Some CBA 2009 Changes

Posted: October 22, 2009 by D. Collier in Uncategorized

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.

  1. […] The 2009 CBAs are right around the corner. The categories have been trimmed, and the voting has gone preferential so voting splitting will be reduced. And you can nominate your favourite blogs and posts from the last year to get the competition underway, starting October 25, 2009. […]

  2. Where’d the Health Blog category go?

    There are plenty of great Canadian Health blogs and health is a topic that (thankfully) most of us hold pretty dear.


  3. Our experience from last year was that the Health Blog category tended to a) not attract a sufficient amount of blogs and b) seemed to attract a blog that were spam.

    However, I am sure that blogs such as yours would fit well into the Professional Life category.

  4. Gabriel... says:

    The “Health” category could have been better explained as to include “recovery” issues as well… and the professionals should have been separated from those actually using the health system.

    There are a lot of excellent blogs about recovering from abuse, addiction and mental health. I’m sure they could be nominated in the “Personal” category this year, but then you’ve got alcoholics writing about ‘one day at a time’ going up against people writing about their weekend at the cabin.

    This is who I’d like to nominate:

    Her blog is about trying to recover from ADD and bipolar… it’s very raw, and emotional. I’ll nominate her in the Personal section, because it’s the only place on your list I can.

    As for not having enough to fill the Health section, I’ve got several excellent Canadian bloggers in my sidebar writing about recovery issues… instead of deleting a category after only one year, maybe allow some time to let people find the award instead.

  5. Gabriel... says:

    …that may have come off more preachy than I intended, but the point is still valid. If you want “Health” blogs to be nominated in the “Personal” category, you’re going to have some wildly different blogs being voted on.

  6. Andrew says:

    Best Local blog is gone?

  7. Thank you very much for the nomination. I feel very honoured by this. I also feel very flattered.

    I wish a hearty congratulations to all of the other nominees, as well.

    Let’s all enjoy this together!

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