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Best Automotive or Car Blog (Provisional)

Sixone7Creative Ramblings

SimplyRides.com

BumperCandy.com

SimplyCadillac.com

Best Beauty Blog 

MANE MAN

Tribe Called Curl

Best Blog Post Series 

Lena Sledge's Blog

The Naked Convos

kreyolicious

Your Chic is Showing

Rise Africa: Talk Africa Series

Chicagoings -Exclusive Interviews with Chicago's Top Entrepreneurs

Starved Magazine- African Summer

The Half Series: When Black People Look White

Best Book or Author Blog

Lena Sledge's Blog

To Be A Better You

Urban Fiction News

Literary Assassins

Best Business Blog

Best 2 Keep it Simple

SixOne7Creative Ramblings

Women Are Gamechangers

Best Entertainment Blog

Witches' Brew

FatalCut Entertainment

Water Cooler Convos Blog

www.TerryMcFly.com

Music is My SOul

The Dangerous Lee News & Entertainment Network

Best Faith-Based Blog

The Journey Suite

My Faith and Fitness

MauriceLindsay.com

EmpowerMoments

To Be A Better You

JubileeMag.com

Best Fashion Blog

A Stylish Hue

The SdotChronicles

Eighteen Forever

Style Is She

Urban Swank

Tribe Called Curl

Best Film Blog

Blallywood

Best Fitness Blog or Vlog

Get Fit or Get Fat

Best Food Blog

Best Frugal Living, Coupon  or DIY Blog 

Sister Save-A-Lot

Best Gaming or Comics Blog

thespawnpointblog

2D-X

AnalogHype.com

Best Group Blog

The Sexy Single Mommy

Edugaytion.com

Theta Theta Sigma Rhoer Club

Witches' Brew

The Naked Convos

Beautiful Brown Girls

Rise Africa

Nerdgasm Noire Network

Urban Swank

Regal Realness

Best Health or Wellness Blog

Pozlifeofpatrick

Mocha Autism Network

Black Weight Loss Success

Hurt 2 Healing

Sailing Autistic Seas

Diagnosed NOT Defeated

Soul Food Therapy

Nubian Wellness

Best Humor Blog

Witches' Brew

Best International Blog

Lena Sledge's Blog

The Naked Convos

kreyolicious

Black Women in Europe™

Rise Africa

Jay Blessed Media

The Dr. Vibe Show™

Afri-love

Best LGBT Blog

Edugaytion.com

MUSED Magazine Online

RONALDMATTERS.COM

Best Micro Blog

What Whites Will Never KNow

Brother Jesse Twitter

@TatianaKing

Vizionz from the Bottom

Best Music Blog

SoulBounce

Soul You Know!

Dead End Hip Hop

Best New Blog

Edugaytion.com

Black Girl Nerds

Twenties Unscripted

LoveAt1stByte.com

FanBros.com

CoolBlkPpl

Water Cooler Convos Blog

A Stylish Hue

Education Futures: Emerging Trends and Technologies in K-12

Urban Fiction News

Flirting with My ISMS

Umoya Jewelry Blog

Inform and Engage

Nubian Wellness

Chicagoings - An Independent Look at Chicago

Cool Breeze In The Garden

Tribe Called Curl

dimeink

Black Weight Loss Success

Blallywood

Starved Magazine

Best Original Graphic Design in a Blog

Lena Sledge's Blog

Water Cooler Convos Blog

dimeink

Best Parenting Blog

We Got Kidz

Diary of a First Time Mom

Sailing Autistic Seas

MommyBrown

To Be A Better You

Simply Senia

spelhouseLove

Best Personal Blog

pozlifeofpatrick

Lena Sledge's Blog

Twenties Unscripted

Brother Jesse Blog

Professor JT

Confessions of a Thirty Something Black Man

Chasing Joy

To Be a Better You

Cool Breeze In The Garden

Best Photography in a Blog

SWGRUS

Xawaash

Best Plus Sized Fashion

Your Chic is Showing

Best Podcast

Operation Cubicle

Now In Session with Monika and Bruce

"Bottom Line" by Edugaytion.com

Black Girl Nerds

THE PROFESSED WORD PODCAST

Fan Bros Show

Black on Black Cinema

Effwhatuheard Radio

Straight Outta LoCash

Nerdgasm Noire Network

Needle on the Record Podcast

The Dr. Vibe Show™

Independent Underground Radio LIVE

Best Political or News Blog

Polite On Society

Good Black News

Water Cooler Convos Blog

Inform and Engage

Take Another Look

Independent Underground News & Talk

Best Science or Technology Blog

ShareefJackson.com

TechGuySmartBuy

Tek Dogg

Best Sex or Relationship Blog

The Sexy Single Mommy

The Naked Convos

VeryUnmarried

Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down

Choices, Voices, and Sole

seriously, maybe...a relationship blog

Vizionz from the Bottom

Best Sports Blog (Provisional)

The Pound 4 Pound Boxing

Best Teen Blog (Provisional)

Theta Theta Sigma Rhoer Club

Best Travel Blog

International Travel Chick

Urban Swank

Best Tutorial Blog or Vlog

Natural & Fabulous

Tribe Called Curl

Xawaash

Best Video Blog

"Bottom Line" by Edugaytion.com

Dead End Hip Hop

Inform and Engage

Xawaash

Best Writing in a Blog

Pozlifeofpatrick

Hearts Converse

Lena Sledge's Blog

The Naked Convos

Kreyolicious

MANE MAN

The Wordallogic

Just Another Day With MrsTDJ

Water Cooler Convos Blog

Education Futures: Emerging Trends and Technologies in K-12

Rise Africa

Regal Realness

Cool Breeze In The Garden

Tribe Called Curl

dimeink

Vizionz from the Bottom

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Friday
Aug032007

This Year's Categories: Too Many or Not Enough?

So here's a slice of the feedback we've received via the Black Weblog Awards website:

"Can I vote again? There are too many categories here for me to just vote once."
"I think that a couple of categories need to be included in the future: Best Fashion Blog and Best Beauty Blog. There are numerous AA blogs in those two categories that should be given a chance to be recognized."
"Why are there all these dam [sic] categories? I dont [sic] think there are this many black blogs in the world."
"How come there's no 'Best Gaming Blog' category? I run a video game site, and I feel left out of the awards yet again this year."
"Way too many damn categories for this year...stop trying to be all things for all blogs and just keep it light."


It's always interesting to hear the feedback on categories because it never seems like a balance can be reached. The number of categories has grown a lot since we began in 2005 (we had 11 categories). 2006 has 21, and I never would've thought we'd reach 30, but we have. I think that growth, in part, really speaks to the growing diverse nature of the blogosphere, because there's a little bit of something for everyone. And it's hard to do something like this without somehow, unfortunately, leaving someone out. Of course, we can't add categories now, because that wouldn't be fair to people who have already voted, so it's something we're going to continually work on for next year's Awards.

On the other hand...I do realize that there are a large number of categories, and folks will only vote for what they know and leave the other fields blank. Voting, great civil right that it is, does inherently involve a level of both self-knowledge and external research in order to vote properly. We do encourage all the people who are not only nominating their favorite blogs, but also soliciting others to vote for them, really read the categories' descriptions and ask if it applies to your blog. Last year, we got raked over the coals because people said the rules and the categories were too much to read, voted without that knowledge in mind, and then people were mad because the popular vote ruled more towards sites which owners of those sites said they didn't fit in.

Personally, I feel like if we pare the category numbers down, we'll be excluding more blogs. However, if we add more categories, we'll may lose more voters.

What do you think?
Thursday
Aug022007

A Few Tips Before Submitting Your Nomination(s)

So it's Day 2 of the Awards, and as of this writing, we've got well over 650+ nominations from over 140+ users. A great start so far! Thanks to all of you for your continued support and participation, because it's going to be a wild ride from now until the Awards end at the end of August.

However, I do feel that I should throw y'all a bone...you know, give you a little bit of insight into what goes on behind the scenes and what you can do as a participant to ensure the whole process goes smoothly.

For starters, all of the nominations are double-checked. The first check happens when you submit your ballot; the code checks to make sure your URL has an http:// and that it the form hasn't been spammed with multiple entries for one site. The second check is a human check - we go through each of the nominations daily to make sure the URLs submitted are valid. We bring up each URL into a new browser to make sure it goes to the actual site. Now you can imagine that after a while, this process becomes fairly quick, as we can spot these URLs from a mile away if they're correct.

There are a few things you should know though, before you submit your nomination:

1. We do not correct misspelled or malformed URLs, so make sure that when you submit your ballot, the URL is correct. In this age of computers, copy and paste is your best friend (it's certainly ours). So please, do not put any apostrophes, commas, spaces, equal signs, yellow moons, purple hearts or green clovers in your URL; those make the URLs invalid, and they will not be counted.

2. If the blog is just part of a larger website, make sure the URL you submit is directly to the blog. This helps us out IMMENSELY so we don't have to navigate through a bunch of cruft to find the actual blog being nominated. For example. if the site is "http://www.MYSITE.com" and the blog is at "http://www.MYSITE.com/blog", put in "http://www.MYSITE.com/blog" as the URL for nomination. This is especially important in the "Best Blog Post or Best Post Series" category.

3. If the blog you're nominating has more than one URL, make sure you are using the ACTUAL URL and not a domain redirect, because we count those nominations separately, not together. Let me give you an example. Say you have a Blogspot blog, but you also bought a domain - mydomain.com, for example - to redirect users to your Blogspot blog. Technically, both domains go to the site, but the Blogspot.com address is the true blog URL because that's where the content is originally created and hosted. Each of those URLs are counted, in the system, as separate blogs, and we will NOT combine those nominations. However, if it's a case where one person enters a URL as http://www.MYSITE.com and another enters it as http://MYSITE.com, that's fine. Just make sure it's the actual URL, and not a redirected domain name.

We will only use those nominations of the original host blog. We explained the example to our PHP programmer using Muhammad Ali/Cassius Clay, to which he replied "His mamma named him Clay, I'mma call him Clay."

Ah...back in the days when Eddie was funny. We won't even TALK about "Norbert"....

4. Above all else, make sure you read the rules and the categories before you submit your nominations. Reading is fundamental, y'all.


Alright, that's my piece for today. If you have any questions, feel free to let us know.
Thursday
Jul262007

New Website Coming Soon

The new website will be up this weekend. As far as logistics goes, we've run into quite a few snags leading up to the Awards, but rest assured, once things start on August 1, we'll be good to go!

In the meantime, you can check out the other project we're involved with which will prove to be a great success -- the "*Blogging While Brown Conference*":http://www.bloggingwhilebrown.com.

For those of you who are involved in our Google Group, continue to give us your suggestions for future involvement. Thanks!
Sunday
Jun242007

2007 Black Weblog Awards Categories

Alright folks, after much deliberation, the final list of this year's 2007 Black Weblog Awards Categories is complete. Some categories have been renamed, and many more have been added.

Including the submissions to this group, there are now THIRTY categories for this year's Awards! Another big addition is that each category will have TWO winners -- a public vote winner and one chosen by our panel of judges (details to follow). I haven't finished all the official rules yet, but here are some basic ones to go by until the official rules are released:

  • All nominees' blogs must have frequent updates with fresh content.

  • All nominees' blogs must accurately fit the categories in which they're nominated.


Last year, we ran into the issue of people putting one site in each blank and then submitting their ballots. I can tell you that this year, thanks to our awesome form programmer, that won't be happening. And if it does, they won't be able to vote again until the finalists are announced. It sucks, but that's life.

There's still a lot more work to be done, but for now, here are the categories (and their descriptions):

1. Best Blog Community
This category is for a community or collection of blogs. Webrings and wikis are included, provided there is a central "home" website for them.

2. Best Blog Design
This category is for blogs that incorporate a unique and eye-catching visual web design.

3. Best Blog Post or Blog Post Series (Formerly "Best Original Content")
This category is for a single post in a blog or a series of posts in a blog about a particular topic. Posts can be fiction or non-fiction, but post series must be linked by a common and identifiable theme with the ability to skip forward or backwards through the series (for judging purposes).

4. Best Business Blog
This category is for blogs that talk about the modern business world (advertising, stock market, business trends, etc.).

5. Best Celebrity Blog
This category is for blogs which are written by famous celebrities (people of considerable prominence, renown and fame). The blog must be written by the celebrity themselves (for judging purposes).

6. Best Culture Blog
This category is for blogs which talk about Black culture in a multifaceted and dynamic way.

7. Best Faith-Based Blog
This category is for blogs which feature unique religious and spiritual content.

8. Best Fictional Blog
This category is for blogs which have over 90% fictional content (as determined by post number). Mainly, these are blogs which are about fictional characters and must be stated as such somewhere on the blog. Think of it as a soap opera or a book, but in blog form.

9. Best Food Blog
This category is for blogs which focus on food, food reviews or food preparation methods. Blogs may also include restaurant reviews.

10. Best Gossip Blog (Formerly "Best Pop Culture Blog")
This category is for blogs that focus on satire and lampooning of pop culture and celebrities for entertainment purposes.

11. Best Group Blog
This category is for a single blog which is updated by a group of people (three or more people). This blog can be about any topic. Posts must indicate who the author is for each one; it cannot be one person masquerading as different people (for judging purposes).

12. Best Hip-Hop Blog
This category is for blogs that focus primarily on hip-hop culture, including fashion, business or current events.

13. Best Humor Blog
This category is for humor blogs or blogs which feature humorous content.

14. Best International Blog
This category is for blogs of any topic that are based in countries other than the United States. The country of origin for the blog must be clearly identified (for judging purposes).

15. Best LGBT Blog
This category is for blogs that relate to or are about the LGBT community. No pornography, please (for judging purposes).

16. Best Music Blog
This category is for blogs that focus on music; blogs can provide downloadable mp3s, and should cover more than one genre of music. The majority of the blog should be about music, not celebrity entertainment.

17. Best New Blog
This category is for blogs of any topic which have been started on or after January 1, 2007.

18. Best Niche Blog (Formerly "Best Topical Blog")
This category is for blogs of topics not included in the present Black Weblog Awards categories. (Hey, we can't catch 'em all!)

19. Best Personal Blog
This category is for blogs which feature the opinions of the author. Blogs do not have to adhere to a specific theme.

20. Best Photo Blog
This category is for blogs which feature the blog author's photographs.

21. Best Podcast
This category highlights podcasts -- serialized audio files available to download -- on any topic. Podcasts must be available for download (mp3 format); no strict Flash audio sites unless there's an option for downloading the shows (for judging purposes).

22. Best Political/News Blog
This category is for blogs which are about politics or current newsworthy topics.

23. Best Science/Technology Blog (Formerly "Best Technology Blog")
This category is for blogs which feature content about technology, the Internet, and the various realms of science.

24. Best Sports/Recreation Blog
This category is for blogs which talk all about sports and sports players.

25. Best Teen Blog
This category is for blogs of any topic where the author is anywhere from 13-19 years old. The age of the author must be easily identifiable (for judging purposes).

26. Best Video Blog
This category highlights blogs which feature original video content by the blog's author on any topic. Blog content must be primarily video content (at least 90% of posts, for judging purposes).

27. Best Writing in a Blog
This category is for blogs which have exceptional writing. This category is judged not on a single post basis, but on the overall posts of the blog.

28. Black Blogger Achievement Award
This category is for bloggers that have been blogging visibly since January 1, 2003. This award can only be won once (sorry George and Lynne...we still love ya).

29. Blog of the Year
This category is pretty self-explanatory; the blog of the year has it all: great writing, frequent posts, active comments, and a strong reader base.

30. Blog to Watch
This category highlights the best "undiscovered" blog in the blogosphere; keep your eye on this one! This is for that great blog that not everyone knows about...but should!
Monday
Jun182007

Get 'Em While They're Hot!

Fresh out of Photoshop are the new 2007 promotional graphics bearing the new logo of this year's Black Weblog Awards (masterfully created by Zilla of Zilla Says, winner of the 2006 Best Blog Design Award by the Black Weblog Awards.

You can download the graphics at the link below (ZIP). In the file, are six graphics in the following sizes:

468x60
125x125
234x60
88x31
120x60
120x90

If you need a custom size other than the ones listed here, feel free to contact us with the dimensions needed and I'll get to work on creating one.