Dear readers, it’s that time of year again: time for The Bloggies!
As some of you may know, The Bloggies [more formally known as The Weblog Awards] are the interweb’s premiere awards for the world’s blogging community. Last year our very own Iceland Weather Report was one of five blogs shortlisted in the Best European Weblog category, and that happened only because so many lovely readers took time out from their busy schedules to nominate us. Because in The Bloggies it’s the sheer NUMBER of nominations that count – the greater the number of nominations submitted for a weblog in a given category, the greater the chances for making in through to the finals.
Last year, even just being shortlisted was an awesome experience, and so this year I am once again appealing to you, dear readers, to click on this link and place your nomination for The Iceland Weather Report in a category you feel is appropriate. It might be Best European Weblog, Best Photography of a Weblog, Best Travel Weblog [?], Best Writing of a Weblog, even Best-Kept Secret Weblog … or whatever category fits [NB that last bit is important – it has to fit]. There is no limit to the number of categories that a weblog may be nominated for, so pick all those that are relevant, if you want.*
Also – and this is important – you have to nominate at least three blogs in all. This has nothing to do with categories or anything like that – as long as you nominate three blogs, you can place them in whatever category/categories you want [that fit/s]. This means that, along with the IWR you’ll have to nominate at least two other blogs for your ballot to be valid. If you’re stuck for ideas, or if you have never seen a blog other than the Iceland Weather Report [i.e. have been living in a cave for the last seven years] you might want to check out the websites of some of the people who comment here. Or click on my blogroll and pick one of the stellar blogs listed there.
Last year, as I recall, a few people got stumped during the nomination process, usually in the final phase where you have to enter two words into a spam filter, and then click on a verification link that is sent to the email address you provide when making the nomination [don’t worry about submitting your email address, I’m positive the lovely Bloggies people won’t send you spam]. So just for clarification, here’s how the nomination process works:
- Log on to http://2009.bloggies.com
- Note that the page scrolls sideways, not down [very avant-garde]
- Make your nominations in the appropriate categories. Write the name of the blog [e.g. The Iceland Weather Report] in the ‘Nominee’ field and the website address [e.g. www.icelandweatherreport.com] in the ‘URL’ field.
- Remember the three-blog rule!
- When you’re finished, scroll sideways to the end and type in the two words you see in the captcha spam filter. When you’re done, type in your email address. TIP! If you’d like to be on a panel of those who choose the finalists, place a check mark in the box before the email field. I highly recommend this option, not only because if you’re a panelist you can *cough* vote for the Weather Report as a finalist, but also because it’s a great way to discover some excellent new blogs that you might not otherwise discover. I speak from experience – I’m still following a handful of blogs I discovered through being a panelist last year.
- Once you’ve done that, you have to check your email. It should contain a message from The Ninth Annual Weblog Awards, asking you to click on a verification link. Click on the link, and you’ll get a page thanking you for your vote and urging you to check back on January 22 to vote for the winner.
- Please note that nominations close in about a week’s time on Monday, January 12 – so don’t wait too long!
- That’s it!
Thank you so much, everyone – your support is very much appreciated!
ANOTHER MILD, SPRING-LIKE DAY
Without the crocuses and daffodills, that is. Amiable sort of weather conditions, free of any adversity or drama … calm and well-behaved. Sort of like the conduct of the Nicelandic nation up until now when faced with blatant corruption and misdemeanor in the public and private sectors. Is that a storm I hear brewing?? Currently 2°C [36F], sunrise this morning was at 11.15, sunset at 3.50 pm.
* Mindful of the NUMBERS rule, you might want to enlist the help of your spouse, mother, child, dog, next-door neighbour, the girl who works at the counter at your local McDonalds … just sayin’.