After reviewing our 2011 Annual Survey, the Black Weblog Awards are happy to announce the schedule for the 2012 Black Weblog Awards. You spoke and we listened. As a result, we’ve made some changes to our schedule and process this year.
2012 Nominations Start Later
We’ve moved the Black Weblog Awards back to the second half of the year. The nomination process will kick off following the Black Social Media Weekend 2012 in Philadelphia, PA. We hope to see you and your fellow bloggers in Philadelphia!
We asked Black Weblog Awards participants to suggest new categories to add to the 2012 awards season. You will be able to vote on which categories you would like to see added to the ballot beginning March 1, 2012. Visit www.blackweblogawards.com to vote.
Two Rounds of Voting
This year we will be having two rounds of voting. This should give smaller blogs an opportunity to rally their audiences to make it into the finals. We hope this process increases awareness of some amazing and unique voices in Black social media.
In the past, nominations and voting have taken place using a single ballot. This year each category will have its own separate nomination and voting ballot. Our hope is to to prevent the practice of nominating your very favorite blog in every category. The criteria for each category will be placed on each individual nomination form to assist fans in determining whether their favorite blog is appropriate for a particular category.
New Promotional Guidelines
This year bloggers will be able to promote their blogs with promotional buttons on the nomination ballot, however, you may not promote your blog on a nomination form for the category in which you hope to compete. For example, if you are vying for Best Beauty Blogger, you cannot place a promotional button on the Beauty Blogger nomination form. You can, however, promote your blog on the Best Food Blog nomination form or the Best Music Blog nomination form. We want to address one of the most important concerns of many bloggers, which is recognition and audience building, while making sure that nominations are based on reader interest ALONE. The number of promotional buttons will be limited and distributed on a first come first serve basis. Reserve nomination form promotional button.
For companies, organizations and non-profits interested in sponsoring the 2012 Black Weblog Awards, contact lianne [at] blackweblogawards [dot] com. Title, category, and awards ceremony sponsorships are available.
2012 Black Weblog Awards Schedule
Voting on New Categories: March 1 - April 2, 2012
New Categories Published: June 11, 2012
Nominations for 2012 Awards Open: July 11, 2012 - Sep 3, 2012
Semifinalist Voting: September 15 -October 1, 2012
Finalist Voting: October 8- October 23, 2012
Black Weblog Winners Announced: November 1, 2012
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our team via our contact form which you can find in the menu bar above. As always you can follow us on the Facebook and Twitter.
All the best,
Black Weblog Awards