December 10, 2004

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Asia Blog Awards 2004: Introduction and Rules

**Nominations closed. Polls will be posted from December 15th**

Following Phil's successful efforts last year with the 2003 Asian Blog Awards, he has graciously passed the honour of hosting this year's event to me. So I present to you the Asia Blog Awards for 2004. It's a great way to draw attention to the Asian blogging scene. Hopefully it will generate more traffic for Asian blogs and expose us all to many new blogs from around the region.

This year's event will be similar to last year with a few key differences. The rules for the event are below. Any suggestions, offers of help or comments are welcome:

1. All nominated blogs must be predominately written in English.
2. For each regional category, the blog must either be written by someone living in that region and/or predominately concerntrate on that region.
3. If your blog is nominated but you do not want it to be in the voting, please send me an email at simon-[at]-simonworld-[dot]-mu-[dot]-nu with your blog name and URL, your email and a clear statement you do not wish to be nominated. Otherwise all nominated blogs will be considered potential entrants.
4. The logo is the same as last year's awards. I encourage you to use it and to promote the awards but please download it to your own server. Do NOT link to the image on my server.
5. Voting will be restricted to once per day per person. You can vote more than once, but only once per day. I will doing my very best to prevent cheating. Any blog found to encourage or engage in cheating will be immediately disqualified.
6. Due to the limitations of the voting service, there will only be 10 finalists per category. At the end of the voting I will list the winner and runner-up and all nominations for each category.
7. The finalists will be determined as follows by the number of nominations (note that nominations do not count as votes) and my discretion. Repeated nominations by the same person do not count. If your blog is nominated in more than one category I may, at my sole discretion, exclude you from certain categories. If you have a preference for one category over another, please email me. In other words I've only got 10 open slots per category, so I'll do my best to judge who should go into those slots. I'm looking for volunteers to help with choosing finalists (see below).
8. To nominate a blog leave a comment in the relevant post's comments. See below for the full list of categories. Please include both the blog's name and its URL. You can nominate yourself.
9. I am the sole judge of these awards. I welcome input but my decisions will be final (unless I change my mind).
9a. I am excluding my own site from being nominated. If you'd like to vote for me, I'm in the Asia section of the World Blog awards.
10. Timetable:
Nominations: close December 10th
Voting: December 15th to December 31st inclusive
Results: first week of January

The timetable is subject to revision. It is deliberately quick to avoid the Christmas/New Year period and avoid dragging on too long. If there is enough demand I may extend the voting into the New Year but at this stage this is the timetable.

Before I get to the categories, I have two requests. For each regional category I would like a volunteer who knows the blogs of that region well enough to help me sort out potential finalists. Your own blog will still be eligible for that category. Also anyone able to help in designing logos/buttons for the winners to post on their site, please let me know. You can email me at simon-[at]-simonworld-[dot]-mu-[dot]-nu

The categories are:

Best HK Blog
Best Mainland China Blog
Best Korea Blog
Best Taiwan Blog
Best Singapore Blog
Best Malaysia Blog
Best Thai Blog
Best Indonesia Blog
Best Japan Blog
Best Philippines Blog
Best India Blog
Best Bangladesh Blog
Best Pakistan Blog
Best Vietnam Blog
Best Central Asian Blog

Best Newcomer 2004
Best Designed Blog

Funniest Blog
Best Non-Asian (Foreign) Blog
Best Political Blog
Best Essayist
Best Journal/Diary
Best Photoblog

There are also the World 2004 Blog Awards.

You can check out the Best Blogs in Asia directory for more blogs.

posted by Simon on 12.10.04 at 11:59 PM in the Asia Blog Awards 2004 category.


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I think everyone should be entitled to *one* vote. Perhaps you could find software that requires the registration of voters - making multiple votes by a single person really too much of an inconvience. Registration also solves vote rigging (pretty easy with most online voting scripts - vote, reconnect your connection to get a new IP address, delete all cookies, vote, repeat)

posted by: Rajan R on 12.01.04 at 06:45 PM [permalink]

That's a fair point and one I considered, but due to the time constraints and the lack of available software I just went with what I had at hand. If you can find some free/cheap voting software that will do this then I'm happy to try it. But it needs to be ready to go by next Wednesday...

From last year, Phil had a reasonably good one-time only voting system and still plenty of people tried to cheat. I figure this is the best compromise. I will be tracking the voting to make sure people don't vote more than once a day.

posted by: Simon on 12.01.04 at 06:58 PM [permalink]

And what if our vote is for Simon's World?

Is Simon's World eligible?

And if it's not, do I get accolades for trying?

posted by: Helen on 12.01.04 at 07:37 PM [permalink]

H - I appreciate it but I'm ruling myself out. However if I happen to get nominated in the World Awards, you can vote for me there instead!

And of course you get accolades for trying. You get accolades for just being you!

posted by: Simon on 12.01.04 at 07:42 PM [permalink]

Best of luck with it, although I think you should of listed the blogs first and then invite submissions.

posted by: Giles on 12.02.04 at 07:09 AM [permalink]

Rajan - many thanks for the tip. You guys forget that some of us are pretty computer illiterate and i would never have worked out how to vote more than once without being detected but now i know how to vote early and vote often as the old saying goes.

hopefully this means i will be able to raise even more cash from the auction of my vote(s).

posted by: the other giles on 12.02.04 at 02:26 PM [permalink]

Any chance of a summary page of the nominations?

posted by: shaky on 12.02.04 at 03:18 PM [permalink]

Where do all of us Central Asia blogs go? :)

I'm actually surprised at the number I'm finding that are written by Peace Corps Volunteers in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (Uzbekistan has few active ones).

Really though, we're a weird category -- not quite Asia, but not quite Europe, just hanging out on the fringes.

posted by: Nathan Hamm on 12.02.04 at 10:55 PM [permalink]

Helen beat me to the question!

Can I write you in? How about if there is a groundswell of public support for a write in campaign?

posted by: RP on 12.03.04 at 12:24 AM [permalink]

Another Trackback:

posted by: Carl Parkes on 12.03.04 at 02:43 AM [permalink]

who's going to feed the grandchildren while you feeds all these bloody bloggers inflated egos. Just fix the results at the beginning and all the votes can go into the ether. This technique almost worked in The Ukraine and has been successful elsewhere

posted by: da on 12.03.04 at 01:17 PM [permalink]

Did you realize yet that you are nominated for a world weblog award? Congrads -- see

posted by: Andy on 12.03.04 at 11:27 PM [permalink]

The Central Asia link takes us to the Vietnam category. I am, of course, willing to help you out with selecting the finalists. And, since the Central Asian blogosphere is a lightly-trafficked place, I heartily encourage everyone to check out the Central Asia blogs on my blogroll to help with the nominating!

posted by: Nathan Hamm on 12.04.04 at 02:07 AM [permalink]

Should all be fixed now Nathan.

Thanks to all...please help continue to spread the word and get those nominations coming in.

posted by: Simon on 12.04.04 at 11:09 AM [permalink]

Yet another Trackback:

Tried to do that Manual Trackback thingie, but nothing but error messages.

posted by: Carl Parkes on 12.05.04 at 02:00 AM [permalink]

I nominate the Sassy Lawyer blog.
with url http://houseonahill,net.

posted by: cathy on 12.06.04 at 11:48 PM [permalink]

am voting
you wanna check this guy out...

posted by: lemangkijal on 12.07.04 at 01:47 PM [permalink]


Maybe you could have an "Other South-East Asia" blogs category. I have a blog from Burma.

posted by: preetamrai on 12.07.04 at 05:20 PM [permalink]

I am a reader of blogs. My first favorite to which I am addicted to, and I am nomitating and voting is: A Sassy Lawyer in Philippine Suburbia with url

posted by: Rosario on 12.08.04 at 12:46 AM [permalink]

I should like to nominate the entertainingly no-nonsense "Jakartass" blog (which lives at: If feasible I should like to nominate his blog for both "best Indonesian blog" as well as "best newcomer 2004"


Derek Bacon

posted by: Derek Bacon on 12.08.04 at 06:31 PM [permalink]

A trackback from the Black and White Blog

posted by: Littleblack on 12.08.04 at 11:11 PM [permalink]

Erm, how do you vote?


posted by: Fred on 12.09.04 at 02:32 AM [permalink]

I'll nominate that Simon guy, his blog goes OK. Coincidentally, Simon, he has the same name as you. Do you know him?

I would have nominated Harry, but he shilled for votes. No exactly the done thing.

He is also in South America, which unless I'm mistaken, is not in Asia.

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