Seems like both the Canadian Blog Awards sites have finished in 2014.
I hope both of these sites are saved in the Internet Archives.
Have we gone beyond the blog? Is that why the blog awards fizzled out? No one seems to have offered to take over as the Awards closed or faded out. I think blogging is the culprit, more than the Internet. Blogs aren’t built or kept the way they used to be. So blog awards can’t be created that way either. It’s the age of the application, the mobile web. I’m not an expert (don’t even want a cell phone) but I think it’s a shame to see Canadians on the web lose a resource like the blog awards.
What do you think?
Has blogging become out dated? How do you use the Internet these days? Do you even have a site?
Categories and Judging Criteria for those interested in what the awards were about:
- Best Art, Crafts, Cooking and Other Creative Activities Blogs
- Best Political Blog
- Best Collaborative/Multi-Author Blogs
- Best Family Blog
- Best Food and Drink Blog
- Best Funny Blog
- Best GLBT Blog
- Best Health Blog
- Best Law Blog
- Best Music Blog
- Best New Blog
- Best Pet Blog
- Best Personal Blog
- Best Pop Culture Blog
- Best Personal Life Blog
- Best Blog Post
- Best Religion and Philosophy Blog
- Best Science and Technology Blog
- Best Sports Blog
- Best Travel and Expat Blog
- Activism & Social Justice / Activisme et la justice sociale
- Agriculture & Nature / Agriculture et nature
- Art & Crafting / Art et artisanat
- Arts & Entertainment / Arts et spectacles
- Business & Career / Affaires et carrières
- Education / Éducation
- Family & Parenting / Famille et parentalité
- Fashion & Design / Mode et design
- Food & Drink / Cuisine et breuvages
- French Language / En française
- Green Living / La vie écologique
- Group Weblog / Blogue collectif
- Health & Wellness / Santé et bien-être
- Humour / Humour
- LGBTQ / LGBTQ
- Life / La vie
- Lifetime Achievement Award / Prix pour l’ensemble des réalisations
- Placeblog / Blog sur lieu
- Politics / Politique
- Religion & Spirituality / Religion et spiritualité
- Science & Technology / Science et technologie
- Sponsored & Product Review Blogs / Sponsorisé et compte rendu des produits
- Sports & Recreation / Sports et loisirs
- Topical / Topique
- Travel / Voyage
- Writing & Literature / Écriture et littérature
The jury uses a number system to value the criteria and weight their decisions. The weblogs in each category will be judged against two divisions of elements: Design and Content. Each division’s elements will be awarded 0 to 2 points — 0 if the element is poorly executed, 1 if the element is average, and 2 if it is excellent — for a possible perfect mark of 20 points.
Usability and accessibility — Is the website user-friendly and easy to navigate for people of all abilities?
Functionality — Do all of its components function properly?
Interactivity — Are a comments section and author contact information available? Are its interactive components (including comments, audio, video, etc.) effective and functional?
Aesthetics — Is the website pleasing to look at? Is its design original?
Originality — Is the content original and creatively expressed?
Intelligibility and clarity — Is the content well-written? Are the content’s messages clearly and effectively delivered?
Currency — Is the content timely? Is the weblog updated on a regular basis?
Transparency and authenticity — Is the author’s purpose and realness both trusted and apparent?
Attention to detail — Has the content been edited for spelling and grammatical errors? Is the content arranged for ease of consumption?
Engagingness — Is the content interesting? Does it contain broad appeal within its genre?
In the second and final round of judging, Category Fit will be added as an extra criterion for an additional score of 0 to 2 points, and weblogs with their own domain name (weblog.com rather than weblog.blogspot.com, for example) will have an additional point added to their final score.