[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.
i promise to use my blog to promote bathroom humor...and world peace
the time draws near, my friends. that's right, soon my reign as the best kept secret blog [aka the blog no one really reads but everyone says they do] will come to an end. yes, a new blog will take the title from my cold dead hands as it is once again time for the annual bloggie awards.
[ed. note to next year's winner in my category: they still owe me my $40, so if you're counting on that to pay your gas bill or to buy yourself something pretty, i wouldn't. fyi.]
let me talk for just a moment, if i may [and of course i may. it's my blog.] about the bloggies. people roll their eyes, and there is a whole lot of bitching and snarking that goes on about the awards, and how they really don't mean anything, but i'm going to tell you something: if you get a nomination or are lucky enough to pull off a win, it sure as hell means something to you.
you might find it humbling. or exciting. or it might just be the encouragement you need to keep writing when you feel like stopping. it meant all of those things to me. but, even if it doesn't mean any of those things to this year's nominees, i absolutely positively guarantee you one thing it will mean to all of them: more readers.
building a readership is a tough thing to do. there are so many blogs out there, and you can spend a long time wading through blogrolls trying to find a site that strikes a chord with you. so, the bloggies -- and other blog awards -- are, i think, good jumping off points for people to sample some sites and find some stuff they like. and, usually, when you find one site you like, you can follow their links to find more sites you like. birds of a feather and such. even now, i still get hits from the nominations page from last year's bloggies. it really is amazing the traffic a blog gets when they are recognized as part of one of these things.
so, this is a chance for you to help out your favorite sites. help them feel heard. help them build a readership. help spread the word. help pump some new blood into this thing so it's not always the same people and the same sites time after time after time. there's a category for just about everything from the creative stuff like photography and design to the utterly baffling stuff like best non-weblog content of a weblog [i said it last year, and i'll say it again: what the hell is that?! if it's on a weblog, then it is, by defintion weblog content. i do not get this at all. even after i looked at what won last year, i still do not get it.]. it only takes a few minutes to fill out your ballot, and your favorite bloggers will be very grateful to you. trust me.
i also wanted to say that, in looking over this year's rules, i am absolutely thrilled to see that a new category has been added to the mix: best writing. in the past, i think there has been a lot of emphasis on "what is a blog" and "what isn't a blog." the blogs i find myself reading on a regular basis have one thing in common: good writing. and so i'm glad to see some recognition of the fact that there is so much good writing on blogs these days, and it's not all about ipods or elections. there is room for blogs of all shapes and sizes, and i think it is worth encouraging writers to explore the medium, and a good start on that encouragement is by recognizing the people who are doing it.
so...yay for that.
nominations are open until monday at 10:00 pm eastern, so get to it, time is tight. i've filled out my ballot, and here are just a few of the sites that made my list.
[ed note: i was going to say that the list is in no particular order, but then i realized that there is a particular order: cw is first. why? because i love him. and because he would bitch and whine if i didn't put him first. but mostly because i love him. anyway, i should also mention that he is currently seeking your vote in a totally different weblog award thing. why does he want your vote in that competition and your nomination in the bloggies? because he is greedy and need copious quantities of validation. seriously. he is. and he does.]
witt and wisdom
dumber than a box of rocks
this fish needs a bicycle
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