December 07, 2006
Finalist: 2006 Weblog Awards
First, kudos to us for getting an honorable mention in the Brass Crescent Awards, despite my suspicion that most of the Aqoul contributors didn't vote (lazy bastards). Congratulations to Austrolabe, a MENA/Islam group blog that should be on everyone's reading list.
Meanwhile, it seems another laurel has been hurled our way by the Weblog Awards, the world's largest blog competition. We are finalists in the Best Middle East and Africa Blog category. Polls open tonight (North American time, presumably), so check back later for a link to the voting form.
Update: Voting form available here.
Posted by eerie at December 7, 2006 08:14 AM
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Yeah, I didn't vote. I am hostile philosophically to these things.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at December 7, 2006 02:05 PM
Bah. Play the game, Afriit.
Posted by: eerie at December 7, 2006 02:27 PM
Well, perhaps in this case. I feel incentised.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at December 7, 2006 03:22 PM
I voted in that other one, and it took them days to send me an email so I could get it confirmed. Which may account for the low level of votes you may have received.
Posted by: pantom at December 7, 2006 10:57 PM
Did you see some of yr competition???
Elder of Ziyon
Global Voices Online (Middle East/North Africa)
The first 2 are rabid ultra-Israel blogs & the "Israel" section of Global Voices is edited by a woman who hasn't a clue about what it means to truly represent political diversity in her Israeli blog compendium for the site.
Posted by: Richard Silverstein at December 8, 2006 03:38 AM
I just discovered that the editor I mentioned above has won for Best Non Muslim blog (On the Face) in the Brass Crescent competition. I won't even read her blog since her editing decisions at Global Voices make me so angry. I can't for the life of me understand how she could've won. Were there no better non-Muslim blogs out there this year? I find it hard to believe.
Anyway enough ranting.
BTW, I just voted for you.
Posted by: Richard Silverstein at December 8, 2006 03:53 AM
I voted, I voted...I swear.
But rational debate doesn't get as many rabid spam votes as the blogs Richard mentions, I suppose.
Posted by: SP at December 8, 2006 04:25 AM
Well, I looked at the votes, I'd suggest voting for Sandmonkey as we haven't a shot. Not unless Aqoul readers vote more massively than expected.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at December 8, 2006 05:43 AM
I think Iraq the Model wins every year.
Looking at the other nominations, I see a distinct slant to the blogs. LGF, for example.
Posted by: eerie at December 8, 2006 10:41 AM
Well, on the one hand you have the LGF crowd, who really, really care who wins, and on the other hand, you have people like Lounsbury, who have day jobs and perspective.
Posted by: Antiquated Tory at December 8, 2006 12:21 PM
Queer lists really. Obviously the ideologically motivated (all around) drive things.
Posted by: The Lounsbury at December 8, 2006 12:54 PM
Richard, Lisa's blog is pretty well-respected overall. I don't know if enough readers who voted for her are as familiar as you are with her editorial decisions at Global Voices, nor would it probably be relevant. Given the specific context of the category for Best Non-Muslim blog, namely:
"Which blog writen by a non-Muslim is most respectful of Islam and seeks genuine dialogue with Muslims?"
It's hard to argue that she doesn't deserve the win. She won by a pretty wide margin as well.
To be honest I think that blog awards only make sense when there's a common thread of identity governing the categories and the nominees. The Wizbang awards end up being an arms race between the left and the right as to who can mobilize the most freepers/kossacks. The sheer breadth of the ideological spectrum that is eligible means that only the extremes end up actually getting nominated.
Obviously I am biased since I manage the BC awards (in partnership with Shahed of altmuslim.com), but I really think that the SNR level of the winners in our contest is much higher than what Wizbang's awards have to offer.
and btw Lounsbury, a pity you and the crew weren't incentised earlier - Aqoul lost to Astrolabe by only 5 votes.
Posted by: Aziz at December 8, 2006 04:39 PM
Aqoul lost to Astrolabe by only 5 votes.
Damn! I knew I should have cast 11, instead of the 5 I did.
Posted by: matthew hogan at December 8, 2006 05:49 PM
Huh. Guess I should have voted.
Posted by: Tom Scudder at December 8, 2006 05:49 PM
Bah, and no recount to rig either.
Posted by: eerie at December 8, 2006 06:38 PM
If only they'd had instant-runoff voting.
Posted by: Tom Scudder at December 8, 2006 07:15 PM
Congrats on the nomination. Also, remember that you can vote once in every 24 hours.
Posted by: Aya at December 8, 2006 07:52 PM
yes ... if the Weblog Award site wouldn't crash all the time.
Hmmm, as of right now (8:12 EST) Sandmonkey is leading with more that 50 points ahead of ITM. Could it be that ITM's glorious moment has passed?
Posted by: MSK at December 9, 2006 08:13 AM
My proposal - a blog award with the voting weighted by average traffic. The decider would be votes per average unique hits, thus putting the supercrats on an equality with the rest.
Posted by: Alex at December 10, 2006 03:05 PM
Bugger, I can't be bothered to vote once per day.