I’m sure that most people can’t wait until nominations open this Sunday, October 25th.
Well, we can’t speed up time, but we can give a short preview of some of the changes that have been make for this year’s version of the Canadian Blog Awards.
The most exciting is the introduction of an instant run-off ranked ballot, hosted by DemoChoice. Now, voters can rank the nominees for most favourite to least favourite (or more realistically, select their top 1, 2, or 5 favourite blogs.) If your first favourite blogs has too few few to win, your vote is transferred to your second favourite blog. A better explaination of the process can be found here, or better yet, try out this example ballot.
Along with the new voting system are changes to who gets into the Second Round. Any category with 30 nominees or over will have the top 10 ranking blogs from the first round into the second round. Any category with under 30 nominees will have the top 5 ranking blogs from the first round. This change will allow blogs with a larger diversity of views within the bigger categories to compete for the top spot. Since we are using an instant run-off ranked ballot, vote splitting is now less of a concern.
As well, this year, we have added a Hall of Fame rule: any blog that wins a category three times shall be placed into a Hall of Fame to open up competition. The Hall of Fame will be implemented for CBA 2010.