2014 Nominees

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Best Automotive or Car Blog

Best Beauty Blog


Naptural Nicole


Bury Me In Red Lipstick

Best Blog Post Series


Vizionz from the Bottom

Water Cooler Convos Blog

(im)migrating with a purpose


Single Black Male

The Postive Controversy


Fascinating People

Diary Of A First Time Mom

Best Book or Author Blog

Living Happier After

Life According To Her

A Street Activist's Perspective


Best Business Blog

Teach Good Stuff

Janeane's World

Women Are Gamechangers


All Digitocracy


Suite Minute

Bougie Black Girl 

Best Entertainment Blog

Searching for My Star


* Witches' Brew Online


I Can Repeat It


Water Cooler Convos Blog


Best Facebook Page

Witches' Brew Online

Entrée to Black Paris

Wifey N Training

The Tatum Talks

Son of Baldwin

Code Red Flag

Best Faith-Based Blog

In Search of His Face with Tracey Michae'l

Life In The Now Ministries

My Faith and Fitness

Call Me Set Free

Heather Lindsey

Best Fashion Blog

Fashion of Culture

Product of Society

Beautifully Twisted Mind

Talitha's Take

Best Film Blog (Provisional)

The Urban Film Stage



Best Fitness Blog (Provisional)

GetFit or GetFat

300 Pounds and Running

Black Fitness Today

Best Food Blog

Chewsy Lovers

Brown Sugar

The Sophisticated Life

Runaway Apricot

No Gojis No Glory

Miss Foodie Fab

Best Gaming or Comics Blog


Fan Bros Show


Best Group Blog

Witches' Brew Online

Water Cooler Convos Blog


Best Health or Wellness Blog

Black Weight Loss Success

Powered By Soul

Hurt 2 Healing

300 Pounds and Running

Best Humor Blog (Provisional)

Witches' Brew Online

Best Instagram Feed

GetFit or GetFat

The Sophisticated Life

Brother Jesse

Dr. Drai OBGYN


Inspired by Beatrice Clay

Best International Blog

HMAAC Global Griot

The Naked Convos

(im)migrating with a purpose

Entrée to Black Paris



International Nurse Support

Best LGBT Blog

MUSED Magazine Online

Son of Baldwin

Best Music Blog

Digging Discography



Summer In The Winter


Best New Blog



Lady of Purpose Network

Product of Society

Write On


Water Cooler Convos Blog

Y I'm Writeous

Table of Conscious

The Reflections of a Good Woman

Chris And L

Asis Chronicle



The Tatum Talks

The Enigmatic Perspective


Uoftaste Magazine

Code Red Flag

Best Original Graphic Design in a Blog

Best Parenting Blog

Daddy Realness

"Crazy" Baby Mamas

Mommy Week

Best Personal Blog


Vizionz from the Bottom

Everything EnJ

That Former Sidekick Girl

Write On


The Sophisticated Life

She Writes

Ariel Says Now

Classy, BlackGirl.

The Enigmatic Perspective

Pretty Pink Living

Chasing Joy

Best Photography in a Blog (Provisional)

No Gojis No Glory


Best Pinterest

Entrée to Black Paris


Best Plus Size Fashion Blog (Provisional)

Best Podcast

The Girl Just Quit Podcast

The Black Astronauts Podcast

The Spawn On Me Podcast

The Shiznit Show

Fan Bros Show

The Effwhatuheard Radio Show

The Read

Independent Underground Radio LIVE (IURL)

The Good and Terrible Show

Operation Cubicle

Best Political or News Blog

Product of Society

Polite on Society

Water Cooler Convos Blog

Independent Underground Radio LIVE (IURL)

Good Black News

Take Another Look with Ashahed M. Muhammad

All Digitocracy

Best Science or Technology Blog

The Rockstar Anthropologist


Suite Minute

Science Looks Good

Best Sex or Relationship Blog

The Naked Convos

Code Red Flag



Best Sports Blog (Provisional)

The Introspective

Pound 4 Pound Boxing Report

Product of Society

Best Travel Blog

I Luv 2 Globe Trot

The Sophisticated Life

Entrée to Black Paris

(im)migrating with a purpose


Best Twitter Feed






Best Tumblr

What Whites Will Never Know

Beautifully Twisted Mind

The BAUCE Files

Best Tutorial Blog or Vlog


Naptural Nicole

Best Video Blog

"Medical T" (TIPS) by Dr. Drai

Suite Minute

BWE Network

Best Writing in a Blog


Vizionz from the Bottom

Write On

The Sophisticated Life

Womanist Expressions

(im)migrating with a purpose


Product of Society

Musings of Krav

Knowledge Maven

Asis Chronicle


Son of Baldwin

Hashtag of the Year

* #getfitorgetfat








Outstanding Achievement in Online Activism

Product of Society

Water Cooler Convos Blog

Stop the Cover Up


Feminista Jones

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Nominating/Voting More Than Once Only Hurts The Blogs

As of this posting, duplicate ballots submitted will not count towards nomination or voting counts for the Black Weblog Awards. I just had to make a somewhat messy example out of a semi-prominent activist/journalist for voting for herself over five times, each time using a different e-mail address and name.

Folks, we want the Black Weblog Awards to be fair, and for everyone out there to have a chance to nominate their favorites and vote for the finalists. So keep in mind that we are taking a zero-tolerance approach to this, so tell your peoples if you have to.

Got questions? You know how to reach us.

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?

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 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 "" and the blog is at "", put in "" 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 -, for example - to redirect users to your Blogspot blog. Technically, both domains go to the site, but the 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 and another enters it as, 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.

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*":

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

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!