Let the Judging Begin!

2010 Canadian Weblog AwardsOoph.

That's how I feel at the moment. It is now the wee hours of the morning, and I have just finished distributing 457 weblog nominations over 50 jurors and compiling the accompanying information packet for the first of two rounds of judging in the inaugural year of the Canadian Weblog Awards. My eyes look like swollen cherry tomatoes. My left wrist is threatening mutiny.

And I feel divine.

I am so proud of the Canadian blogging community, and I want to share with you the brief letter of thanks I sent to our esteemed panel of jurors:

First, I have to start off with a huge heaping thank you to all of you for volunteering your time and talents to be jury members in this inaugural 2010 Canadian Weblog Awards.

I was lying in bed on my birthday late last December, thinking about how I had been blogging for nearly seven years and had attended and spoken at blogging conferences in the United States, and I realized that I was more familiar with American weblogs than I was with those by my fellow Canadians. I wanted to find a way for Canadian bloggers not only to find each other on the internet but also to celebrate each other and show off the height of our talents. What better way to find the best among us than by public nominations and a juried competition, a year-long celebration of Canada’s highest quality weblogs in both design and content?

And then, like the crazy person that I am, I drew up an awards timeline, a set of criteria, a FAQ, 37 categories, and buttons and badges and an entire website to cement the whole shebang.

Needless to say, I am passionate not only about blogging but blogging done well, and I am SO VERY EXCITED to see this first year of the awards moving into the first stage of judging. If I could, meaning if these awards didn’t have a sum total budget of zero dollars, I would invite you all to a big This Will Be The Most Excellent Weblog Awards Season Ever dinner with seven courses and acrobatic entertainment. As it stands, though, I cannot, so you will have to settle for my extreme gratitude. Without all of you, these awards could not happen. You make this all possible, and I am honoured that you are here to support this vision.

Thank you.


And that gratitude extends to you, too: to all of you who read and/or write Canadian weblogs, to all of you who nominated weblogs over the course of the year, and to all of you who have offered your time and expertise to the awards.

Thank you.

And now it is time for me to drag myself to bed. I wish the 2010 Canadian Weblog Award jurors all the best in the coming two weeks as they read, look, and examine Canada's finest.

Goodnight! And happy blogging!

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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a writer and web designer who works from Elan.Works, a designer and editor at GenderAvenger, and a speaker who has spoken across North America. They have been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health, Woman's Day, and Flow magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. They believe in and work to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.