business blogging awards

It’s come to our attention that due to the IP-based blocking on the polls, larger organizations are having problems casting votes.
Edit: This is because part of our voting security is IP-based, and many large organizations (Microsoft and the CBC, among others) only ’show’ one IP address.
If you are having problems voting, leave a comment here and we’ll input them manually. Alternately, you can vote from home, whichever is easiest for you.
Our apologies for this inconvenience.
Edit: If you are voting in this manner, please include the company you work for, or include your company email address so that we can confirm people aren’t double voting. Thanks.

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:

Before I get into where we’re at, I wanted to apologize for the issues we’ve been having. I applaud anyone who’s succesfully run a blog voting thing before. Kudos to you. We’ve been through nearly half a dozen tools since we launched (in addition to the 20 I pre-vetted before I went to Napa) and nothing’s quite fit yet.
We think we may have found one that will, but we want our users to demo it to make sure it’ll survive the hammering it’s bound to take.
So, please test out this poll in your browsers, make sure it’s not multi-counting votes and make sure it’s reliable. Thanks!

Tom Hanna has been nice enough to setup a Business Blogging Awards blogroll. This will let you stay up to date on all the participants, as well as finding some useful and cool new blogs.
It is available as JavaScript, OPML (so you can insert the list into your aggregator), RSS and PHP.

Before we boldly go and select a voting solution, we need to do some load testing. I’ve created a quick test poll using BlogPoll (and there’s another one on my home page). Anybody who’s by this page, can you try the following:
•Check the results.
•Check the results again. Did your vote appear to count?
•Immediately try to vote again. Could you?
Thanks for your help. Hopefully we can evaluate whether this system a) works and b) can handle the load. Please report back on any anomalies.
Incidentally, that’s supposed to read as ‘closet’, not ‘closer’, but you get the idea. The vote form seems to be a bit buggy under Mozilla, but I think it’s page-specific. If you can’t select an option above, try this page.
Thanks for your comments, I’ve closed that poll.

We’re still working on opening voting on this badboy. We tried various solutions, and were optimistic about SurveyMonkey, but it doesn’t seem able to restrict voting as it promises. Apologies for the continuing delays.
UPDATE: Still working on it. I’m glad we’re not the only blog awards site having difficulties. Apparently it’s harder than we figured.

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.

Thanks to everybody who submitted nominations. We’re now going to have the judges vet the nominees. We’ll be announcing the nominated blogs and opening voting on January 26 at noon PST.

The next 24 hours is the last period for nominations. Get them in while you can!

Robert Barac has been kind enough to put his “considerable design skills” to good use, and has created another series of buttons for the Business Blogging Awards. You can get them all at his site.
Collect them, trade them with friends. The person with the most buttons at the end of the competition gets a prize. Like, I dunno, a free pretzel or something.

We’re doing very well on the nominations. We’re still accepting nominations for any category. Just post a comment or email us.
I’ve just done some analysis and wanted to mention some categories which are short a few nominees. Ultimately, we may end up dropping a few categories, or the judges will seek out some nominees to fill them up:
•Best VC/Entrepreneur Blog
•Best Personal Finance Blog
•Best Technology Company Blog (oddly, I’d have thought this one would have been huge)
•Best Real Estate Blog
•Best Manufacturing Blog
•Best Business Humor Blog
•Best SEO Blog
•Best Project Management Blog
•Best Leadership Blog
•The John Kerry Award (Most Long Winded)
•The Woh? Award (Worst Grammar / Spelling)
•The Peacock Award (Most Self-Important)
•The Ballmer Award (Craziest CEO blogger)
•All of the International Categories (except, oddly, Australia/New Zealand)
Again, we’re taking nominations in any category–these are just currently the less popular ones. Nominations will close at, I don’t know, midnight PST, January 24.

Jeremy and 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 and chris.pirillo.
•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
•Special edition of G’Day World Podcast featuring the winner(s).
•A copy of Good to Great, sponsored by GoodBasic.
•A copy of Cluetrain Manifesto, sponsored by GoodBasic.
•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 for EVERY CATEGORY.
•RocketThree plan or semi-dedicated server from HostRocket 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.

Thanks to those who volunteered to be judges for the Business Blogging Awards. The judges will whittle down the nominees to three to six per category. Additionally, if we’re short in a category or two, the judges will seek out appropriate nominees. The judges will be: 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.

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!

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.

Time to nominate your favourite blog (or blogs) in as many categories as you can. Please leave a comment here with the blog name and URL you are nominating. You can nominate as many blogs as you’d like, including your own, for as many categories as you’d like.
Alternately, you can email us with your nominations.

Welcome to the 2005 Business Blogging Awards, presented by InsideBlogging! As business blogging has taken off in 2004, and looks to explode in 2005, we figured it was time to inaugurate some fun awards to reward all those hard-working business bloggers. After all, we can’t let the online diarists have all the fun, can we?
Here’s how the awards will work:
•We’re accepting nominations until January 24. Anyone can nominate any blogger in any category
•Additionally, feel free to suggest new categories if there’s one you’d like to see
•To nominate a blogger, simply place a comment in the nominations thread. Feel free to nominate as many blogs as you’d like (including your own) for as many categories as you’d like
•A panel of judges will whittle the nominee list for each category down to a minimum of three and a maximum of six nominees
•Voting will open at 12:00pm PST on January 26. You’ll be able to vote once per day per category
•Voting will continue until 12:00pm PST on Feburary 9 Sponsors
We need companies to sponsor awards. We’re not looking for anybody to give away cars or anything–just a small prize that the blogger might use and enjoy. If you’re an ISP, how about a year’s worth of free hosting? If you’re in PR, how about a free press release? If you’re Amazon, how about a gift certificate? If you’re Google, free searching for…ah, never mind.