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The idea is similar to that which takes place in the cinema…. Everyone knows the “Oscars“. They nominate a winner who has dominated the entire year in a certain category, .
Those of us who follow cinema closely know that usually those most recent films in memory, with release dates in either November or December, …..tend to win. Often when an occasional spring film is entered, bystanders turn, look at each other and exclaim..”that was this year?”
Therefore other judging events cropped up to cover those early winter and spring films, who would otherwise never gain the attention they deserved.
Next year there WILL be some type of Delaware Blogger’s Convention, and in my humble opinion, Delaware Liberal, which is the centerpiece of our local scene, should be the forum representing our equivalent of “The Acadamy“.
What was needed I felt, was some type of recognition for the first half of the year, which ends….June 30th.
The entry rules are simple. First, of all, since it is my contest….I am disqualified. Second, the post has to be posted between midnight New Years Eve (at crossover) and the close of Delaware’s Legislative Session. Third, and finally, the posts have to be considered “well written”, “quirky”, ” evocative of some type of emotion” and be “genuine”…… By that last word, “genuine”, we should all be able to read the post blind, and say…..”I know who that is.”
If I am not mistaken, I have made the rules general enough so that they include all of the blogosphere, and no one other than myself is disqualified……
Since this is the first one, I have taken the liberty to perform the nomination process myself. Mainly to get this right, I wanted to read each of your archives, so that this could be an inclusive best of the best for the first half of the year. I will nominate 5 in each category and then voting will begin… The voting will be open to those regularly browsing the Delaware Blogosphere.
During the last contest, many made their nominations out loud. That may have swayed several, and whereas that is certainly a valid method of campaigning for a win, in this case, I would like the actual “stars” or “celebrities” to be the “works” themselves…..
Therefore, like the academy, the votes will be secret. We all have to live with each other and I don’t want someone’s ruffled feathers denying someone else the “accolades of excellence”.
Here is the novel method of choosing the winners. After reading (I would recommend one category a day, seriously to avoid burnout), and choosing a winner in each category, drop your ballot anonymously in the comment line below. If everyone would use “anon” when they log on, that would keep all choices anonymous, yet still public so that anyone checking in periodically will know how the votes line up. I of course will monitor and delete any duplicate I P ‘s. This way, the entire process can be open to scrutiny, but allow someone to vote judiciously and in secret.
When you type in your ballot, use this format: A,B,C,D,E,A,B,C,D. in the order that they appear on the blog.
Just keep in mind that we are voting to show the world that Delaware Bloggers are among the best. Our choices may be the only evidence the rest of the world sees, before coming to that same conclusion.
Voting begins on Bastille Day at midnight (Vive La France). And the winner will be posted and announced on August 1st, at midnight….
It should be fun.
Let the games begin…..
And the categories are:
Delaware Wind and Energy
A.) Buying Power
Delaware’s General Assembly and/or Governor
Delaware’s “Science Prophet”
E.) The Night Sky
Delaware’s Life and Hardships
A.) 4,000 Commas
Delaware: The Human Equation
Delaware’s Best Original Blog Photo
Delaware’s Educational Opportunities
E.) Paid To Study
Delaware’s Funniest “Humor Posting”
Delaware’s Most Original (Any Category)