There are many active blog awards this time of year. There areeven more this year than last year. We have compiled a list of Blog Award Links that lists some of the growing number of annual blog awards. Here is a status update on some of the awards.
Urban Blogging Awards -- voting is going on now and will continue until December 26, 2005. Winners will be announced shortly afterwards.
Blog-X Awards -- voting is going on now and the winner will be announced around December 16, 2005.
There is also an ongoing discussion of blog awards and the value of blog awards in the blogosphere. The growing number of blog awards has led some bloggers to question whether so many awards are good idea.
Jane Genova tells bloggers to shun awards: "My advice to bloggers: Shun awards. If nominated for them, say you won't participate and don't accept the award if awarded it. Don't submit to any awards competitions. Don't add to your blog any list of awards. Let's keep our game clean of the sort of stuff that helped bring down MSM. Let's keep the game focused on The Now of Real Time."
The Radiant Marketing Group has a post about blog awards that includes this good point that the awards are reminiscent of the website awards of the 90s: "They remind me of the fanaticism that surrounded website awards back in the 90s. Remember all those sites touting how many awards they had won."
BusinessBlogWire reviews some of the blog award conversation in a post titled "Are Blogging Awards Good or Evil?"