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Best Automotive or Car Blog

ClassyBlackGirlDrives.com

Best Beauty Blog

Un'ruly

Naptural Nicole

LoveBrownSugar

Bury Me In Red Lipstick

Best Blog Post Series

YettiSays

Vizionz from the Bottom

Water Cooler Convos Blog

(im)migrating with a purpose

Kreyolicious

Single Black Male

The Postive Controversy

happilydivorcedandafter

Fascinating People

Diary Of A First Time Mom

Best Book or Author Blog

Living Happier After

Life According To Her

LakeshiaPoole.com

A Street Activist's Perspective

MelisaAlaba

Best Business Blog

Teach Good Stuff

Janeane's World

Women Are Gamechangers

LMichelleMedia

JaiStone.com

All Digitocracy

CampusLATELY

Suite Minute

Bougie Black Girl 

Best Entertainment Blog

Searching for My Star

Chattertainment

Witches' Brew Online

NotJustOk

I Can Repeat It

inBLACK

Water Cooler Convos Blog

CampusLATELY

Best Facebook Page

Witches' Brew Online

Entrée to Black Paris

DrDrai.com

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

inBLACK

FilmSwag

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

TheSpawnPointBlog

Fan Bros Show

TheKLIQNation

Best Group Blog

Witches' Brew Online

Water Cooler Convos Blog

CampusLATELY

Best Health or Wellness Blog

Black Weight Loss Success

Powered By Soul

Hurt 2 Healing

300 Pounds and Running

DrDrai.com

Best Humor Blog (Provisional)

Witches' Brew Online

DrDrai.com

Best Instagram Feed

GetFit or GetFat

The Sophisticated Life

Brother Jesse

Dr. Drai OBGYN

CampusLATELY

Inspired by Beatrice Clay

Best International Blog

HMAAC Global Griot

The Naked Convos

(im)migrating with a purpose

Entrée to Black Paris

NotJustOk

Kreyolicious

International Nurse Support

Best LGBT Blog

MUSED Magazine Online

DrDrai.com

Son of Baldwin

Best Music Blog

Digging Discography

NotJustOk

WISDOM SEEKER---BEATS, RHYMES, LIFE

Summer In The Winter

Taste4hiphop

Best New Blog

YettiSays

Chattertainment

Lady of Purpose Network

Product of Society

Write On

MONALISA

Water Cooler Convos Blog

Y I'm Writeous

Table of Conscious

The Reflections of a Good Woman

Chris And L

DrDrai.com

Asis Chronicle

Shimekism

inBLACK

The Tatum Talks

The Enigmatic Perspective

CampusLATELY

Uoftaste Magazine

Code Red Flag

Best Original Graphic Design in a Blog

JaiStone.com

Best Parenting Blog

Daddy Realness

"Crazy" Baby Mamas

Mommy Week

Best Personal Blog

YettiSays

Arnebya.com

Vizionz from the Bottom

Everything EnJ

That Former Sidekick Girl

Write On

MONALISA

The Sophisticated Life

She Writes

Ariel Says Now

Classy, BlackGirl.

DericMuhammad.com

The Enigmatic Perspective

Pretty Pink Living

LaKeshaWomack.com

Chasing Joy

Best Photography in a Blog (Provisional)

No Gojis No Glory

TooMuchGreene

Best Pinterest

Entrée to Black Paris

MelisaAlaba

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

TechGuySmartBuy

Suite Minute

Science Looks Good

Best Sex or Relationship Blog

The Naked Convos

DrDrai.com

Code Red Flag

happilydivorcedandafter

ChrisAndL

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

Haitist

Best Twitter Feed

@WaterCoolerCon_

@BrotherJesse

@DrDraiOBGYN

@ConstanceJones

@MelisaAlaba

Best Tumblr

What Whites Will Never Know

Beautifully Twisted Mind

The BAUCE Files

Best Tutorial Blog or Vlog

VeePeeJay

Naptural Nicole

Best Video Blog

"Medical T" (TIPS) by Dr. Drai

Suite Minute

BWE Network

Best Writing in a Blog

Arnebya.com

Chattertainment

Vizionz from the Bottom

Write On

The Sophisticated Life

Womanist Expressions

(im)migrating with a purpose

Kreyolicious

Product of Society

Musings of Krav

Knowledge Maven

Asis Chronicle

happilydivorcedandafter

Son of Baldwin

Hashtag of the Year

#getfitorgetfat

#blackgirlswhoblog

#AskFarrakhan

#AmericasOBGYN

#FlagOnThePlay

#CodeRedFlag

#1GottaGo

#ScienceLooksGood

Outstanding Achievement in Online Activism

Product of Society

Water Cooler Convos Blog

Stop the Cover Up

Mamademics

Feminista Jones

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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!