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January 1 – September 30, 2014
Nominate your favourite Canadian weblogs.

November 1 – November 12, 2014
A volunteer jury chooses the top five weblogs in each category using our ten criteria for content and design.

November 15, 2014
The Ninjamatics' 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards nominee shortlist is announced.

November 16 – November 29, 2014
The volunteer jury chooses the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category using our ten criteria for content and design, plus points for category fit and a registered domain name.

December 1, 2014
The 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards winners are announced!
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Sunday
Feb232014

A New 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards Category: Product Review Blogs

As we have been entering the first nominations to the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards, we have noticed that there are a number of blogs now that fall into one particular category quite well, only that category is one that didn't yet exist. We realized needed a Product Review Blogs category!

We talked over concerns about introducing a new category part way into the nominations period, but we have decided that it does a greater disservice to shoehorn those blogs into less suitable categories that aren't actually true fits. We are taking the liberty of adding previously nominated blogs that are a good fit for this category, and, going forward, the Product Review Blogs category will be an option in our nomination form.

The Product Review Blogs category is for those blogs that are primarily made up of product reviews, both sponsored and not, of all kinds of products from baby carriers to iPhone apps.

Check out our Product Review Blogs nominees, and send in your nominations!
Sunday
Feb092014

Susan Wright-Boucher's "3 Blogging Lessons I Learned as a Blog Awards Juror"

Susan Wright-Boucher was a juror in the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards, and she has written a very complimentary piece about her role and what it taught her. We think it's great, but then we might be a bit biased.

3 Blogging Lessons I Learned as a Blog Awards Juror:
As an avid blogger and marketing student, I was excited to serve as a Canadian Weblog Awards juror. I knew I could be of help and figured I'd pick up a couple of tips along the way. What I didn't know is how much the judging process would teach me about building an effective blog.
Wednesday
Jan012014

The 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards Nominations Are Open

2014 Canadian Weblog AwardsHappy New Year!

As we usher in 2014, we also usher in the new season of the Canadian Weblog Awards. It is our fifth season already. Our FIFTH. It feels like our baby is growing up so fast. Sniff.

We have made a few category changes, as we do every year both to reflect our changing times and to better show off our Canadian talents. This year, we have narrowed down the number of categories from 34 to 25. The consolidation and removal of extraneous categories will make for less ambiguity and category crossover, and it will also mean tighter competition. Whee! Take a look at our new list of blog categories here.

And the best part of starting our new 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards season? Nominations open today. You can nominate your favourite Canadian weblogs starting right now using our simplified nomination form, and we will keep a running blogroll of nominees and a public Twitter list so that you can keep up with them throughout the year. Also, remember that this is a competition decided by jury with no public vote, so a blog need only be nominated once for an equal chance to place at the end of the year.

Thank you so much to everyone who has seen us through our first four years so that we can open up this exciting fifth season. We are thrilled to be here and cannot wait to showcase all the great Canadian blogging that is going on.

Now, go nominate the best in Canada!
Thursday
Dec122013

Meet the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards Jurors!

I am proud to introduce you to our 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards jurors!



The Canadian Weblog Awards are decided by jury rather than public vote so that we can focus on quality over popularity. Each blog is measured against 10 criteria with an eye to both content and design so that we can find Canadian blogs exhibiting the highest excellence, and this process of adjudication makes our volunteer jury vital to these awards. We had 492 blogs to judge this year, and our 34 jurors did an incredible job taking a critical eye to each and every one to find our 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards winners.

I am so honoured that they volunteered to spend two weeks of their lives to make these awards a reality, and I am proud to introduce them to you. They are a dedicated group of individuals, and, if I could, I'd send them all to some beach resort for umbrella drinks.

Thank you, 2013 jurors, for allowing us to honour Canada's best! You make our world go 'round.
Saturday
Dec072013

The 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards Winners!


The 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards winners are here!

Over the past year, the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards saw 492 weblogs nominated across 34 categories. Our 34 volunteer jurors worked hard over the course of this November and December using our 10 criteria to judge each of the 492 weblogs in the first round and each of the approximately 170 weblogs in the second round to arrive at our winners.

Each of our jurors stepped forward to volunteer hours of their time and energy to make these awards possible. We quite simply could not exist without them and their dedication to fostering quality in the Canadian blogging community. All of this is thanks to them, and I am honoured by their involvement. Thank you!

And now it's time! We are excited to announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards!

 

Activism & Social Justice / Activisme et la justice sociale

1st: BLOOM
3rd: Mom-ology

 

Art, Crafting & Photography / Art, artisanat et photographie

 

Arts & Culture / Arts et culture

 

Business & Career / Affaires et carrières

 

Comics / Bande dessinée

 

Disability

 

Education / Éducation

 

Ex-Pat (written by a Canadian living abroad) / Expatriés

 

Family & Parenting / Famille et enfants

 

Fashion, Style & Design / Mode, style et design

 

Feminist / Féminisme

 

Finance / Finance

 

Food & Drink / Cuisine et breuvages

 

French Language / En français

 

Gardening / Jardinage

 

General Interest (for weblogs that cover a range of topics separated into different sections) / Intérêt général

 

Green Living / La vie écologique

 

Group Weblog / Blogue collectif

 

Health & Wellness / Santé et bien-être

 

Humour / Humour

 

LGBTQ / LGBTQ

 

Life / Mode de vie

 

Lifetime Achievement Award (for weblogs created before December 31, 2008) / Prix d'excellence pour l'ensemble de son œuvre (blogues créés avant le 31er décembre 2008)

 

Media & Journalism / Médias et journalisme

 

Placeblog (contains local political/social/arts/community articles about a place) / Placeblogue (contenant des articles sur la politique/vie sociale/arts/communauté dans une localité)

 

Podcast & Vlog / Podcast et vlog

 

Politics / Politique

 

Religion, Spirituality & Philosophy / Religion, spiritualité et philosophie

 

Science & Nature  / Science et nature

 

Sports, Fitness & Recreation / Sports, condition physique et loisirs

 

Technology & the Internet / Technologie et Internet

 

Topical (for weblogs that fit within a very particular niche not covered by other categories) / Topique

 

Travel / Voyage

 

Writing & Literature / Écriture et littérature

 

Congratulations to all of our winners! If you are listed above, grab a button for your blog and brag a little. This is something to celebrate.

Nominations for the 2014 Canadian Weblog Awards open again on January 1st, so nominate your favourites for the coming year once the form goes live again in the New Year!

Sunday
Dec012013

The 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards Nominees Shortlist! 

2013 Canadian Weblog AwardsThe first of our two jury rounds has concluded! 34 jurors have adjudicated 492 weblogs using our 10 criteria to narrow down the search for the top five blogs shortlisted in each of 34 categories of the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards. 

Our jurors have shown an immense amount of dedication over the last week. They have read through hundreds of nominations and put themselves through the hard work of critiquing some of the best in Canadian blogs. Over the coming week, our trusty jurors will dive in again for a second and final round of jury duty to ferret out the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in each category. The 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards winners will be announced on December 7th.

It is with a great deal of excitement that we bring you the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards nominees shortlist! The following list shows the top five blogs in each of 34 categories in no particular ranking order:


Activism & Social Justice
Activisme et la justice sociale

 

Art, Crafting & Photography
Art, artisanat et photographie

 

Arts & Culture
Arts et culture

 

Business & Career
Affaires et carrières

 

Comics
Bande dessinée

 

Disability

 

Education
Éducation

 

Ex-Pat (written by a Canadian living abroad)
Expatriés

 

Family & Parenting
Famille et enfants

 

Fashion, Style & Design
Mode, style et design

 

Feminist
Féminisme

 

Finance
Finance

 

Food & Drink
Cuisine et breuvages

 

French Language
En français

 

Gardening
Jardinage

 

General Interest (for weblogs that cover a range of topics separated into different sections)
Intérêt général

 

Green Living
La vie écologique

 

Group Weblog
Blogue collectif

 

Health & Wellness
Santé et bien-être

 

Humour
Humour

 

LGBTQ
LGBTQ

 

Life
Mode de vie

 

Lifetime Achievement Award (for weblogs created before December 31, 2008)
Prix d'excellence pour l'ensemble de son œuvre (blogues créés avant le 31er décembre 2008)

 

Media & Journalism
Médias et journalisme

 

Placeblog (contains local political/social/arts/community articles about a place)
Placeblogue (contenant des articles sur la politique/vie sociale/arts/communauté dans une localité)

 

Podcast & Vlog
Podcast et vlog

 

Politics
Politique

 

Religion, Spirituality & Philosophy
Religion, spiritualité et philosophie

 

Science & Nature 
Science et nature

 

Sports, Fitness & Recreation
Sports, condition physique et loisirs

 

Technology & the Internet
Technologie et Internet

 

Topical (for weblogs that fit within a very particular niche not covered by other categories)
Topique

 

Travel
Voyage

 

Writing & Literature
Écriture et littérature

 

See you back here on December 7th when we announce the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners!

Monday
Nov112013

Another Small Change to the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards Schedule

2013 Canadian Weblog AwardsRemember our last entry when I explained that we had technical difficulties that had slowed us down? Well, that was before we had a computer hard drive fry itself.

The good news is that we have recovered our files and replaced the computer! The bad news is that we are delayed a little bit again. The new revised schedule for the 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards is as follows:
December 1:
Announcement of the top five blogs in each category

December 7:
Announcement of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards winners
In the meantime, we are powering through the last of the nominations and will have the list of 2013 Canadian Weblog Awards nominees completed by November 19th.

These awards have suffered a few technical difficulties this year, but I can only assume that these will be exceeded by their greatness.