The nominations database has been exported to excel and after removing spam, there are still 2000 nominations. The sheer number of blogs that have been nominated is overwhelming and quite unexpected. What this means is that on average there have been 100 nominations per category. There is no way there can be a voting form with 2000 options.
As a result some categories are going to have to be culled. The main ones being Best Blog, Best Blog post, Humourous Post and Best Newcomer. For Best Blog and Best Newcomer, any blogs that only received one nomination will now not be included. I’m sorry about this as I am going back on what I said previously about one nomination being enough. I was not however expecting 300 different blogs getting nominated for Best Blog and over 90 different blogs for Best New Blog.
For Blog Post and Humourous post, some blogs have up to 8 nominations for different posts on their blog so I have asked the blog owners to choose two of their favourites and submit them. This will hopefully bring the options down to 50 or so in those categories.
Next year there will not be nominations for Best Blog (I’ve learned my lesson) but instead all the winners from the other blog categories will be added to that and the best of them chosen by a judging panel. I’ll need to consider merging the nominationa and voting rounds. The idea of the longlist/nomination round was to get everyone nominated a little recognition and have their blog details displayed on the voting form. It looks like the small group of bloggers last year has quickly surpassed the practicality of such a thing.
Now, the voting round will begin midweek this week (hopefully) and it will be all about numbers. The most voted for blogs or blog posts in each category will make it into a short list of 5 per category. After that judges will evaluate what the people have chosen and rank them on quality, audience interaction and other criteria. Stay tuned here for news when voting opens.