Update on the Nigerian Blog Awards

Thank you for your participation in the 2014 Nigerian Blog Awards so far. It’s time to provide you with an update, so you know what has been going on since nominations closed on February 1.

In previous years, the shortlist of nominees was determined by the blogs that received the most nominations: after compiling the list of the blogs that received the most nominations by category, we would select the most appropriate finalists from each list. This time, we decided that each and every nominated blog, whether it received 250 nominations or one, should be considered in the category they were nominated in so that is what we have done. This decision quintupled (at least) the time required to compile the shortlist.

Because of the additional time needed to finalize the shortlist, voting will not begin on March 4 as planned. Although the shortlist has been compiled, it will now be sent to randomly-selected panelists to select the nominees. Each panelist will be assigned 10 categories. Voting is now expected to begin on March 23.

Key observations

  1. There are more excellent blogs out there than we can recognize
    That doesn’t surprise you, of course. Due to the constraints of the Awards, we cannot name every deserving blogger as a nominee; as a result those retained as nominees represent just a fraction of the talent out there. If you are not nominated it does not mean you are not a good blogger. We encourage bloggers who are creating amazing, original content to continue—your voice is needed and appreciated.
  2. Consistent blogging is important
    Because of point 1 above, we had to look for blogs that posted new content in a consistent fashion, without large time periods between posts. It doesn’t mean that a blog with 20 posts is better than another with 10 posts in the same time period, but in some categories we had to use this to narrow down the list.

    Note: we focused on blogging that took place in 2014.

  3. Diversity within a blog category is good
    Some categories were dominated by one sex over the other (e.g. all the sports blogs nominated appeared to be written by males; while most of the fashion blogs were written by females), while in other categories there were similarities in structure (e.g. most nominees in the Book, Poetry, or Writing category were blogs telling multi-part stories. In situations where we could, we tried to include blogs representative of the different types of writing for that category.
  4. Jack of all trades, master of none?
    If a blog can fit under more than one category, it often did not end up on the shortlist. Why? Because there were usually many other blogs focused only on the category in question. For example, a blog covering fashion, food, and fitness may not end up on the short list for any of those categories because of other blogs focused only on fashion, or food, or fitness that were deemed a better fit for the category.
  5. Different expectations for different blog categories?
    To us, blogging should be about originality and uniqueness: sharing your ideas in your own way. While most categories contain an abundance of blogs that do this, some categories (e.g. Entertainment, Music, Nigerian News, Politics, Sports, and Technology) rely heavily on existing information. As a result many blogs in the aforementioned categories contain the same information, verbatim, making it difficult to determine the original source. We have a challenge for these blogs:
    Take more time to add your unique spin or viewpoint to the existing information. Rather than copying and pasting the same information that your peers in the blog category have done, find your way to stand out. Your blog should give your readers a reason to visit your blog rather than your peer’s blog containing the same information.

We’ll end this post with a poll:

Comments

  1. Good works!

  2. Well done Jummy. It’s better to have everything in place b4 moving to the next stage. Though it’s a bit disappointing but I trust u to do a good job as usual. Cheers.

    • Thank you for understanding, Olisa. It’s hard to wait so we appreciate your patience.

  3. I was expecting that by March 4, we will get to know the nominee. So we are to wait a little more longer.

  4. I confess to be impressed with the observations, God will help you.

  5. Well done Jummy. I know it’s a lot of work, but I commend you for your efforts and drive to IMPROVE the process.

  6. Nkem Okechukwu says:

    I am impressed with the view points considered

  7. Its march 12th , and the nominees havent been announced

    • Hello; as we indicated in the third paragraph of this post, release of the nominees has been delayed until March 23.

  8. Still anxiously waiting. Few days to go. Hope my blog make the list.

  9. Ade Lero says:

    Jummy I must commend you for a job in progress to be well done
    Patiently awaiting the 23rd of march… This suspense is more than that of an epic story

    • Thank you for your kind words—you made me laugh that last bit (“This suspense is more than that of an epic story”)—thank you for the laugh!

  10. Great job!!

  11. So loving this,I hope to be nominated and actually win. I started blogging this January and I like that there’s an avenue to reward and encourage creativity.
    Keep up the good work!!

  12. HI JUMOKE, GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR TEAM FOR THIS WONDERFUL JOB. I AM HAVING FEED BACK FROM THOSE VOTING FOR MARRIAGE RECIPE THAT THEY DID NOT SEE ANY NOTIFICATION/REPLY/LINK IN THEIR EMAIL TO CONFIRM THEIR VOTES. PLEASE WHAT IS REALLY HAPPENING?. HAVE A LOVELY WEEKEND.

  13. HI JUMOKE, THE FEED BACK I AM RECEIVING FOR THOSE VOTING FOR MARRIAGE RECIPE CLAIMED THAT, NO MESSAGE WAS SENT TO THEM IN ORDER TO CLICK AND MAKE THEIR VOTE COUNT. PLEASE ADDRESS THIS ISSUE , THANK YOU.

  14. Nice work but whats in for the winners. If there no plague, live event, cash prize or some other gift. The least nba shpuld do is give them small publicity at least. I noticed nominees list was not featured on bella or lib like it usually happens. Nice job

    • Winners will receive an plaque or statuette this year for the first time. We are working to find sponsors so that we can provide other types of awards to bloggers—if you have a connection to a potential sponsor, please let us know. With regard to publicity we do our best but there is always room for improvement.

  15. welldone for the job you’re doing please isn’t it possible that people see the ratings as the votes come in so this can help them work harder to canvass for votes?

  16. OUR FINGERS AND TOES ARE STILL CROSSED!
    WELL DONE JUMMY

  17. Wow, this is way Cool than I used to think, I had never really looked out for Awards as I had been at my blog and also writing stuffs at Geek.NG (Winner for Tech Category of NBA 2014) since I got Featured there.
    I would have Voted for 2 weeks for Nominees to Be Revealed, I guess I was late, the Poll had closed, but good thing, 2 weeks won the Poll, so I’ll also wait :)
    Ride on guys, and You too Jummy, I am truly inspired after all.