weblog Hype linked with Not worth that much
dcthornton.com linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
American Digest linked with Blog Cheating Gets a Pass at Wizbang
One Fine Jay linked with Shooting fish
Burningbird linked with Blogger Strike
Amish Tech Support linked with The problem with online polls
An Unsealed Room linked with Weblog Awards: We are a Competitive Species....
Captain's Quarters linked with Last Chance at Weblog Awards
Tiger: Raggin' & Rantin' linked with I just can't bear to watch
Matthew J. Stinson | weblog linked with Poll positions

By Popular Demand: Most Egregious Omission Poll

I told you when push came to shove there were going to be some bruised egos. Did you listen? Sadly no...

You whined, you cried, you ranted, etc. Well it worked, sort of...

Here is your final chance to make your case as to why your omission from the 2003 Weblog Awards was the most heinous miscarriage of justice since The Holy Roller or The Immaculate Reception.

One final category will go up for voting on Monday night - Most Egregious Omission

Rules:

If you are listed in any of the polls you are ineligible.

Just because you blog exists does not automatically qualify it as an egregious omission. You need to explain why your omission is such a glaring oversight. Humor and creativity will be rewarded; pettiness and whining will not. The process of choosing the final 20 will be subjective. I've got 5 sites on my list already so you're fighting for the other 15.

Have at it...

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OUTSIDE THE BELTWAY linked with POLI-PRIMATE
Jennifer's History and Stuff linked with Weblog Awards
brainstorming linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
Random Fate linked with It's a blogger Oscar!
Captain's Quarters linked with Last Chance at Weblog Awards
Matthew J. Stinson | weblog linked with Poll positions
Blog o'RAM linked with Blog it Forward
One Fine Jay linked with Quackmire!

December 05, 2003

2003 Weblog Awards Open

Voting for all categories is now open. You can vote in each category once every 12 hours. Polls close Dec. 14.

Every nominated site in every poll can be visited by clicking on the site name (site opens in a new window). If you are not familiar with all the nominees take a look at them before voting.

Click the graphic below to enter the polls.

2003 Weblog Awards


If you want to show the link at your site:

Please be kind save the graphic to your server and update the code......

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Posted by Kevin at 12:41 PM | Comments (6) | Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (19)
Alive and Bloggin' linked with Go vote already!
Signifying Nothing linked with It's an honor just to be nominated
The Southern California Law Blog linked with Weblog Award Voting Opens
The Southern California Law Blog linked with Weblog Award Voting Opens
Mind of Mog linked with 2003 Weblog Awards: Vote Now
Israeli Guy linked with Trackbacks
Tiger: Raggin' & Rantin' linked with Punch all the way through your ballot
apropos of something linked with Rock the Vote: The 2003 Weblog Awards
Absinthe & Cookies (a little bit bitter, a little bit sweet) linked with Blog The Vote
danandsherree.com linked with danandsherree.com isn't in the 2003 Weblog Award Polls
Citizen Smash - The Indepundit linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
Insults Unpunished linked with Vote Early And Often. Well, At Least Early.
BushBlog linked with BushBlog is up for an award!
Overtaken by Events linked with Fight for your Right
Daniel W. Drezner linked with A (modest) step up from the Grammies

December 04, 2003

Serious Thanks!

Turns out that out of the thousands of comments and messages about the 2003 Weblog Awards there were three special people who asked the magic question, "do you need any help?"

Big thanks to Cheyenne (aka Gnomegirl) provided invaluable assistance in culling through the nominiees in the Best Looking Blog and Best Female Authored Blog.

Thanks also to Michele for her graphics and support.

And even more thanks to The King Of Fools for help culling through the nominees in the Ecosystem categories.

Turns out that we will get this beast off the ground tomorrow with the help of these nice folks. I'm filling out the posts and polls, check back tomorrow for the start times. My thought is that running the poll through December 14th should long enough.

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December 03, 2003

2003 Weblog Awards Update

The number of nominations is staggering. While this is a good thing, it means there will most certainly be sites that are passed over for inclusion.

Any contest of this sort has not gone without some level of controversy. All I can say is that I'm trying to do this with as much "sunshine" into the process as possible. Even if you are violently opposed to the concept you can use this as an opportunity to see new parts of the blog universe by looking through the nominating comments.

Good news! Michele made a logo for the Weblog Awards. I'll be adding a textarea box later today so you can link to the polls with a little cut and pasting of HTML.

award.jpg

And finally... POLLS OPEN FRIDAY.

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Blog o'RAM linked with Silence of the
Bloviating Inanities linked with Squeaky Wheel
The S-Train Canvass linked with Nominated? ME?!?!
Israellycool linked with My Rant for the Day
Radio Free Blogistan linked with Get your tux ready : 2003 Weblog Awards
the typepadistas directory linked with Wizbang: 2003 Weblog Awards Update
Practical Penumbra linked with ...three shall be the number...

December 01, 2003

2003 Weblog Awards - Nominations

2003 Weblog Awards


This is the master post of the nomination process for the 2003 Weblog Awards. Each Weblog Award category has a post for nominations listed here. Leave your nominees (name and URL) in the comment section to the applicable post. Eventually each post will have the award lineup listed and a link to the poll.

If you are linking to the contest please use the nomination category archive, as it contains all relevant posts. By linking to the category you can see all the nominating posts on one screen. Of course if you are free to link to which ever nomination post you want as well.

Other notes: The Ecosystem nominations are based on the Ecosystem rankings as of Dec. 1. I realize these are fluid so if some categories don't fill immediately then it will be based on the standing when nominated. I'd like to get the voting started this week so the quicker we can fill the categories the better.

Remember you can nominate yourself. I think it's best if Wizbang is left out of the awards. Thanks to those of you who have nominated Wizbang, but I'm not sure that it's fair for me to participate (i.e., home field advantage).

Update: We still need a cool logo for the poll page and a graphic for the award. Any of the best looking blog folks care to help out? Seriously you don't want my clipart special :-) Logos should be 400px wide and the award graphic should be 150px to 175px wide (height is up to you). I'll take anything you can give at this point. Potential award graphics should have some room for the site name of the winner. I'll take entries via e-mail for graphics at awards at wizbangblog.com

I'm gunning to have the polls open for voting by Friday. In categories that are sparsely nominated I'll fill in from the Ecosystem as needed. Rather than trickle polls onto the 2003 Weblog Awards page I am going to start all of them at one time. Each entry will be hyperlinked to the nominated site so you can explore the ones you may not have heard of or seen before.

Since I am filling out the rosters from the nominations I reserve the right to limit the number of categories a site appears in and/or move it to the most appropriate category. If you are nominated and placed in a category poll, but for some reason do not want to participate, let me know privately via e-mail and I will remove you. Anyone who has used the test polls knows you get one vote per poll, period. Attempts to game the system will not be tolerated.

Update2: Democracy rocks! My head is still spinning from all the nominations. Starting late tomorrow and into Wednesday morning I will working on the category lineups so keep the nominations coming. I would like to apologize in advance to sites that are left off or out of categories, as this is bound to happen. I'll try to catch any errors before the polling starts, but once the polls open no changes will be made. I've slowed my process of updating the posts with the polling lineup to make sure that I have sites in the right spots before I start posting poll contestants. Again YOU CAN NOMINATE YOURSELF, don't be shy.

Thanks for all the suggestions for new categories and other changes to the current contest. They will all be considered - for next years awards.

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Posted by Kevin at 08:55 AM | Comments (8) | Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (42)
BoiFromTroy linked with WizBang Weblog Awards
University Blog linked with Awards Time
Sneakeasy's Joint linked with Let the Voting Begin!
jozjozjoz.com :: brain barf... yum! linked with Could it be?! I'm nominated!
Life's Like This linked with Letter of the Day - N
Practical Penumbra linked with ...three shall be the number...
eclecticism linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
Matthew J. Stinson | weblog linked with Get your nomination on
Insults Unpunished linked with I Can't Nominate Myself, Damnit!! Well, Maybe I Can.
The Encyclopeteia linked with More Civilized Subjects
Overtaken by Events linked with Catching Up
Calblog linked with Go See
Calblog linked with Go See
Frankenstein linked with Another One?
The SmarterCop linked with WEDNESDAY'S COMPENDIUM - Navel Gazing Around the Blogosphere

Nominations: Best Overall Blog

Vote in this category: Best Overall Blog (Starts Friday).

Nominees:

Buzzmachine
A Small Victory
Talking Points Memo
CalPundit
USS Clueless
kausfiles
InstaPundit
Little Green Footballs
Power Line
Scripting News
Andrew Sullivan
Gothamist
Dynamist Blog
Lawrence Lessig
Dive Into Mark
kotte.org
megnut.com
The Volokh Conspiracy
Boing Boing
Joho the Blog

Voting has started so no more nominations will be allowed. Comments are closed on this post. Visit the 2003 Weblog Awards support post for questions and answers.

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Nominations: Best New Blog (Established in 2003)

Vote in this category: Best New Blog (Starts Friday).

Nominees:

Allah Is In The House
An Unsealed Room
Baldilocks
Blackfive
Boomshock
Buzzstuff
Electric Venom
Healing Iraq
Ilyka Damen
Judicious Asininity
King Of Fools
Matthew J. Stinson
Outside The Beltway
PoliBlog
Rush Limbaughtomy
The S-Train Canvass
Smitten
Suburban Blight
Tenth-Muse
The World Around You

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Patterico's Pontifications linked with WIZBANG'S 2003 WEBLOG AWARDS
BoiFromTroy linked with WizBang Weblog Awards
The World Around You linked with Weblog Awards 2003
The S-Train Canvass linked with Nominated? ME?!?!
danandsherree.com linked with 2003 Weblog Award Nominations
Michael Williams -- Master of None linked with 2003 Weblog Awards -- Nominations
Michael Williams -- Master of None linked with 2003 Weblog Awards -- Nominations
Interested-Participant linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
camedwards.com linked with I'm A Rodent?
camedwards.com linked with I'm A Rodent?

Nominations: Best Group Blog

Vote in this category: Best Group Blog (Starts Friday).

Nominees:

BlogCritics
BushBlog
Crooked Timber
Fanblogs
Homewreckers
Jessica's Well
JohnnyTheo.com
Kuro5hin
MetaFilter
OxBlog
Powerline
Rantburg
Samizdata
SilentRunning
Silflay Hraka
SportsBlog
The Command Post
The Volokh Conspiracy
WatchBlog
Winds Of Change

Voting has started so no more nominations will be allowed. Comments are closed on this post. Visit the 2003 Weblog Awards support post for questions and answers.

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Posted by Kevin at 08:45 AM | Comments (46) | Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (2)
BushBlog linked with Nominated for "Best Group Blog"
Jessica's Well linked with http://WWW.JESSICASWELL.COM/MT/archives/001037.html

Nominations: Best Foreign Blog

Vote in this category: Best Foreign Blog (Starts Friday).

Nominees:

A Sassy lawyer in Philippine Suburbia
Bjørn Stærk
Dancing With Dogs
Dissecting Leftism
Fistful of Euros
Gweilo Diaries
Healing Iraq
How to Save the World
Jivha - The Tongue
IsraPundit
Merde in France
Living In China
Peaktalk
The Dissident Frogman
The Edge of England's Sword
The Peking Duck
The Russian Dilettante
Tim Blair
What's New, Pussycat?
Flying Chair

Voting has started so no more nominations will be allowed. Comments are closed on this post. Visit the 2003 Weblog Awards support post for questions and answers.

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Posted by Kevin at 08:44 AM | Comments (47) | Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (2)
Brainysmurf linked with Just a quick update post
blogundanga linked with Wizbang: Nominations: Best Looking Blog

Nominations: Best Humor Blog

Vote in this category: Best Humor Blog (Open Friday).

Nominees:

Allah Is In The House
Anger Management
Bad Money
Bloviating Inanities
Dave Barry
Giggle Chick
Girls Are Pretty
IMAO
Little Tiny Lies
Mr. Mustard
Opinions You Should Have
Poitburo Diktat
pickle juice
Bunsen
Sanity's Edge
Scrappleface
Solonor's Ink Well
The Illuminated Donkey
Wit And Wisdom
Where the Hell Was I?


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Posted by Kevin at 08:44 AM | Comments (43) | Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (2)
Bloviating Inanities linked with Squeaky Wheel
Solonor's Ink Well linked with Dave Barry is sooo 2002...

Nominations: Best Looking Blog

Vote in this category: Best Looking Blog (Starts Friday).

Nominees:

Africa Blog
Blogumentary
Collected Miscellany
Doctor Grosz
Fringe
Highly Moody
I don’t think
Inside Gretchen's Head
Mike Kelly
Orange Haired boy
Pixel Sphinx
Snazzy Kat
Sugar White Sand
Tenth Muse
The Notebook
Thoughtprints
eclecticism
in a groove
tummy monsters
webguerillas

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CandyUniverse linked with Weblog Awards
Tiger: Raggin' & Rantin' linked with Somethin' good followed by excessive sarcasm
blogundanga linked with Wizbang: Nominations: Best Looking Blog
highly moody linked with Pretty Girl
resurrectionsong linked with Well, Damn, That's Nice...
Brain Fertilizer linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
eclecticism linked with 2003 Weblog Awards

Nominations: Best Female Authored Blog

Vote in this category: Best Female Authored Blog (Starts Friday).

Nominees:

Aged & Confused
Asymmetrical Information
caoine
Cut On The Bias
Everyday Stranger
feministe the pirate
go fish
Jessica Lovejoy
Joanne Jacobs
Meryl Yourish
moxie
Netwoman
Number 2 Pencil
petit hiboux
Rabbit Blog
Reflections
Serenity’s Journal
Sugarmama
susan mernit's blog
this fish

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KnowProSE linked with Gender, Blog Awards... huh?
jozjozjoz.com :: brain barf... yum! linked with Could it be?! I'm nominated!
Red Grand AM! linked with Need a Giggle or Two?
reflections linked with i'd like yvonne to thank the academy
misbehaving.net linked with Separate but equal?
Plum Crazy linked with I'd Like to Thank the Academy and David Merrick...
c u l t u r e k i t c h e n linked with Best Female Authored Blog
Knowledge Problem linked with WIZBANG BLOG AWARDS
gigglechick.com linked with *cough*.... eh........
Burningbird linked with Best Blog with a Female Spirit
A Sassy Lawyer in Philippine Suburbia linked with The other side of the tunnel
TwilightCafé linked with I'd like to thank the academy...
Alive and Bloggin' linked with 2003 weblog awards

Nominations: Best Liberal Blog

Vote in this category: Best Liberal Blog

Nominees:

AintNoBadDude
Amygdala
Antidotal
Brad De Long
CalPundit
Crooked Timber
Eschaton
Kieran Healy
Lean Left
Matthew Yglesias
Michael J. Totten
Oliver Willis
South Knox Bubba
skippy the bush kangaroo
Talking Points Memo
TalkLeft
The Daily Kos
The Left Coaster
The Sideshow
The Talking Dog

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Nominations: Best Conservative Blog

Vote in this category: Best Conservative Blog

Nominees:

Andrew Sullivan
Ballon Juice
Citizen Smash
Cold Fury
DailyPundit
Daniel Drezner
Eject! Eject! Eject!
Hugh Hewitt
InstaPundit
Insults Unpublished
On The Third Hand
One Hand Clapping
Pejmanesque
Right Wing News
Right-Thinking from the Left Coast
Sgt. Stryker
Tacitus
The Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
The Spoons Experience
Zogby Blog

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BoiFromTroy linked with WizBang Weblog Awards
Michael Williams -- Master of None linked with 2003 Weblog Awards -- Nominations
Michael Williams -- Master of None linked with 2003 Weblog Awards -- Nominations
Interested-Participant linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
The American Mind linked with Nominations are Now Open

Nominations: Best Media/Journalist Blog

Vote in this category: Best Media/Journalist Blog (Starts Friday).

Nominees:

Easterblogg
Dan Gillmor
Opinion Journal (James Taranto)
Press Think (Jay Rosen)
Buzz Machine (Jeff Jarvis)
Hugh Hewitt
Dan Weintraub
Matt Welch
Howard Owens
The Corner
HobbsOnline A.M.
Tapped
First Draft (Tim Porter)
kausfiles
Amy Langfield
Gawker
Romensko
The Kicker
L.A. Observed
Hit & Run

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camedwards.com linked with I'm A Rodent?
camedwards.com linked with I'm A Rodent?

Nominations: Ecosystem Higher Beings & Mortal Humans

Vote in this category: Best Ecosystem Higher Beings &
Mortal Humans Blog

Nominees:

a small victory
Boing Boing
Brad DeLong
Daily Kos
Dean Esmay
Eschaton
IMAO
James Lileks
Little Green Footballs
Matthew Yglesias
NRO: The Corner
Right Wing News
Samizdata
Scrappleface
The New Republic & Company
Talk Left
The Drudge Report
Truth Laid Bear
USS Clueless
VodkaPundit

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Nominations: Ecosystem Playful Primates

Vote in this category: Best Playful Primates Ecosystem Level Blog

Nominees:

Alas A Blog
Body and Soul
Citizen Smash
Doc Searls
Daily Pundit
Electric Venom
Gut Rumbles
Ken Layne
Kim du Toit
Mark Kleiman
MaxSpeak
Meryl Yourish
Nathan Newman
Orcinus
Outside The Beltway
Pandagon
Rittenhouse Review
VodkaPundit
Virginia Postrel
Whiskey Bar

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Nominations: Ecosystem Large Mammals

Vote in this category: Best Large Mammals Ecosystem Level Blog

Nominees:

Absinthe and Cookies
Alphecca
Anil Dash
Ben Domenech
Calblog
Crescat Sententia
Curmudgeonly & Skeptical
Happy Furry Puppy Story Time
Hi I'm Black
Jay Solo
Josh Clayborn
Kesher Talk
Lawrence Solum
No Watermelons Allowed
Patriot Paradox
Pen-Elayne
Practical Penumbra
ProfessorBainbridge.com
Reflections in d Minor
Roger L. Simon
Say Uncle
Signifying Nothing
The American Mind
Tiger: Rantin and Raggin
Tony Pierce
damnum absque injuria (Xrlq)
blogoSFERICS
dustbury
mtpolitics.net
resurrectionsong


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Posted by Kevin at 08:39 AM | Comments (36) | Link Cosmos | Trackbacks (7)
mtpolitics.net linked with The Honor is in the Nomination
resurrectionsong linked with Well, Damn, That's Nice... (Updated)
Michael Williams -- Master of None linked with 2003 Weblog Awards -- Nominations
Michael Williams -- Master of None linked with 2003 Weblog Awards -- Nominations
Insults Unpunished linked with I Can't Nominate Myself, Damnit!!
blogoSFERICS linked with If Nominated I Will ... Run
The American Mind linked with Nominations are Now Open

Nominations: Ecosystem Marauding Marsupials

Vote in this category: Best Marauding Marsupials Ecosystem Level Blog

Nominees:

AlphaPatriot
Arguing with Signposts
Clareified
Classical Values
D.C. Thornton
Deinonychus antirrhopus
Discount Blogger
e-Claire
Interested-Participant
Musings of a Philosophical Scrivener
One Fine Jay
Overtaken by Events
Parkway Rest Stop
Patterico's Pontifications
Rocket Jones
Sharp Knife
The Bitch Girls
The Cheese Stands Alone
unbillable hours
World Wide Rant

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Patterico's Pontifications linked with WIZBANG'S 2003 WEBLOG AWARDS
BoiFromTroy linked with WizBang Weblog Awards
One Fine Jay linked with The Wizbang 2003 Weblog Awards
blogoSFERICS linked with If Nominated I Will ... Run
Interested-Participant linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
Arguing with signposts... linked with I blush

Nominations: Ecosystem Adorable Rodents

Vote in this category: Best Adorable Rodents Ecosystem Level Blog

Nominees:

A Moveable Beast
Brainysmurf
Blather Review
camedwards.com
Catallarchy.net
Damn Foreigner
david MSC
Earthly Passions
KateSpot
Kin's Kouch
Les Jones
Simon World
swirlspice.com
The Marmot's Hole
The Patriette
The SmarterCop
Up For Anything
Watcher of Weasels
Who Tends the Fires
Yale Diva

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Brainysmurf linked with Just a quick update post
swirlspice linked with Vote Swirlspice in 2003
blogoSFERICS linked with If Nominated I Will ... Run

Nominations: Ecosystem Flappy Birds

Vote in this category: Best Slithering Reptiles Ecosystem Level Blog

Nominees:

Adrian Warnock's UK Christian Blog
agroves
Busy Mom
Cella's Review
clarity amidst chaos
Exultate Justi
G'Day Mate
Hellblazer
Inn of the Last Home
Life of One-Man IT Department
paulfrankenstein.org
physics geek
Political Parrhesia
Publis & Co
Quibbles & Bits
Resonance
Sebastian Holsclaw
Semi-Intelligent Thoughts
Sugarfused
The OmbudsGod!
wrong side of happiness

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resurrectionsong linked with Well, Damn, That's Nice... (Updated)

Nominations: Ecosystem Slithering Reptiles

Vote in this category: Best Slithering Reptiles Ecosystem Level Blog

Nominees:

Abject Apathetic Procrastination
Admiral Quixote's Roundtable
Anticipatory Retaliation
Buddha's Den
Conservative Observer
Civilization Calls
De Doc's Doings
GeckoBlue
John Adams
Life's Like This
Lobowalk
Notorious B.L.O.G.
Quibbles n Bits
Seamole's Log
See the Donkey
Southern Musings
The Hedgehog Report
Tom's Nap Room
Trey Givens
Utter Wonder: The Idle Thoughts of C Monks

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Nominations: Ecosystem Crawly Amphibians

Vote in this category: Best Crawly Amphibians Ecosystem Level Blog

Nominees:

A Little Aardvark Never Hurt Anyone
Alive & Bloggin'
anti-com.com
Anti-war.com
Bowulf: Infosec & Weightloss Blog
Cogicophony
Dipped in Chocolate
Ensight
Fringeblog
Frizzen Sparks
Grim's Hall
Idiot Villager
Israellycool
jewdez
libertyblog
Pepper of the Earth
Single White Male
Sooner Thought
Tasty Manatees
the blog quebecois

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Nominations: Ecosystem Flippery Fish

Vote in this category: Best Flippery Fish Ecosystem Level Blog

Nominees:

Cavalier Attitude
On Beyond Azure
pstupidonymous
Ryan Reynolds
Sweetness Follows
Swanky Conservative
the Gagalac Style
Kevin Walzer's Blog
Obsidian Wings
Nasty Riffraff
Dead Man Blogging
Kevin Donahue
Red Ted Keeps A Diary
Letters From Baghdad
Me And Ophelia
Listen, My Children...
srah blah blah

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srah blah blah linked with I dunno, the competition is pretty damn raw and wriggly...
On Beyond Azure linked with haha, i'm just a flippery fish...

Nominations: Ecosystem Slimy Molluscs (and below)

Vote in this category: Best Slimy Molluscs (and below) Ecosystem Level Blog

Nominees:

AllGuinness
alphabet city
apropos of something
Banana Republican
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Johnalism.com
jozjozjoz.com
Just As I Thought
Lonewacko
Love In War
Mel's Sanctuary
RRBBS Discussion Group
srah blah blah
The G. Fishbone Blog
The Ministry of Minor Perfidy
Walking Stick

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jozjozjoz.com :: brain barf... yum! linked with Could it be?! I'm nominated!
jozjozjoz.com :: brain barf... yum! linked with Could it be?! I'm nominated!

November 30, 2003

2003 Weblog Awards

Today I'm announcing The 2003 Weblog Awards which will honor both established and new weblogs. Note that you can visit the page, but it's not finished. For the graphically inclined among you we will need a logo for the page and a 88x31 winner button that the winners can post.

Voting for the awards will be open to all, but you will only be able to vote once in each category. I control the polling software (as opposed to a third party site) so I can enforce my own rules. I'll start placing nominating posts for each category tomorrow. You can nominate yourself or another site. The final decisions as to the participants in each category will be mine, but I will try to take all nominations into account. There are enough categories that most sites that really want to participate will be able to find one they fit in.

Why am I doing this? I think most awards tend to favor established sites. While it's fun to vote on the best overall blog, the results usually end up with the usual suspects cleaning up. I think I've created enough of a stratification system that blogs will be able to compete on an equal footing with their peers.

The categories as they stand now:

-- Best Overall Blog
-- Best New Blog (Established in 2003)
-- Best Group Blog
-- Best Foreign Blog
-- Best Humor Blog
-- Best Looking Blog
-- Best Female Authored Blog
-- Best Liberal Blog
-- Best Conservative Blog

--Best Blog By Ecosystem Level:

That's 19 categories that cover the blog universe from top to bottom (and side to side). I may add one more later. I'm going to limit the number of entries in each category (probably to 15, maybe more in the overall category). The best part for you is that the effort required to participate will be minimal, just visit and vote.

Stay tunned for more details and nomination posts tomorrow. I've not established a firm end date for voting, but I'm thinking about December 15th.

Update: The 2003 Weblog Awards is close to ready. Please visit and click on the polls (there are only 2 test polls tonight). Leave any issues in the comments here. You should only be allowed to vote once in each poll. Remember even though there are many categories the actual polls aren't up yet. Try out the permalinks and navigation. Each poll will have it's own link so that contestants can provide a link to the actual poll at their blog.

If you want to e-mail nominees instead of using the nomination posts (which will start tomorrow), please use: awards at wizbangblog.com

Update2: Follow this link to see all the nomination posts.

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Patterico's Pontifications linked with WIZBANG'S 2003 WEBLOG AWARDS
The Blog Herald linked with Awards season begins
Patterico's Pontifications linked with WIZBANG 2003 WEBLOG AWARDS
Stupid Evil Bastard linked with The 2003 Weblog Awards is underway.
Fembat.Net :: Journal linked with and more weblog awards
suburban blight linked with Awards Time!
e-Claire linked with Popularity Quiz
Quibbles and Bits linked with 2003 Weblog Awards...
Quibbles and Bits linked with 2003 Weblog Awards...
King of Fools linked with More Awards
Backcountry Conservative linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
JohnnyTheo.com linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
Practical Penumbra linked with Ping Tsunamette
PoliBlog linked with 2003 Weblog Awards
The World Around You linked with 2003 Weblog Awards

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