Hardy perennial

Nominations for the 2008 Weblog Awards are now being taken, and I noticed right off that they’ve dropped the TTLB Ecosystem rankings in favor of Technorati Authority rankings: a Major Blog, for instance, has an Authority of 2001 or greater. (On this scale, I run a Small Minor Blog, which is not far from my own reckoning thereof.) Most of the subject and geographical categories are back; here’s the complete list.

They have changed the nomination procedure slightly: in addition to the name and the URL, they also want a feed address if possible. This will make life easier for those who nominate themselves, since presumably they know where their feeds are, even if nobody else does.

There once, maybe twice, was a time when every category had at least one blog I’d been reading make it to the finals. I don’t see this happening again, if only because there are so many more to choose from these days. If you do get nominated with your own blog, feel free to let me know so I can take a look; I do still vote, even though — or perhaps because — I don’t figure into the results. (Inexplicably, I was a finalist in 2003 and 2005.)


  1. Tam »

    5 November 2008 · 11:36 am

    It’s a goddam meat market, and I don’t want any part of it.” -George C. Scott, refusing the Best Actor Oscar for his performance in Patton.

    Speaking as the proprietor of a small major or large minor or whatever blog (depending on the phase of the moon), I get the only award I need when people comment favorably and indicate they read my dreck every day. (Although sometimes my SiteMeter sends a thrill up my leg, too…) ;)

  2. CGHill »

    5 November 2008 · 11:43 am

    You should have seen how I cheered when I went 0-2 at the 2007 Okie Blog Awards. :)

  3. Charles Pergiel »

    5 November 2008 · 8:24 pm

    Feed? I tried subscribing to some blogs once. It worked for a couple of days and then fell in a hole. I tried again last week, but it doesn’t seem to bring me any advantages. Maybe I’m not holding my mouth right.

    My feed? Blogger is supposed to offer a choice, but I don’t know which one is better, if that is the right word. Bookmarks seem to work well enough for me, and now Google is offering bookmarks, so I am not tied to one machine, which is good. Machines get old and die.

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