Winners of the Business Blogging Awards

Apologies for the delay in announcing the winners–I’ve been under the weather and Jeremy’s been travelling. Better late than never, here are the winners:

Best Overall Blog – Security Awareness
Best Fitness Blog – IIFYM & Elite FTS
Best Weight Loss Calculator – If It Fits Your Macro
Best Group Blog – 800-CEO-READ
Best New Blog – Monty’s Bluff
Best Law Blog – Phosita
Best VC/Entrepreneur Blog – Business Opportunities
Best Financial Industry/Investment Blog – Between the Hedges
Best Personal Finance Blog – PFBlog
Best Blog by a Small Business – The Tin Basher Blog
Best Blog About Small Business – eBizBlog
Best PR Blog – Media Guerilla
Best Tech Company Blog – Security Awareness
Best Media Blog – Fast Company Blog
Best Real Estate Blog – Tampa Bay’s Inside Real Estate Journal
Best Marketing Blog – JSLogan
Best SEO Blog – Blog Business World
Best Project Management Blog – AgileManagement
Best Leadership Blog – Leadership Now
The Picasso Award (Best Design) – Signal vs. Noise
The Peacock Award (Most Self-Important) – Inside Real Estate Journal
The Chris Pirillo Award (For Shameless Self Promotion) – Chris Pirillo

1 Week Left!

Just a note that there is only one week left. Time for a big push on your readers and such, especially in categories that are closely duelling it out.

Best Law Blog

Prizes for Best Law Blog

  • RocketOne plan from HostRocket.com.
  • 1 copy of BlogJet, blog client for Windows.
  • From 800-CEO-READ, The Partnership Charter by David Gage.

And We’re Live with the Voting! Again!

We’ve devised a new solution using the Website Toolbox.

We’re dispensing with existing votes–as several people noted, they weren’t remotely accurate. Additionally, because we heard requests from several people, including the blogger himself, we moved one blog from Best Personal Finance Blog to Best Financial Industry/Investment Blog.

The major impact of this change is that now you can only vote once. We know that most blog contests enable you to vote once per day, and that was our intent, but we’re too stupid to make that work this year. We apologize for the delay and confusion–we didn’t anticipate the complexity or popularity of our little awards.

Each category has its own entry on our blog. To keep you in suspense, we’ll be adding which award receives which prize next week. Voting will now close at noon PST on February 16. Here are links to all the entries:

Best Overall Blog
Best Group Blog
Best New Blog
Best Law Blog
Best VC/Entrepreneur Blog
Best Financial Industry/Investment Blog
Best Personal Finance Blog
Best Blog by a Small Business
Best Blog About Small Business
Best PR Blog
Best Tech Company Blog
Best Media Blog
Best Real Estate Blog
Best Marketing Blog
Best SEO Blog
Best Project Management Blog
Best Leadership Blog
The Picasso Award (Best Design)
The Peacock Award (Most Self-Important)
The Chris Pirillo Award (For Shameless Self Promotion)

Voting Opens for the Business Blogging Awards

Voting is now officially open for the Business Blogging Awards. Thanks to everyone who nominated the blogs, and to the judges for their assistances in assembling the final nominee lists.

We’ve endeavoured to make things as simple as possible. Here are the basics:

  • There are 20 categories.
  • You can vote in as many categories as you like once a day. You don’t have to vote in every category.
  • Voting will close at 12:00 PST on February 9, 2005.

UPDATE: Sorry folks. We’re getting reports of voting irregularities, which we want to check out before things run for too long. So, we’re going to take the page offline to ensure that a) we’re not as dumb as we fear we are or b) some phr3aky hax0r isn’t messing with the page. Apologies for the dodginess (this always seems to happen with these blog awards) and we’ll definitely have an update by the end of the day.

The Prizes Thus Far

I have been overwhelmed by the prize offerings we’ve received thus far. Here’s a quick run-down of what’s on offer. We haven’t assigned prizes to categories yet, but we figured we might tease a few more nominations with a preview of what’s on offer.

If you’d like to donate a prize, there’s still time. Just drop us a line.

  • 1 month free Premium rotation at lockergnome.com and chris.pirillo.com.
  • 5 copies of FeedDemon, 2 of TopStyle, courtesy of Bradbury Software.
  • 1 month ad spot at Blog Search Engine.
  • 1 month ad spot at GoodBasic.com
  • Special edition of G’Day World Podcast featuring the winner(s).
  • A copy of Good to Great, sponsored by GoodBasic.com.
  • A copy of Cluetrain Manifesto, sponsored by GoodBasic.com.
  • A copy of Paypal Hacks, courtesy of me.
  • 3 x copies of Managing with Aloha by Rosa Say, courtesy of Rosa
    Say.
  • Editing of an eBook (under 100 pages), courtesy of Yvonne
    DiVita.
  • Courtesy of Fifteen Degrees North:
    • An existing web site overhaul to value of $800 – 3 iterations of design or…
    • A new 3 to 5 page website with custom logo 3 iterations of design for both to value of $800 or…
    • A fully skinned and installed Movable Type Blog with a commercial license and a custom logo with 3 iterations of design for both.
    • The winner chooses one of the above and they also receive:
      • 10,000 vistors to blog of choice at Blog Explosion (we pay for this once user has set the account up)
      • My RSS masterclass course (the new version which includes how to get your blog spidered by Google)
      • My Adwords masterclass course to help with PPC campaigns
      • The Traffic Jam Formula by Graham Hamer
  • RocketOne plan from HostRocket.com for EVERY CATEGORY.
  • RocketThree plan or semi-dedicated server from HostRocket.com
    for one special winner.
  • A number of books from 800-CEO-READ.
  • Three signed copies of Getting Things Done by David Allen, along with three copies of the Getting Things Done Outlook Add-In, courtesy of NetCentrics.
  • One month free advertising on the Blog Herald.
  • A copy of Buzz Marketing with Blogs (when it’s published on March 15) courtesy of the author, Susannah Gardner. She’ll also throw in two hours of consultation on an existing blog: analysis and recommendations on design, layout, functionality, tools, advertising, etc.
  • A Web and marketing review (including technology, design, search visibility and much, more more) from Sally Falkow at Expansion+.
  • Security Awareness 101 Training Online for 100 users. The winner get their own Private School through a sister company, GetInsightU.com, where they can add their own online courses if they want to make extra money teaching what they know.
  • UPDATE: 3 copies of BlogJet, blog client for Windows

Buttons & Graphics

I’ve put together half a dozen little buttons people can use on their sites. But, we’d like some more done at different sizes. If anyone knows anyone who’d like to help out, have them drop me an email.

Here is a ZIP of some initial images. Some of which are courtesy of Devin Reams.

Judges Needed

Thanks to everyone for their support. The response has been great!

But, we’re going to need a handful of judges (3-5) to help judge these puppies to whittle down the finalists. If you’re interested, just drop us an email.

Thanks, and have fun!

Add a “Tech Blog” Category?

There’s been a suggestion to add a tech blog category, as well as several other “tech specific” categories. While I’m not against this – especially as tech blogs haven’t really had their own awards either – I’d like to see what others think.

Here’s what Marc Orchant had to say:

For sure I think the categories about how to use software and developer are definite business topics. Software developers are, after all a huge part of the blogosphere population – both readers and authors. And, business people certainly seem to read blogs like mine to get advice about software (both what to buy and how to use it).

Please comment here or email us to let us know.

A Call for Categories

I have prepared a list of categories we felt appropriate. There are subset-specific awards, international awards as well as … “different” awards. Feel free to comment on the categories as well as to suggest new ones.

Overall Categories

Best Overall Blog
Best Group Blog
Best New Blog (Established 2004)
Best Law Blog (Blawg)
Best VC/Entrepreneur Blog
Best HR/Recruiting Blog
Best Financial Industry/Investment Blog
Best Personal Finance Blog
Best Small Business Blog (any industry)
Best Technology Company Blog
Best Media Blog (magazines, media organizations, etc)
Best PR Blog Best
Best Real Estate Blog
Best Manufacturing Blog
Best Marketing Blog
Best Business Humor Blog
Best SEO Blog
Best Project Management Blog
Best Leadership Blog
Best Time Management Blog

Speciality Categories

The Picasso Award (Best Design)
The John Kerry Award (Most Long Winded)
The RageBoy Award (Best Rants)
The Woh? Award (Worst Grammar / Spelling)
The Peacock Award (Most Self-Important)
The Ballmer Award (Craziest CEO blogger)
The Paul Bunyan Award (Blazing a Trail for Business Blogging)
The Chris Pirillo Award (For Shameless Self Promotion)

International Categories

Best American Blog
Best Canadian Blog
Best UK Blog
Best European Blog (non UK)
Best Asian Blog
Best Middle East/Africa Blog
Best Australia/New Zealand Blog
Best Central American Blog
Best South American Blog

Let us know your thoughts!

Update: Just added half a dozen categories including time management, project management and leadership. Nominate your favourite blogs now!

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