The winners in the 2005 Weblog Awards have been announced. Winners include
|Best Blog||The Daily Kos|
|Best Group Blog||Hit and Run|
|Best Liberal Blog||AmericaBlog|
|Best Conservative Blog||Ace of Spades HQ|
|Best Media/Journalist Blog||Michael Yon|
The complete list of results is at the link above.
I want to thank each and every person who voted for The Glittering Eye for each and every vote. I’m sincerely grateful for your appreciation.
Thanks to Kevin Aylward and his associates for the enormous amount of hard and, I suspect, largely thankless work that was involved in pulling off the awards. It’s pretty fashionable to pooh-pooh the Weblog Awards. I don’t share the cynicism. I think that they serve several functions. They’re yet another way for blogs to get more attention. There were lots of great blogs in the lower EcoSystem classes that I’d never heard of and the Awards provided a showcase in which they might get at least a tiny spotlight.
And the Awards also have the potential to strengthen the community ties in the entire blogosphere which, I’m afraid, is showing ever greater signs of faction.
I have a number of suggestions for next year’s Awards including some new categories and special awards most of which I’ll email directly to Kevin. But I’ll share a few here as well.
I think there should be a Best Limited-Run Series entry. There have been some great multi-part posts that deserve recognition. I also think that there should be a Best Post competition for which only the nominees’ authors may submit nominations. A method should be found to limit the voting to those who have actually read all of the posts that were nominated (I have ideas for this). I think a Hall of Fame should be added for blogs that are now inactive. And I think that there should be an In Memoriam section for bloggers who have died over the previous year. I think it would be unseemly for this last to be voted on in public election.
If you have any ideas for additional awards or changes in the governance of the Awards, submit them in the comments section and I’ll forward them on.
UPDATE: Kevin Aylward, the originator and head honcho of the awards, has posted his comments on this year’s Awards.