2006 Blog Award Voting Open

The 2006 Weblog Awards

It's not the Koufax Awards but the 2006 Weblog Awards by WizbangTech.

TalkLeft is nominated in the "Best of the Top 250 Blogs." If you'd like to vote for us, we'd appreciate it. Just click here.

You can vote once a day for the next 8 or so days. It's got real time calculations, so you can see after your vote how the blogs are doing in the vote count.

The voting skews right because Wizbang, which sponsors it, is mainly a right-wing blog. There are several left-leaning blogs nominated however.

This form of voting is intended to level the playing field for the smaller blogs. The reasoning:

The reason The Weblog Awards is 10 days and the reason one vote a day is the rule is to level the playing field. I'll admit that I stumbled onto the formula in 2003 while trying to devise a system that would give blogs with lower daily readership a chance against blogs with much higher daily traffic. Call it the InstaPundit influence... I surmised that someone like InstaPundit's Glenn Reynolds would probably link to the inaugural edition of the awards only once. If the voting period was one day and he linked to the poll how, I figured, would a site with 1/10th of his daily traffic be able to compete?

The answer, of course, was to extend the voting period and allow for multiple votes, thus giving determined challengers a chance to send members of their smaller audience back to the polls repeatedly in contrast readers from other blogs who might only visit once or twice. The idea behind The Weblog Awards has always been to level the playing field in as many of the categories as possible. That idea is what lead to the creation of the Ecosystem categories. I figured that blogs in proximity to each other in the TTLB Ecosystem would be aligned closely in readership as well - making them natural competition for each other.

Background on the awards is here. Now, please, go over and vote for all your favorite blogs, or at least the best of the top 250 category.

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    quid pro quo (none / 0) (#1)
    by skippybkroo on Fri Dec 08, 2006 at 12:43:59 AM EST
    i'll vote for talkleft in the best 250 if talkleft votes for skippy in the best liberal blgos category!



    consider it done. (none / 0) (#2)
    by cpinva on Fri Dec 08, 2006 at 08:00:25 AM EST
    though we disagree upon occassion, you have one of the most interesting blogs i've come across.

    Congratulations! (none / 0) (#3)
    by Jen M on Fri Dec 08, 2006 at 09:51:02 AM EST
    How do we rig the vote?  ;)

    you can vote every day (none / 0) (#4)
    by Jeralyn on Fri Dec 08, 2006 at 09:58:59 AM EST
    you can't rig the vote, but you can vote once every day until December 15.  Thanks for the offer though!

    Aha! (none / 0) (#5)
    by roy on Fri Dec 08, 2006 at 07:01:46 PM EST
    Electronic voting can be trusted!