The Weblog Awards

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:

the as-concise-as-possible official 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.

the procedure

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?

the ceremony

Yes, for the first time, the Weblog Awards´┐Ż 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.

the prizes

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.

South by Southwest offered a registration discount for all finalists to this year's Interactive Festival, making it just $150 for a badge.

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?

Thanks also go out to Jim McCann for programming expertise and Dinah Sanders for the Bloggies.com domain name.

the categories

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.

The voting is now over, and here are the winners!

best merchandise of a weblog

T-shirts, mugs, sugar packets, any kind of schwag that promotes a weblog.

Prize: Searching for El Dorado from Rogers Cadenhead

winner

Loobylu

nominees
Blog Jam
Bazima Chronicles
Boing Boing
This Modern World

 

best weblog webring

Prize: US$20.03 from Adnan Arif

winner

BlogSnob

nominees
Windy City Webloggers
BlogPhiles
Blogs & Pets
Blogging Brits

 

best meme

A replicating idea that spread about weblogs.

Prize: TBA from Leia Scofield and Dave Linabury of the Anti-Bloggies

If the winning meme cannot be traced to its origin, this prize will be awarded to Most Humorous Weblog.

A US$15.00 gift certificate for Fandango, for movie tickets such as The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers from Rickey Yaneza

If the winning meme cannot be traced to its origin, this prize will be awarded to Best Non-Weblog Content.

winner

Googlism

nominees
BlogChalking
BlogTree
The Friday Five
100 Things About 100 Bloggers in 100 Days

 

best article or essay about weblogs

Prize: Best American Essays 2002 and The Best American Travel Writing 2002 from Erica Lynn

winner

30 Days to a More Accessible Weblog

nominees
What We're Doing When We Blog
...Find a Blog
Is This One Nation, Under Blog?
They Don't Get Blog

 

best weblog directory or update monitor

Prize: US$20.03 from Matt Prescott

Smart Mobs from Perseus Publishing

winner

Blogrolling.com

nominees
Blo.gs
Weblogs.com
Blogdex
Photoblogs.org

 

best web application for weblogs

Something that helps you publish, make comments, anything that has to do with developing a weblog.

Prize: US$50.00 gift certificate to Amazon.com, or, a pineapple from Diarist.net

Blogging from Biz Stone and New Riders

winner

Movable Type

nominees
Blogrolling.com
LiveJournal
Blogger
YACCS

 

best australian or new zealand weblog

Prize: US$25.00 gift certificate to Amazon.com from Tina Winslow

The Weblog Handbook from Rebecca Blood and Perseus Publishing

winner

Loobylu

nominees
AndromedaGirl
Wetlog
LukeLog
What's New, Pussycat?

 

best asian weblog

Prize: US$20.03 from Adnan Arif

Blogging from Biz Stone and New Riders

winner

Weblog Wannabe

nominees
EmptyBottle.org
BWG
Geisha Asobi Blog
CheeseDip.com

 

best european or african weblog

Prize: US$50.00 from ed k.

GetMeOnline.net Hosting Plan 1 from GetMeOnline.net

TBA from Tom Coates

winner

Textism

nominees
How to Learn Swedish in 1000 Difficult Lessons
Acerbia
Prolific.org
So...

 

best latin american weblog

Prize: US$20.03 from Adnan Arif

Blogging from Biz Stone and New Riders

winner

Alt1040

nominees
MiniD.net
Blog.com.mx
Korochi Industrias
Strikter.net

 

best canadian weblog

Prize: CDN$30.00 gift certificate to Chapters.ca from Heather Champ

The Weblog Handbook from Rebecca Blood and Perseus Publishing

winner

PhotoJunkie

nominees
Everything Falls
AKA Cooties
Riley Dog
She Speaks Good English

 

best american weblog

Weblogs from the United States.

Prize: A snarky patriotic gift bag from Mike

US$25.00 gift certificate to Natural Impulse from Karen White

winner

Little Yellow Different

nominees
A Small Victory
Bazima Chronicles
A.LifeUncommon.org
Big Pink Cookie

 

best tagline of a weblog

Prize: The Little Giant Encyclopedia of One-Liners from C. Dodd Harris

Blogging from Biz Stone and New Riders

winner

Electric Bugaloo: “Still cool, like the other side of the pillow”

nominees
Uffish Thoughts: “Are you drinking with me, Jesus?”
Brain Dump: “More Margaret Cho than you”
ThinkDink: “ThinkDink is what happens when you send a sea otter to do a chimp's job”
Re-Run: “Based on a true story”

 

best webcam of a weblog site

Prize: US$50.00 from ed k.

Blogging from Biz Stone and New Riders

winner

Goatee Style

nominees
East West Magazine
Sometimes I...
RedCricket.com
DigiFox.org

 

best non-weblog content of a weblog site

Prize: The 5-Minute Iliad from Karen Lucci

The Weblog Handbook from Rebecca Blood and Perseus Publishing

winner

Davezilla.com

nominees
PhotoJunkie
Picture Yourself
This Modern World
Harrumph

 

best programming of a weblog site

Prize: Surprise from Michael and Ari Brown

Blogging from Biz Stone and New Riders

winner

ScriptyGoddess

nominees
Textism
MetaFilter
Kuro5hin
Fury.com

 

best weblog about music

Prize: US$20.03 from Matt Prescott

Blogging from Biz Stone and New Riders

winner

BlogCritics.org

nominees
TexasGigs.com
The Modern Age
U2Log.com
Mermaniac

 

best weblog about politics

Prize: Stupid White Men from Tuesday

The Weblog Handbook from Rebecca Blood and Perseus Publishing

winner

Fark.com

nominees
The Daily Dish
Little Green Footballs
Stand Down
A Small Victory

 

best web development weblog

Weblogs completely about Web design and development.

Prize: US$20.03 from Kymberlie McGuire

US20.03 from "Mean Dean" Peters

winner

ScriptyGoddess

nominees
Zeldman.com
Girlie's Tips and Tricks
Scripting News
Glish.com

 

best computers or technology weblog

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

winner

C:\PIRILLO.EXE

nominees
Boing Boing
As the Apple Turns
Slashdot
Gizmodo

 

best reviews or weblog about weblogs

Prize: TBA from Meredith

Blogging from Biz Stone and New Riders

winner

F...ed Weblog

nominees
Weblog Central
The Weblog Review
BlogRoots
Microcontent News

 

best topical weblog

Weblogs with a definite topic other than general/personal, music, politics, computers and technology, or weblogs.

Prize: US$25.00 gift certificate to Amazon.com from Patti Ann

Blogging from Biz Stone and New Riders

winner

BookSlut

nominees
Whedonesque
BlindDateBlog
SoapboxGirls
BlogWhore

 

best glbt weblog

Webloggers in the gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgendered community.

Prize: TBA from Christine Selleck

TBA from Rannie Turingan and Jason F. Schneider

Subscription to The Advocate and OUT from Liberation Publications

winner

Little Yellow Different

nominees
Must See HTTP
PhotoJunkie
JillMatrix.com
Brain Dump

 

most humorous weblog

Prize: A rubber chicken

The Weblog Handbook from Rebecca Blood and Perseus Publishing

winner

Little Yellow Different

nominees
Davezilla.com
Torrez.org
Defective Yeti
Time for Your Meds

 

best group or community weblog

Prize: US$20.03

Blogging from Biz Stone and New Riders

winner

MetaFilter

nominees
Fark.com
Kuro5hin.org
ScriptyGoddess
Boing Boing

 

best-designed weblog

Prize: Color Index from Stacy Tabb

US$20.03 from Adnan Arif

winner

Loobylu

nominees
ThinkDink
The Neurotic Fishbowl That Is My Life
PlasticBag.org
SnazzyKat

 

best-kept-secret weblog

The best underrepresented weblogs.

Prize: US$10.00 gift certificate to CatchingTheButterfly.com from Tenika Morrison

US$20.03 from Adnan Arif

winner

On My Mind

nominees
Blog Anon
Ed K.
RedCricket.com
In the Trenches

 

best new weblog

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

winner

My So Called Life

nominees
Ed K.
Whedonesque
Bugspray
The Neurotic Fishbowl That Is My Life

 

lifetime achievement

Webloggers who have been blogging at least since July 1, 2000. This award can only be won once, so Jeffrey Zeldman and Evan Williams are not eligible.

Prize: Two registrations for the 2004 South by Southwest Interactive Festival from SXSW

The Game of Life: Collectors' Edition from Dawn Mikulich

A watch (approx. value: $600) from Affluence

winner

Jason Kottke

nominees
Heather Champ
Matt Haughey
Anil Dash
Rebecca Blood

 

weblog of the year

This is it: the category for the best weblog overall.

Prize: US$20.03 from Nikolai Nolan

A nifty award from Jish Mukerji

Two registrations for the 2004 South by Southwest Interactive Festival from SXSW

winner

Little Yellow Different

nominees
MetaFilter
A Small Victory
Davezilla.com
Textism
Boing Boing