With the end of the year comes mild nostalgia, endless navel gazing and jumped-up awards ceremonies. In the past couple of months one or two people suggested to me that there should be an end-of-year Scottish Roundup awards ceremony. After canvassing opinions among some other bloggers, most agreed that it was a good idea.
So here they are: the Scotblogs awards.
I had originally planned on running this throughout December. But I have been quite busy so it has been pushed back to January. I figured that if it’s good enough for the Oscars to be held in March and the Mercury Music Prize to be held in September, holding the Scotblogs awards in January would be just fine!
I should point out that the Scotblogs awards will not just be about patting each other on the back (though no doubt that will form a part of it). But primarily it is intended as a celebration of Scottish blogging as a whole, and a way to promote new and under-appreciated blogs.
As such, there will be two stages to the awards. The first stage, which will run from now until 6pm on Wednesday 13 January 2010, will be a nominations stage. I know that some bloggers prefer not to be involved in such blogging awards. So before voting commences, those who would rather opt out can, while everyone else can nominate their favourite blogs.
Self nominations are allowed — indeed, they are encouraged. Remember, this is all about discovering blogs, so we’d love to hear about your blog.
During this period I would also greatly welcome any input on what the categories should be. There will be a best blog overall, but I would also like there to be categories. Best politics blog? One for each of the political parties? Best music blog? Food? Sport? Personal? Photography? Suggestions are very welcome!
The second phase will be a voting phase, which will run from Thursday 14 January until 6pm on Wednesday 27 January. To prevent a select few blogs running an effective campaign to get their readers to vote, the awards will be based on a mixture of votes from a panel of established bloggers and readers’ votes.
Readers and panellists will be invited to select their favourite blogs from the list of nominations. At the end of the voting period, the blogs will be ranked based on the amount of votes they received from readers, with a separate ranking based on the panellists’ choices. The final rankings will be based on the average position on the two tables. In the event of a tie, the readers’ votes will take precedence.
I hope that’s not too complicated!
The panel is based largely on the “team” of regular contributors that was put together a year or so ago, with a few additions:
- Colin Campbell
- Lis Ferla
- Stephen Glenn
- Yousuf Hamid
- Malcolm Harvey
- Holyrood Patter
- Philip Hunt
- James Mackenzie
- Misssy M
- Will Patterson
- Scottish Tory Boy
- Duncan Stephen
…But I’d quite like to have a couple of others added to the list because the panel is a bit politics-heavy just now. So if you would like to be on the panel, send me a quick email with a sentence or two explaining why you think you should be on the panel.
You can use all the usual ways to nominate a blog for the awards, although please make it clear that you are contacting us about the awards and not for the roundup (which will appear as normal on 3 January). I suggest that you email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also get in touch via Twitter @ScottishRoundup.