"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?