Tuesday, February 19, 2008

2008 Blogisattva Awards Nominees Announced

Written by Tom Armstrong, awards administrator

The Blogisattva Organization is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2008 Blogisattva Awards honoring English-language Buddhism blogging during calendar year 2007. This is the third annual iteration of the awards which are given wholly for merit, and not as a measure of blogs’ popularity.

This year, ten accomplished buddhobloggers participated in the gathering of candidates and the voting that determined this year’s nominations and/or will participate in the voting that determines the winners, to be announced on February 24.

There are 26 categories of awards with an aggregate 132 nominations, making for a bounty of worthy honorees.

The prime purpose of the awards is to introduce Buddhists -- and others with a nascent interest in Buddhism -- to some of the great many excellent, varied Buddhism blogs that are out there, as close as a click away.

The 2008 nominees are:

Justin Whitaker's American Buddhist in England, with his American Buddhist Perspective, is nominated for Blog of the Year, Best Philosopy or Psychology Blog and four post awards. Also, Justin is a contributor to Progressive Buddhism which is up for two nominations.

Danny Fisher's Danny Fisher is a nominee for Blog of the Year, Best Kind and Compassionate Blog, Best Single Photo and three blog post awards. Danny, himself, is up for The Wordsmithing Award.

Konchog Norbu's Dreaming of Danzan Ravjaa is nominated for Blog of the Year, Svaha! It is also up for Best Kind and Compassionate Blog, three post awards and Best Photo.

William Harryman's Integral Options Cafe is up for ten awards this year, including Blog of the Year, Svaha! Bill's blog was a big winner last year.

One foot in front of the other, blogged by Michael, is a nominee for Blog of the Year, and in eight other categories. Michael is also nominated for The Wordsmithing Prize.

Blog of the year, Svaha!; 5 nominees; [blog; blogger]:
Best Post of the Year; 5 nominees; ["post"; blog; blogger]:
Best Achievement in Skilled Writing (The Wordsmithing Award); 5 nominees; [blogger, blog(s)]:
Best New Blog, 2007; 5 nominees; [blog, blogger(s)]:
Best Achievement Blogging on Buddhist Practice or Dharma; 5 nominees; [blog; blogger(s)]:Best Buddhist Practice or Dharma Post; 10 nominees; ["post"; blog; blogger]:
Best Achievement Blogging in the First Person [as a diarist; writing of events in one's life; offering thoughts; or by venturing out into the world, gonzo style]; 5 nominees; [blog, blogger]:
Best "Life" Blog Post [Best Achievement Blogging in the First Person (as a diarist; writing of events in one's life; or offering personal thoughts)]; 10 nominees; ["post"; blog; blogger]:
Best Achievement Blogging on Matters Philosophical or Psychological; 3 nominees; [blog, blogger]:
Best Philosophy or Psychology Post; 5 nominees; ["post"; blog; blogger]:
Best Achievement Blogging on Matters Scientific; 3 nominees; [blog; blogger]:
Best Science Blog Post; 5 nominees; ["post"; blog; blogger]:
Best Achievement in Kind and Compassionate Blogging; 5 nominees; [blog, blogger]:
Best Kind and Compassionate Blog Post; 5 nominees; ["post"; blog; blogger]:
Best Achievement Blogging Opinion Pieces or about Political Issues; 5 nominees; [blog, blogger(s)]:
Best Opinion or Political Blog Post; 5 nominees; ["post"; blog; blogger]:
Best Engage-the-World Blog Post; 5 nominees; ["post"; blog; blogger]:
Best Achievement in Clean, Straightforward, Unaffected Design; 5 nominees; [blog, blogger]:Best Achievement in Wonderful, Remarkable, Elegant Design; 5 nominees; [blog; blogger]:
Best Achievement in Creation or Use of Graphics in a Blog [awarded for use within posts for overall effect] ; 5 nominees; [blog, blogger(s)]:
Best Single Photograph, taken by blogger or an associate, used in a post; 5 nominees; [Photo link; description; "post"; blog; blogger]:
  • Photo link; "A Western pilgrim sitting among the small stupas and votives at the Mahabodhi Mahavihara."; "India Post #23"; Danny Fisher; Danny Fisher
  • Photo link; "One of the things you learn from meditating is how your own mind is like a meadow."; "Foggy meadow";Hoarded Ordinaries; Lorianne DiSabato
  • Photo link; "...the proceedings marking the first anniversary of the consecration of Khamariin Khiid’s sacred Shambhala site..."; "Special Delivery"; Dreaming of Danzan Ravjaa; Konchog Norbu
  • Photo link; "Tompkins Square / East Village / Manhattan"; "Untitled [Jan 15, 07]"; One foot in front of the other; Michael
  • Photo link; "Peg attains perfect stillness and silence..." From the post "The teaching of emptiness by Zen master Peg"; Ordinary Mind Zen - Austin; Peg Syversen
Best Achievement with Use of Quotations in a Blog; 3 nominees; [blog; blogger]:
Best Achievement in Wide Range of Topic Interests Blogging; 5 nominees; [blog, blogger]:
Best Niche Blog, Unusual-Function Blog, Blog Service, or a Serial within a Blog; 3 nominees; [blog, blogger(s)]:
  • Buddhist Military Sangha; Lt. Jeanette Shin et al
  • Dharma-Burgers [2 & 2a]; Rod Meade Sperry; [Dharma-Burgers was moved rather recently, its blogging programming taken out from under it. But the posts can still be seen at the links given [2 & 2a] as part of theworsthorse.net ezine where Dharma-Burgers resides.]
  • Gratitude; Serial within a blog; Integral Options Cafe; William Harryman
Best Multi-Part Blog Post ; 5 nominees; [post series; blog; blogger]:
Best Achievement with Humor in a Blog Post ; 5 nominees; ["post"; blog; blogger]:


An Xiao Photography said...

How lovely! This is such a treat :) Congratulations to all!

Gerald Ford said...

Ha! Can't believe I actually got nominated. :D

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Cliff said...

Wow - thanks for the nomination!

Dave said...

You bastards. You would have to nominate that post, wouldn't you? Now I'd feel like a total schmuck if I gave Tom hell for it. Guess I'll just have to root quietly against myself this year.

May whoever wins not get attached to the results. ;)

Dharmashanti said...

I am truly honored to be in such esteemed company.

Peace out, namaste and rock on!
Zen Punk Diary and Zen Punk Radio

Mugo said...

Thanks a lot.

Karma Yonten Gyatso said...

How do you nominate a blog for this year?

Tom said...

Kind Karma Yonten Gyatso,

The Blogisattva are, unhappily, going to miss honoring blogging in 2008 -- due to problems the administrator of the awards (Tom Armstrong, me) is having in his life.

By their nature, the awards aren't formally nominated. Rather, capturing all the Buddhist blogging that's "out there" is done in a massive way that includes any word or notification that people choose to offer.

Then, rather painstakingly, everything is looked at, and slowly a semblance of "the best" is arrived at. Of course, these being Buddhist awards, we know full well that "the best" isn't the best. Still, I believe, and those who participate in the winnowing process believe that it is worthwhile to let others know of the wonderful blogs and blogging that happens on the internet.

Next year, the Blogisattvas will rev up the motor and engage in full-tilt honor bestowing.

J Sumitta said...

Wow... how do I nominate http://www.appliedbuddhism.com for 2009?

Prabhu Peiris said...

It is very inspiring to know that there is a award giving system to Buddhist blogs. I am a new blogger who have started a blog on 'how to apply Buddism success of life'. After seeing this page I feel encouraged. Anyway you have done a great thing. Congratulation for every body who got awarded.

Buddha Stautes said...

Congratulations to all the nominees :)

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