Welcome to the 2003 Weblog Awards™. I'm Nikolai Nolan, blah blah blah, et cetera, you should know how it goes by now.
The Bloggies™ are publicly-chosen awards given to weblog writers and those related to weblogs in 30 categories. Who has received these awards in previous years, you ask? Check out the results from 2001 and 2002. And also check out the rules:
Hey, you. Read these. They're not identical to last year's.
For this contest, a "weblog" is a page with dated entries that has a purpose (in whole or in part) of linking to other sites. For instance, sites that are intended to be just personal journals or site news pages are not eligible.
This contest is open to any weblogs that existed for a period of time during the year 2002, so weblogs that were discontinued during 2002 are also eligible.
Only one nomination form and one finalist voting form may be submitted per person. E-mail addresses are required for this reason. If you resubmit a ballot, your old one will be erased. If you wish to change a vote, e-mail me.
I reserve the right to exclude nominees if they clearly do not fit the category they are placed in. The system alerts me of suspicious ballots, and I also may exclude ballots when I suspect the voter isn't following the rules.
If there is a tie for a winner, the tied weblogs will share the award. If it's a prize that's hard to share, I'll figure something out.
These rules may change at any time, but they probably won't.
If you have any questions, get in touch with me.
From Wednesday, January 1, 2003 until 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) on Sunday, January 12, voters nominated their favorite weblogs.
On Thursday, January 16, a panel of 50 random voters received an e-mail. It listed the weblogs that received the most nominations. They had until 10:00 PM EST on Monday, January 20 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 in the case of a tie for fifth place.
On Tuesday, January 21, the finalists were announced and voting was open again to choose the winners.
Voting closed at 10:00 PM EST on Friday, January 31. The winners will be announced on Sunday, March 9. Why so late?
Yes, for the first time, the Weblog Awards™ will have a ceremony. It'll be held at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, USA at 3:00 PM EST on Sunday, March 9.
If everything goes as planned, the usual IRC ceremony will happen simultaneously, on irc.turlyming.net, port 6667, channel #BlogIRC.
Afterwards, the results will be posted on this page.
Because of the large amount of categories, I won't personally give an award to every winner, but the Weblog of the Year owner(s) will receive 2,003 US cents (US$20.03).
Also, contributors can donate their own prizes to the category of their choice, and if the contributor has a site, it will be linked from this page.
But this year, I'm encouraging everyone to donate physical prizes, since it's possible they will be presented in person. To donate one, the contributor can bring it to SXSW, mail it to me, or send an online gift certificate or cash through PayPal with instructions of what it should be used for. I should be able to handle shipping if the winner doesn't attend SXSW. Of course, monetary prizes can still be donated through PayPal.
If the contributor is going to SXSW, he/she can also have the privilege of announcing/presenting the category sponsored at the ceremony.
Jish Mukerji, once again, contributed an actual award for the Weblog of the Year winner.
Biz Stone and New Riders contributed ten signed copies of his book, Blogging. Rebecca Blood and Perseus Publishing contributed five copies of her book, The Weblog Handbook. They'll be distributed in the order Blogging, Handbook, Blogging, Blogging, Handbook among whatever become the last fifteen categories that don't have prizes. If someone wins more than one of these categories and would get a duplicate book, the extra books will be passed down the line of non-prized categories. If it gets to the end, the sequence will start over with the categories that have prizes. Make sense?
Another year, another change of categories. I hope you won't be disappointed that Best Temporary or Periodic Weblog was removed, because Best Web Development Weblog is being welcomed in.
T-shirts, mugs, sugar packets, any kind of schwag that promotes a weblog.
Prize: US$20.03 from Adnan Arif
A replicating idea that spread about weblogs.
If the winning meme cannot be traced to its origin, this prize will be awarded to Most Humorous Weblog.
If the winning meme cannot be traced to its origin, this prize will be awarded to Best Non-Weblog Content.
The Friday Five
100 Things About 100 Bloggers in 100 Days
Prize: Best American Essays 2002 and The Best American Travel Writing 2002 from Erica Lynn
Prize: US$20.03 from Matt Prescott
Smart Mobs from Perseus Publishing
Something that helps you publish, make comments, anything that has to do with developing a weblog.
Prize: US$50.00 from ed k.
TBA from Tom Coates
Weblogs from the United States.
Prize: A snarky patriotic gift bag from Mike
US$25.00 gift certificate to Natural Impulse from Karen White
Prize: The 5-Minute Iliad from Karen Lucci
Prize: Surprise from Michael and Ari Brown
Weblogs completely about Web design and development.
Prize: US$20.03 from Kymberlie McGuire
US20.03 from "Mean Dean" Peters
Weblogs completely about computers and/or technology (other than Web design).
Prize: US$100.00 gift certificate to ThinkGeek from Xtrat
A History of the Amish from Gregory Karber
Weblogs with a definite topic other than general/personal, music, politics, computers and technology, or weblogs.
Webloggers in the gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgendered community.
Prize: TBA from Christine Selleck
Prize: A rubber chicken
The best underrepresented weblogs.
US$20.03 from Adnan Arif
Weblogs that began during the year 2002.
Prize: US$20.03 from Rick Schrager
How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Win Friends, Kick Ass, and Influence People from Robyn
A watch (approx. value: $600) from Affluence
This is it: the category for the best weblog overall.
Prize: US$20.03 from Nikolai Nolan