Canadian Blog Award participants take pride in our history as one of the world’s best blog award facilitators. During the past few years, blogs have emerged and disappeared, bloggers have come and gone, and the winners have changed.
Constant in every case, however, is the principle that Canada’s best blogs have always been chosen by the people. And following the light of this democratic tradition, Canadians have built one of the most awesome blog award contests the world has ever known – a contest of hope and opportunity that inspires others around the globe, and has drawn thousands of new readers to Canada’s blogs.
Before December 15, for the 5th time since the CBA’s creation, Canadians voted in a national contest. We are honoured that you have tolerated us as we blog this great country through the most difficult global economic crisis in many decades. Canada’s bloggers are writing about the crisis, right now.
Tons of great blogs have taken home first prize this year… and we have barely even announced half of the winners! Among the members of this Best Blogging cabinet are Synchro Blogue who won for Best French Language Blog; Best Cultural/Entertainment Blog went to Mike’s Blogitty Blog; Small Dead Animals laid claim to first in the Best Conservative Blog category; The Best Sports Blog was won by The Joy of Sox; Best Family Blog went to The Mabelhood; Yarn Harlot was the winner in the Best Activities Blog category; and Sync, the Tech and Gadgets blog beat out the competition in Best Sci/Tech Blog.
To make sure that everybody had a chance to vote, we consulted widely with Canadians, met with bloggers from various provinces and territories, and worked in collaboration with our voters and volunteers. We tried as hard as we could to get the word out so no blogs, bloggers or voters would be left out. Saskboy, deputy CBA leader, told everyone he knew; meaning dozens of people not counting Twitter and Facebook friends.
We are consulting with, and expect to hear more from, the “losing” blogs. We hope they come up with specific plans to raise their profiles and beat out the competition in the coming years – we have invited them to do so. In fact, they have already completely changed some of their content just to pander to voters. Unfortunately, even before the votes were announced, and only one day after the votes were tallied, a group wants to overturn the results of that competition.
Instead of the traditional way to select a winner – most votes wins, of course – this group proposes a new coalition of losing blogs in order to usurp the position of the rightful winner. Let me be very clear: The Canadian Blog Awards cannot enter into a vote-circumventing coalition with a “losing” top five blog.
At a time of questionable content on the internet, The Canadian Blog Awards must stand unequivocally for upholding the decision of the voters. At a time like this, a coalition with the vote-circumventers cannot help the CBAs. And the coalition does not have the right to impose their will: it’s not their contest!
The coalition is attempting to impose this deal without your say, without your consent, and without your vote. This is no time for backroom deals with the separatists; it is the time for the CBA to focus on the next set of winners. This is a pivotal moment in our history.
We Canadians are the inheritors of a great legacy, and it is our duty to strengthen and protect it for the generations of bloggers, podcasters, and vloggers still to come. This afternoon, I pledge to you that the Canadian Blog Awards will use every legal means at our disposal to protect our competition, to protect our bloggers, and to protect your votes.
Canadian Blog Awards MP (Maker of Posts)
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