Well it’s that time of the year – weblog awards have been floating around the blogosphere since September and one wonders who exactly are behind these awards. I know of the BOBs of course and thank everyone who voted for me on that one. And then the Weblogs are also well known.
The Weblog Awards are particuarly interesting. I remember last year getting irritated at the way they join up regions such as Mid East/Africa and Latino/ South America/ Caribbean and writing to complain. WHY, it lacks imagination and is patronising to all the regions and makes no sense whatsoever. I cant remember the response but it wasnt satisfactory. On another note just a cursory glance at the nominees in the Middle East/Africa and Latino/Caribbean/ South American categories reveals a list of pro American and pro Israel blogs – no radical progressive thinkers out there! take a look at the nominees for Best Blog Award – Instapundit and Michelle Malkin to name a two. Nothing wrong in any of that – free speech, blog what you like. But when you find a list of nominees all having the same leanings then you begin to wonder on the agenda and objectivity behind the award. A bit like the Reporters without Borders – superficially independent but dig a little and you find a different story – so what is the story with these guys? Is there a financial angle here considering the amount of google ads displayed on the website. The sponsors, Blog World seems to be focused on branding and advertising and blogging as a source of income. There is nothing particularly negative about this but I just wish they would come out and say it openly that hey we have these awards to give away and meanwhile we are going to make a bunch of money from voting clicks and through out ads etc.