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Eighth Annual Weblog Awards: The 2008 Bloggies

The Weblog Awards

Eighth Annual Weblog Awards: The 2008 Bloggies

Honor. Prestige. Wealth. These are some of the things that a Bloggie won't bring you. But that won't stop the Web from voting, because this is the annual non-profit competition that determines which blogs are the best of the best. Get ready to find out who the 2008 Weblog Awards are going to.

What You Need to Know

These rules may change at any time, but they probably won't.

How It Works

From January 1, 2008 until 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) on Friday, January 11, anyone could nominate their favorite weblogs.

That Sunday, January 13, 200 randomly selected voters received an e-mail. It will list the weblogs that have received the most nominations in ten categories. They had until 10:00 PM EST on Friday, January 18 to privately submit their five favorites (six for Weblog of the Year) for each category. The five (or six for Weblog of the Year) receiving the most votes will become finalists. I (Nikolai Nolan) only voted for the panel in the case of a tie for fifth place. This panel was on an opt-in policy.

On Tuesday, January 22, the finalists were announced and voting is open again to choose the winners.

Voting closed at 10:00 PM EST on Thursday, January 31. The winners were announced on March 10.

Where It Happened

The Weblog Awards ceremony was held at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, USA on Monday, March 10 at 1:00 PM at the Trade Show Day Stage. Webloggers including previous Bloggie™ winners presented certificates and prizes to those present.

Those who aren't attending may join the excitement on IRC, in #Bloggies on irc.freenode.net. Winners will be announced live and a play-by-play of the ceremony will be given.

After the ceremony, the results will be posted on this page.

What the Winners Get

Because of the large amount of categories, I don't personally give a award to every winner, but the final four categories, including Weblog of the Year, received 2,008 US cents (US$20.08).

South by Southwest Interactive offered Bloggie finalists a special discount to attend the ceremony in March.

What's Changed With the Categories

Most categories will remain as they've always been. But because of revision or removal, it's time to bid farewell to:

In exchange, these spiffy new categories take their place:

Any questions not covered here? Get in touch with me and I'll get them answered.

Best Web Application for Weblogs

Something that helps you publish, make comments, anything that has to do with developing a weblog.

Hall of Fame: Movable Type has won this category three or more times.

Winner

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Blogger

Nominees

Best Australian or New Zealand Weblog

Hall of Fame: Loobylu has won this category three or more times.

Winner

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Reasons You Will Hate Me

Nominees

Best Asian Weblog

Weblogs from Asia, including the Middle East.

Hall of Fame: Weblog Wannabe has won this category three or more times.

Winner

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Freshly Squeezed!

Nominees

Best African Weblog

Winner

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Dotty Rhino

Nominees

Best European Weblog

Hall of Fame: PlasticBag.org and My Boyfriend Is a Twat have won this category three or more times.

Winner

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Chocolate & Zucchini

Nominees

Best Latin American Weblog

Winner

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The Wired Blog

Nominees

Best Canadian Weblog

Hall of Fame: Photojunkie has won this category three or more times.

Winner

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Attack of the Redneck Mommy

Nominees

Best American Weblog

Weblogs from the United States.

Winner

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Dooce

Nominees

Best Photography of a Weblog

Photoblogs and other weblogs that regularly feature photography.

Winner

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I Can Has Cheezburger?

Nominees

Best Art or Craft Weblog

Winner

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PostSecret

Nominees

Best Food Weblog

Winner

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The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Nominees

Best Fashion Weblog

Winner

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Go Fug Yourself

Nominees

Best Weblog About Music

Winner

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Said the Gramophone

Nominees

Best Gossip Weblog

Winner

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Dlisted

Nominees

Best Entertainment Weblog

Weblogs about movies, television, and/or theater.

Winner

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Television Without Pity

Nominees

Best Sports Weblog

Winner

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Fat Cyclist

Nominees

Best Weblog About Politics

Winner

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Crooks and Liars

Nominees

Best Computer or Technology Weblog

Hall of Fame: Slashdot has won this category three or more times.

Winner

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Lifehacker

Nominees

Best Topical Weblog

Weblogs with a definite topic other than the ones in the categories above.

Hall of Fame: Bookslut has won this category three or more times.

Winner

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I Can Has Cheezburger?

Nominees

Best GLBT Weblog

Webloggers in the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered community.

Hall of Fame: Little Yellow Different has won this category three or more times.

Winner

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PerezHilton.com

Nominees

Best Teen Weblog

Weblogs written by those 19 and under.

Winner

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Sarcastica

Nominees

Most Humorous Weblog

Winner

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Overheard in New York

Nominees

Best Writing of a Weblog

Winner

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Confessions of a Pioneer Woman

Nominees

Best Group Weblog

Weblogs written by an exclusive group.

Hall of Fame: Boing Boing has won this category three or more times.

Winner

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Jezebel

Nominees

Best Community Weblog

Weblogs where everyone is invited to post.

Hall of Fame: MetaFilter has won this category three or more times.

Winner

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PostSecret

Nominees

Best-Designed Weblog

Hall of Fame: Loobylu has won this category three or more times.

Winner

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Dooce

Nominees

Best-Kept Secret Weblog

The best underrepresented weblogs.

Winner

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So Very Alone

Nominees

Best New Weblog

Weblogs that began during the year 2007.

Winner

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Jezebel

Nominees

Lifetime Achievement

Webloggers who have been blogging at least since January 1, 2003. This award may only be won once, so Jeffrey Zeldman, Evan Williams, Jason Kottke, Heather Powazek Champ, Tom Coates, Boing Boing, and Slashdot are not eligible.

Winner

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Heather B. Armstrong

Nominees

Weblog of the Year

This is it: the category for the best weblog overall.

Winner

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Dooce

Nominees

Thanks for your participation! See you in January for the Ninth Annual Weblog Awards.