In what is widely considered a stunning fulfillment of expectations, the English Rules blog—along with its companion blogs Photography, Word of the Day, and Writing Guide—did not win any of 2005’s prestigious Bloggies™. In fact, the collection of blogs at englishrules.com was not even nominated for an award.
Early this morning, site owner and editor Karl Swedberg released a prepared statement (34KB PDF) to the press, denying any hard feelings:
To receive a Bloggy—or is it Bloggie?—is to reach the pinnacle of blog-success, the apex of blog-stardom, the top of the blops. It is, therefore, perfectly reasonable that my blog should be overlooked.
And overlooked, it was. A few of the many categories in which the English Rules blog failed to register a single vote include:
- Best American Weblog – Weblogs from the United States (Winner: Dooce)
- Best New Weblog – Weblogs that began during the year 2004 (Winner: Defamer)
- Best Photography of a Weblog – Photoblogs and other weblogs that regularly feature photography (Winner: Daily Dose of Imagery)
- Best Meme – A replicating idea that spread about weblogs. [see my definition of meme] (Winner: Flickr)
- Best-Kept-Secret Weblog – The best underrepresented weblogs (Winner: Teaching the Indie Kids to Dance Again)
When asked to respond to the news, Karl’s mom, Ginny, said,
What? What did you say? Bloggie? What’s that? Never heard of it. Hold on a second, let me turn down the TV… Is that you, Karl?
No further comment was recorded, due to an apparent problem with the phone line.
Reports of the snubbing come amid charges that one of the Bloggies™ categories is unfairly judged. Critics of the contest contend that the policy of presenting the “Best-Kept-Secret Weblog” award to a site with the most votes rather than the least constitutes an “egregious disregard of logic.” Meanwhile, others are taking a more philosophical view, wondering how the winner of a popularity contest for “best kept secret” can be a well kept secret at all.
Contest officials categorically denied allegations of wrongdoing, while representatives of the 2005 Bloggies™ refused to respond to requests for information about their hand soap preferences.