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2013 Nominees

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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
Sep222006

2006 BWA Postmortem

It's closing time. The votes have been counted. The Awards have been distributed, and now we can take a look back at what we did right, what we did wrong, and what we can do in the future to help make it better.



VOTING


We tried to make it as fair as possible by letting people nominate their favorite blogs in each of the 21 categories. Boy, did that blow up in our faces. Clearly, the mass nominations were NOT working, and making the final votes open didn't help either. However, most people played it fair and we didn't have to do anything drastic to keep the votes legit other than weed out spam comments. And there were plenty of them! For 2007, we're thinking of ways to make it fair and even, but still representative of the black blogospheres out there. One way we've thought to do this was draft a committee of people to pick nominations for the categories. But do we pick bloggers? Non-bloggers? Bloggers could work best, but what if they picked their own sites? And would people on the committee be eligible to win prizes for their sites? If we did the committee system, they would not be eligible. But if we got non-bloggers on the committee, then people would decry who they nominated because -- surprise, surprise -- they don't blog. It's a slippery slope that I hope we'll climb over the next few months. Because August 2007 will be here before we know it and that'll be a wrap, baby.

PRIZES


It's come to our attention that some finalists still have NOT received prizes and that some prize donators have NOT gotten in contact with the winners. The thing is, we can't really crack the whip on people and say "Hey, you said you were going to donate...now do it!" We've tried. It doesn't work, and generally just makes the donators mad. Please, if you're a winner who hasn't received your prize or if you're a donator who hasn't been able to get in touch with a winner, "drop us a line":https://blackweblogawards.wufoo.com/forms/contact/ and we'll do our best to straighten it out. Next year, we will probably definitely cut the prize aspect OUT. Having prizes is a good idea, but the Awards are really about recognition, and it ends up being more on the back end that we have to do after the Awards are announced. Tracking down winners for physical awards was really just an "extra" that we thought would be cool. Who knew it would end up creating such a hassle because some people want to remain anonymous and others don't want to give on what they've promised?

CATEGORIES


Was 21 too many? Was 10 not enough? It's a split decision in our camp, and judging from the e-mails we received during the Awards, it seemed like 21 was too many. It's hard to say what we should keep and what should go. Some categories had a ton of nominations, and others had just a few. Again, it goes back to the nominations and voting. We got e-mails saying that we should have "picked" this blog for a category. Keep in mind that there was no "picking" going on; we left it up to the people, and unfortunately, they chose the same folks over and over again. One thing that switching to a committee-based voting system would do is even out the nominatins across the categories, not to mention give more depth to the Awards than the network of well-known and well-networked blogs. For now though, I think we'll keep our 21 categories. Who knows though? A "Best Food Blog" award could be in the future....

THE FUTURE


Of course, there's several things with the Awards which we hardly were able to delve into this year. Advertising is one thing -- originally, we got by on word of mouth to let people know about them. However, we may start stepping it up into doing Internet or print ads in the future. Sponsorship is another thing -- the Awards have always been free (as in speech and beer), but a little financial backing could do wonders in many areas we discussed before. This year, we used a startup company called Wufoo for our form provider, and that worked well. I'm sure Wufoo will be around for years to come, so we'll probably use them next year as well. Don't worry -- we hopefully won't have the same issues with links as we did this year on the form. We have other big ideas for the Awards too, but right now isn't the best time to utilize them since..well...we're just not there yet. But with time and support comes progress, so as long as we have that, we should be OK.

So again, thanks to the winners, thanks to our donors, thanks to Wufoo and thanks to you, the people, for helping to make the Black Weblog Awards a reality. Any relevant suggestions you have out there for us are more than welcome. And we might even reply too! But seriously, we want to make the Black Weblog Awards a good thing for everyone, so if you have suggestions, make 'em plain and let us know.
Friday
Sep012006

Voting Has Now Closed

Check back on September 3 for the winners!
Wednesday
Aug302006

Another Prize Donated!

Latisha Simmons of MahoganyGirl.com is donating the following fabulous prizes to a female winner of any category:
One (1) MahoganyGirl.com eblast and MahoganyGirl Blog Spot post for 30 days. The winner can use this prize to plug their Website or BlogSpot.

This prize has a $250 value! We will pick the recipient at random once the winners are announced.

Thanks Latisha!
Saturday
Aug262006

Playing Catch-Up

All of us have been super busy this week with work, school and cross-country plane trips (not all at once, mind you). If you sent us any e-mail in the past week, we'll be getting back to you today or tomorrow.

Oh yeah, and we dropped that "you can vote only once" rule for the finalists, mainly because of the feedback we received once the finalists were announced. Already, we've received 4735 votes as of this post. Keep it coming!

Remember, get 'em in by August 31 at 11:59 p.m.!
Sunday
Aug202006

Needed: Finalist E-mail Addresses

We just sent out the 125x125 pixel graphic badges for the finalists to display on their sites, but we ended up getting about half of those e-mails back.

So we need for all the finalists to provide us with their e-mail addresses (use our contact form) so we can send you your finalist graphic badges.

We also need the addresses so we can contact the winners and have the prizes administered once they're announced. If we don't have a way to contact you, and you win in one of the categories, we're not going to spend any time tracking you down; the prize will just go to the runner-up. If we can't contact any of the other two finalists, then the prizes will go back to the donor.

Finalists, please provide us with your e-mail addresses, would you?

Thanks!