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Thursday, August 25, 2005


OK, this one is a long matter, several people thought that we need more than one award category, the category ideas that popped up were:

- Best Personal Weblog (AKA Diary-type weblog)
- Best Non-Personal Weblob (Topic-type weblog)
- Most Active Weblog
- Best Designed Weblog
- Most Beloved Weblogger

First of all, I don't think that the 'active' and 'beloved' awards are necessary, the frequency of updating a weblog is an essential element in voting for a blog to get the award, the combination of quality of posts and their frequency is what makes a blog worthy of the award. I don't think that a blog that is frequently updated with useless posts should be awarded for the mere fact that the author frequently updates without taking regard to the quality of what he posts. The most beloved blogger award should not be given, I mean, are we going to give someone an award because he/she simply has so many friends even though his blog sucks? When it comes to this award, if people really love someone, it should be because his/her blog is great, and this should/would make them vote for that blog to win the main prize.

The original basis of the Omani Blog Awards were expected to be based on voting so that the winners will be chosen by the public. For us to use the voting method to give the awards would require a sufficient number of nominees in each category, this means that we will need to have a sufficient number of topic-type blogs to have a seperate category for people to vote in. Do we have a sufficient number of 'pure' topic-type blogs? I don't think so, the majority of Omani blogs are either personal-diary-type blogs, or hybrid blogs of a mixture of topic-type and diary-type blogs. We cannot call a blog a topic type blogs when half the posts are about personal life events that happened to the author, and it might be easy to differentiate between blogs that have 50% of personal posts from a blog that has 95% of personal posts, but in reality, can we even find a proper percentage? we cannot really tell how much more personal is one blog from another and this way we cannot separate a the mix category from the pure diary blogs. Of course, this is all my personal view and it would be great if anyone can prove that we have a sufficient number of pure-topic-type Omani blogs on the web.

I like the idea of the best designed blog, but there is clearly not a sufficient number of Omani blogs that were designed by their authors themselves, somebody suggested that we pick the winner. I don't know, should we deviate from the general scheme of the awards and 'Choose' the winner ourselves, and by 'We', I think that the Organsing Committee (Blue_Chi, Petite For Life, and Devilish) are supposed to be to make that choice. This committee was self assigned, do you trust us to make an unbiased decision and pick who really deserves to win this award? Does this mean that we have to DISQUALIFY OURSELVES from the whole competition because we will play the role of the judges, do you think that anybody here wants us to be the judges of the awards. I think that this is going to be a great deviation from what this was originally planned to be, the fact that we do not have a sufficient number of entries to create a separate category should simply be a conclusive matter.

This is the first time we have such an event and I think that we should do it in extreme simplicity, one category, winner and runner ups selected by voting.


At 6:41 PM, August 25, 2005, Blogger calkoon said...

Blue_chi, on the categories I believe you need to change your requirement to have a minimum number of candidate Weblogs to fit into each category.

In other words there will only be one "Main" vote, in which all Omani Blogs are included (diary and non-personal).

The Winner and 1st and 2nd runner-ups will be decided based on Quality and Frequency (as you suggested).

The Best Designed blog should be chosen from all the entries. Even if only 1 (one) person is capable of putting the effort to design an excellant blog, award the "Best Omani Blog" title to her/him.

I don't see a need for most active blog, nor for best loved (even though I made the suggestion)

An award for Best Non-Diary(Topic) Weblog is essential in my opinion, regardless of the lack of blogs that are sufficiently topic (non-diary) based. Hybird blogs offer a dilemma..

I think we can all trust he Organsing Committee (Blue_Chi, Petite For Life, and Devilish) to make an unbaised judgement when selecting the winners, but I'd strongly suggest you provide the "guideline" you intend to follow......

......Wait a second, I thought we were voting..?!

At 8:32 PM, August 25, 2005, Blogger Blue Chi said...

......Wait a second, I thought we were voting..?!

LOL, Calkoon, there is supposed to be a VOTE. You are the one who is suggesting we CHOOSE the best design and the best non-diary blog. We don't have enough nominees for any of these categories to make a poll, so why make a category when you know that there aren't enough nominees anyway?! The fact that we don't have any other nominees makes it impossible to compare, I mean, how can you be the best of something when you are the only one?

At 9:12 PM, August 25, 2005, Blogger Samyah said...

Blue the 3 categories you gave are enough, forget beloved and active I have the same opinion as you on those.

At 9:29 PM, August 25, 2005, Blogger Blue Chi said...

I think that we should have a poll for each category, I hope that we just get enough submissions in each one of these. I am mostly worried about the topic-based category, how many of these can you think of?

I think that because we will do this in November, there is enough time for more people to try design their blogs on their own, if we publicise this event well, we might just get enough to have a poll, what do you guys think?

At 11:58 PM, August 25, 2005, Blogger calkoon said...

Let me look for those Topic based blogs:

http://hilmisworld.blogspot.com (outdoors)
http://footballoman.blogspot.com (football)
http://aqwaal.blogspot.com/ (Poems)
http://chulupu.blogspot.com/ (movie reviews)
http://blue-chi.blogspot.com/ (Law & Music)

Surely there must be more..!?! I guess we should scrap the topic based award.

At 12:40 AM, August 26, 2005, Blogger Blue Chi said...

LOL, calkoon, I get the point, the only blog of these that I know of is Law & Music, which is not a purely topic-based blog, but anyway, lol. I think that I get the idea. ;) Okay, I am with this, what do the other people think?

At 1:50 PM, August 26, 2005, Blogger Petite For Life said...

I think the Organsing Committee will have to make sure that the blogs are into right category, I belive that blog can be nominated in more then one category if its satisfies the rules and regulations.

I prefer all the Arabic & English blogs to be nomiated, as we have in both categories.

The voters mustn't just be Omanis, but must be open to the public.

At 3:15 PM, August 26, 2005, Blogger Blue Chi said...

I agree with everything P4L said.

At 8:25 PM, August 27, 2005, Blogger Devilish said...

A public vote is preferable as Blue Chi suggested ! am not waiting for anybody to throw stones on the committee just coz they think we were biased for whatsoever reason !!

ummmm regarding the categories ummmm I think what Blue Chi laid out is fine.

At 7:20 PM, September 06, 2005, Blogger iamnasra said...

Where do we cast the vote and when

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