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Ninth Annual Weblog Awards: The 2009 Bloggies

The Weblog Awards

Ninth Annual Weblog Awards: The 2009 Bloggies

It's time for the 2009 Weblog Awards, the annual non-profit ceremony that celebrates the best in blogging. The Bloggies are the Web's longest-running blog awards, and the nominations, finalist selection, and votes are all up to you, the blog reader. The votes are in, and you'll discover which blogs are this year's champions.

What You Need to Know

How It Works

Thursday, January 1
12:00 AM EST (GMT-5)
Nominations open.
Monday, January 12
10:00 PM EST
Nominations close.
Wednesday, January 14
200 randomly selected voters receive an invitation to choose the finalists from a list of the most-nominated weblogs in ten random categories.
Monday, January 19
10:00 PM EST
Finalist voting closes. The five (or six for Weblog of the Year) weblogs with the most votes become finalists. I will solve any ties for fifth place.
Thursday, January 22
Finalists are announced and voting reopens to all to choose the winners.
Monday, February 2
10:00 PM EST
Voting closes.
Monday, March 16
Winners are announced.

Where It Will Happen

The Weblog Awards ceremony will be held at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, USA on Monday, March 16 at 12:30 PM EST (GMT-5) at the Trade Show Day Stage. Webloggers including previous Bloggie winners will present certificates and prizes to those present.

Those who aren't attending may join the excitement on IRC, in #Bloggies on irc.freenode.net. Winners will be announced live and a play-by-play of the ceremony will be given.

After the ceremony, the results will be posted on this page.

What the Winners Get

As is tradition with the Weblog Awards, the Weblog of the Year will receive 2,009 US cents (US$20.09).

South by Southwest Interactive offers Bloggie finalists a special discount to attend the ceremony in March.

What's Changed With the Categories

Most categories will remain as they've always been. But because of revision or removal, it's time to bid farewell to:

In exchange, these spiffy new categories take their place:

Any questions not covered here? Get in touch with me and I'll get them answered.

The votes have been cast and the nominees follow. Watch for the winners here on March 16!

Best Web Application for Weblogs

Hall of Fame: Movable Type and Blogger have won this category three or more times.

Winner

Thumbnail of Google Reader Google Reader

Nominees

Best Australian or New Zealand Weblog

Hall of Fame: Loobylu has won this category three or more times.

Winner

Thumbnail of Girl With a Satchel Girl With a Satchel

Nominees

Best Asian Weblog

Weblogs from Asia, including the Middle East.

Hall of Fame: Weblog Wannabe has won this category three or more times.

Winner

Thumbnail of Susie's Big Adventure Susie's Big Adventure

Nominees

Best European Weblog

Hall of Fame: PlasticBag.org and My Boyfriend Is a Twat have won this category three or more times.

Winner

Thumbnail of Chocolate & Zucchini Chocolate & Zucchini

Nominees

Best Canadian Weblog

Hall of Fame: Photojunkie has won this category three or more times.

Winner

Thumbnail of Everybody Likes Sandwiches Everybody Likes Sandwiches

Nominees

Best Photography of a Weblog

Photoblogs and other weblogs with a focus on presenting photography.

Winner

Thumbnail of Pioneer Woman Photography Pioneer Woman Photography

Nominees

Best Art, Craft, or Design Weblog

Winner

Thumbnail of PostSecret PostSecret

Nominees

Best Gossip Weblog

Winner

Thumbnail of Dlisted Dlisted

Nominees

Best Entertainment Weblog

Weblogs about movies, television, and/or theater.

Winner

Thumbnail of Television Without Pity Television Without Pity

Nominees

Best Weblog About Politics

Winner

Thumbnail of FiveThirtyEight FiveThirtyEight

Nominees

Best Computer or Technology Weblog

Hall of Fame: Slashdot has won this category three or more times.

Winner

Thumbnail of Lifehacker Lifehacker

Nominees

Best Topical Weblog

Weblogs with a definite topic other than the ones in the categories above.

Hall of Fame: Bookslut has won this category three or more times.

Winner

Thumbnail of Cute Overload Cute Overload

Nominees

Best Teen Weblog

Weblogs written by those 19 and under.

Winner

Thumbnail of Foodie at Fifteen Foodie at Fifteen

Nominees

Best Microblog

Weblogs consisting entirely of succinct posts.

Winner

Thumbnail of One Sentence One Sentence

Nominees

Best Group Weblog

Weblogs written by an exclusive group.

Hall of Fame: Boing Boing has won this category three or more times.

Winner

Thumbnail of Gawker Gawker

Nominees

Best Community Weblog

Weblogs where everyone is invited to post.

Hall of Fame: MetaFilter and PostSecret have won this category three or more times.

Winner

Thumbnail of I Can Has Cheezburger? I Can Has Cheezburger?

Nominees

Best-Designed Weblog

Hall of Fame: Loobylu has won this category three or more times.

Winner

Thumbnail of Confessions of a Pioneer Woman Confessions of a Pioneer Woman

Nominees

Best-Kept Secret Weblog

The best underrepresented weblogs.

Winner

Thumbnail of Pistols and Popcorn Pistols and Popcorn

Nominees

Best New Weblog

Weblogs that began during the year 2008.

Winner

Thumbnail of Cake Wrecks Cake Wrecks

Nominees

Lifetime Achievement

Webloggers who have been blogging since at least January 1, 2004.

This award may only be won once, so Jeffrey Zeldman, Evan Williams, Jason Kottke, Heather Powazek Champ, Tom Coates, Boing Boing, Slashdot, and Heather B. Armstrong are not eligible.

Winner

Thumbnail of Fark.com Fark.com

Nominees

Weblog of the Year

The category for the best weblog overall.

Winner

Thumbnail of Confessions of a Pioneer Woman Confessions of a Pioneer Woman

Nominees

The votes have been cast. Watch for the winners here on March 16!