I really haven’t commented on the fallout from the 2003 Weblog Awards.
First these were open nominations. Gnome-girl and I tried to pick a representative top 20 from the numerous nominations, knowing full well that there were probably better sites out their among the millions of blogs.
Second, no one is getting rich making visually appealing weblogs. The site owners in the poll design for their own enjoyment or hire blog designers to give them as much flair as their limitted budgets can afford. Here I know what of I speak. Ask Robyn and Stacy at Sekimori. I worked with them in the redesign at SportsBlog, which turned out marvelous. We had numerous exchanges in regards to ideas for the site design compared to the “professional” sites like ESPN, CBS Sportsline, FOXSports, etc. Those sites were developed for 10’s or 100’s of thousands of dollars. SportsBlog was constrained to a budget of hundreds of dollars. Comparing one to the other is an apples to oranges comparison.
Finally, this wouldn’t have anything to do with Romensko’s eighth place finish in the Best Media/Journalism Blog would it? Romensko and Poynteronline are synonymous.
By the way Orange Haired Boy found this humorous Japenese translation of the Ecosystem categories.
Hat Tip: Arguing With Signposts