How it all happens

By at 2 October, 2012, 3:04 pm

In case you’ve been wondering how the process works, here’s a short summary of how Blog North Award winners are selected:

From the first day nominations open, the Openstories team look at every entry for the Blog North Awards, making a longlist of especially good blogs worthy of consideration for the shortlist in each of our categories. Briefly, we’re looking for an original concept, a strong individual voice, standout content and regular posting. Yes, it’s a lot of blogs to read, but we wouldn’t have started this if we didn’t love reading blogs.

After talking thing over, we narrow this longlist down to a final shortlist of five for each category. This is the hard bit, and it seems to get harder every year. We also give a shout-out to “commended” blogs which didn’t make the shortlist but which we liked very much.

This shortlist then goes to our judges, who read through the blogs, rank them from 1 to 5 in each category, and return their votes to us. At the same time that the judges are reading the blogs, the public are voting on our shortlist. The results of the public voting are then tallied together with the judges’ votes. We don’t believe the award should be a popularity contest, but feel it’s important for the reading public to have their say, so public votes have the weight of one judge.

Once all the votes are tallied up, we then we have our winners, who will be announced at the Blog North Awards evening event (we’ll name a winner and a runner up for each category.) And that’s it.

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