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:
- Higher Beings & Mortal Humans
Slimy Molluscs (and below)
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.