Another change that those of us that are more politically active have probably noticed is: where are the best conservative, progressive, Non-partisan, and feminist blogs?
They have been removed. The only political category that there is now is the best political blog category itself. Why have we decided to take this step?
The main reason is that we have noticed that some political bloggers from different sides of the political spectrum have not treated the Canadian Blog Awards as a coming together and friendly competition of the Canadian blogosphere, but as an all-out war in which anything that is seen as, well, “serving the other side”, if you will, must be fought by trolling, subverting the nominations process, and negative campaigns. After a few years of trying to come up with a balance fair to all sides of the political spectrum, we have decided that the only fair action is the removal of most of the political categories themselves.
Another reason is that, while looking at other national blog awards, we had noticed that they didn’t have as many political categories as the Canadian Blog Awards did.
However, the Canadian Blog Awards realizes that the political category would not be fun without bloggers of all sides of the political spectrum contesting the second round. What we have done to ensure that is happens is that first of all, we are using a preferential ballot to help avoid vote-splitting, and second of all we have instituted a new rule which states that for any category that has 30 or over nominees, the second round will consist of the top 10 ranking nominees from the first round.