...the Blogisattva Awards are, and were, not intended to become a popularity contest. As the founder of the Blogisattvas himself said, they are intended to shed light on bloggers who's ability to write insightful articles impact the buddho-blogosphere.
Our panel, which is still coming together, is very diverse-- that was our intention when reviving the Blogisattvas.
The process, for how this will all work is this, for those that are unsure. It is different than how the original Blogisattva's were awarded, and since we are an all volunteer panel, this seemed to be the best and most fair way to get it done.
Nominations will be taken until November 1st. Upon receiving the nominations, the panel will convene and pick 5 deserving bloggers from each category and will have a run-off vote. This run-off vote will be done by the public, the blogosphere. Our nomination process uses forms built through Excel spreadsheets, which is how the end voting will be put together as well. We believe this is the way to keep things fair and square.
Our intention has always been for this to be something fun. There is no conspiracy, there is no corporate take-over. I can barely put food on my table and pay the bills, no corporation involved here folks. This is supposed to be fun, and that's how it'll stay with us.
I've enjoyed being part of the process and I hope you are exposed to some new and refreshing blogs come the end of the year.