Last year Wizbang hosted the extremely successful 2003 Weblog Awards (recapped in the link). This year I’ve setting up a new domain and site to handle the awards – http://2004weblogawards.com – which you can start bookmarking now.
Why were the 2003 Weblog Awards a success? I think they were successful because unlike nearly every other end of year award the 2003 Weblog Awards were as open and honest (except for a day of ballot stuffing – which was quickly fixed) as I could possibly make them. Nominations were public, and I did the best I could to get as many sites on the ballots in 20 different categories. Overall close to 400 blogs were in the running for awards. I even ran a Most Egregious Omission contest to prove that I wasn’t trying to claim a mantle of infallibility.
Of course everything did not go perfectly… There was controversy about the inclusion of a Best Female Authored Blog (without a corresponding Male category); there were probably a few categories that should have been added; and there were a few categories that should have been removed. That said, most people took it for what it was – FUN, and did not get bent out of shape.
The 2004 Weblog Awards will continue the tradition begun here last year:
1) Open and public nominations
2) Categories that allow blogs of similar readership levels to compete
3) Real time vote totals
4) Quick turnaround of the results
Nominations will open Wednesday November 3, 2004. Many more details to follow.
Update: Perhaps the awards should be called the Pajammies?