Call for Jurors for the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards

The Canadian Weblog Awards are a juried competition, because they celebrate quality over popularity. It's not traffic numbers that matter here; we love great writing and great design. In order to do show off our best and brightest, though, we need volunteer jurors to help us surface the best Canadian blogs, and that means you!

Do you want to help celebrate the best in Canadian blogging? Do you believe in quality, both in content and design? Do you want to put your judgement to good use? Then you probably need to join us. We take Canadians and non-Canadians alike, so there's no need to let your position on the globe get in the way.

Fill out the form below to become a juror in the 5th annual Canadian Weblog Awards! We would love to have you.


So, you want to be a weblog awards juror! You've come to the right place, because the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards is accepting volunteer jury member applications until November 12, 2014.

If you are selected as a juror, your duties will be asked to:

  • critically and fairly judge approximately 50 weblogs against a simple set of 10 criteria between November 15th and November 28th: The scores will be used to reveal the top five semi-finalists in each category.
  • judge the five semi-finalists against the same set of 10 criteria between December 1st and December 12th, the scores from which the final top three weblogs in each category will be ranked in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.
  • work with fellow jurors to choose and rank the top three in categories in which ties for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place present themselves.
  • have your bio displayed on the Canadian Weblog Awards website following the announcement of finalists on December 15, 2014. For example:
  • disclose any and all possible conflicts of interest with regard to the weblogs you are asked to judge, such as your being directly or indirectly involved with any of the said weblogs.
  • keep confidential your position as a juror as well as any information regarding the nominated weblogs and the judging process during its proceedings. If a juror breaks this confidentiality offline or online before December 15, 2014, said juror will be relieved of their duties, and the weblogs under their purview will be scored again by an impartial juror.

By filling out and submitting this form, you agree to complete the above listed duties as a juror in the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards, should you be selected. If you are selected, you will receive your acceptance e-mail on or before November 15, 2014. Only accepted jurors will be contacted.

Thanks for your application!

2014 Canadian Weblog Awards
Juror Application

Transparency is important. Pseudonyms will not be accepted.
You do not need to be an active blogger or a Canadian to qualify as a juror. Everyone is welcome to apply.
Do you read and speak English, French, or both languages fluently? *
This is usually an international jury, and it's fun to be able to say what parts of the world we're all from.
Do you agree to judge your assigned weblogs critically and fairly using the 10 prescribed criteria, to disclose any and all conflicts of interest you may have, to keep your involvement as a juror and any information regarding the awards confidential, and to complete your duties, which will span from November 15 to December 12 of 2014, as a 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards juror? *

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.