Tuesday, May 29, 2007

[that's it] we've had enough

Ladies and gentlemen, some of us have had enough of it! Do you remember this, the reason why we formed in the first place?

So, time to do our own and there's a Cunning Plan:

The Annual Blogpower awards

Let's make them scathing as well as sycophantic. Let's run the whole gamut of categories we could vote for on someone - best "animal blog", "blog with the shortest posts" and so on. Let's think big and include the MSM in this thing. Let's allow everyone, not only Blogpowerers, to join in. Blogpower will just be the host.

So, here's the agenda:

1] One of us - me - cobbles together possible categories this week, based on either your suggestions in Comments or by e-mail to james higham at mail dot com. [Some people prefer to e-mail their thoughts.]

This plan of categories is presented in a new Blogpower post this Friday evening, June 1st, 21:00 London time, for your perusal and comment strictly for 24 hours.

2] On Saturday evening, June 2nd, at 21:00, London time, the categories are then presented in concrete at Blogpower and nominations invited for each category.

Nominations are welcome from the whole sphere, based on either your suggestions in comments or by e-mail to james higham at mail dot com. Anyone, not just Blogpowerers, are invited.

Each of you put something on your site [including all our non-BP friends out there] advertising that we are accepting nominations for one week, until the following Saturday evening. We must show we are not a closed shop - that this is the only truly international representative poll of its kind.

3] Nominations close on Saturday evening, June 3rd, at 21:00, London time and James gets down to work preparing a series of separate freepolls, inviting the whole sphere to vote.

4] On Sunday, June 4th, at 15:00, these freepolls are posted at Blogpower and then we'd like an onslaught of advertising on your sites, inviting everyone to come in and vote. I'll e-mail all my contacts to vote and hopefully you'll do the same.

5] On Sunday, June 11th, at 15:00, the freepolls are closed and I spend my last free Sunday, before my personal blog hiatus, writing up the results for posting, although these will be patently obvious from the running tallies anyway.

That's the plan to break the secretive pre-selection and non-representativeness of the usual Blog Awards. Your comments are invited.


Bag said...

What have we had enough of?

james higham said...

Ah, you have to be Blogpower to know that, Bag. Either that or click on the link - it tells you.

Bag said...

James, I'm clearly thick. I've been down the links again and still don't see what you have had enough of.

Need to spell it out for me.

Crushed by Ingsoc said...

If this is to be aimed at a wider audience, and includes non BP members, then I think it is right to use this idea, not so much as a back slapping seession, but as a genuine chance to give credit where it's due and critique likewise.

For example a 'Shameless self promotion award' category would be amusing.
Secondly, With such a variety of bloggers out there, recognition needs to be given in a variety of subjects. Some bloggers make us think, others make us laugh, others touch us.
I don't read the ones who simply annoy.

Liz said...

I suggest Best Welsh Blog - on the grounds it's the only one I'm likely to get a mention in!

Let's be girly and have 'Prettiest', 'Tastiest', 'Unintelligible'.

youdontknowme said...

What about biggest moaner award?

ThunderDragon said...

How about 'Most Likely To Rant'?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Seems a good idea to me - you've given yourself a lot of work there, James! I hope I remember when I've got to "advertise" the polls on my site!

bernard said...

How about having enough of phoney pre-pubescent language as practiced on TV and radio?
Presenters, et al, have given over to baby-talk where words with an 'L' in it, like 'gilded' are now pronounced 'gewded', is just one example.
I believe it is an attempt by the chattering media classes to sound Estuarine, (and therefor one of us) without sounding too common by dropping their T's.
A good example is Fiona Bruce from BBC crimewatch, who has now gone a 'littow' native... and sounds like Sid Yobo!

Reactionary Snob said...

1) Best Post
2) Best Blogger
3) Best Fisker
4) Best Ranter
5) Best Post
6) Most humorous post
7) Best prose
8) Best swearer
9) Sadly Missed
10) Services to blogging
11) Worst Blogger
12) I like the idea of Shameless Self Promotion

Best blogs by country (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, America, Ozzie, Russia etc etc)

Just a thought, old son.


Ellee said...

I definitely think you should be nominated for an award James for bringing us all together, much appreciated.

james higham said...

OK, read all these and definitely think we should go ahead now. So, until Friday evening and then I'll prepare a final list of categories from your comments and present them for your final say-so.

Then, on Saturday evening, we start accepting nominations.

james higham said...

Bag - we were sick to death with the same old people getting awards and the little people like us never had a chance. Look at Liz's comment, for example. Now she's the type I'd love to see get one.

Liz said...

Aw, bless you, James! Perhaps you should have 'Blogger we feel most sorry for'!

Hope the reporting gets done without too much hassle.

ThunderDragon said...

James should have a special award for all his time, effort, and ideas put into Blogpower!

Bag said...

James, Thanks. That makes sense and I see what you mean now. I thought it was triggered by something someone had posted and I had missed. Now I realise it was because you were bored and wanted something to do :)

lady macleod said...

Oh goody. A tremendous load of work for you though. Thank you from all of us who depend on you for our 'blog reviews'.

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