I’ve decided to bestow some blog awards to celebrate my upcoming 5-year blogging anniversary, which corresponds with Thanksgiving weekend. Since there isn’t a lot of time to prepare for this year’s awards, it will be a simple, rushed affair. So fitting!
But I’m serious about honoring the recipients, who toil in near obscurity day after day in a non-progressive state (for now). Any light I can shine in their direction, I’ll hope can help their ongoing efforts (which are far more consistent than mine).
I don’t want to infringe on any territory covered by the Okie Blogger Awards that Mike of Okiedoke has been doing such a great job with (this year’s have been postponed). With my concentration on progressive activism, I don’t think there will be. There certainly will not be a dinner, or any monetary component (sorry, maybe next year). Just the glory of one obscure blog being touted by another!
I will mostly, maybe totally, focus on Oklahoma blogs that are left-leaning, i.e. Netroots (unlike Rachel Maddow, I love that word).
I suppose I should have some categories. I was thinking maybe doing something like “Most interactive community”, “Best single-issue focus”, “Most Promising Newbie”, “Most progressive blog posing as non-political”, that kind of thing. Any other ideas?
What about a “Most Prolific Anti-Progressive Troll” award? I already know who’d win this. But perhaps this will just reward bad behavior, so maybe this isn’t advisable — but it would be funny; I’m sure he would post it as a badge of honor, poor thing.
Then there’s the question of whether to include for consideration sites that are not proper blogs. I’d say no, except I would like to honor activist photographers and videographers who post online, and those aren’t blogs. Ah, my first ethical conundrum!
I’d like to have a little web banner that the winner can display on their site (hopefully they will want to!). But my artistic abilities are for crap, which is why I don’t have a logo for my own site. If anyone has suggestions in this department, or wants to volunteer a graphic design, that would be great.
Anyway, I’ll post the winners on Friday or Saturday. Any nominations, category ideas, please post in comments.
Update: Perhaps a renaming would solve the blog/not-blog problem: Peace Arena Awards for Online Activism