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In which we drop our cool in a shameless stab at self-promotion

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:

  1. Log on to http://2009.bloggies.com
  2. Note that the page scrolls sideways, not down [very avant-garde]
  3. 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.
  4. Remember the three-blog rule!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Please note that nominations close in about a week’s time on Monday, January 12 – so don’t wait too long!
  8. That’s it!

Thank you so much, everyone – your support is very much appreciated!

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’.



Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Dorothy Gale January 5, 2009, 3:45 am

    Dorothy Has voted… (I also voted for the Iceland Report,
    if you are looking for Iceland-centric inspiration)

  • Kathryn January 5, 2009, 10:31 am

    The deed is done ! Best of luck for the Bloggies this year Alda.

  • JoeInVegas January 5, 2009, 5:22 pm

    Hmm, just hinting at something?

  • alda January 5, 2009, 5:37 pm

    DG, Kathryn – Thank you!

    Joe – not sure what you mean.

  • Voyager January 5, 2009, 5:51 pm

    You have my vote. I’ve been a faithful reader, (albeit a lurker , not a commenter lately). But I had to come out of hiding to let you know how much I enjoy your blog.

  • SirB January 6, 2009, 3:06 am

    I faithfully voted with you in the top. I love your blog 🙂
    I also put http://reykjavikharbor.blogspot.com/ which is a beautifully written blog. I prefer that one by far over the iceland report. Good writing is always worth mentioning

  • Dave Hambidge January 6, 2009, 12:07 pm

    Trying to so do, but their site seems a bit jammed!


  • James January 6, 2009, 1:25 pm

    Well, I just TRIED to vote in the Best European Weblog category for the 3 Iceland blogs that I read regularly:
    – this one!

    However, the Bloggies site says it is “unable to send an email” to me for verification – apparently neither my Hotmail or Gmail address are good enough…

  • alda January 6, 2009, 1:42 pm

    Thank you, everyone!

    Dave – are you unable to log on to their site? Or just to submit your nomination?

    James – how annoying! Did you type in the captcha words? – I used my gmail address and it worked fine …

  • James January 6, 2009, 2:39 pm

    Yes, I typed in the Captcha words. The problem may be a temporary fault with their web site, eg overloaded with traffic. I’ll it try again this evening…

  • Ljósmynd DE January 6, 2009, 2:47 pm

    For me it worked fine today. You have to read the captcha words carefully, they are sometimes a bit blurred.

  • Dave Hambidge January 6, 2009, 4:17 pm

    Hi Alda. Got onto the site, entered my selections, typed the stupid little words along with my email, pressed go and… nothing. The whirly sign on my open tab just kept getting vertigo, as did I after about ten minutes. Will try again just now.


    PS when are you taking back this distinctly COLD weather cuurently blasting us here in UK?

  • Dave Hambidge January 6, 2009, 4:57 pm

    Still no joy. I have emailed the given to ask what to do next.


    Still VERY cold!!

  • Elín January 6, 2009, 5:00 pm

    Hi Alda – I had no trouble voting for my fav blog and I am the computer dinosaur who couldn’t figure out for months how to comment when you switched to WordPress! Apparently it was all about needing to type in my email address. Duh-oh.

    How do you say “good luck” in Icelandic!?

  • Dave Hambidge January 6, 2009, 5:59 pm

    My system and the bloggie site refused to communicate, but the nice people there have let me submit by email.

    Job done


    and guess what………….

  • alda January 6, 2009, 7:26 pm

    Dave – wow – I really appreciate your efforts. So kind of you to go to all that trouble! A lesser man would have just given up. 😉

    Elín – stellar! And “gangi þér vel” is Icelandic for good luck.

  • Stan January 6, 2009, 11:45 pm

    I, too, tried a number of times but the host just hung there long enough to make me have to move on and get some work done. I also got error messages about email. I think it is either server-clog or a software problem on their end. I may try later. Sorry. I would like to help.

  • alda January 7, 2009, 12:09 am

    Stan – very annoying. Thanks so much for trying, though.

  • americangirl January 7, 2009, 4:37 am

    Ditto what everyone else said. I voted for your lovely blog in three categories….Best European, Best Overall, and Best Topical. Or maybe it was Best Writing. Hmmm, I guess I’m still in a post holiday haze and my memory is fuzzy. Anyway, gangi þér vel and keep up the good work!

  • Valerie in San Diego January 9, 2009, 4:58 pm

    Nice of you to put all the clear instructions up… thanks! I’m all voted and put you in several categories. Crossed fingers…!!

  • SDC January 10, 2009, 2:30 am

    I was happy to nominate your fine blog, although I did find that site to be kind of a pain. No worries, though, my way of saying thanks as a reader.

  • Poesje January 11, 2009, 2:02 am

    Another lurker writing to tell you I voted for the weather report! I’ve been reading your blog since our all-too-brief visit to Reykjavik in early December, and like feeling connected and being kept updated. My husband and I definitely plan to return someday and are even considering moving there some years down the line. I started studying Old Norse at UCLA in the early ’90s and it was a huge deal for me to be at Þingvellir at last.

    And we are both very sorry to see the troubles Iceland has been having lately. Fingers crossed for rapid betterment.