The Order of Brilliant Bloggers

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

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

"Dramatic" posts and sites, as they apply to The Order, mean that serious subjects are addressed and the writing style reflects them in a serious manner..

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

1. Posts must be written between January 1st and January 31st.
2. Nominations can be made up to 11:59:59 PM (EDT) on January 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 January posting in order to qualify. Any site without a post in January 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 February 1st and ends February 5th at 11:59:59 EDT. I will not be able to count any votes received prior to February 1st, as the nomination period is still open.

As well, please note that I have opened up the nominations and voting to all visitors. I would ask that, if you are nominating or voting without an ID, that you sign your comment with an ID or pen name. This is especially important in the voting process. Since we have rules stating that you may vote three times per category, but only once per nominee, I will need to ask that we all remain the honorable persons that we are and sign our votes and nominations rather than posting them as 'anonymous' to avoid abuse of the system. I will also reserve the right during the voting process, if voters do not wish to sign anonymous votes with a pen name, to cap the number of 'anonymous' votes to three per nominee to avoid ballot-box stuffing. Sorry to do that, but if you truly want to vote and not leave your name in the public eye, you have the option of voting in the comment, signing it, and then deleting it. It goes directly to my email program and will not be visible to anyone but me. And I guarantee you it will be used for ballot counting purposes, only.

Thank you again for understanding.

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

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

Here are the definitions:

Posts - any post written prior to January 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 January 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 January. (Note: - If a site is nominated before January 15th and the writer adds a new post after that date, the nomination will be moved to the proper category for Best January Site. If the nomination occurs AFTER Janaury 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 January 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 January 31st at 11:59:59 PM EDT! Voting begins February 1st and end February 5th at 11:59:59 PM EDT. PLEASE, do NOT vote prior to February 1st or your votes will be discounted becaused nominations have not yet closed.

Let's go find what we missed out there!

Nominations - January's Best Comedic Post and Blogsite

Best Comedic Post is for any humourous post created from January 1st to January 31st. Nominations end January 31st at 11:590:59 PM EST. 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 other 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 January 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 February 1st through 11:59:59PM EST on February 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 January. Voting Starts in February. I will need to disregard any vote received prior to the end of nominations. Thanks for understanding.

Nominations - January'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 January.

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 January 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 February 1st and ends February 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 February 1st!!! Thank you for understanding!

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

Nominations - January'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 January 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 January 31st at 11:59:59 PM EDT. Voting begins February 1st through February 5th, at 11:59:59 PM EDT. PLEASE, do not vote until February 1st.


Nominations - January'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 January 31st at 11:59:59 PM EDT. VOTING begins February 1st and ends February 5th at 11:59:59 PM EDT.

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

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

Political blogging - 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 January. All sites nominated must have at least one political post for January.

Nominations end January 31st at 11:59:59 PM EDT. Voting beings February 1st through February 5th at 11:59:59 PM EDT. PLEASE do not vote before February 1st.

Good luck, as always!

Nominations - January's Best Spiritual Post and Site

Again, to define a Spiritual as it pertains 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.

Nominations for those posts written in January 2006. As well, site must have an entry for the month of January to be nominated here. Otherwise, please contribute them as a Historic post or site nomination! Thank you!

Nominations will end January 31st at 11:59:59 PM EDT. Voting for nominees will take place from February 1st to February 5th, 11:59:59 EDT.

Good luck!!!

Saturday, January 07, 2006


It's been an exciting month in many ways. Although we did not receive nominations in some categories, the fact that there were so many holidays since our last vote figures heavily into that equation. We saw a number of new faces at The Order, added a new category at the suggestion of one of our readers, and we are proud of the brisk voting that ensued!!!! The-genius-previously-known-as-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, if they so desire. We wish we could give everyone something more intrinsic, but as Kal says, sometimes the reward is in knowing that you are appreciated!!!

If I may add another new twist for this new year - I would like to personally recognize our loyal and devoted friends who have been with us since this project first began, one per month. With that in mind, I woul like to personally thank duff for being there, every month, nominating and voting to her full potential. Duff, as soon as I figure out how to make one for you, I will dispatch the first of the "Loyal Companion Of The Order of Brilliant Bloggers" badges for you. (Okay - help! Someone who knows how to do this stuff - please get in touch with me!)

Again, duff, thank you for all you have done and all the months you've stood by and pitched in!

And here are our award winners for December!

Best Comedic Post:

Miss Cellania - Miss Cellania: "Rescue"

Honorable Mention:
Penny - Penny's Centless Throughts: "An Interesting Conversation With My Daughter"

Best Comedic Site:

The Garlic - "The Garlic - All the Clove Fit To Peel"

Honorable Mention:
Gene Maudlin - "Old Horsetail Snake"

Best Photopost:

NJ - Not that you care but…: "New Orifice Pics"

Honorable Mention:
Kate - OmegaMom: "How To Make Sugar Cookies"

Best Photosite:

Dan Bennett - "Soggydan Photodreams"

Best Historic Post:

No nominations for the month December

Best Series:

LBSeahag - Jinx the Wonder Cat: The "Marry Me, Prisoner" Series

Best Political Post:

No nominations for the month December

Best Political Site:

Gort - "Gort42"

Honorable Mention:
jamwall, Sarah, Mr. Hand, Meatbag - "The Wicked Truth"

Best Comment Trail:

Kal - Kal's World: "Penny's Weekly Meme"
Contributors: Penny, Mossy Stone, Kal, duff

Best Spritual Post:

No nominations for December

Best Spiritual Site:

Nerdine - "My World At the Moment"

Honorable Mention:
Julie D. - "Happy Catholic"


My one-time technical genius devised a button for winners and HMs 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 recognize your fine work!

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

And again, to duff, our first Loyal Companion - THANK YOU!!!

Friday, January 06, 2006

Tallying the Votes

Hello, everyone,

I was a bit under the weather today, so will be tallying the votes and notifying the winners tomorrow, January 7th. I thank you for your patience!!!

The award post will be up by tomorrow evening.

Thank you to everyone who came by to nominate and vote this month! We had several new sites and a new category - a great month for The Order, despite the holidays which stole a lot of time away from the blogosphere for many of us!

Again, our everlasting gratitude to you all. Please, if you are new to us here, come back and nominate for January's awards!

Best always,