The Order of Brilliant Bloggers

Monday, October 10, 2005

Request for community discussion: moderator eligibility

As moderators and administrators, should Motherdear and I be ineligible to receive nominations or awards?

The voting and nomination process is almost completely transparent (there are a few people who choose to nominate or vote privately), so there would likely be very little impression of impropriety should either of us be nominated or win an award. Besides, we're not really judges. We're counters. All of you in our voting community select both nominees and winners.

But on the other hand, should Motherdear or I win an award, that may create an impression of partiality, bias, or even outright cheating.

There are also possible middle paths, as well. For example, we could both remain eligible for nomination, but may only win if the number of public votes cast in our favor exceeds the number of public votes cast for the runner up plus the number of votes cast privately (regardless of for whom the private votes were cast.)

As an additional consideration, the award for Best Comment Trail is given to commenters, not the post writer (although the post writer will usually be a commenter as well.) Should posts written by Motherdear and me remain eligible, but with the specific exception that we are excluded from sharing in the award?

The Order belongs to all of us. Motherdear and I are making this up as we go, folks. Please leave comments with your feedback and ideas. Thanks!

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Nominations - October's "Best Political Post and Site"

Political blogging is a separate art. The subject is serious, but the writing may handle a political subject in either a serious or satirical fashion. In order to give full respect to the political blogger, whose audience may totally enjoy the writing style and material, but not know if the bloggers intentions were indeed satirical (Comedic) or serious (Dramatic), it is important to make sure that political blogging stands in a category by itself.

Therefore, please nominate all political posts and sites here! Think of the subject matter and how well it was handled in the writing. You do not have to agree with the author's viewpoint... nominations should be based on the nominator's RESPECT for the writer's skillful writing on the subject matter!

Again, all posts nominated must be written in October.
All site nominated must have at least one political post for October.

That's all of the categories we have up to now!!! Make sure you let Digi and I know if you think we are missing a category. I'm sure there are more out there!!!

Let's go find those great posts and sites, and present them for all to share!!!

Good luck, as always! And for those of you who have become faithful nominators and voters, who put the time into searching out posts and sites to share and recognize, we owe you a debt of gratitude, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!

Best Political Blogsite

CC - Canadian Cynic
Carl - Simply Left Behind

Nomination - October's "Best Comment Trails"

Comment Trails are Post-Based nominations.

Nominations for the best Comment Trails can be for any number of comments larger than three on any post, on any subject.

Everyone who contributes to a comment trail is a nominee. If that comment trail wins, you will win shared honors with other commentators for the winning post.

Since the blog owner cannot nominate his or her own post for a comment trail, it must be nominated by someone else. One of the commentors can be the nominator in this situation, even though s/he will also technically be a winner if the blog wins the award for this month. THIS IS THE ONLY SITUATION IN WHICH A NOMINATOR CAN ALSO BE A NOMINEE.
(Note - due to the time involved in researching comment trails, we must request that they be for the current month only. Any post from previous months can be nominated for Best Historic post, but not for Best Comment Trail. Thank you for understanding.)

Best Comment Trail

Mossy Stone - Mixed Moss From A Rolling Stone: Left Coast Dispatch - Nominated commenters: Kal, Dirty Gypsy, Danikabur, Larry, Motherdear, Ltlme, Penny Shagwell, Mossy Stone

digitalicat - Tossed My Salad: Weekend Weirdness II, continued - Nominated commenters: Serra, Lab Guy, Jenna, Marriedman, Juicy, Motherdear, digitalicat, She Hulk, Duff, Mossy Stone, Jazz, Dusti, Professor Eli, ScarletTongue

Colonialave - Crazy Word:Prove Me WRONG - Nominated commenters: Jonny-no-stars, Sealegs, Leeloreya, Red Egg, Lab Guy, digitalicat, ExtraSpecialBitter, Colonialave

digitalicat - Tossed My Salad: Shameless Blog Whoring, part 2 - Nominated commenters: Lab Guy, digitalicat, Motherdear, Marriedman, -G.D., Colonialave, Aydreeyin, Juicy, Jenna, Eeky The Great, The Snakehead, Mossy Stone, You've Got What I Need, KiKi

Nominations - October's "Best Series" Posts

"Series" consist of two or more posts on the same topic intended as a continuing thread. Nominations for Best Series are Post-related only.

The Series can begin at any point in time. Determining factor is the MOST RECENT post which is part of the series - that post must be made in October in order to qualify.

If the series has no October Post, the Historic Post Rules apply.


Best Series

Motherdear - So How did I Get There From Here: The "Big Girl" series

Lab Boy - Hypergraphic Blogger: Series of untitled audio posts from the Baltimore marathon

Ltlme - My Little View of The World: Ask Freud

Nominations - October's "Best Historic Post and Blogsite"

Posts - written prior to October 1st. It is FINE to re-nominate your favorite post from any prior month if it did not win! As long as it was written prior to October 1st, it's fair game. However, please restrict re-nominations to posts which were not winners in their categories. (Honorable Mentions may be re-nominated.)

Sites - Any category of site which does not have an active post for the month of October.

(Note: - If a site is nominated before October 15th and the writer adds a new post after that date, the nomination will be moved to the proper category for Best October Site. If the nomination occurs AFTER October 15th, and the writer adds a post this month, the site will remain as a Historical nomination. Hint = to save yourself time, wait until after October 15th to nominate the site you were going to nominate for this category, and then you'll know for sure if it is a current category or Historical nomination.)

Keep reading those posts, nothing is ever out-of-date!


Best Historic Post

Colonialve - Crazy World: Funny Story

Best Historic Site

Survivor Toyland - Survivor Toyland

Nominations - October's "Best Photblog" Posts and Blogsites

Some New Rules since last month:

Posts - contain at least two photographs / drawings / graphics (or a combination of all three visual inserts), posted in the month of October.

Sites - contain at least one photo / drawing / graphic visual elements, with no maximum number, for at least 30% of its total number of postings.

Sites - need to display the requisite 30% of photoposts in October at the time of nomination in order to qualify. Otherwise, see Historic Posts / Sites.

GOOD LUCK! Let's share some great pictures!!!

Best Photo Post

Kal/Recondo - Recondo's World: A New Day for Kal's My World

Best Photo Blogsite

Mystic Mystic Isle

LBseahag and Cher Panhandlers Gone Wild

Raymi Raymi The Minx

duff - duff's random photos

Nominations - October's "Best Comedic Post and Blogsite"

Best Comedic Post is for any humourous post created from October 1st to October 31st.
Best Comedic Blogsite must contain at least one post for the month of October to qualify. (Otherwise, nominate in Best Historical Site, please.)

Same Rules and Protocol apply!!!

As always, have fun and GOOD LUCK!!

Best Comedic Site

MPH - Ask Blog Jesus

Best Comedic Post

Mossy Stone - Mixed Moss From A Rolling Stone: Woody Prayers and Pleadings

Alison Bradshaw - Exploits of the Princess Hiker: The Perils of International Travel

Stacy - Nihilistic Propensity: Tony, Museums and Anal Probing

Ltlme - My Little View of The World: Ask Freud Part 2

Icarus - Icarus, Grounded: Bookstore

KiKi - Banker by Day, Bartender at Night: Dear Digi

Wombat & Midwest Kiss & Blog: ...special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun!

Nominations - October's "Best Dramatic Post and Blogsite"

It's time again, time to nominate your favorite posts and sites for October's awards. We hope to have new medals out (and return the Order of Australia medals to them with our gratitude for the loan!)

Rules on the nomination for Dramatic / Serious Posts and sites:

1. Posts must be written between Ocotber 1st and October 31st.
2. Nominations can be made up to 11:59:59 PM (EDT) on October 31st.
3. Nominations will be placed in the comments, and added to the body of the post on a daily basis. If you would like to nominate in secrecy, then make and post the comment, and then delete it. It will show up in my email box and I will add it to the nomination post.
4. "Serious" and "Dramatic" refer to the subject matter.
5. Blogsites must have at least one October posting in order to qualify. Any site not posted in October should be nominated in the Historic category.
6. Each nominator can list up to three post and three blogsite nominations per category. You cannot nominate your own post or blogsite (but you can vote for yourself.)
7. Active links (or at least URLs) would be appreciated!!!

Good luck, everyone!!!

Best Dramatic/Serious Post

Stacy - Nihilistic Propensity: Homophobia Is Gay

Lab Guy - Hypergraphic Blogger: Audiopost At The Finish Line

Friday, October 07, 2005

Exciting News!!!

Along with out illustrious nominees, winners, and honorable mentions for last month, I would like to announce that I have requested that (okay, BEGGING, pleading, and and promising my nextborn entered the bargain) our esteemed Digitalicat, Computerist Extraordinaire, to become my co-moderator on The Order Of Brilliant Bloggers.

Digi is familiar to many of you and shows up as a regular nominee (and winner). His Comment Trails are legendary. And so are his computer skills...

...and since mine are NOT (e.g. I can barely turn the thing on and pray the house doesn't burn down in the process), Digi has kindly consented to put me out of my misery (sans gun to the forhead or euthanasia) by serving as our technical resource, our Code Emperor, and just plain co-administrating The Order so that it functions as it was intended!!!

So be prepared for some changes to come!!! And please, if you have suggestions, MAKE THEM!! Digi and I want you to feel at home here.

This is, after all, about YOU - recongizing your work, singing your praises, meeting new bloggers and appreicating the art that is bloggery!!!


Nominations pages will be up soon for October (as soon as we figure on a new format). And again - here's your chance to be heard! What would you like to see here? Digi has many ideas that are exciting, and KNOWS how to make happen the ideas that I myself have but are without the skills to develop!!

Thank you, Digi, for joining me (US) on this!



Thursday, October 06, 2005

THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE...for September!

The voting is in, the results tabulated. And our friend Digitalicat has designed a button for winners to put on their sites to display the high estemm in which their bloggery is held by their peers.

Congratulations, one and all!

Without further ado, the people say that these were our best (known) works for September!

Best Serious Post:

Winner - Infertile Myrtle The Naked Ovary Ears: Wide Open
Honorable mention - Married Man It's not much, but it's Me: Two strangers in the same bed

Best Serious Site:

Winner - Infertile Myrtle The Naked Ovary
(All other nominated sites tied for Honorable Mention, with identical votes)
Mr. Happy Enter the Wardrobe
Michelle Herrick Circling the Baobabs
colonialave Crazy World: An Endless Imagination

Best Comedic Post:

Winner - Callie A Whole Lotta Trouble: Sex With Soccor Mom
Honorable Mention - JFTB Completely Unrelated To Work: To MarriedMan With Love…

Best Comedic Site:

Winner - Digitalicat Tossed My Salad
Honorable Mention - Miss Cellania Miss Cellania

Best Photo Post:

Winner - lbseahag Jinx The Wonder Cat: Spam-tastic Dynamite
Honorable Mention - John, Carol et al The Walls of St. Paul: Beautiful Girls

Best Photo Site:

Winner - bozette Pictures From My World
Honorable Mention (a tie) -
Tranquility Base Life From Blue Moon
Mystic Mystic Isle

Best Historic Post:

Winners ( a tie) -
Nick Carter The Mechanical Philosopher: Baby Coming! Stovetop Cleaning…
Kal Kal's World: Thank God for Jackasses
Honorable Mention - colonialave Crazy World: An Endless Imagination:: Disturbing Reflection

Best Historic Site:

Winner - David Hagstar Enter the Wardrobe

Best Series:

Winner - Mossy Stone Mixed Moss from a Rolling Stone: The Steph Sightings

Honorable Mention - MarriedMan Marriedman Keeps Posting: Les Miserablogs

Best Political Post:

Winner - Kal Kal's World: New Orleans - Disaster Planning, or Planning Disaster?

Honorable Mention - Citizen X Life During War: Drowning Our Sorrows

Best Political Site:

Winner - Citizen X Life During War

Best Comment Trail:

Winners (a tie) -
A Whole Lotta Trouble: Sex With a Soccer Mom
Winners- Danikabur, MYSTIC, Callie, Jerry, Sometimes Saintly Nick, Lowk, ltlme, Larry, Lab Boy, Chris, Justin, Motherdear, Danius Maximus, Gordy, Penny Shagwell, Mossy Stone

Tossed My Salad: Vacanigans, Part 9

Winners - Lab Boy, Juicy, Digitalicat, lilith, kiki, jenna, colonialave, marriedman, motherdear, dimlighslittlecity, The Snakehead, jazz, -g.d., you've got what I need,

Honorable Mention - Penny Shagwell Penny's Centsless Thoughts: Update
Participants - PennyShagwell, Mossy Stone, Kal, ltlme, Motherdear

Digitalicat has devised a button for you to put on your sites to let the world know you are a BRILLIANT BLOGGER!! THANK YOU, Digitalicat!!!

Winners can use this line of code on their posts or templates to
denote their win:

<img src="" alt="Brilliant Blog" stlye="border:0;" />

Which will display like this:

Brilliant Blog

Or this line of code (same image, but links to the Order homepage):

<a href="" title="The Order of Brilliant Bloggers"><img src="" alt="Brilliant Blog" style="border:0;" /></a>

Which will display like this:

Brilliant Blog

Please display this image, or notify your readers of your win in some other way. This will help promote the Order for next month.

And congratulations again to all our winners!