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Call For Prizes

Posted: December 2, 2012 by jkleiman in discussion
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The voting for the 2012 Canadian Blog Awards Finals has closed

While I’m tallying the results, are there any businesses out there who want to give prizes to our runners up and/or winners?

This is a great way to get free promotion for your business and to support the Canadian blogger community! There’s no fee, but you have to offer something decent or I won’t post it. Let me know at jonathan [at] jkleiman [dot] com.

Whether or not I’m able to line up worthy prizes for this years awards, the results will be posted shortly. Stay tuned!

Jonathan Kleiman, Toronto Business Lawyer and Small Claims Court Lawyer

P.S. Some of you have been thanking me for spending my time to manage these awards. I appreciate it. If you want to give back, please ‘like my page’ and +1 me and follow me on twitter!

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This Year’s Format

Posted: May 5, 2012 by jkleiman in discussion
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Now that we have a boardroom, and a team that actually hangs out together, there has been a lot of passionate discussion at the Awards office. Our goal: to find something to do to keep the community engaged between our annual competitions.

We have come up with a few ideas; some superbly simple, some grotesquely grand, some that we even dared to develop. In the end we were just mad scientists speculating alone together. With no clear winner, we needed a lifeline. We have chosen to ‘ask the audience.’

Should we have monthly mini-competitions? Should we develop a more functional forum? Would you use it? These days we can develop just about any feature for just about any platform so use your imagination and act as if there are no limits.

Post your ideas in the comments. Thank you.

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Jonathan Kleiman
@TOBusinessLaw
Personal Injury Lawyer Toronto

A Word from the Administration

Posted: October 30, 2010 by jkleiman in discussion

Once again, a word from the Adminstration:

The 2010 blog awards have come to an end, and yet again we’re left with a renewed sense that Canadians will lead the charge towards quality independent writing in the years to come.

The Canadian Blog Awards are always a friendly competition, but a number of us have noticed that there was a stronger sense of camaraderie this year than ever before.  This group is coming together, year by year, and in the decades to come will only grow in importance as a beacon of Canadian independence in a world where media and journalism are all too often shaped by the wrong people.

While the broader categories such as best blog (#1 #2 #3), best blog post (#1 #2 #3) and best collaborative blog (#1 #2 #3) often receive the most attention, we’ve had the opportunity to find new blogs (#1 #2 #3) in great niche categories, some of which are new to the Canadian Blog Awards such as best chronic illness blog (#1 #2 #3) and best feminism blog (#1 #2 #3).

We’ve seen blogs about art (#1 #2 #3),  music (#1 #2 #3), pop culture (#1 #2 #3), culture and literature (#1 #2 #3), humour (#1 #2 #3) and food (#1 #2 #3) that have changed the way we experience the world. Canadians have shared their views with us, whether professional (#1 #2 #3) or as personal (#1 #2 #3) as family life (#1 #2 #3), from religion (#1 #2 #3) and politics (#1 #2 #3) to sports (#1 #2 #3) and science and technology (#1 #2 #3).  Even the lawyers (#1 #2 #3) are getting involved. And let’s not forget about our Francophone friends (#1 #2 #3).
(nominees are listed here)

We also saw Slap Upside the Head grab a win for its 3rd year in a row in GBLT (#1 #2)!

My volunteer team dwindled quite heavily this year, and a lot of work fell on very few shoulders. I’d like to thank Omar Ha-Redeye and Garry Wise for their support and valuable feedback through the awards. As lawyers, there are many ways we can donate our time to benefit an organization or community that is important to us, and the Canadian blogosphere is a worthy group. I’d also like to thank Fern Hill for fighting vigilantly to return the Feminism category to the Blog Awards.

The Canadian blogosphere is still in its infancy, and the more we work to create a cohesive group, the more we will all benefit, readers and bloggers alike.

We’ve read your e-mails, and we have been working on giving the community what it needs. That is, we have decided to hold our first Canadian Blog Awards meet-up! There will be awards, presentations, snacks and more! Next year, there will be a proper decision making structure for the awards and for this community. Next year, there will be an org chart.
Contact me at topblogs.ca [@] gmail [.] com to be notified about details and to join the team.

Yours,
Jonathan Kleiman

Here is an updated list of the Canadian Blog Award nominations. You still have until tomorrow to nominate your favourite blogs. Thanks to all who took the time to make nominations. Again, if something is miscategorized, or if a link is broken or spam or repeated, tell me on Twitter @TOBusinessLaw

(Best Feminism Blog nominations are here)

Best Overall:
Sync
Don’t Bug Me!
Dan Pederson’s Blog
Loulou’s Views
Julie Laurin
Graceful Agony
Mommy Moment
Where did this all come from?
MuskokaGirl
Rolling Around in my Head
Thoughts on Creativity
The Equivocator
Susan Delacourt on Politics
Yummy Mummy Club
XOXO Jes
Listen to Lena!
Allans’ Perspective
Hi, I’m Sadie Shih Tzu
Diary of a Web Girl
Talon . . . barely scratching the surface
Mike’s Bloggity Blog
Nag on the Lake
Walking Turcot Yards
Aagaard Farms The Vine
The Review Crew
FunnyFace Beauty
Yarn Harlot
Capital Mom
Stay at Home Mayhem
One More Gadget
Country Living in a CaribouValley
Homeless Man Speaks
Unambiguously Ambidextrous
Living with Autism: A Parent’s Perspective

Best Blog Post:
Sync
Sync
Arcade Fire and the Maturation of Digital Media — Thoughts on Creativity
The Equivocator: The Politicization of Canadian News
XOXO Jes
The Queer Behind the Mirror
The Gormley Files
Robyn Urback
Transmopolis – Wild Reports (1)
Transmopolis – Wild Reports (2)
Calgary Grit
Pundits’ Guide

Chronic Illness:
Chronic Connection
Graceful Agony

Collaborative/Multi-Author Blogs:
North by East West
Apartment 613
Losing it in Ottawa
Kids in the Capital
In the Real World: Venus vs. Mars
UrbanMoms
MaRS Blog – Innovation and Commercialization in Canada

Art, Crafts, Cooking and Other Creative Activities:
After the Harvest
Watawa life
Shoot First
Glutastic
Baker’s Balance
Yoppii
It’s all yoga, baby
indi girl
Don
toemail
Aagaard Farms The Vine
Food for Tot
Living Laughing Breathing
This Too Will Pass
Walking With A Camera
Bitstop
Angella Dykstra Photography

Culture and Literature:
The Most Exquisite Moments
The Queer Behind the Mirror
Word of Mouse Books
Gender Focus
Robyn Urback
Go Nanaimo Blog
Society Pages
Shane Joseph’s Blog – Some of my Thoughts
Kingdom Poets
Dreams, Deliriums and Other Mind Talk
VancouverMoose
Brain Droppings
Margaret Atwood: Year Of The Flood

Family:
Dispatches from the Failed Mommies Club
Loulou’s Views
How to Survive Life in the Suburbs
Nattering Nic
Kids in the Capital
Where did all this come from?
Papertrails Family Book Blog
Half Soled Boots
Who’s Your Daddy
Listen to Lena!
Cheaper Than Therapy
Cdcb’s Blog
Why Mothers Eat Their Young
Food for Tot
My Life, My Glory
Shasher’s Life
Living with Autism: A Parent’s Perspective
Calgary Daddy

Food and Drink:
After the Harvest
Immigrant Children
Rants n’ Rascals

French Language (Francais):
Blazing Cat Fur
Vies de fous
La Boite a Males

GBLT:
Alfred Lives Here
The Queer Behind the Mirror
The Gay White North
Gay Persons of Color
Reflections on Majdanek
Gay in the City
Crooked Lunch
Driving Fast on Loose Gravel
Queer Two Cents

Health:
Graceful Agony
Dave Hingsburger

Humour:
Why My Hair Dont Grow No More
How To Survive Life In The Suburbs
Sex Drugs & CT Scans
After the Harvest
Food Court Lunch
XOXO Jes
Allan’s Perspective
smorsels
1001 Things To Bug You On Your Deathbed
My Road Trip To Awesome
Rant and Roar

Law Blogs:
Legal Frontiers
Lawiscool
Michael Geist’s Blog
LawDiva

Music:
Ear Buds and Ticket Stubs
NxEW

New Blogs:
Alfred Lives Here
Graceful Agony
Accustomed Chaos
Daily fromage
Kickasstacular
Fridaysoff
Meet My Ugly Baby
Jumbled Nous
Criticize This!
Canadian Blogger Girl
Devoted To The Lamb
Heart Felt Devotionals
FunnyFace Beauty
Filthy E-Mails (NSFW)
A Penny Saved
cats and cake

Personal:
Schmutzie
Sex in the Summer
Shane Alexander
A Canadian in Norway
A whole lot of soles
Abigail’s Road to Nowhere
Attack of the Redneck Mommy
Bad Tempered Zombie
Better Now
Bloob
BORED Mommy
canadianmothermusings
Zeeshan Hamid’s Urban Village Blog
Unemployed and Changing My Life
Dutch Blitz
Adorkable Thespian
Graceful Agony
Under Grace and Over Coffee
Daily Fromage
Sweet Salty
Hope Bomb
Rolling Around In My Head
Cheaper Than Therapy
Allan’s Perspective
Meg in the city
Grande Skinny Latte
Little Juan on the Prairie
The Middle Ages
Alex Waterhouse-Hayward
Gail Bowen’s Blog
Relections from the Shaman’s Hut
Life at Golden Grain Farm
Lectio
The Toronto Pet Daily
Meanderings and Reflections
gin and tonic
The Other Side of Sixty

Political:
Abandoned Stuff by Saskboy
Dawg’s Blawg
Little Miss Brightside
Impolitical
The Equivocator
Five Feet of Fury
Blazing Cat Fur
Pop The Stack
Eye on a Crazy Planet
Calgary Politics
Pundits’ Guide to Canadian Federal Elections
Pulpit and Politics
People, Places, Issues
The Enlightened Savage
CalgaryRants

Popular Culture:
Nag on the Lake
Toren Veda: the blog for humans
Haute Halifax
Criticize This!
La Carmina
Fanta.Sci Nation
Mike’s Bloggity Blog
ViewPoint 2010

Professional Life:
Hard Court Leadership Lessons
MediaStyle
Carbon49
MaRS Blog – Innovation and Commercialization in Canada
The Rurban Fringe
Darker Ways Blues Tour
Daniel MacIvor’s Notebook
PCT in ACTion
Swag20 – Rightsleeve Marketing

Religion and Philosophy:
Canadian Atheist
Dan Pedersen’s Blog
I am Unique!
This Side of Sunday
Awakening Christianity
whatever he says
Kingdom Poets
Gentle Recovery
Holy Experience
Religious Right Alert
Sad Catholic 101

Science and Technology:
Sync
One More Gadget
MaRS Blog – Innovation and Commercialization in Canada
The Review Crew
Climate Audit
OLDaily

Sports:
The Cheap Seats
The NBA Breakdown
Some Canadian Guys Writing About Soccer
Rider Prophet

Cheers,

Jonathan Kleiman (@TOBusinessLaw)

(Thanks again to the Toronto Lawyers PLZ for affording me the time to do this. Check out their law websites Accident Lawyer Toronto and Toronto Lawyers and Toronto law news and Lawyer Directory and Canada Immigration Lawyers)

Nominations for Canada’s Best Blogs 2010, so far

Posted: September 30, 2010 by jkleiman in discussion

Here are the nominations so far for the 2010 Canadian Blog Awards. Take a look at the list, and nominate the blogs that are missing. If somehow you nominated a blog and it’s not here, re-nominate it.

Here’s your badge:

Canadian Blog Award Nominee

The nominations end on October 9th so please be sure to remind your readers to nominate quality blogs that have not already been nominated. (If it’s already on the list, don’t bother re-nominating it)

If something is miscategorized, or if a link is broken or spam or repeated, tell me on Twitter @TOBusinessLaw

Best Overall:
Sync
Dan Pederson’s Blog
Loulou’s Views
Julie Laurin
Graceful Agony
Mommy Moment
Where did this all come from?
MuskokaGirl
Rolling Around in my Head
Thoughts on Creativity
The Equivocator
Susan Delacourt on Politics
Yummy Mummy Club
XOXO Jes
Listen to Lena!
Allans’ Perspective
Hi, I’m Sadie Shih Tzu
Diary of a Web Girl
Talon . . . barely scratching the surface
Mike’s Bloggity Blog
Nag on the Lake
Walking Turcot Yards

Best Blog Post:
Sync
Sync
Arcade Fire and the Maturation of Digital Media — Thoughts on Creativity
The Equivocator: The Politicization of Canadian News
XOXO Jes
The Queer Behind the Mirror
The Gormley Files
Robyn Urback

Chronic Illness:
Chronic Connection
Graceful Agony

Collaborative/Multi-Author Blogs:
North by East West
Apartment 613
Losing it in Ottawa
Kids in the Capital
In the Real World: Venus vs. Mars
UrbanMoms
MaRS Blog – Innovation and Commercialization in Canada

Art, Crafts, Cooking and Other Creative Activities:
After the Harvest
Watawa life
Shoot First
Glutastic
Baker’s Balance
Yoppii
It’s all yoga, baby
indi girl
Don
toemail

Culture and Literature:
The Most Exquisite Moments
The Queer Behind the Mirror
Word of Mouse Books
Gender Focus
Robyn Urback
Go Nanaimo Blog
Society Pages

Family:
Dispatches from the Failed Mommies Club
Loulou’s Views
How to Survive Life in the Suburbs
Nattering Nic
Kids in the Capital
Where did all this come from?
Papertrails Family Book Blog
Half Soled Boots
Who’s Your Daddy
Listen to Lena!
Cheaper Than Therapy
Cdcb’s Blog
Why Mothers Eat Their Young

Food and Drink:
After the Harvest
Immigrant Children
Rants n’ Rascals

French Language (Francais):
Blazing Cat Fur
Vies de fous

GBLT:
Alfred Lives Here
The Queer Behind the Mirror

Health:
Graceful Agony

Humour:
Why My Hair Dont Grow No More
How To Survive Life In The Suburbs
Sex Drugs & CT Scans
After the Harvest
Food Court Lunch
XOXO Jes
Allan’s Perspective
smorsels

Law Blogs:
Legal Frontiers
Lawiscool

Music:
Ear Buds and Ticket Stubs
NxEW

New Blogs:
Alfred Lives Here
Graceful Agony
Accustomed Chaos
Daily fromage
Kickasstacular
Fridaysoff
Meet My Ugly Baby
Jumbled Nous
Criticize This!

Personal:
Schmutzie
Sex in the Summer
Shane Alexander
A Canadian in Norway
A whole lot of soles
Abigail’s Road to Nowhere
Attack of the Redneck Mommy
Bad Tempered Zombie
Better Now
Bloob
BORED Mommy
canadianmothermusings
Zeeshan Hamid’s Urban Village Blog
Unemployed and Changing My Life
Dutch Blitz
Adorkable Thespian
Graceful Agony
Under Grace and Over Coffee
Daily Fromage
Sweet Salty
Hope Bomb
Rolling Around In My Head
Cheaper Than Therapy
Allan’s Perspective
Meg in the city
Grande Skinny Latte
Little Juan on the Prairie
The Middle Ages
Alex Waterhouse-Hayward
Gail Bowen’s Blog
Reflections from the Shaman’s Hut

Political:
Abandoned Stuff by Saskboy
Dawg’s Blawg
Little Miss Brightside
Impolitical
The Equivocator
Five Feet of Fury
Blazing Cat Fur
Pop The Stack
Eye on a Crazy Planet

Popular Culture:
Nag on the Lake
Toren Veda: the blog for humans
Haute Halifax
Criticize This!
La Carmina
Fanta.Sci Nation
Rantings of a Fashion Addict
Mike’s Bloggity Blog

Professional Life:
Hard Court Leadership Lessons
MediaStyle
Carbon49
MaRS Blog – Innovation and Commercialization in Canada
The Rurban Fringe
Darker Ways Blues Tour
Daniel MacIvor’s Notebook

Religion and Philosophy:
Canadian Atheist
Dan Pedersen’s Blog
I am Unique!
This Side of Sunday
Awakening Christianity
whatever he says

Science and Technology:
Sync
One More Gadget
MaRS Blog – Innovation and Commercialization in Canada
The Review Crew

Sports:
The Cheap Seats
The NBA Breakdown
Some Canadian Guys Writing About Soccer
Rider Prophet

Cheers,

Jonathan Kleiman

(thanks again to the Toronto Lawyers PLZ for affording me the time to do this)

The time has finally come for nominations for the 2010 Canadian Blog Awards. We’re all really excited to get moving, and to see what new blogs come out this year. Nominations will end October 9th, leaving us an entire month to make sure that everybody gets to nominate who they want. Every year in the past there have been a number of blogs who miss the boat, so let’s all do our best to spread the word and nominate worthy blogs.

Use this form to nominate your favourite Canadian blog.

Hats off to the law firm at which I work, Porco Levy Zavet LLP (PLZ Law) for encouraging me to volunteer my free time to run this competition, and for understanding why I decided to disqualify their law blog 😉 Check out their law news sharing website too.

If you have any questions or comments about the CBA’s, include them in the comments section of your nomination form. Remember, not everybody checks this page for updates, so remind your readers to nominate!

Thanks, and Good Luck!

Jonathan Kleiman

2010 Nominations Later This Year

Posted: July 28, 2010 by John Klein in discussion
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We get emails from readers asking when they can nominate their favourite Canadian blogs. Nominations typically open in October or November, and we’ll post a more exact date as we get more organized closer to that time.

We can’t give a more exact date because the CBA’s don’t have a rigid command structure, and exist solely on the basis of volunteerism and unicorn farts. Unless you know of some gassy unicorns, we could possibly use your eager effort in whatever way your talents offer. Leave a comment for us to return your message, or email us.