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The 2006 Weblog Awards

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The 2006 Weblog Awards The winners have been announced and just as everyone must have suspected, the usual suspects were chosen for the same old police lineup and the witnesses pointed out the same criminals with over half a million fingers pointed, nonetheless. Not much is new (besides Fark maybe) and not too many exciting new places to view. Yes the TLLB Ecosystem is used to judge on a whole new set of categories, but that looks more like an afterthought. I wonder how the world of movies would judge their peers if movies could participate for subsequent years in the Oscars or if the movie houses (such as Pixar, MGM, Sony) could throw their names in the Oscar hat. If there were an Oscar for the Software world, would Microsoft and the FSF win every time?

What is the point of knowing that Little Green Footballs was the best conservative blog or that Daily Kos was the best blog? Not that these aren’t good blogs, but they have already been discovered, over and over again. What was the best NEW technology blog? Which was the best NEW political blog? Who was the best NEW satirist in blogging? Can anyone fill me in?

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  1. Eric Meyer (4 comments.) says:

    The SXSW Web Awards (http://2007.sxsw.com/interactive/web_awards/) are specifically configured to find the best new stuff: only sites that launched in 2006 can be entered, with the sole exception of the “Classic” category. It might be worth checking out not just the results in 2007, but also the winners from the past two or three years.

  2. Charles Stricklin (11 comments.) says:

    Amen! The same holds true for podcast awards.

  3. agent bedhead (2 comments.) says:

    If you don’t like it, you could always hold your own contest.

  4. Liza (1 comments.) says:

    They did have a “Best New Blog” category — maybe you missed it?

  5. Trent (3 comments.) says:

    My feeling is that they should eliminate previous winners from future contention. This allows new blogs to get in there over time.

  6. Meredith (24 comments.) says:

    I agree…I hate seeing the same names over and over. It’s not that I expect every little blog out there should be in contention at some point, but how many times can somebody vote for Dooce? (Nothing against Dooce, just an example.)

  7. Mrs Lifecruiser (1 comments.) says:

    Uhum… Yes, I hoped to be discovered, since I need some more blog friends, but I think I just disappeared as the little invisible ant against the big elephants… *lol*

    I was up against Dooce – as I call myself: as the Best Diarreahist ;-)

    Well, I see it as a fun experience, but somehow I ended up wondering if there really could be a fair judgement and if there really was cheating involved as people claimed.

    Obviously a tricky contest in all kind of ways. People seemed to take it deadly serious.

    I just thought that I could have had more FUN during the contest, meeting more friends…

    Oh, well, that’s life :-)

    *diving into the blogosphere*



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  1. […] Mark sums up, in his commentary on the Weblog Awards, what many people in the Blogosphere must be thinking. The same old faces, the same old points of view, noithing new, nothing to raise an eyebrow or celebrate over. […]

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