It's that time of year!
No, not Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the like.
I'm talking about the Weblog Awards.
Nominations have closed and the finalists are being chosen in 37 categories. A lot of good blogs were nominated. And that means a lot of good blogs are going to be left out of the finals.
Last year was my first year reading blogs, and it was my first year voting in the Weblog Awards. I wondered why some of the blogs I liked weren't listed.
Well, this year, I've looked at the list of nominees in some of the categories, and in a couple, tried to narrow the list down to 15-20.
That's hard to do. Very hard.
While it would be easy to just select my favorite 10-15 of a category, the judges in the process have to try to keep an open mind about things and leave their personal biases aside.
For example, if I were to try to pick the Best Blog finalists, I'd have to include some blogs that I really don't like. I don't care for Kos, Eschaton or Huffington Post, but I honestly think they should be a finalist. I wouldn't vote for them, but if I was a judge for that category, I'd have to include them in the finals.
It's one of those things that you don't want to do, but you do because you know it's what you should do. Ya' know? I'm glad I'm not involved in picking the Best Blog finalists!
Anyway, the finalists in all the categories will be announced over at Wizbang soon. Or at the Weblog Awards site.
And I imagine there will be a lot of people not happy with the finalists in just about every category. But you know what? If you don't like how things turn out, why don't you offer to help out next year?
I'm certain it was hard for all the judges to make the picks. Keep that in mind.
But, when the finalists are announced, go vote. Have fun with it. Remember, if you're not having fun blogging or reading blogs ... don't.