Tuesday, November 27, 2012

And the 2012 Blog Award Semi-Finalists are...

What's up, friends??

I want to start by thanking everyone who took the time to nominate some of their favorite blogs and posts for this here 2nd annual Blog Awards. It's been so much fun discovering new bloggers and getting a little peek at what it is that strikes your fancies.

(Is that supposed to be plural?)

Anywho, it's time to announce the Semi-Finalists!

Sadly, I can't figure out how to turn the entries on the form into hyperlinks--

(If anyone knows how to do that, PLEASE share the knowledge!)

--So I'll list the semi-finalists first and then include the form at the bottom so that you can vote for your favorites. This round of voting will continue until Friday, December 7 at midnight-ish.

I'd like to remind you that if you were nominated, it was because at least one of the readers of this here blog thinks you are worthy of recognition. These are not my awards. They're yours. There might be a category here or there where I added a name or two, but 95% of these nominations came from you. Thank you.

And now, without further ado...

Favorite New Blog

1.   Because, what if...
2.   The Everwayan
3.   Widowhood Chronicles
4.   Leave it to Livia
5.   My Cheap Life
6.   Never Seconds
7.   Urban Earthworm
8.   Chaotic Goddess Swaps

Best Kept Secret

1.   By the Brooke
2.   Hotlanta Moving Mom
3.   Gone Gardening
4.   Blondesense and Nonsense
5.   Barlow Stars
6.   Anderson Adventures
7.   The Katherine Wheel
8.   Emily's Thought Blog
9.   Nekaro
10. Travel Spot

Favorite Pee-in-your-Pants Funny Blog

1.   First Name Smith
2.   Life on the Muskoka River
3.   It Just Gets Stranger
4.   The Libe ob Don Estorbo de la Bodega Dominicana
5.   Best of Fates
6.   The Bloggess
7.   And then she was like blah, blah, blah
8.   My Life Herding Cats
9.   Living in France
10. My Real Life was Backordered

Favorite Inspirational Blog

1.   From the Sorcerer's Skull
2.   Caregivingly Yours
3.   Tyrean's Writing Spot
4.   Pulsipher Predilections
5.   Mommy Run Fast
6.   The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife
7.   Untypically Jia
8.   Good Day, Regular People
9.   Namaste by Day
10. Run to the Finish

Favorite Blog By a Parent

1.   Things I'll Forget by Tomorrow
2.   Wrangling Chaos
3.   Finding Footprints...
4.   Lynn Kelley: Random Acts of Weirdness
5.   Tunes and Spoons
6.   Troy and Lindsey
7.   Bottom of Nothing
8.   Blondesense and Nonsense
9.   Barlow Stars
10. Somi Speaks
11. The Daily Balance

Favorite Singles Blog

1.   Jennee Thompson
2.   Pink Lou Lou
3.   Life By Chocolate
4.   Wild and Wily Ways of a Brunette Bombshell
5.   My So-Called Chaos
6.   Single Infertile Female
7.   Living a Goddess Life
8.   Life in Heels and Flip Flops
9.   Stuff I Think About
10. Thee Bergdorf Brunette

Favorite Blog about Writing

1.   Moody Writing
2.   Creepy Query Girl
3.   Deana Barhart
4.   My Pet Blog
5.   Mithril Wisdom
6.   Once Upon a Time
7.   The Alliterative Allomorph
8.   Terri Sonoda
9.   Emily R. King
10. Write on Edge

Favorite Crafty Blog

1.   Fresh Art Photography
2.   Ella's Edge
3.   Wearing it on my Sleeves
4.   A Girl and a Glue Gun
5.   Elle Sees

Favorite "Other" Blog

1.   Retro Zombie
2.   Along Abbey Road
3.   Popcorn on the Stove
4.   Easily Entertained
5.   Adulting
6.   Weiner Tales
7.   Real Housewife of Singapore
8.   Travel Spot
9.   Handbags and Handguns
10. Suddenly Marketing

Most Inspiring Post

1.   "Day Fourteen: Reality," Emily's Thought Blog
2.   "It Started with a Picture," Life, Sweet Life
3.   "My Heart is Warm," Easily Entertained
4.   "We must let go of the life we have planned...," Namaste by Day
5.   "Thy faith hath made thee whole," Untypically Jia

Funniest Post

1.   "Texts with a 12-year-old," It Just Gets Stranger
2.   "Honk If You've Had Enough," Woman in Thrisis
3.   "I Shouldn't be Allowed on Live Anything," The Bloggess
4.   "Best of Hate: Foreign Travel Edition," Best of Fates
5.   "Attention: Anonymous," Living in France

Most Helpful Post

1.   "Memory Keeper Calendar," Kayla Danelle
2.   "Step 171: Be fiscally responsible," Adulting
3.   "Things you shouldn't say to a depressed person," Geoff Takes On
4.   "Ten Commandments for Editing Someone's Work," Nathan Bransford
5.   "DIY: Glitter Nail Polish Using Eye shadow," Elle Sees

Most Thought-Provoking Post

1.   "Reflection," Less Cake More Frosting
2.   "Step 231: Do not comment on what people are, comment on what they do," Adulting
3.   "Thoughts on Reverence," Middle-Aged Mormon Man
4.   "Eternal Violet and a Ghost Story," Crystal's a Pistol
5.   "This Mormon in America," Emily's Thought Blog

Favorite Blog of the Year

1.   Jennee Thompson
2.   Subliminal Coffee
3.   Barlow Stars
4.   66 square feet
5.   Adulting
6.   It Just Gets Stranger
7.   Fat Mum Slim
8.   Handbags and Handguns
9.   Single Infertile Female
10. Alex J. Cavanaugh

So there you have it, my friends! Congratulations to everyone who was nominated. Now get to reading and voting. There are a lot of gems here.

Also, I'm still accepting sponsors for this event, so if you are interested, or know someone who might be, let me know. Thanks!

Update: Voting in the Semi-Final round has ended. To cast your vote for the finalists, please click here.

You are awesome. And if you share this post, you'll be even awesomer!


  1. First of all, two nominations?!? Holy cow! Second, that link doesn't work for that " most thought provoking" post and I'm kind of dying to know which one that is. Now it's driving me NUTS! Ha!

    1. Okay, that link should be fixed now.

      And congratulations!

  2. Oh wow! I'm nominated. I'll be sure to mention this in my post tomorrow.

  3. Some great blogs on there! I voted :)

  4. Oh, it feels so good to be nominated two years in a row. ;)

  5. Am I really nominated? I'm speechless right now! I better begin preparing my acceptance speech! :)

  6. Awwww...Karen you're a darling. I don't even deserve a nomination but I now feel compelled to blog to keep up appearances. lol. I will make time to check out some of the other nominees this weekend. Been so busy and so tired but will make the time. (hugs) Hope all is well.

  7. It seems like we just did this. Is time going too fast or what?

    Wrote By Rote

  8. I got a nomination? I just about fell over when I saw that... and for the "pee your pants" category no less! (I'm an expert at peeing my pants!) Thanks for the nod, Karen, and I voted!

  9. Congratulations to all the nominees!!! I'll have to check out some of those blogs, esp the pee-in-your-pants funny ones!

  10. Yay! I'm excited to be nominated again. How humbling. :)

  11. lots of great blogs to check out before I vote; thanks!


  12. Awwwww! I feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

  13. This is an awesome list. Here from Alex. Will check out your list. THANKS :).

  14. Thanks for putting this together and thanks to whoever nominated me! How fun!

  15. Bwahaha!! Someone nominated me for Best Inspirational Blog? I hope I inspire people to wear Snuggies and hate Mario Lopez!!

  16. Oh my gosh, I'm so excited! I didn't think anyone even read Urban Earthworm these days!

    I really just stopped by to say hi and try to catch up. What a pleasant shock! I've always loved your blog awards.

  17. Good luck to the nominees! Did my voting. Came over from Alex's blog.

  18. Cool. Me likey. I've voted for my Ninja.

  19. Congratulations to everyone nominated and good luck! Hoped on over from Alex's blog too.

  20. Wow,

    Great idea, I didn't know the awards existed, but now I've voted and will pass the word along :)

  21. How exciting to be nominated. That is awesome. Now, I just need to get blogging again (I promise I have a very, very good reason that I haven't blogged in a while.)

  22. Yay, I got a nomination! Thanks to whoever put my name forward, it's very much appreciated!

    Jamie (Mithril Wisdom)

  23. So awesome that you do this!

    Thanks, Karen, for the obvious work that has gone into this, and thank you to the kind person that nominated me.

    I am so grateful, and honored. Thrilled a bit, and smiling a lot.


  24. Awesome! I was overwhelmed with the nomination process, but I'm totally participating now!

  25. I'm nominated? Twice?! How cool!!! That made my (very early) morning!

    And now I'm following sooo many new blogs!

  26. Ok...

    1) I thought I was already following your blog! I dropped the ball on that one! And...

    2) Wow, thank you for nominating me! I would have thanked you earlier, but please refer to #1 for an explanation as to why I hadn't!

    As Homer Simpson would say... D'OH!

  27. Um, I'm considered funny enough to be listed next to the Bloggess? This might be the highlight of my blogging career.

  28. Wow- thanks! It's such an honor to be nominated. :)
    Also, thank you for introducing me to some new amazeballs blogs! :D

  29. Wow- it's an honor to be nominated- thanks!
    And thank you for introducing me to some new amazeballs blogs! :D


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