The 2004 Weblog Awards are long since over, but planning has already begun for 2005. The awards will be moving a permanent location – weblogawards.org (which for the moment directs you to the 2004 site) and the roster of awards will be expanded.
Two of the most frequently asked questions about the Weblog Awards were, “Why didn’t you honor _______ blogs?” and “Can you help me setup awards for _____ blogs?”
For 2005 I’m hoping to address both of those questions by turning the Weblog Awards site into a year-round operation that will host both specialty awards as well as the general year-end edition. Over the course of the last two years we’ve built and refined an open and inclusive model for hosting awards that has proven extremely popular with both bloggers and blog readers. Each new (or existing) awards competition should be able to benefit from the work we’ve done creating this platform.
My vision for the site is that anyone who wants to host an awards competition will get to use the open nomination process and the customized polling system that we’ve developed simply by asking for a block of time to host their awards. This will free up the organizers of the contest to spread the word, rather than have to build and refine their own nomination and voting process. Hosting of your awards will be free of charge.
I’m posting this partially to gauge interest, and partially to get an idea of how big the universe of specialized awards are. If you host (or plan to host) an awards competition, or know someone who does; leave a link to the awards in the comment section or contact me via E-mail. I’m also interested in your feedback about the concept…