As I've mentioned before
, I was one of the panelists for the 2006 Bloggies, and the finalists are out
. So here was what I voted for in the categories I was given - I've italicised those that actually actually became finalists. Consider this the first in a series of mega-linksfests, starting with my votes in four categories:Best Web Application
For this one, I figured Blogger, Wordpress, del.icio.us, etc. would get all the votes - which they did, and if you know me, you know I like an underdog. Livejournal I've grown to really appreciate - sure, the look of the thing is often not great, but no other blog software encourages community like LJ. Even a simple thing like e-mailing commenters when their comments have been responded to is great.Best European Weblog
We-make-money-not-art has always been a fun blog, although I suppose in this kind of geographical category generally one prefers the more personal blogs - La Coquette etc. I'd forgotten how much I'd liked Petite Anglaise, and it was good to revisit her blog - a lot had changed in her life since I last visited.Best Latin American Weblog
Okay, I made a mistake: Isopixel was definitely not something I meant to vote for - damn cut and paste. This was the one category where I'd hardly seen any of the blogs, so that made for interesting reading, and I suppose the most objective set of responses.Best Weblog About Politics
Ah, on to a set where I'd seen almost every one of the nominees. So I'll end this first installment with a story. When I was about to leave for the States, my mother had these words for me: "you can go out with anyone like you like - as long as she's not a Republican". So that's my family, and my votes do tend to lean left - but hey, I seriously do think the writing and style of the blogs I nominated were the most solid and/or funniest of the lot. Instead of Jesus' General and MyDD the other final nominees were firedoglake
and Talking Points Memo
, so it's not like I was too far off. Oh well - it's all a quasi-popularity contest in the end.
Okay, another two parts in this series to go.