Millions of blogs.Thousands of nominees.151 finalists.Thirty winners.
It's now the sixth year of the world's most established weblog awards, the Bloggies™. Personal Web publishing never stops growing, and that means this year the public will have more contenders than ever to select from when choosing the year's best weblogs. 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 have their champions; now it's time for you to do your part for 2006. Read on.
These rules may change at any time, but they probably won't.
From January 1, 2006 until 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) on Tuesday, January 10, anyone was able to nominate their favorite weblogs.
That Friday, January 13, three panels of 50 voters received an e-mail. It listed the weblogs that receieved the most nominations in ten categories. They had until 10:00 PM EST on Wednesday, January 18 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 for the panel in the case of a tie for fifth place. This panel was on an opt-in policy.
On Sunday, January 22, the finalists were announced and voting is open again to choose the winners.
Voting will close at 10:00 PM EST on Tuesday, January 31. The winners will be posted sometime between Sunday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 15.
The Weblog Awards™ ceremony will be held at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival for the third time in Austin, Texas, USA on Monday, March 13 at 12:30 PM at the Trade Show Day Stage. Webloggers including previous Bloggie™ winners and prize contributors will present certificates and prizes to those present.
Those who aren't attending may join the excitement on IRC, in #BlogIRC on irc.turlyming.com. Winners will be announced live and a play-by-play of the ceremony will be given.
After the ceremony, the results will be posted on this page.
Because of the large amount of categories, I won't personally give a award to every winner, but the Weblog of the Year owner(s) will receive 2,006 US cents (US$20.06).
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. If the contributor is going to SXSW, he/she can also have the privilege of announcing/presenting the category sponsored at the ceremony. To donate one, the contributor can bring it to SXSW, mail it to the winner, or send an online gift certificate or cash to the winner. Prizes that are more creative than my $20 are encouraged.
Send me an e-mail to get your prize added. Sorry, "to be announced" prizes to reserve categories can't be accepted. I'll send out a list of winner's e-mails to the contributors after they're announced, but all other prize arrangements will be handled by their respective donators.
Since I intend for the Weblog Awards™ to remain an independently-produced ceremony without corporate sponsorship, contributor links are restricted to individuals, non-profit organizations, or companies that contribute to the blog universe in some way.
South by Southwest Interactive offers Bloggie™ finalists a special discount to attend the ceremony in March. The cost of Interactive registration for Bloggie™ finalists is $175.
All Bloggie winners receive a gift certificate for ten bumper stickers from Bumperactive.com.
All Bloggie winners receive a DVD of The God Who Wasn't There from Brian Flemming.
Most categories will remain as they've always been. But because of revision or removal, it's time to bid farewell to:
In exchange, these spiffy new categories take their place:
Special thanks go to Jim McCann for programming and the die logo, and StayHosted for keeping the site running smoothly.
Here are this years winners!
Something that helps you publish, make comments, anything that has to do with developing a weblog.
US$50 Amazon.com gift certificate from Blogwild
US$20.06 from Okdork.com
A tote bag by and from April Marie Mai
US$20.06 from ImageHosting.us
Microsoft Optical Value Pack from JEM Promotional Products
Ben Cruachan Blog
Weblogs from Asia, not including the Middle East.
US$20.06 from Blueprint for Financial Prosperity
£10 from Hybrid//Kei
US$200 in graphic design services from thesuperheavy.com
Sleepless in Sudan
Weblogs from Europe, not including the United Kingdom and Ireland.
US$20.06 and a US$50 credit for vK Translator human translation services from von Kempelen
My Boyfriend Is a Twat
We Make Money Not Art
Vitriolica Webb's Ite
Chocolate & Zucchini
Weblogs from the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss from Petite Anglaise
A Beachhutman print from Beachhutman.com
One Stop Short of Barking - Uncovering the London Underground by Mecca Ibrahim from the London Underground Tube Blog
Girl With a One-Track Mind
Little Red Boat
Blogs. La conversación en Internet que está revolucionando medios, empresas y ciudadanos by Octavio Rojas, Julio Alonso, José Luis
Antúnez, José Luis Orihuela y Juan Varela from eCuaderno
Motel de Moka
CDN$20 from Macsupport.ca
CDN$23.82 from All New Comics
A set of Twotiny icons from Twothirty
CDN$20.06 from Dailypixel Network
Ten clear shoe boxes from Shoe Lover
CDN$20.06 from Useless Advice from Useless Men
Rick Mercer's Blog
Daily Dose of Imagery
Weblogs from the United States.
US$20.06 from The Blog Herald
US$25 from Lastminute Auction
US$25 from Random Good Stuff
Triple Chocolate Karate Care Package from Kung Foodie
US$20 from MillionDollarBlogs.US
Go Fug Yourself
A specially designed Artistamp from The Artsy Asylum
US$20.06 from Stuntdubl
Joshuaink.com: "More love than a bus full of hippies"
Geeksmakemehot.com: "I make out with geeks"
Billmon's Whiskey Bar: "Free thinking in a dirty glass"
Whedonesque: "Joss the way we like it"
Ample Sanity: "Life is short, make fun of it"
Downloadable feeds of audio available on weblogs.
US$40 iTunes Music Store gift certificate from Simply Scripts
The Movie Blog
This Week in Tech
Photoblogs and other weblogs that regularly feature photography.
One print of choice from Shifting Pixel
US$21.12 Denny's gift certificate from Bighappyfunhouse
Original photo/collage by and from Grainbag On-Line Gallery
The Snowsuit Effort
A Walk Through Durham Township, Pennsylvania
US$20 Herrschners gift certificate from Polyester Bride
A dozen homemade cookies from Totally Unauthorized
Spirograph tote bag from Poise.cc
Silver Rock Star pendant from Maize Hutton
Godiva chocolate truffles from Fatty Weight Loss
Alejandro & Martin olive oil gift box from Alejandro & Martin
Gourmet Tea Starter Set from Adagio Teas
Vegan Lunch Box
The Domestic Goddess
Apartment Therapy: The Kitchen
Weblogs about music, movies, television, and/or theater.
Memento Limited Edition DVD from Drew's Script-O-Rama
US$20 iTunes Music Store gift certificate from eFanGuide
A T-shirt from the Queen of All Things Creative
One item of jewelry by and from California Beadworks
Custom-made neck ruff from The Very Merry Seamstress
Go Fug Yourself
What Would Tyler Durden Do
The Screwtape Reports by and from Adam Graham
US$75 from The Agonist
An 11×14 photography print from Will Knot Di
George W. Bush puppet from Home Security Blog
$US20.06 from SoCal Grassroots
Crooks and Liars
Talking Points Memo
Weblogs completely about Web design and development.
US$20.06 from Jens Meiert
US$20.06 gift certificate to Amazon.com from Dealazon
Learning Movable Type
456 Berea Street
Weblogs about computers and/or technology, other than Web design.
US$50 from Threadwatch.org
PSP Gamer Kit accessory package from Mobility Site
US$20.06 from Ubergizmo
US$20.06 from Gadgetell
Weblogs with a definite topic other than the ones in the categories above.
eBay Fees Calculator for Sellers and eBay for Beginners booklet from Paix120
US$20.06 from Taste the World
Bad Astronomy Blog
Webloggers in the gay/lesbian/bisexual/ transgendered community.
"The Bette Davis Collection" DVD from Naked Blog
Lucas Entertainment DVD from LucasBlog.com
US$20.06 gift certificate to and from EverythingYoga.com
A T-shirt by and from April Marie Mai
Good As You
Joe. My. God.
Little Yellow Different
Weblogs written by those 19 and under.
US$20.06 or a one-year Flickr Pro upgrade from Gaea
It's Raining Noodles!
You Ain't No Picasso
The Political Teen
US$20.06 Amazon.com gift certificate from Hipstercards.com
Bacon of the Month club from Shanntastic
US$20.06 and a "Grammatically Correct Comedy" T-shirt from JenIsFamous.com
For each finalist: The Lost Blogs by and from Paul Davidson
Overheard in New York
You Can't Make It Up
Weblogs with great writing, from personal journaling to professional journalism.
Old Man's War and Agent to the Stars by and from John Scalzi
Risking Everything: 110 Poems of Love and Revelation by Roger Housden from Feminine Expressions
"Writing Well Is the Best Revenge" T-shirt from Fussy
Personal library kit from Shanntastic
BlogJet from BlogJet
A Pocket Ninja from Sweetney.com
Said the Gramophone
Mimi in New York
Weblogs written by an exclusive group.
US$20.06 from BizNicheMedia
Margarita party kit from UFOP: SB118 Star Trek PBeM RPG
Weblogs where everyone is invited to post.
US$100 and SEO Book by Aaron Wall from SEO Book
Overheard in New York
US$20.06 Amazon.com gift certificate from Delight.com
The best underrepresented weblogs.
US$20 Target gift card and How to Be a Budget Fashionista from The Budget Fashionista
Golfwidow's Ministry of Silly Walks
Come To Find Out...
The Man Who Couldn't Blog
Weblogs that began during the year 2005.
US$20.06 from Jürgen Nation
US$20 from Hybrid//Kei
US$20.06 gift card for gas from got detroit?
Webloggers who have been blogging at least since July 1, 2001. This award can only be won once, so Jeffrey Zeldman, Evan Williams, Jason Kottke, Heather Powazek Champ, and Tom Coates are not eligible.
Two registrations for the 2007 South by Southwest Interactive Festival from SXSW
Two Sanders fudge gift packs from DetroitWonk
Joshua Micah Marshall
Heather B. Armstrong
This is it: the category for the best weblog overall.
US$20.06 from Nikolai Nolan
Thanks for your participation, and look forward to 2007!