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Call For Prizes

Posted: December 2, 2012 by jkleiman in discussion

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!


This Year’s Format

Posted: May 5, 2012 by jkleiman in discussion

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
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 [@] gmail [.] com to be notified about details and to join the team.

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:
Don’t Bug Me!
Dan Pederson’s Blog
Loulou’s Views
Julie Laurin
Graceful Agony
Mommy Moment
Where did this all come from?
Rolling Around in my Head
Thoughts on Creativity
The Equivocator
Susan Delacourt on Politics
Yummy Mummy Club
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:
Arcade Fire and the Maturation of Digital Media — Thoughts on Creativity
The Equivocator: The Politicization of Canadian News
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
MaRS Blog – Innovation and Commercialization in Canada

Art, Crafts, Cooking and Other Creative Activities:
After the Harvest
Watawa life
Shoot First
Baker’s Balance
It’s all yoga, baby
indi girl
Aagaard Farms The Vine
Food for Tot
Living Laughing Breathing
This Too Will Pass
Walking With A Camera
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
Brain Droppings
Margaret Atwood: Year Of The Flood

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

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

Graceful Agony
Dave Hingsburger

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

Law Blogs:
Legal Frontiers
Michael Geist’s Blog

Ear Buds and Ticket Stubs

New Blogs:
Alfred Lives Here
Graceful Agony
Accustomed Chaos
Daily fromage
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

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
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
The Toronto Pet Daily
Meanderings and Reflections
gin and tonic
The Other Side of Sixty

Abandoned Stuff by Saskboy
Dawg’s Blawg
Little Miss Brightside
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

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

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


Jonathan Kleiman (@TOBusinessLaw)

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