Nothing spells excitement like a phony ridiculous contest (see NajuReMoNoMo) and awards shows are the king of phony. The 2008 Weblog Awards are underway and in a desparate attempt to draw pageviews, nominees are encouraged to get their readers to vote early and often since these awards have all the integrity of an American Idol knock-off.
Of course everybody wants their own blog to win, even if they don't admit it. What is more interesting is what other blogs they read and recommend. In my little circles it does seem to be a fairly incestuous bunch, not that there is anything wrong with that. Let's take a look:
Best Humor Blog
WONKETTEE endorses COMICS CURMUDGEON
FRANCESCO EXPLAINS IT ALL endorses COMICS CURMUDGEON
VIEW FROM THE CLOUD endorses MATTRESS POLICE
THE ROAD LESTER TRAVELLED endorses MATTRESS POLICE
Handicapping: This is Josh's category to lose. I've never heard of Mattress Police but two blogs I read and respect have. It may be worth a mercy vote just to give it some cred.
Best Comic Strip
COMICS CURMUDGEON endorses MEDIUM LARGE
WONKETTE endorses MEDIUM LARGE
Handicapping: This is the only category I really, really care about. Medium Large is currently trailing Day by Day by just over a hundred votes. DbD is a whiny reactionary piece of slime that makes Mallard Fillmore look fair and balanced. Not that Medium Large is anything but unbalanced, just in a good way. If you vote anywhere vote here.
Best Liberal Blog
COMICS CURMUDGEON endorses WONKETTE
WONKETTE endorses TALKING POINTS MEMO
Handicapping: Wonkette is so crushing the competition that it is throwing a bone to a blog that probably really deserves to win. That would be an impressive show of sportsmanship if it weren't really a "fuck you" powerplay on the part of Wonkette by saying that not only will it win the category, it will pick who comes in second.
Best New Blog
WONKETTEE endorses ~ synthesis ~
Best Small Blog
WONKETTEE endorses RUMPROAST
Handicapping: These two endorsements are just Wonkette throwing its weight around. Wonkette has a devoted following of minions that are willing to jump off any bridge just because Wonkette is doing it. Their ulterior motive is to downvote some rival PUMA blogs, so I heartily support their efforts.
Best LGBT Blog
COMICS CURMUDGEON endorses BILERICO PROJECT
Handicapping: I'm a little ashamed I don't know any blogs in this category, but if someone has the good taste to read Comics Curmudgeon, they are worthy in my eyes.
Finally, the Good Sportsman Award belongs to JON SWIFT who is a contender for second place in the Best Humor Blog category. On his blog he has listed all the blogs from his rather expansive blogroll that are nominated in other categories. Since Comics Curmudgeon is lapping the field in this category, I heartily suggest giving Jon some moral support as well.
And if and when I'm ever nominated for anything anywhere (hint, hint) I hope I can count on as much support as these folks are giving each other.
BlatantCommentWhoring™: have you ever been nominated for anything? Or do you have some other contender you would like to pimp?