January 02, 2005

Discovering the Hidden Gems of the Internet

Via Tulip Girl, I just ran across the most amazing set of blog awards for 2004. Voting is open for the first two weeks of 2005, but you'll need a lot of time, since virtually none of the blogs is the least bit well-known (with the possible exception of Tulip Girl herself). It's called the "Best of Blog" (or BoB/Bob) awards.

The concept is fascinating, and the entire enterprise is designed to 1) highlight smaller blogs that may not get too much traffic, and 2) steer away from political bloggers and toward those who focus on such concerns as knitting, writing, homeschooling (Tulip Girl's category), cooking, fitness, parenting, and sex.

It's a truly charming concept, and was put together by a group of panelists who made the sacrifice of exempting themselves from their respective categories. (And, no—I hadn't heard of any of them, either.)

Those of us who take the blogosphere seriously as a full-spectrum entertainment arena should check some of these "personal bloggers" out. (My own favorite on a few of those subjects is Angelweave, though Heather's blogging's been light lately and she keeps forgetting to set MT so that it shows the last several posts, rather than the last several days' worth of posts. The secret? Go to her main site, find the "recent entries" on her sidebar, and simply click on those one by one. That'll work until she fixes the display issue. She is the queen of fitness and nutrition bloggers, so stay and peruse the archives, too.)

It's also nice to remember that there's more to life than whatever political point of view we're respectively pushing (those of us who have a political bent, that is—and if you figure out what my own political orientation is, please do let me know). Don't our near and dear keep telling us we should "get out more"? Well, this is "getting out," without having to shed our pyjamas. Everyone wins.

Posted by Attila at January 2, 2005 12:44 AM
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I have been playing with Blog Explosion over the past few weeks, and I have run across the BoB awards, as well as many of the folks nominated. There is some good stuff out there. this one I like: http://crystal.typepad.com/crystal_clear_reads/

Posted by: William Teach at January 2, 2005 06:26 AM


"with the possible exception of Tulip Girl herself. . ."

*blush*

Thanks. I've come across some neat new blogs there, too.

Posted by: TulipGirl at January 2, 2005 01:04 PM


You became famous when the Western World realized there was change afoot in Ukraine, and the only way to get the real skinny was to read blogs.

Posted by: Attila Girl at January 3, 2005 12:02 AM


Thanks for the great write-up. This is exactly what we were going for when we started this competition.

I now know how Kevin at Wizbang! feels, though. The work involved is enormous, esp. when you're coding everything from scratch the first time through. After this is all over, we're all moving into a liquor store for a week.

Posted by: The Zero Boss at January 3, 2005 05:59 PM




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