Nominations have opened for the Bloggies – the 11th annual blog awards:
The rules are:
- Any pages with dated entries that existed at some point during the year 2010 are eligible.
- Only one nomination ballot and one finalist ballot may be submitted per person.
- E-mail addresses are required to vote. You must use your own address and confirm the verification e-mail.
- If you verify a second ballot, your first one will be replaced.
- In the nomination phase:
- URLs are required.
- At least three different weblogs total must be nominated.
- Weblogs may be nominated for multiple categories.
- Nominees must suit the category they are placed in.
- Weblogs may win a category over multiple years a maximum of three times.
Nominations opened on January 1 and close this coming Sunday January 16.
Next Wednesday (January 19) 200 randomly selected voters will receive an invitation to choose the finalists from a list of the most-nominated weblogs in ten random categories.
The following Monday (January 24) finalist voting closes. The five (or six for Weblog of the Year) weblogs with the most votes become finalists.
On Tuesday February 1 finalists are announced and voting reopens to all to choose the winners. Voting closes on Sunday February 20.
A week later (Sunday 27th) winners will be announced announced and the Weblog of the Year receives the prize of 2,011 US cents (US$20.11).
Categories include best Australian or New Zealand blog.
Given the population imbalance between Australia and New Zealand it’s going to be easier for an Australian blog to win so should the New Zealand Bloggers’ Union, which was behind the Air NZ Best Blog Awards last year, step in and co-ordinate a nomination?
Given the tight timeframe I’d suggest opening nominations today, closing them on Thursday then putting up the three which receive the most nominations for a vote which closes on Friday. That would give plenty of time for those wanting to take part to nominate the winner before nominations for the award close at 10pm on Sunday (EST which is, I think, Monday afternoon here).