Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Jon Swift Nominated for a 2008 Weblog Award for Best Humor Blog

The nominations for the 2008 Weblog Awards have just been released, and I am proud and humble to discover that this modest blog is among the nominees this year for Best Humor Blog. This is the third year in a row that this blog has been nominated in this category, and like three-time Grammy Album of the Year nominee Kanye West, I feel it’s just an honor to be nominated whether I win or not. While a third loss in a row would be humiliating and personally devastating, it’s especially gratifying to be nominated in a category that includes such fine nominees as i am bossy, The Bloggess, YesButNoButYes, IMAO, Mattress Police, Mother May I Sleep With Treacher, The Comics Curmudgeon, My Mom is a Fob, Boobs, Injuries and Dr Pepper. Let me extend my congratulations to all of you. Your year will come some day, I’m sure.

This nomination is especially surprising because I left a message with Gov. Rod Blagojevich that while I know a Weblog Award is an “f---ing valuable thing,” I could not promise to do anything in exchange for a nomination. I can’t vouch for the other nominees, but I’m sure they did the right thing as well and I would hate to think their nominations are tainted by their silence.

This is a time of crisis for humor blogs. The next four years promise to be the unfunniest in our nation’s history. I am sure some people may be thinking that as a three-time nominee, this blog has too much experience, and it would be too risky to put the Weblog Award in the hands of a blog knows what it is doing when America is clamoring for a fresh young face. But while this blog has been around since way back when Barack Obama was just a freshman senator from Illinois, what this blog is really about is change. Not the scary kind of change, but reasonable change. The kind of change where the more things change, the more they stay the same, which is the kind of change you can believe in. So I hope you will keep that in mind when voting begins on Monday, January 5 in what is probably the most important Weblog Awards of our lifetimes. You can vote here once a day until January 12.

While much of the nation’s focus will understandably be on the competition for Best Humor Blog, there are also other categories, and I want to congratulate those nominees as well. I am especially pleased to note the nominees that are on my esteemed blogroll and I hope you will consider giving them your vote. Here are my endorsements in the other categories, which you can print out and take into the voting booth with you. Many of them contributed to my compilation of the best posts of the year. I urge you to visit them all. If I’ve left off anyone on my blogroll who is nominated, please let me know. And if you are wondering how on earth this blog got nominated, "The Best of Jon Swift" may, or may not, give you a clue. Update: The links below now go to the piece each blogger nominated as his or her best of the year for my roundup, if they submitted one, so that you can see the bloggers at their best. Each category link goes to the poll for that category. You can vote once a day until January 12.

Best Individual Blogger
field negro
Lindsay Beyerstein - Majikthise

Best Liberal Blog

Sadly, No!
Blue Gal
Taylor Marsh
Crooks & Liars
Glenn Greenwald's Unclaimed Territory

Best Conservative Blog
Right Wing Nut House

Best Political Coverage
Pajama Pundit
Foreign Policy Watch

Best LGBT Blog
The Bilerico Project
Pam's House Blend
Susie Bright's Journal

Best Science Blog

Greg Laden

Best Culture Blog

Best Literature Blog
Diary of a Heretic
Maud Newton

Best Diarist
Blue Girl in a Red State (Blue State)

Best Video Blog
Hot Potato Mash

Best Technology Blog

Best Canadian Blog
We Move to Canada
Abandoned Stuff

Best UK Blog
Olly's Onions

Best Middle East or Africa Blog

Informed Comment

Best Major Blog (Authority over 1001)
The Moderate Voice
Balloon Juice

Best Very Large Blog (Authority between 501 and 1,000)
Bitch PHD
Jesus General

Best Large Blog (Authority between 301 and 500)
Miss Cellania
skippy the bush kangaroo
The Agonist
Fausta's Blog

Best Midsize Blog (Authority between 201 and 300)
Betsy's Page
The Sideshow
Scholars And Rogues
Suburban Guerilla
Hoyden About Town

Best Small Blog (Authority between 101 and 200)
Woman Honor Thyself

Best Up And Coming Blog (Authority between 51 and 100)
Simply Left Behind
Connecting the Dots

Best Hidden Gem (Authority between 0 and 50)
The Pajama Pundit


Jenny, the Bloggess said...

Well I'm not ashamed to admit I may have given sexual favors to Blagojevich but in my defense I thought I was doing it in exchange for all the old t-shirts Obama left in his office. Turns out Obama didn't even *have* any old t-shirts in his office. WTF am I going to do with a "weblog award"?

Micgar said...

Jon-hope you get it this this year-you deserve it! But please don't do a "Kanye" and get all up in someone's a*&^! (but then again, maybe that would be kinda funny in and of itself!)

Carl said...

Mr Swift, I am proud to be nominated alongside you! You are a hero to all of us conservatives, and we salute you from the largest to the littlest soldier!

By the way, did I leave my socks under your, errrr, couch? Gov. B insisted I take them off. Something about his hair and static electricity.

Anonymous said...

Good luck Jon, and thanks for the modest plug for Abandoned Stuff. I find it shocking that the Canadian category is almost completely political blogs except for Red Neck Mommy. And Yarn Harlot didn't even get nominated, while it dominated at the Canadian Blog Awards.

slag said...

I thought for sure you'd get the Best Conservative Blog nomination. There are so few good ones. And, tragically, all of the good ones are written by reasonable conservatives, such as yourself.

Anonymous said...

Wait! Whut? Humor!?

zencomix said...

Thanks for the nod for Best Comic Strip, but I guess I didn't make the final cut. Happy New Year!

James Higham said...

This is a time of crisis for humor blogs.

Yes but skilful humorists can find something funny in anything.

Pamela Zydel said...

Jon you have my vote. Thanks for a great year and I'm looking forward to another. Happy New Year!

Stella by Starlight said...

Jeez, and I nominated you for the best liberal blog. What great news, Jon. You deserve this. At the end of these past eight years, I needed good political satire.

The Dean would be proud. Happy New Year: Stella's rooting for you...

Unknown said...

very nice

laura k said...

I know who I'm voting for. I've never read any of those other blogs, but they can't possibly be as good as this one.

Nothing like an informed voter, eh?

Thanks for all the other links, too.

Anonymous said...

This is a humor blog? And to think I had you down as my least hated conservative.

Okay, you have my vote proving that even conservatives can be funny at times. Like when they aren't picking my pocket and telling me it's good for the country.

laura k said...

By the way, you're not just a nominee. You're a finalist.

Anonymous said...

I don't wee what people find funny in your serious and in depth social and political commentary but you can count on my vote. Thank you for including me in your year end best of roundup.

Utah Savage said...

I'm sorry for my inattentiveness. What a fool I've been. After I flagellate myself, I'll go back and steal a few links.

Since I have no close personal relationship with any of the other bloggers nominated, you have my warm and full throated support, for what that's worth.

You are now on my newly discovered RSS feed reader and I'll be back daily. Unless Dcup offers to make pie if I stay at her place.

Did I say, "Congratulations?" Well... Don't make me repeat myself or this could go on all night.

Bukko Boomeranger said...

Seriously, you're not humourous. You're conservative. There is nothing funny about that. Or am I missing something here?

Conservatism -- it's the anti-fun.

Rickey said...

bollocks, Rickey takes issue with not being on the list. The entire contest is rigged!

robkroese said...

Congrats, Jon. Some tough competition indeed.

Greg said...

Congrats, and now, like Kanye you may now consider yourself "the voice of this generation" and wear oversized Max Headroom sunglasses.

Anonymous said...

Wetmachine is on your blogroll. Wetmachine is nominated for Best Technology Blog.

Truly, the year of Jon Swift is upon us.

Jon Swift said...

Thanks for letting me know and good luck. And thanks to everyone for all of your kind words.

Anonymous said...

Did you see matress police's comment on those who cheat with the voting. Their blogs will get set back to zero if they see that one IP address is voting multiple times for one contestant. So if you wanted John to win, you could get the other guys reset to zero by voting for them several hundred time from one computer. Not that I'm advocating doing such a thing, but if cheating is such a problem, they should just allow one IP address to vote one time. If you vote at work, then your vote might not get counted. And if your parents had 12 children and all 12 of you want to vote for some other contestant and your parents can only afford one computer for all 12 of you, I don't think Jon would mind one bit. Is that right John?
I'm definitely not advocating cheating on the votes, but John, you must have won the last three times but they still haven't figured out how to stop the cheating. But since you're a conservative, I would have thought you'd have figured this out and won all three times. Well, I think you've outed yourself. You must be working in the Bush Administration where competence is something that is pretended very well. Now we know who your employer is. No wonder you're going to be sad for the next eight years - out of a job. Wait a minute. They are very competent at vote cheating, especially in Florida and Ohio. So I guess you don't work for the Bush Administration. Maybe you work as a part timer for the Rush Limbaugh show? We're going to figure it out sooner or later Jon.

Jon Swift said...

I certainly don't want to win that badly and if I knew anyone was cheating on my behalf, I would be forced to withdraw. I hope you're not implying that conservatives favor cheating. I have no idea where you could have gotten that impression unless you are once again harping on the 2000 election, which the Supreme Court voted on fair and square.

James Higham said...

Go, Jon.

Dinosaur Trader said...

Mr. Swift,

Congratulations on your nomination.

I shall plug the award on my "diamond in the rough" i.e. "third-tier" blog.

This should bring in at least 4 extra votes.


Anonymous said...

good luck to both you and fafnir

Julian Meteor said...

My Nan asks if she can vote by telegram (she doesn't have a PC).
Let me know and I'll sort it.


Utah Savage said...

Jon, I voted for you again. When does my check arrive? No honestly I did vote, but I'm really here to poach http thingys for my blog roll. Rich pickins. I have to make at least forty trips. Can I vote every time I return, like on Idol? A check for every vote, right?

Anonymous said...

Jon Swift Deserves Nomination for it you also got my vote Jon, Keep it up like this in Next year too Happy new year....

Sean Paul said...

I voted for you. And will do so again. Perhaps, even though you have already endorsed Skippy, well, scratch that. I'm going to throw my votes and urge Agonistas to vote for Skippy.

Utah Savage said...

Done, done and done again.

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gih said...

Well, that's great for those who will be the finalist.

denparser said...

I would rather suggest to tell all bloggers for this so that next time they could join.

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