Voting is Over, Now for the Controversy!
It's time to come clean. I have to admit, these awards have not been without controversy. It started when someone commented at one of the nominee's blogs about the history and legitimacy of this contest. Well, this contest goes way back. To last weekend. And as for being legit, Bloggin' Outloud is a real blog isn't it? It's as legit as a Bush v Gore victory.
But now my integrity is being questioned! A Mr. David Drake is calling for a recount! Mr. Drake has hired one Mr. Gore to contest the awards on a number of different issues, including confusing ballots, time zone questions, and voter fraud.
Well, that last part is true, there was some voter fraud. I caught quite a few people submitting votes by using a bunch of false email addresses. That'll serve me for trying to do it all by hand. I finally got a ticket for the clue bus and will automate next time. (More about "next time" below.)
Plus, to top it all off, Michelle Malkin totally snubbed the event. Didn't even acknowledge her nomination. Therefore, since I tallied the votes by hand, I decided to snub her back and cut her from the Honorable Mention category - even though she did receive more votes than David Drake. Given that Mr. Drake is taking an adversarial position against Bloggin' Outloud, I will have to rethink my decision against Malkin and possibly unsnub her and instead demand that Mr. Drake return his award. Consider yourself notified, Mr. Drake.
Now. About next time.
I'm talking to interested parties about co-hosting the next round of "Best So Far" Awards. We'll have different categories hosted by different blogs with sub-categories for voting ease. If you want to be an "interested party" (someone I should be talking with) then let me know.
(Note: Interested bloggers should have G or PG type sites. No porn, hate, or anti-God blogs or links accepted. Thank you.)
But for now, please test an online voting poll with me and tell me what categories you'd like to see represented in the next "Best So Far" Awards Contest. Click my poll at DemoChoice (HT Adam), and again, thanks for making this first Blog Awards of 2006 a successful one. lgp