Nominate the best health, fitness or sports blog NOW!

some of The community of bloggers have spoken and we will be renaming the category Best Health or Fitness Blog as Best Health, Fitness or Sports Blog. Nominations will be open from now until May 30, 2010 at 12:00pm EST. It’s not a lot of time because voting for all categories opens on Monday May 31 by 12:30am EST and the nominees for this modified category must have been determined so they can be presented at that time.

You can find the nomination page here.

If you’re trying to figure out which blogs to nominate, here are some suggestions. Please note that this list is not exhaustive! If you have other suggestions, please leave them in the comments so I can add them to the list:

9ja Gunners
African Weight Loss Diva
Eights and Weights
Free Answers To Your Questions
Kimekwu
Memoirs of a Gooner
Nigeria Health Watch
The Green Gooner
These Genes

Finally, please note that nominations are tracked so multiple entries will not be counted (we have our ways of finding duplicates and if multiple entries are detected, all similar entries will be removed). So please, one entry per person!

So what are you waiting for? Go nominate!

Dilemma

As I mentioned in my last entry, it’s a shame that we did not have enough Health and Fitness blogs to have five nominees in that category.

However, in the last few days I have been contacted by a sports blogger who was wondering why there wasn’t a category for this type of blog, and this week we have also received a number of comments from people supporting a fitness blog that had not been nominated.

My first inclination was to say that since the 2010 Nigerian Blog Awards have begun, it is too late to add new categories or nominees to the process. However, this awards about the entire community, so we’d like to let you decide.

Since 30 categories is plenty, the option of creating a separate Best Sports Blog category is not one that will be considered at this time. With that in mind, please weigh in below:



This poll will be open for 24 hours so vote sooner rather than later! Please leave any questions or other comments you have below. Thank you for participating!

Presenting the Group A category nominees

We’re happy to present the nominees for the 30 categories of Group A. Please note that the nominated blogs are listed in alphabetical order.

According to the schedule, voting begins on May 31, so if you are nominated, you have a week to charm and bribe your friends into voting for you. If you aren’t nominated, you can think of ways to sell your vote to the highest bidder, or start thinking of how to make sure you get nominated when Group B categories are revealed!

Unfortunately we did not have five blogs nominated for Best Health and Fitness Blog and Best Travel Blog categories. Let’s hope that isn’t the case next year!

The nominees:

  1. Best Beauty Blog
  2. Best Daily Read
  3. Best Designed Blog
  4. Best Entertainment Blog
  5. Best Fashion or Style Blog
  6. Best Food Blog
  7. Best Group or Collaborative Blog
  8. Best Health or Fitness Blog
  9. Best Music Blog
  10. Best New Blog
  11. Best News or Magazine Blog
  12. Best Parenting Blog
  13. Best Personal Blog
  14. Best Personal Development Blog
  15. Best Photography Blog
  16. Best Poetry Blog
  17. Best Political Blog
  18. Best Religion Blog
  19. Best Science or Technology Blog
  20. Best Student Blog
  21. Best Travel Blog
  22. Best Use of Media, including Social Media
  23. Best Use of Theme
  24. Best Writing or Book blog
  25. Most Controversial Blog
  26. Most Humourous Blog
  27. Most Inspiring Blog
  28. Most Intellectual Blog
  29. Most Unique Voice

The category of Nigerian Blog of the Year was the only category everyone was required to fill out, and as a result we received a large number of nominees. We are therefore presenting 10 nominees for this category:

  1. Nigerian Blog of the Year

Congratulations to all the nominees. If you were nominated, please grab a Nominee Banner over on the right hand side of the screen.

Don’t forget: you can start voting for your favourite blog in each category on May 31! Follow us on twitter so you know when voting opens!

(If the link isn’t clickable, it’s because there is one or two technical elements that are being worked out. Thanks!)

Thank you for your patience

Despite our best efforts, this blog insists on running on Naija time.

Please check back again for the results or follow us on twitter so you can receive notification once the results are posted.

Thank you for your participation (and your patience!).

Most memorable blog from the past

As you work on deciding which blogs to nominate for Category A nominations, or if you’ve already nominated your favourite blogs, consider the following question: which blog that is no longer updated do you miss the most?

(And just a reminder, you can nominate blogs here and it’s one nomination form per person, please!)

GO!! Nominations for Group A categories now open!

To those of you who stayed up all night refreshing the blog to see when you could start nominating your favourite blogs, we apologize! But finally, we are ready to receive your nominations.

Visit the nominations page for Group A categories to start selecting blogs for each category. For a list of the categories for Group A nominations, see the previous entry.

Once you click “NOMINATE!”, you will receive a confirmation by email and also on the page…but you have to scroll up to see it!

If you encounter any problems, please leave them in the comments below. Happy nominating!

Nominations are open until May 23, 2010 at 11:59pm EST.

Group A categories

The list of categories for Group A is ready! Which of the following will you nominate your blog or the blog of a friend for? The more nominations a blog gets in a category, the greater the chance that blog will make it to the top 5 nominees! So, when we yell “GO!”, nominate yourself, nominate your friends and tell everyone else to do so too.

Remember: Group A categories are all about the blogs! We will focus on the blogville’s wonderful bloggers, when the Group B categories come out.

The 30 categories for Group A (blog nominations) are:

  1. Nigerian Blog of the Year
    Best overall blog
  2. Best Beauty Blog
    Blog about makeup and/or other beauty products
  3. Best Daily Read
    Blog that is updated daily or that reader checks daily for updates
  4. Best Designed Blog
    Blog with an appealing design or look
  5. Best Entertainment Blog
    Blog about entertainment and/or the entertainment industry
  6. Best Fashion or Style Blog
    Blog about fashion, fashion design or personal style
  7. Best Food Blog
    Blog with a focus on food, cooking, catering, etc.
  8. Best Group or Collaborative Blog
    Blog by two or more people
  9. Best Health or Fitness Blog
    Blog that focuses on healthy living or exercise
  10. Best Music Blog
    Blog that focuses on music and/or the music industry
  11. Best New Blog
    Blog must be less than one year old
  12. Best News or Magazine Blog
    Blog that covers Nigerian news or current events
  13. Best Parenting Blog
    Blog about parenting or the journey to become a parent
  14. Best Personal Blog
    Blog that focuses on the writer’s life or experiences
  15. Best Personal Development Blog
    Blog that focuses on improving the mind and soul
  16. Best Photography Blog
    Blog that focuses on photography or includes photographs (nominee must be the main photographer on the blog)
  17. Best Poetry Blog
    Blog that focuses on poetry (the nominee must have written the majority of the poems on the blog)
  18. Best Political Blog
    Blog about Nigerian politics and/or political issues
  19. Best Religion Blog
    Blog about faith, and/or religious beliefs
  20. Best Science or Technology Blog
    Blog about science and/or technology, including information technology
  21. Best Student Blog
    Blog by an individual currently enrolled in school
  22. Best Travel Blog
    Blog about travelling within Nigeria, Africa or elsewhere in the world
  23. Best Use of Media, including Social Media
    Use of audio and/or video, or social media such as facebook or twitter, in a blog
  24. Best Use of Theme
    Blog with a particular focus on an issue or cause not covered in the other categories
  25. Best Writing or Book blog
    Blog that focuses on writing or books
  26. Most Controversial Blog
    Blog that covers topics or matters that are controversial in nature, and/or expresses opinions in a way that is controversial
  27. Most Humourous Blog
    Blog that is funny, amusing or lighthearted
  28. Most Inspiring Blog
    Blog that regularly inspires the reader
  29. Most Intellectual Blog
    Blog with a focus on matters that are intellectual in nature, or that conveys ideas in an intellectual manner
  30. Most Unique Voice
    Blog that has a unique voice and/or style of writing

There you have it! What do you think? Did we omit a category that you were sure would be listed? Is there a category there that you don’t like? Let us know so we can do better for next year!

Check back soon to find out where you can go to nominate your favourite blogs!!!

Back and ready to begin!

It’s been two months since the last post but I hope you’re still with us! The second annual Nigerian Blog Awards will be launched on Monday May 10. Before we get started, let me explain how things will work:

There will be 2 groups of nominations, just like last year: Group A will be the more “serious” category, while Group B will focus on the “fun” awards. Basically, Group A will be more about the blogs, while Group B will be more about the personality of the bloggers themselves.

Here’s a (tentative) schedule for the 2010 awards. In all cases the information should be posted on this site by 12:30am US Eastern Standard Time (or 5:30am Nigerian Time):

May 10
List of Group A categories revealed. You will be directed to a form where you can nominate blogs for one or all of the categories. This phase will last for two weeks.

May 24
Group A nominees revealed.

May 31
Voting begins for Group A nominees.

June 7
Group A winners announced.

June 14
List of Group B categories revealed. Once again you will be directed to a form where you can nominate blogs for one or all of the categories and you will have two weeks for this phase.

June 28
Group B nominees revealed.

July 5
Voting begins for Group B nominees.

July 12
Group B winners announced.

So, what can you do while you’re waiting for Monday to come?

  • start campaigning! Tell everyone you know to vote for you starting at 12:00am US Eastern Standard Time (6:00am Nigeria Time) on Monday May 10.
  • grab a banner on the right to put on your blog. Just cut and paste the link under the banner that strikes your fancy, and put it on your blog. If you would like a banner that coordinates with your blog, leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do.
  • make sure you’re following Nigerian Blog Awards on twitter so you get notification of new entries as soon as possible
  • subscribe to receive blog entries by email or get our updates through your favourite feed reader.

The 2010 Nigerian Blog Awards are coming!

More info about the 2010 Nigerian Blog Awards will be available in the coming weeks.

In the meantime you can follow us on twitter, subscribe to our feed so you won’t miss our launch, and check out the 2009 Naija Bloggers Awards.