Melinama - Bloggies panelist??
I got a surprise email from a guy I don't know. I hope it isn't some crafty kind of spam because I dutifully did as it asked.
Congratulations! You've been chosen as one of the 150 panelists to vote for the finalists in the Weblog Awards. Here's what to do:Where did this guy get my name? Why did he choose me?
Download the attached HTML document which has the nominees with the most votes in ten of the 30 categories. Then choose your five favorites for each of the categories you have (six if you have Weblog of the Year) and e-mail them back to me by Wednesday, January 18.
Here's what I've learned about "judging" these webblog awards.
- I had about 250 blogs to look at;
- Some of these are in languages I don't know;
- Some of these categories are far from my expertise (I'm certainly not an expert on GLBT blogs, and I'm not even going to try the Podcasting category I was sent);
- No judging criteria were forwarded to me.
- Since I couldn't spend very long looking at any given blog, I looked at the first page, all of it, and if there wasn't much there, I poked into a few links, but I certainly didn't have time to plumb the archives, nor was I inclined to linger at blogs that post only "teasers" with READ MORE buttons at the bottom. Maybe these bloggers think they'll get more hits that way, but I rarely follow their links;
- I was influenced by my prejudices. For instance, I detest blogs with lots of ads, or blinking stuff, or music that can't be turned off, or extremely conservative politics, or lots of obscenity, or three columns full of tiny tiny print. Or READ MORE buttons;
- If I couldn't understand what a blog is "about," that was a problem given the short time I had for the project.
Hmm, so if I were visiting my own blog and didn't have all day to look at it, what would I think it was about? I wouldn't have a clue. (Maybe I don't, anyway.)
And, I want to ask you: how do you compare a blog like this to a blog like this? They're on the same short list!
I went back over the five blogs I chose in each of my ten categories and realized I didn't really like most of them. They were simply better than the other choices I'd been given. But here are a few I actually liked:
When I used to root for a Miss America candidate, she always, always lost. I have tastes which are deeply out of synch with the norm.
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