[about the author]
i actually like speaking in front of large crowds. freakish,
i work crossword puzzles in ink.
i am the american nigella lawson. or maybe the american eddie
izzard. can't decide, really.
i would be a really good mom, but i'm cool with being a really
i am sometimes more perceptive than i would like to be.
i am fiercely loyal. sometimes, stupidly so.
i never play dumb. never.
i am way too hard on myself.
i am a change agent.
i sometimes cross that fine line between assertive and aggressive.
i am not afraid to tell people that i love them.
i am militantly pro-choice.
i am pro-adoption.
i know a little bit about alot of things.
i typically enjoy the company of men more than women.
i am capable of being really mean and nasty, but i fight it.
i am a lifelong cubs fan. do not laugh.
i have been known to hold a grudge.
i have hips.
i am not my sister.
i am lousy at forgiving myself.
i am an indoor kind of gal.
i am a bargain shopper. to the point of obsession.
i am 32 flavors. and then some.
as the bloggies turn....
the bloggies are as close to an "official" awards-type thing that you can find for blogs. at least that's what someone told me. i mean, you'll find the occasional award-type thing here and there, but this one -- officially called the weblog awards, is the one that gets the most attention in the blog community.
at least i think it is. again: just what someone told me.
anyway, last year the bloggies were the best soap opera in all of the interweb. there was drama. there was turmoil. there were allegations of things unsavory. scandals. name-calling. and, although no one turned up pregnant with their husband's father's baby, it was still pretty damn fun to watch. in a pathetic "good god, what is wrong with these people?" kind of way.
but one good thing about all the drama was that i paid attention to the bloggies. and, by paying attention, i found some really terrific blogs that i hadn't read before.
and, hey, why don't i say blog again?! gah. i actually hate that word. but, hey, what are you gonna call 'em, you know?
so, i promised myself that this year i'd try and spread the word to folks about the nominations being opened. that way the nominations might find some new blog-blood this year. one of the "scandals" of last year's competition was that the nominations seemed to include certain "blog-cliques." the interweb is a biiig place. need to spread the nomination love around, folks.
the problem for me was that, about the time the nominations opened up, i found out about this whole ridiculous plaigiarizing thing. so, i focused on that for a few days. then, i thought it seemed kind of gross to post about the nominations in the middle of all of the hullabaloo. sort of like, "thanks for coming to express your moral outrage...and by the way, there are nominations being taken for the weblog awards. i mean, i'm not saying you should nominate me...i just wanted to tell you about it."
anyway, it seemed gross. but, i have to go ahead and spread the word now or forever hold my peace. well, at least hold it for a year. because the nomination window closes at 10:00 pm eastern time on monday, january 12.
so, you gotta get busy, folks.
and why should you? because the way this thing works, your favorite blogs won't even make it to the ballot, let alone to the winner's circle, without your input. it's sort of a weird process, really, but here's how it works:
general nominations are taken until 10:00 pm monday. then, a panel of 12 will receive a list of the blogs that received the most nominations in each category [note: i have no idea how many are on that list...it's sort of unclear on the site]. then, that panel selects the five from that list to go on the final ballot.
yeah, i know...it seems a little complicated to me, too. but, hey...what do i know?
there are 30 categories -- some as broad as best blog of the year and some as narrow as best article or essay about weblogs. you can nominate up to three blogs in each category. be sure to include the url informaiton where applicable. and, you have to nominate at least three different weblogs on your ballot...so, you can't just nominate yourself, and only yourself, in every category and submit that. well, you can. but it won't count.
and, if you just have to nominate yourself, do keep in mind that the total nominations for your own blog on your own ballot must be less than one third of your total [legitimate] nominations. and, last but not least, there is no limit to the number of categories a blog may be nominated for.
so, ready to fill out your form? yeah, me too. and here are just a couple of blogs that will be included on mine. [note: just because you're not listed here doesn't mean you're not on my nomination form. this is a random sampling. i still love you. don't cry. or, even more importantly, don't send me emails saying that i am now dead to you because i didn't include you here. trust me: i nominated you. all of you. well, except you. and that other guy. the one in st. louis.]
remember: if you don't submit your nominations, it just turns into another year of nothing but texas blogs on the ballot. and no one wants to see that. again.
just a few from my form....
witt and wisdom
le petit hiboux
bryan adams blog
this fish needs a bicycle
okay, i'm tired of the whole href thing, so i'm stopping here.
nominate your brains out, people!
[note: okay, so someone emailed me and said "what about the diarist awards?!" and i said "'diarist' makes me giggle!" and they said, "you're such a dork." a statement fraught with truth. so, there are also the diarist awards, which seem to be more focused on writing than technology stuff, which is very, very cool. and they're currently accepting nominations, too.]
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