Nomination period: November 2nd-November 22nd,
First Round Voting: November 23rd-November 29th,
Last round Voting: November 30th-December 7th
I managed to vote (I think) in all categories except Best Feminist Blog. What’s up with that. I tried to click on that category a couple of time but with no success. There were no listings at all. Can you please let me know when I can vote for that category.
We’re working on it, sorry for the delay. There may have been a mis-communication with our judge on when the decisions were due? In any case, I think we can extend the voting for that category by a day to make up for it.
Has the second round of voting begun?
How come the polls have closed a day early in the Best Blog category?
Timezone bug in WordPress, us, or PollDaddy.com I think. We’ll probably extend voting on that category since it will be one of the last announced in the coming week.
Can you guys let us know when that happens? The time changes on all of this make it a little difficult to point anyone here — not to mention the extended delay in results. I know you’re all volunteers, but I figure automatic polling equals automatic results.:)
One of the blogs in Best Sports Blog is produced by Microsoft and Bell Canada. Have you considered separating the websites of huge media corporations from personal, non-commercial blogs?
(Disclaimer: I write one of the other four sports blogs up for an award.)
Meg, we’ll be announcing results throughout this week. We should have a schedule for you today.
With the coalition goings on, I’ve been a little busier than I expected at this time, and have just been hit with a touch of a cold, but I’ll try to keep things on track.
Redsock, that’s a fair point. We probably should have asked them to compete in the Best Pundit/Professional Commentator Blog category instead, but will go with the voting however it’s shaken out this time.
RE: pro bloggers vs non-commercial
Why separate them? If they are blogging about the subject at hand then they are fair game to win in my book. As far as advantages go, I would argue that the non-commercial sites are far better positioned to get the vote out, so to speak.
Allowing only one vote per IP was a great move to ensure that the results were a little more reflective of actual opinion rather than the ability to spam your friends/family and co-workers with requests to vote multiple times.
I agree about the IP addresses.
I wasn’t really complaining about the sports blog, but I was surprised to see it.
I suppose you could raise the same issue with newspaper columnists’ blogs competing against a regular guy offering his take on the news. There is a huge built-in readership with the newspaper — they get far more page views than a person blogging for fun. (The sports blog I noted is part of MSN’s general sports site.) Same thing with, for example, Rick Mercer’s blog and Joe Nobody’s satire blog.
Looking forward to the results….
“As far as advantages go, I would argue that the non-commercial sites are far better positioned to get the vote out, so to speak.”
I would love to hear the specifics of your argument.
If we are judging in part on content, then the non-commercial bloggers are at a distinct disadvantage because we don’t spend our whole days (or at least part of our working life) blogging for work. I blog at blog after work or at lunch. In the aesthetics department, non-comm blogs don’t have the resources for their blog that a for-profit blog does in terms of the look of the blog and the way it’s maintained. Both of which leave the reader with arguably the biggest impression (certainly what mine was noted for).
I think that the CBA should either split comm from non-comm or just do non-comm blogs.
Jocelyn is correct. To me it seems obvious.
Commercial bloggers have, as Redsock said, a built-in readership. They are paid to blog, as opposed to fitting it in on their own time. Their work may be ghost-written by a team. And they enjoy enormous name-recognition before they ever start a blog, compared to us non-commercial bloggers who have built up our readership completely on our own.
Disclosure: my blog is a finalist for best progressive blog, and I’m Redsock’s partner. But I’ve thought this many times during the awards. Maybe the good folks at CBA will consider it for the future.
Guys, it’s simple. If you’re going to host nation wide “awards” it’s unacceptable to announce on the very day that the polls close — and then only in response to a comments post? — that you’ll get around to announcing the winners when, what, you feel better? C’mon. Either show up for this in a serious way, or don’t bother. Hell, it’s the bloggers who are getting you traffic. You can’t even be bothered to let people know they’re nominated. Pull up your socks.
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