Friday, December 11, 2009

Now taking nominations

The 2009 Best NWT Blogs contest is now underway. There will be two rounds: first we'll take nominations, then we'll vote.

Rules for the nomination round:

  • You must have been an NWT resident during 2009 to be eligible. If you no longer live in the NWT, your posts from the time you were living here can qualify. Exception:  If you are not a resident, your blog can qualify if it is about the NWT.
  • You must nominate yourself through a comment on this post. If you can't figure out how to leave a comment, you are obviously not a blogger. Don't bother complaining about this.
  • You can nominate yourself in as many categories as you like, but you can nominate only one post/series/video/etc. for each category. Please provide links to all of your nominations so I don't have to guess which posts you want people to vote for.
  • Nominations end on Tuesday, December 15 at 7pm NWT time. 
  • Best Blog: This is an award for the best blog overall. It includes Flickr streams, podcasting and vodcasting.
  • Best New Blog: Best blog that started in 2009. The blogger does not have to be new to the NWT, and it does not have to be the writer's first blog. 
  • Best Post: The single best post of 2009.
  • Best Series: This can be a number of posts over a long period of time or a time-limited series.
  • Best Blog From A New NWT Resident: Best blog from someone who moved here in 2009. The blog must be mainly about moving to the NWT or about what it is like to be a new resident of the NWT. The blog itself can be more than a year old if the author moved here during 2009 and started to publish material that is mainly about life as a new resident.
  • Best Youth Blog: Best blog written by an NWT resident who is younger than 20.
  • Best Audio/Video Blog Post: Best individual podcast or video. 
  • Best Northern Story: Best story about the NWT. It can be a single post or a series of posts that tell a single story.
  • Best Professional Photography: This category includes all professional photographers. In this category, the only content to be considered is the blog's original photography. It can be a Flickr stream.
  • Best Personal Photography: See above, but for amateur photographers.
  • Best Theme Blog: Best blog in which all or almost all posts are about a single topic or use a set format. This includes corporate blogs and blogs about specific places. The theme does not have to have anything to do with the NWT.
Remember, you can nominate yourself in as many categories as you like, but you must nominate yourself. This part of the contest ends on Tuesday, November 15 at 7pm.


Mongoose on December 11, 2009 at 7:48 PM said...

And here I just took a Nyquil. I'll nominate myself tomorrow.

Good night. :)

Megan on December 11, 2009 at 9:07 PM said...

I'll go first.

I nominate my blog, Reflections in the Snow-Covered Hills, in the following categories:

Best Blog
Best Post: How NOT to write about northern Canada
Best Series: Being David Hasselhoff (links to all posts in the series are included in that post)
Best Audio/Video Blog Post: LEAVE SARAH PALIN ALONE

Michael on December 11, 2009 at 9:12 PM said...

My blog is In The Net.

Best Blog
Best New Blog
Best Post: I'm confused!
Best Northern Story: Giant Mine
Best Youth Blog
Best Audio/Video Blog Post: I'm confused!

John Mutford on December 11, 2009 at 10:16 PM said...

Hmmm. How about mine for best theme blog? And contrary to popular belief my blog is about books, not boobs. Though I do appreciate the hits.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to nominate some of my favourite Northern blogs...
Such as
Does it work this way?

Mongoose on December 12, 2009 at 11:36 AM said...
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Mongoose on December 12, 2009 at 11:38 AM said...

By the way, if you're not going to compile each category into a handy list and post the lists, I volunteer to do it for you. Last year you just used the raw comment page and I found it inconvenient.

Megan on December 12, 2009 at 2:48 PM said...

Fireweedroots: The House is a Nunavut blog, so it goes under their contest. This year on NWT Blogs, bloggers must nominate themselves.

Mongoose: This is a totally new format we haven't used before. I am going to pull all of the nominees together in a new post with links to make voting easier. We are going to do voting by phone this year.

Mongoose on December 12, 2009 at 3:59 PM said...

By phone???? You realize we have readers all over the world who are certainly not going to phone you for something like a blog contest?

kylewith on December 13, 2009 at 8:39 AM said...

I'm going to nominate both YkOnline and KyleWith in the same comment here.

Best Blog: & - Odd to nominate both but what the hell.

Best New Blog: - Started in May 2009

Best Series:, Winter Vehicle Tips.

Best Youth Blog:

Best Audio/Video Blog: YkOnline Podcast, KyleWith Videos

Best Northern Story: A Yellowknife Morning

Best Personal Photography: YkOnline - for all the photo I take of around Yellowknife

Best Themed Blog: - It is a blog about Yellowknife.

Anonymous said...

For the best series, I'll nominate myself for Old Benny. I had a lot of fun at his expense while I was in the NWT!

And for best post:

If these are not appropriate, since I'm already gone, let me know. But they were written while I was in the NWT!

arctic dreamer on December 13, 2009 at 12:31 PM said...

I nominate

for best series (photo-a-day`)

arcticphoto on December 13, 2009 at 12:54 PM said...

I'll nominate my blog, for "Best Professional Photography".


Jason on December 13, 2009 at 2:51 PM said...

I nominate my blog: for

1. best blog
2. best themed blog

Oil Can Boyd on December 13, 2009 at 4:24 PM said...

Oil Can would kill me if he knew I self-nominated, but since he's gone drinking, I'll put in for best audio blog (based on two inconsistently hilarious inaugural podcasts with my buddy Binio) and best post for 'line of the day'.

Jacqueline on December 13, 2009 at 7:34 PM said...

I nominate my Blog Wondering & Pondering for the following categories:

Best Blog
Best Youth Blog
Best Post: Old People Are Just ADORABLE
Best Series: Bonjour Qu├ębec!

I was tempted to nominate myself in the Best Theme Blog category, but decided that it would be impossible to beat my blog's theme: AWESOME.


Thanks Megan!

Jean on December 14, 2009 at 9:47 AM said...

I LOL'd at the "You are obviously not a blogger."

Anyway, I nominate myself for Best Themed Blog, since most of my blogs for the past little while have been about my experience at Vancouver Film School.

coffeewench on December 14, 2009 at 11:41 AM said...

I nominate my blog, My Multifaceted Existance for best new blog.

Samantha on December 14, 2009 at 3:03 PM said...

I nominate mine and my friends Photography blog for the following:

Best Blog
Best New Blog
Best Youth Blog
Best Personal Photography
Best Themed Blog, the theme being photography.

Amy on December 14, 2009 at 5:31 PM said...

Hey Megs.
Please include the MUSIC is ME in the Best Theme Blog Category.

Amy on December 14, 2009 at 5:46 PM said...

I also nominate i alone - live @ the MUSIC is ME for Best Post.

Amy on December 14, 2009 at 5:48 PM said...

oops. wrong link.

i alone - live

Jason on December 14, 2009 at 7:06 PM said...

I'd also like to nominate my series "Uganda's 'Kill the Gays' bill" from


Donn on December 14, 2009 at 11:24 PM said...

I'll go "best theme blog" for $1,000 Alex . . .

Sure, few people have ever heard of the Devil Glitch, much less the Waitresses, and let's face it . . . I blog an average of once a year, but damn it, if I just keep typing, someone might actually read my blog!!!

. . . and I'm still David Hasselhoff bitches!!!

Meandering Michael on December 15, 2009 at 5:14 PM said...

Best Post:

Meandering Michael on December 15, 2009 at 5:16 PM said...

Best post about the NWT (at least a part of it):


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