Since I have recently become crassly and shamelessly self-promoting, I have probably mentioned several times that the Fabulous Geezersisters blog is one of five finalists for Best Writing in a Weblog in the 2011 Bloggie Awards. These awards, which are in their 11th year, are a very big deal for bloggers.
Here’s how you vote:
1) Go to the Bloggie website.
2) Scroll down and check the dot next to the blog you want to vote for in each category.
3) At the bottom, enter your email address and fill out the CAPTCHA box.
4) When you receive the email verification, click it.
5) Don’t procrastinate, since you can only vote till 10 pm Sunday, February 20.
Naturally, I’m dying to win and, lacking all dignity, urge/beg/plead with you to vote for me. Still, I want to be fair about this (or at least give the appearance of it) and did check my competitors in Best Writing and the finalists in other categories. Have to tell you, these people are good.
In Best Writing, I’m up against The Bloggess (irreverent, funny as hell and — not unrelated — a fellow Texan); Hyperbole and a Half (funny, creative, beautifully illustrated); Mommy Wants Vodka (funny and outrageous); and The Pioneer Woman (this woman does everything and does it well: cooks, homeschools, photographs, lives on a ranch).
It’s heady, intimidating company to be in and I’m honored to be a finalist with them. But I still want to win, so if you don’t think you have to vote for me, forget it.
In other categories, here are my thoughts and observations:
Best Asian: I really like both Saudiwoman’s Weblog, which is well-written, informative, and comes from a point of view we hear from too rarely, and Bangkok Reality Smackdown, which is fresh and funny.
Best Australian or New Zealand: It’s hard to describe the fascinating, ever-shifting world of The Frugal Kiwi and do it justice. Let me just say it’s witty, full-on quirky, ingenious, and wonderfully creative — and you should vote for it immediately.
Best European: Lost in Cheeseland is a wonderful new find for me; funny and enchanting.
Best Travel: Two of my best Internet friends — Donna Hull of My Itchy Travel Feet and Barbara Weibel of Hole in the Donut — are finalists in this category. Both are great at what they do — energetic, enthusiastic and accomplished. Please vote for one of them.
Best Crafts: Just Something I Made sports an incredible scarf made from used T-shirts; I’m so impressed, I’m voting for her.
Best Music: Music Road, by Kerry Dexter is a truly excellent venue for music and cultural history.
Best Entertainment: Reel Life With Jane is a smart, straightforward, excellent resource for pop culture that I always turn to when I want to seek out entertainment.
I do advise you to look through all the Bloggies finalists. Reading them is like entering a slew of new and colorful worlds. Most of them remind me that I spend most of my time breaking the basic blog rules, since I lack a niche and I only manage one photo every six months or so, before I collapse into an unattractive heap.
But, oh well, so what? I still want you to vote for me.
(Copyright 2011 by Ruth Pennebaker)