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2006 Weblog Awards

December 12th, 2006 · 7 Comments

Do you have to be American to be good at blogging?

I’ve just been looking at the nominations in the 2006 Weblog Awards and it’s interesting to see how much of a US bias there is. Sure there are some country specific awards but it seems that unless you’re from the land of opportunity, your blog sucks.

Something else which I picked up on was how few of the nominations I’d actually heard of. In the 10 nominations for Best Blog, for example, I’m only familiar with Boing Boing and InstaPundit, the latter only because of it’s association with Blog Bloke.

Perhaps I’d have better luck with the nominations for my own country. Ermm….nope. The only blog that I’d read on the list was the very funny JonnyB’s Private Secret Diary. No sign of the UK’s equivalent to Boing Boing, A Welsh View, which in my mind is one of the best blogs on the planet. Worryingly enough, the current leader, EU Referendum, is a political blog which I hate with a passion so I immediately voted for JonnyB and will do so for the rest of the competition especially since the political blog appears to have got it’s knickers in a twist about the whole thing.

Now I know that I could have nominated blogs myself but, to be honest, I was unaware that the competition was even taking place but I do have to question whether or not a political blog which has numerous contributors is seriously a good reflection of the UK blogging community. In my mind a blog should be written by one person, not a team. Collective blogging has it’s place but I see it as going against the whole philosophy of blogging.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • Robert Gale // Dec 12, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    Better than Boing Boing?

  • Mike // Dec 13, 2006 at 12:31 am

    Absolutely, Robert. I’ve stopped my feed to Boing Boing because I was tired of wading through 99 pieces of crap to find 1 good post. With A Welsh View, I’m guaranteed quality.

    Hats off to you, sir. It’s without doubt the best of it’s type.

  • Liz Strauss // Dec 14, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    I think your point is valid. Though I think the problem is that there are too many blogs to choose from and the number has outgrown the award nomination process.

    I think, as you point out, that blogs are often nominated almost out of habit, because I see so many outstanding blogs that could be there and are not. Yet blogs that have lost their shine keep appearing.

    Just a few of my personal thoughts . . . Maybe there should be an awards award. :)

  • Mike // Dec 14, 2006 at 6:31 pm

    The Sifry report suggested that there are 57 million blogs now so I guess I can see the problem with only picking 10 for each category!

    The US bias is, to a degree, understandable as blogging is more established in the States than in the UK which is why I was so annoyed with the nominations for the UK category. They are certainly not representative of the quality of blogs coming out this side of the Pond.

    Maybe once you’ve been nominated for one of these ‘big’ awards, you can’t be nominated again for another two years. Given the churn rate in blogging, this would give up more opportunities.

    Nice to see you over here again, anyway. I’ll try to stop by at another open mic session soon :)

  • Mike // Dec 16, 2006 at 1:48 pm

    Officially the results aren’t announced until Monday but it looks as if the political blog won the UK award. I just hope people in the States see that as being an accurate reflection of UK blogging. However, since the overall winner was a US political blog I fear that political blogging is considered the way forward.

  • Mike // Dec 19, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Well the political blogs swept the board as expected. Here are the results of the 2006 Weblog Awards.

    It also seems that a lot of folks believed the voting to be rigged in some way and large scale cheating was taking place.

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