Thursday, December 21, 2006

The 2006 Blogging Awards

It's nearly the end of the year and I thought I'd come up with my very own awards for the blogs I've been having so much fun reading during 2006. If you're a winner, then congratulations. My decision is final unless I change my mind.

First I present to you the specialist categories:

Best Photo blog (sponsored by Barefoot)

The nominations:

Alefiya Akbarally
Dominic Sansoni
Sebastian Posingis
My halflife: on photography and also cooking

The winner:

Dominic Sansoni

The Judge said: Stunning photography and a mixture of people, places and regular updates makes this colourful photoblog this year's runaway winner.

Best Newcomer

The nominees:

Ephemeral Ruminations
Married with kids

The winner is:

Married with kids.

The judge, jury and hangman said: Indyana only arrived on the scene a few months ago and has made us smile and laugh with her anecdotes on everyday life that every parent can relate to. We like.

Shortest living blog with the longest title

There could only be one candidate for this prestigious award:

Dutch Sri Lankan entrepreneur living in Melbourne whose soul remains in Colombo

I say: It all started so promisingly then, after three nicely written posts, just died. I hope he didn't.

Funniest Post

One nominee, one winner:

The one and only 1truecoolguy with this beauty. Well it cracked me up anyway, the one called "scaring pedestrians".

Best overseas blog

Of course, this is overseas if you live in Sri Lanka. You know, blogs written by people who live outside Sri Lanka. It would have been silly any other way really.

The esteemed and worthy nominees are:

The Life and Times of Mr Selvarajah
Tiny Little Fractures
Lady Luck Speaks
The Darwin Awards

The winner is:

Tiny Little Fractures

I say: A nicely written blog that has a mix of photographic treasures and good words. The only big negative is Cof25's liking for Snow Patrol. Actually I couldn't decide between them but Cof25, who is probably more like Manof38 by now, was one of my very first readers as well as the first person to link to my blog from his. And he's got rid of his beard now too. Unlike Lady Luck and Darwin.

Best regular commenter who doesn't have their own blog

The nominees:

Savi3
Mala
T

The winner:

Mala - Because she's nice. So are the other two actually. Her comments are always carefully thought out and elegantly worded. Get well soon T.

The "Nice blog but I wish you'd write it in proper English" award

Nominees:

Chathuranga
Mr Evil

The winner:

Chathuranga

Guest judge Sylvester Stallone said: "Frankly Mr Evil was just making up the numbers in this category. He uses too many real words and constructs too many proper sentences to be a real contender. I like his blog though, me and my Mum often read it."

Chathuranga can't be with us tonight, as he is on location in a place called "Txtspk" He asked to pass on these words:

"dats wikd guys. wtf did i do 2 win da dam ting? ma bad ass is plsd wid dis. tks n respek ma bitchin frnds"

Best written blog

One of the highly coveted awards, previous winners include George Bernard Shaw, Kylie Mynogue and Borat Sagdiyev. The nominees are:

Cynically yours
Ephemeral Ruminations
The Darwin Awards
Lady Luck Speaks
Indi.ca
Portrait
One One Things

The joint winners are:

Lady Luck Speaks
Portrait


Guest judge Princess Stephanie of Monaco said: "In an unprecedented move we decided to award the title to two blogs this year. They are both eloquently written with nice long sentences and lots of interesting words and concepts. They should both be very proud. Ephemeral Ruminations deserves special mention just for the great title."

The Shitloads of comments whenever they post award

The Nominees:

Indi.ca

Portrait

Nazreen Sansoni

The winner is:

Nazreen Sansoni

There was only ever going to be one winner here. The Queen of the Sri Lankan blogosphere, she can write a seemingly innocent post and get over 50 comments. Statistics have shown that Naz's average comment per post ratio is currently running at 48.63, a commendable figure indeed. On one occasion earlier in July she posted one word by accident and got 81 comments. Indi and Electra are catching up fast but they're just not there yet.


As we conclude the "specialist" section and move on to the main event we ask you to take a moment to remember one of the older and more interesting blogs that sadly passed away this year. One which many looked to as a point of reference and a shining example. Sadly, old age, or just plain "better things to do" got the better of In search of Utopia and it passed away peacefully.

We should also give a thought to Hot Chocolate. It appears to be suffering a terminal illness. There was a brief respite during November but it looks to have relapsed. We hope it can pull through and return to its former glories.

The Big One

Blog of the Year 2006

This is the one that you have all been waiting for. Previous winners include Ranil Wickremasinghe, Gunther from Friends and Dave Grohl. This is the best overall blog and is judged on a combination of literary content, humour, use of images and use of rude words, only in the right fucking context though.




The nominees are:

Lady Luck Speaks
The Darwin Awards
Portrait
Indi.ca
One One Things
The Life and Times of Mr Selvarajah
Nazreen Sansoni



The winner is:

The Darwin Awards

Our guest judge Professor Stephen Hawkins said:

"A few of the nominees fell at the first hurdle because of little, or even no, bad language. Darwin has impressed this year with her humour, her vocabulary and her liberal, though never gratuitous, use of swear words. I was particularly impressed with her post on Britney Spears' vajayjay and now try to use the word whenever possible. She can swear, she can be imaginative and she can be intelligent and write about God and machinery and stuff. I liked her one about cockpunching too."

That concludes this year's awards brought to you from London. If you're one of the winners then an acceptance speech would be nice, just a few paragraphs, preferably with some tears.

A very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone who has read my blog this year. And to everyone else too!

RD


16 comments:

Nazreen said...

wow!

Mr. Evil said...

lol :) Thank you for the nomination.. I think!?! :) Like sly told me the other day.. "Most brains are under utilised, they're unable to comprehend full sentences unless they eat enough bananas"

Charith Jayasinghe said...

Cool! Thanks for the effort!

Darwin said...

Whoa! Best Blog of 2006?! *Thanks!!* AND you got Hawkins to say nice things about me too!

Anonymous said...

(wiping tears) thanks :)

mala

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Naz - I was hoping for a slightly longer acceptance speech but, considering the Chikengunya, that'll do.

Mr Evil - A pleasure. Sly goes on a bit doesn't he!

Charith - Thank you

Darwin - He's a bit fake, that American accent is phoney.

Mala - No worries;)

JJ said...

Two nominashuns an a 'special mention' - sheet! An to tink we jus be trippin! Tanks maan.

Mr. Evil said...

Oh hell yes he does tend to! lol! How's it going up there? Not coming down in for dec?

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Mr Evil - Not in Dec but I'll be there late Feb for a week.

Niroshan said...

I smell bias. sniff!sniff!

Anyways, great effort and Very Happy New Year. I would like to nominate London,Lanka & Drums for best new comer.

S said...

What can I say mate, I'm honoured!

First and foremeost, I'd like to thank GAAAHHHD, for giving me the strength to believe like the Lord Jesus our saviour, in my talent and good faith. I'd also like to thank my manager, my agent, my parents, Sanctuary Records, Freeze Management, Fiona Apple and my barber for giving me the beard and wit that the lot of you aspire to.

God bless!

x

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Now THAT's an acceptance speech. And she knows the name of the woman who invented the iPod too!

Never mess with bearded ladies.

the1truecoolguy said...

Awwww...I'm honored too! :) Esp. given that I was in a category with no other nominees!! ha ha

Very well written, maybe I'll try to blog more so I can make it in the 2007 list! ;)

Cheers!!

Niroshan - I second that: London, Lanka and Drums for best newcomer!!

Anonymous said...

Is T who I think it is? If so then thanks I am feeling much better!

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

I think so! Do you eat a lot of Green Chillies? Glad you're feeling better.

Indyana said...

Thank you, and I guess you read my post for the tears and general blubbering...