The purpose of the awards is to recognize the efforts and contributions of Europe’s many talented bloggers, to maybe help build a sense of community among us, and, more than anything, it’s a chance for people to discover lots of new good blogs.
A blog is eligible if it’s written by Europeans or has a European (Czech, Catalan…) theme. […] Finalists are chosen based on the number of nominations as well as editorial discretion. So you want to nominate a favorite blog even if someone else already mentioned it.
They are looking for
Nominees for Best Southeastern European Weblog
Nominees for Best CIS blog
Nominees for Best Writing
Nominate Best Culture Weblog
Nominees for Best Personal Weblog
Nominate Best New Weblog
Nominees for Best European Weblog Overall
Nominate Best Political Weblog
Nominate Most Underappreciated Weblog
Nominees for Best Humor Blog
Nominees for Best German Blog
Nominees for Best French Weblog
Nominate Best UK Blog
Nominees for Best Expat Blog
Nominate Best Academic Weblog
Not completely clear when the nominations close or how the voting works, but that’s Europe for you, I suppose.
Nominations have also opened for The 2007 Bloggies. Being Americans, they’re far more organised:
From now until 10:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5) on Wednesday, January 10, 2005, anyone can nominate their favorite weblogs.
That Saturday, January 13, three panels of 50 voters will receive an e-mail. It will list the weblogs that have receieved the most nominations in ten categories. They will have until 10:00 PM EST on Thursday, 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) will only vote for the panel in the case of a tie for fifth place. This panel is on an opt-in policy; there is a checkbox on this form for it.
On Monday, January 22, the finalists will be announced and voting will be open again to choose the winners.
Voting will close at 10:00 PM EST on Monday, January 31. The winners will be posted sometime between Sunday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 14.
It’s not completely clear how the panels are selected, but you can certainly volunteer.
The categories are numerous:
- Best Web Application for Weblogs (‘Something that helps you publish, make comments, anything that has to do with developing a weblog.’)
- Best Australian or New Zealand Weblog
- Best Asian Weblog (excluding Middle East — not sure about Russia east of the Urals, though)
- Best African or Middle Eastern Weblog
- Best European Weblog (excluding UK and Ireland)
- Best British or Irish Weblog
- Best Latin American Weblog
- Best Canadian Weblog
- Best American Weblog (USA)
- Best Photography of a Weblog (‘Photoblogs and other weblogs that regularly feature photography.’
- Best Craft Weblog
- Best Food Weblog
- Best Sports Weblog
- Best Weblog About Music
- Best Entertainment Weblog
- Best Weblog About Politics
- Best Web Development Weblog (‘Weblogs completely about Web design and development.’)
- Best Computers or Technology Weblog
- Best Topical Weblog (‘Weblogs with a definite topic other than the ones in the categories above.)
- Best GLBT Weblog (‘Webloggers in the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered community.’)
- Best Teen Weblog
- Most Humorous Weblog (I imagine they mean intentionally so)
- Best Writing of a Weblog (rather than most well-written or best-written?)
- Best Group Weblog (‘Weblogs written by an exclusive group.’)
- Best Community Weblog (‘Weblogs where everyone is invited to post.’)
- Best-Designed Weblog
- Best-Kept Secret Weblog (I like this one: ‘The best underrepresented weblogs.’)
- Best New Weblog (Weblogs that began during the year 2006.)
- Lifetime Achievement (‘Webloggers who have been blogging at least since January 1, 2002.’)
- Weblog of the Year (‘This is it: the category for the best weblog overall’)