Voting for “round one” is on at the Canadian Blog Awards. A few things have changed at the CBA since last year, the most notable being the voting mechanism. It’s now done through Polldaddy, which probably makes it a lot less complicated for the person who’s running the awards but unfortunately makes it far more tedious for we, the voters.
In previous years, all voting took place on a single page. There was a list of nominated blogs, divided by category, each with a radio button that you ticked to register your vote. The nominee list were linked back to the source blog, so you could easily check them out before voting.
This year, each category is on a separate page in the CBA blog, so you have to do a lot of bouncing back and forth in order to see all the nominees. When it comes to voting, each category is on a separate Polldaddy voting page, and none are linked to the blogs. Unless you know in advance who you want to vote for, all you have is a list of blog names, not even in alphabetical order.
If you have some spare time, I encourage you to sift through the nominations pages, as there are some interesting Canadian blogs to be found there. (I should also note that there are tons of interesting Canadian blogs that are not found there. Montrealers, in particular, seem to be woefully underrepresented.)
Despite the shortcomings, I encourage you, if you are so inclined, to actually go to the Polldaddy pages and do some voting.
Oh, and if you’re feeling particularly blorky today, you might consider voting for yours truly. (You saw that coming, didn’t you?) I am nominated in the following categories:
- Best Blog
- Best Blog Post (On Blogs, Blogola, and Media)
- Best Personal Blog
- Best Photo/Art Blog (That’s for my Monday Morning Photo Blog)
- Best Activities Blog
While you’re at it, why not vote for some of our other friends:
- Best French-Language Blog (Martine; Ni.Vu.Ni.Connu)
- Best Local Blog (Fagstein, Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks)
- Best Photo/Art Blog (competing with my MMPB are Utopia Moment and Walking Turcot Yards, among others)
- Best Personal Blog (friends in friendly competition include The Smoking Section, Miss Vicky’s Offhand Remarks, and GenX at 40)
Voting closes January 21, 2008! Note that you can only vote once per round.