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Hello everyone! This is just a reminder that the deadline for the 2008 Black Weblog Awards theme contest is coming up quickly -- February 29! Don't miss out on your chance to win an 80GB iPod Classic, courtesy of Apple, Inc.
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Create the new Black Weblog Awards theme and you could win an iPod!The Black Weblog Awards is looking for a new theme for 2008, and your entry could be the winning one! The grand prize winner of our theme contest will have their creation used as the theme for the 2008 Black Weblog Awards and will win an 80GB iPod Classic from Apple, Inc.!

Deadline: February 29, 2008 March 7, 2008 at 11:59pm EST

The winner will be announced on March 3 March 8!

CONTEST RULES:All eligible entries should include the following:
- a logo (.psd, .ai or .eps format)
- a slogan (ten words or less; nothing derogatory or profane)
- a brief explanation of the theme (100 words or less)

Submit this in a compressed file (.zip, .rar or .sit) and title it with your name and "2008 BWA Theme" and send it to Please include your slogan and explanation as documents in the compressed file, not in the body of the e-mail (entries that don't follow this format will be ineligible).

Please submit only one entry per household.

FINE PRINT:By entering the 2008 Black Weblog Awards contest, the winner consents without limitation and without receiving additional compensation, to the use of his/her name, logo, slogan and explanation by the Black Weblog Awards for advertising purposes in all print, electronic or broadcast media.

The Black Weblog Awards, in its role in provisioning prizes, permits no alternative prize or other substitution in its sole discretion except in the event of prize unavailability.

The winner will be required to verify their address, which must be done within 48 hours of the winning announcement. If the winner is a minor, the prize will be awarded in the name of winner’s parent or legal guardian. The Black Weblog Awards shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify winners or for any late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts of a winner who is a minor to provide signed guardian consent. Failure of the winner to verify their address and notify the Black Weblog Awards within the specified time period may result in forfeiture of the prize and selection of an alternate winner from the remaining eligible entries. If the package is returned to the Black Weblog Awards or its agent due to errors in address provided by the entrant, it will result in forfeiture of the prize by the potential winner. The winner's entry will still be used, and the prize will be donated to a charity of the Black Weblog Awards' choice.

The Black Weblog Awards and its agencies assume no responsibility for lost, misdirected, or late entries or by any human or mechanical error, which may occur in the processing of the entries in this contest. The Black Weblog Awards may prohibit an entrant from participating in the contest or winning a prize if, in its sole discretion, it determines that said entrant is attempting to undermine the legitimate operation of the contest by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices or intending to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or the Black Weblog Awards and their representatives. If for any reason this contest is not capable of running as planned, including, but not limited to, conduct of the promotion, then the Black Weblog Awards reserves the right, at their sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest.

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Winners, Please Contact Us

If you're a winner for any of this year's Black Weblog Awards, please contact us to receive your winners' badge(s) if you haven't done so already. Thanks!


2007 BWA Postmortem

Well, after a bout with the flu and a few interviews here and there, I'm all back up to speed with this year's Awards, and wanted to share with the group what all transpired
through the month of August leading up to the announcement of the Awards.


When nominations closed on August 15th, we had 1811 ballots with 7266 nominations. I think this year was the best in terms of keeping the nominations fair; we (me and the programmer, Markus) did so by engineering the ballots so your IP address and e-mail address was logged in our database. We quickly found out that the problem arose where people were getting an error saying they voted from their computer even when they hadn't. The issue comes with the IP addresses;if you're on a shared connection (like an office or school) or sharing/leeching wireless Internet or even using more than one computer in a local area network, they all share the same IP address. While we were
able to resolve the issues on a case-by-case basis; what I saw was that people complained about not being able to vote becasue of the IP adddress issue, but when asked to send their IP address (we gave them instructions), they never replied. Oh well... We were also able to
flag users on the back end who we could tell were voting from multiple locations using very similar e-mail addresses and names.

This year was also the first time we had a panel of judges, who are well-versed in blogging, writing, design, and the Internet as a whole. Their additions and insights really helped some great blogs take home awards which may not have been particularly known by the public. Both the popular and judges' votes blogs were announced at the same time,
surprising the judges with the popular picks and showing the public the full range of blogs in each of the 30 categories.

One common complaint we've heard since the Awards started was that the nomination period was entirely too short. So for next year, we're definitely thinking about extending the nomination period to include more blogs. I haven't figured out yet how long to extend it to, but more talk of that will go on in the Google group.


Different for this year was that there were no prizes for the winners. Personally, I don't think it made a difference in terms of excitement and enthusiasm about the Awards. I'm wrestling with the idea of reinstating the prizes for 2008, primarily because a) they are a pain the ass to keep up with and b) donors often think that supplying a prize means they have a say in who wins in that particular category.

It's just a lot more work on the back end to keep up with, because you have to get addresses and some people want to remain anonymous's just a lot. If I do prizes for next year, we'd definitely need a volunteer to coordinate it all. The prizes people donated were nice too, ranging from books to DVDs to free ad space to an iPod to cold hard cash.


I'd like to think we reached a happy place with the categories for this year. The only suggestion for a new category I received was "Best Style/Fashion Blog", and I think that would work well since this year, the finalists in the "Best Niche Blog" and fashion blogs! I would like to see more great blogs being showcased in some of the categories which didn't get a lot of nominees (Best Business Blog, Best Food Blog, etc.). And while I realize that it's kinda up to the person nominating to expand their horizons and know of other blogs, it wouldn't hurt on our end to let you guys and gals know about a few
gems out there too. I just worry that folks would think we are endorsing certain blogs over others, but I do think we can do our part by showcasing blogs you may not know about. Maybe something like a "BWA Blog of the Week" type award. I don't know yet.


Advertising, advertising, advertising. Word of mouth actually did help out a lot this year, with the podcast interviews and more than a few mentions on NPR. Sponsorship is something which we really are looking for, and had a few interested companies, but none of them followed through. Like I said year, with time and support comes progress, so we'll press on. I'm working now on a pretty big possible sponsorship, and if this goes well, it would be a huge step towards having an actual physical awards ceremony by 2009 (one of my goals).

So again, thanks to the winners, thanks to our judges, thanks to our programmer Markus and our logo designer Zilla, and thanks to you, the people, for helping to make the Black Weblog Awards even better for this year.