The Order of Brilliant Bloggers

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Nominations - NEW CATEGORY for December - "Best Spiritual Post and Site"

It has been requested by a new reader that we include a category for spiritual blogging. I think this is a wonderful idea!

I would like to define "Spiritual" as it will pertain to The Order:

1. Spiritual posts are those which develop themes on belief systems when those systems arise from the tenet that something, someone, 'out there', is greater than ourselves. These may be religious belief systems of ANY religion or any organization that espouses a connection to a Higher Power, no matter what that Higher Power is called.

2. Again, the skill of the writing, and not the ideas expressed, are the basis for nomination and voting. As with Political posting, one can admire the writer's skillful handling of the subject matter without necessarily espousing the writer's ideals.

3. Spiritual Sites are those which have 30% or more of their posts designated as development on a spiritual theme.

4. NO VALUE JUDGMENTS ARE TO BE MADE ABOUT ANY AUTHOR'S BELIEFS, PLEASE. This is a free country. We all have First Amendment rights. The purpose is to expose one another to excellent blogging and photjournalism. Please, let's avoid a commentathon with divergent discussions. If someone does not like a post or site, just do not vote for it! Thank you.

That being said, thank you, Annie, for your suggestion, and I hope this is a rousing success!

Best Spiritual Post:
No nominees for December

Best Spiritual Site:
Julie D. - Happy Catholic
Little Bar of Soap - I Wish I Were A Little Bar of Soap
Nerdine - My World At the Moment

Monday, December 12, 2005

Nominations - December'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 December. All sites nominated must have at least one political post for December.

Let's go find those great posts and sites, and present them for all to share!!! Nominations end December 31st at 11:59:59 PM EDT. Voting beings January 1st through January 5th at 11:59:59 PM EDT. PLEASE do not vote before January 1st.

Good luck, as always!

Best Political Post:
No nominees for December

Best Political Site:
Gort - Gort42
Moriel Ekafa - morielekafa
jamwall, Sarah, Mr. Hand, Meatbag -The Wicked Truth

Nominations - December'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 (or contributor). 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. )

Nominations end December 31st at 11:59:59 PM EDT. VOTING begins January 1st and ends January 5th at 11:59:59 PM EDT.

PLEASE - no voting before January 1st to be fair to the nomination process. Thank you for understanding.

Best Comment Trail:
Kal - Kal's World: Penny's Weekly Meme
Penny Shagwell, Mossy Stone, Kal, duff

Nominations - November'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 December in order to qualify. If the series has no December Post, the Historic Post Rules apply.

Series can also be multi-authored. If two or more authors post on a continuing thread (e.g. a continuing story tag-up, a meme tag-up, or just collaborative authorship of a multifacted series telling the same story from different viewpoints) then all authors and their posts will be nominated in the series.

If you find PART of a series that you particularly like, but do not especially think you'd care to nominate the rest of the series, you can always nominate that post individually in a separate category (whichever topic best applies).

Best series nominations are intended to recognize the series for its excellence.

Nominations are closed December 31st at 11:59:59 PM EDT. Voting begins January 1st through January 5th, at 11:59:59 PM EDT. PLEASE, do not vote until January 1st.


Best Series:
LBSeahag - Jinx The Wondercat: The Marry Me Prisoner Project
Marry Me Prisoner, Part 2
Part 3 - Call me Fiona Apple

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

Here are the definitions:

Posts - any post written prior to December 1st. It is FINE to re-nominate your favorite post from any prior month if it has never won! As long as it was written prior to December 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 December. (Note: - If a site is nominated before December 15th and the writer adds a new post after that date, the nomination will be moved to the proper category for Best December Site. If the nomination occurs AFTER December 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 November 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, past and present. Nothing is ever out-of-play unless it has previously won a category!

Nominations end December 31st at 11:59:59 PM EDT! Voting begins January 1st and end January 5th at 11:59:59 PM EDT. PLEASE, do NOT vote prior to January 1st or your votes will be discounted becaused nominations have not yet closed.

Let's go find what we missed out there!

Sadly - as of 3 PM December 31st, there were no Historic Post or Site nominations!

Nominations - December's "Best Photoblog" Posts and Blogsites

Photojournalism...the best way to say a thousand words, succinctly... Art meets journalism. A special medium, indeed, requiring skill and soul, a sense of art, a sense of humour... Each photosite and photopost is as unique as its creator. Here are the explanations for what constitutes each:

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

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 December at the time of nomination in order to qualify. Otherwise, see Historic Posts / Sites.

Remember - 3 nominations for posts, 3 more for sites, and one cannot nominate one's own work.

Voting starts January 1st and ends January 5th at 11:59:59 PM EST. Three votes allowed per category, but one cannot vote for the same post or site more than once. And one may vote for his or her own work. And please, NO VOTING before January 1st!!! Thank you for understanding!

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

Best Photo Post:
Kate - OmegaMom: How To Make Sugar Cookies
ltlme - my little view of the world: Ask Freud, Part Nine
ltlme - my little view of the world: Ask Freud, Part Eight
NJ - Not that you care but…: New Orifice Pics

Best PhotoSite:
Dan Bennett - Soggydan Photodreams

Nominations - December's Best Comedic Post and Blogsite

Best Comedic Post is for any humourous post created from December 1st to December 31st. Nominations end December 31st at 11:590:59 PM EST (if you're like me and do nothing but sit in front of the TV and wait for the ball to drop. I expect more of you will be too busy to be entering nominations, though. At least I HOPE you will!) There is no rule on originality, however, if I receive three objections in the comments about a post nomination that is clearly "LIFTED" from email jokes or othe sources without citing those sources, I will call for an ad hoc vote whether or not to keep the post in play.

Best Comedic Blogsite must contain at least one post during the month of December to qualify. (Otherwise, nominate in Best Historical Site, please.) Same Rules and Protocol apply as always - up to three nominations per post and blogsite in each category, and you cannot nominate yourself!!! Voting will begin January 1st through 11:59:59PM EST on January 5th. You have three votes per category but can only vote for the same post or site once. And yes, you can vote for yourself, if you like. As always, have fun and GOOD LUCK!!

Remember - Nominations in December. Voting Starts in JANUARY. I will need to disregard any vote received prior to the end of nomination. Thanks for understanding.

Best Comedic Post:
Miss Cellania - Miss Cellania: Rescue
Penny -Penny's Centless Throughts: An Interesting Conversation With My Daughter

Best Comedic Site:
Miss Cellania - Miss Cellania
The Garlic -The Garlic - All the Clove Fit To Peel
J.R. Kinnard - Don't Floss With Tinsel
Gene Maudlin -Old Horsetail Snake

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

This will be our first month of December for nomination. The holidays should provide a bit of blogfodder out there, and since holidays usually bring about a lot of strong emotion, I would expect the "Dramatics" might get some serious play this month! I hope so, at least. Let's see what we can find!

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

1. Posts must be written between December 1st and Decmber 31st.
2. Nominations can be made up to 11:59:59 PM (EDT) on December 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 December posting in order to qualify. Any site not posted to in December 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!!!

Remember - voting starts January 1st and ends January 5th at 11:59:59 EDT. I will not be able to count any votes received prior to January 1st, as the nomination period is still open.

Good luck, everyone!!! Let's contine find some great writing to share, and continue to expand our blogworld!

Best Dramatic Post:
colonialave - Crazy World - An Endless Imagination: Just a Woman

Best Dramatic Site:
ladywende -
Written In Chalk

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

THE ENVELOPE, PLEASE...for November!

We've survived a spate of votes, the results are tabulated. Digitalicat's winner's button is at the bottom of this post so that all our winners and Honorable Mentions can place them on their sites to display the high esteem in which their bloggery is held by their peers.

Congratulations, one and all! The public has spoken, and these are our best (known) works for November!

Best Serious (Dramatic) Post:

Digitalicat - Tossed My Salad: The King is Dead, Long Live the King

Honorable Mentions (a tie):
Penny Shagwell - Penny's Centsless Thoughts: Lest We Forget
Miller's Mind - It’s Not Much, But It's Me: A Mess of Thoughts, Some Rhyme, Some Don't. Who Cares?

Best Serious (Dramatic) Site:

Miller's Mind - It’s Not Much, But It's Me

Best Comedic Post:

Fantob - Voodoo Innuendo: Nitwit Tidbit from Pundit Review Radio

Honorable Mention:
Bobby - Verbal Vomit: Let it snow, let it snow, let it…oh screw it.

Best Comedic Site:

Vesti - The Intellectual Comedy Salon

Honorable Mention:
jamwall - Banana Blograma

Best Photopost:

Winners (a tie):
Penny Shagwell - Penny's Centless Thoughts: Lest We Forget
Mossy Stone - Mixed Moss From A Rolling Stone: Remembrance Day Trappings

Honorable Mention:
Lab Guy - The Hypergraphic Blogger: Let the Punishment Fit the Crime, Fat Boy

Best Photosite:

Ryan Gallagher - Camera Toss

Honorable Mention:
Cym Urban - Photography Journal

Best Historic Post:

driftglass - driftglass: The President Reminds Potential Rats

Best Historic Site:
No nominations for the month of November

Best Series:

LBSeahag - Jinx the Wonder Cat: The Poutine Series

Honorable Mention:
Kal, Penny Shagwell, and Mossy Stone - The Recondo Revolution

Best Political Post:

T Leach - Writebrainfestations: The Crazy Congresswoman Chronicles

Honorable Mention:
driftglass - driftglass: What Elephants

Best Political Site:

Blogenfreude - AgitProp

Honorable Mention:
Sally, Dr. Forbush, Pia Talks, mulligan, anna., Cranky Liberal, Moxie Grrrl, Tom Harper, chris, Jet, The Bastard - Naked Politics

Best Comment Trail:

Lowk - life or something like it…: Just MotherDear
Participants: Lowk, Callie, Motherdear, Kal, Penny Shagwell, Steph, bozette, Mystic


Digitalicat has devised a button for you to put on your sites to let the world know you are a BRILLIANT BLOGGER!! Anyone whose name or site is displayed in this post - please use this line of code within your posts or templates to denote your win:

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

Which will display as the Brilliant Blog button on the sidebar.

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 as the Brilliant Blog button at the sidebar.

Please display this image, or notify your readers of your win in some other way. The Order is proud to be associated with your fine work!

And congratulations again to all our winners! Without your continued participation, none of this is possible!!

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Let the Voting Begin!!!

Nominations are now closed, and voting has now begun!

Vote in the comments for the category in which you are voting. IF YOU HAVE VOTED PREMATURELY, PLEASE COME BACK AND VOTE AGAIN!

Voting closes on December 5th at 11:59:59 PM EST.

Good luck!!!