December 8, 2004 1:55 PM   Subscribe

With the next round of bloggies (or web log awards for those not down with the hip lingo), there's some concern that some types of blogs with large communities may not be included. Specifically, communities that are well known for tons of online events, and large gathering places whose interactions leak in to and out from real life. So, the food bloggers (floggers?) have done what they do best, and started their own awards - with 14 nomination categories, the results plan to, at the very least, make us all drool, if not inspire a few feasts here and there.

(and yay to mefi for winning last year's best community blog!)
posted by jearbear (7 comments total)
I was just talking with friends about the impossibility of a truly perfect weblog awards, due to all the fragmentation that takes place. There are probably 4 or 5 people doing some sort of weblog award thing and every one of them skews to the community in which they are in, be that right wing political blogs, techie nerd blogs, food blogs, photoblogs, etc.

It's weird, but I really can't point to a single person that has their foot inside of all major weblog communities that could throw a democratic awards thing that recognized everyone equally. We all have massive blindness to the 99% of other weblogs out there.
posted by mathowie at 2:11 PM on December 8, 2004

jearbear, you are in so much trouble for not having posted these floggers before. I'm salivating here.
[this is very, very good]
posted by tellurian at 3:54 PM on December 8, 2004

So are these awards distinct from the "award" graphics people used to post on their crapulent personal web pages, which were ostensibly an award, but were really just given out to everyone, as they were a device intended to draw traffic to the award-giver? Or no?
posted by ticopelp at 4:51 PM on December 8, 2004

My site was nominated for one of those bloggie things last year, and, while it felt nice to be liked, it was also a bit odd to be shortlisted in a category (Best European Weblog) which, in effect, really meant ‘Best Weblog written in English in a non-English-speaking European Country’ (there being a separate category for UK sites). On the plus side, if I hadn’t have been nominated, I might not have discoverered the excellent foodblog Chocolate and Zucchini, which was also nominated in that category (and which got my vote).

So, while weblog awards are, frankly, a bit silly, they can have some beneficial effect in bringing new readers to 'blogs that interest them.
posted by misteraitch at 12:36 AM on December 9, 2004

ticopelp... as I am the one hosting the food blog awards, I can tell you specifically what my motivations are:

-To recognize those Food sites who have demonstrated a fair amount of talent in their work
-To promote those sites who may not get the readership they deserve.
-To develop a community amongst those who enjoy reading and writing about food (in any capacity).

Do the awards really mean anything? Other than a bit of respect from our peers, probably not. Much like the webbys, I've promised to give $20.04 to the winner of the best overall blog, but that's pretty much it.

But the food blog community is fairly well regarded outside of the larger blog community. Several writers have been approached by publishing houses to write books (Julia/Julie project, and Chocolate & Zucchini, as well as a group writing project that is also in the works). Food Blogs have been covered by Gourmet and Saveur.

IMO, because the topic is fairly generic and does not carry any geek caché, the food blogs tend to be overlooked by the rest of the blogging community. My hope is that we can foster a better sense of community amongst ourselves.
posted by AccidentalHedonist at 8:53 AM on December 9, 2004

Actually, tellurian, I have. Enjoy!

And as a side note, I once spent a two month period cooking nothing but what I'd dredge up that day on the most recently updated food blogs. It was a period of culinary bliss. I highly reccommend it.
posted by jearbear at 10:18 AM on December 9, 2004

Brilliant, thanks jearbear. *puts on apron*
posted by tellurian at 9:27 PM on December 9, 2004

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