I've just finished going through the nominees for the 2005 Bloggies. It took me three hours, but I've finally put together the ones I'll be voting for in a few minutes. Unless specified, I've viewed/read every one that was nominated in each category.
What do I look for in a blog?
- Easy to look at - no animations, nothing flying around the screen, colours easy on the eyes, etc.
- Original writing, not just links.
- Things of personal interest to me (teaching, travelling, photography)
- The tone of the writing.
- History: Why did you start blogging?
- When voting - one that hasn't been nominated in several other categories.
Best Meme - Photo Friday - I'll be attempting to participate in it.
Best Article or Essay - New Kids on the Blog - where I found Rob's blog.
Best applications - Haloscan - the only one I know anything about.
Best OZ or NZ - Spiceblog - not much to choose from.
Best Asian - Tokyo Times - the only one that was even slightly appealing.
Best African or Middle Eastern - 360 Degrees of Sky - Africa fascinates me.
Best European - Zoe - No need to view the others.
Best British or Irish - London Underground Tube Blog - I'm a bit of a transport geek.
Best Latin American - Overcaffeinated
Best Canadian - Bacon and Eh's
Best American - Tequila Mockingbird
Best Tagline - Random Acts of Reality: "Trying to kill as few people as possible..." - definitely the best and also and a fellow Anonymous Work Blogger.
Best Photography - The Narrative - not much to choose from, but this was definitely the best (Andre next year!).
Best non-weblog content - The South-East Asia Earthquake and Tsunami Blog
Best food - Simply Recipes - easy to use and understand.
Best entertainment - none even mildly appealing.
Best weblog about politics - 1115.org
Best web development weblog - 456 Berea Street - one of the only ones I understood.
Best computers or tech - couldn't find one that was even mildly appealing.
Best topical - The Policeman's Blog - a fellow Anonymous Work Blogger.
Best glbt - Hot Toddy's Toaster Oven - quite interesting, and I loved this post.
Most humourous - Defective Yeti - none of them really appealed to me as far as humour goes (JonnyB is totally funnier than any of them), but I liked what Matthew had to say.
Best writing - Real E Fun - a fellow Anonymous Work Blogger.
Best group - A Fistful of Euros - none really appealed to me.
Best community - Fark - one of my regular reads.
Best designed - Jason Santa Maria - Quite tasteful.
Best-kept-secret - Manhattan Transfer
Best new - Preshrunk
Lifetime Achievement - Ernie Hsiung (little.yellow.different) Ernie! Ernie! Ernie! No need to read the others.
Weblog of the year - This Fish Needs a Bicycle - Definitely the best choice.