Best Western Australian Blog Slap Down


WA Web Award 2007

Okay this is a blog slap down challenge.

Is your blog up to the grade to win a real award, judged by leading experts in their fields.  Last year this blog was.

So this year I’m issuing a challenge to all Western Australian Bloggers can you out do this blog.  Can you out do the man with no blog.  Can you win a Western Australian Web Award.

There are a few rules, go over the WA Web Awards site and check them out.

The important one is the site must have been launched or relaunched during the last financial year (2007 to 2008).

Okay the pages (html/css) also have to validate, but don’t worry about the design to much as that isn’t as important as the content.  Yeap in this case content is king.  I have been a little busy freelancing and with AWIA duties of late so you may pip me at the post on that one alone!

I’m entering this blog, are you entering yours or are you just a little scared to mix it with the big boys. Maybe you just don’t have the balls. (Edit: Note the WAWA’s are closing on Thursday  7th August 2008)

‘Course if you know of friends or blogosphere colleagues that could enter, twist their arm get them to enter as well.

Come on are you up for the Slap Down! 🙂

Edit – 25/7, Clarification: the WAWA’s judges have issued a list of Hints and Tips for Entrants.  You will note that you don’t have to redesign your blog to enter.

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  1. I would, if I actually had any content that wasn’t just photos of people in costumes or crap that I’ve made =/ And if I’d actually managed to launch my blog last financial year.

  2. Not launched or relaunched, and also doubt it would validate (have tested in the past).
    I can’t think of any good blogs that have launched or relaunched. Well, ok, maybe if a design change counts, like yours. But even those would be very scarce. Not saying there aren’t any, but I can’t think of them…
    I should have spoken up when we could comment about categories and judging etc….. but I’m not sure about the launch or relaunch in last financial year criteria for blogs.. But (thinking out loud here), I guess otherwise you would have the same blogs enter every year… maybe… but does that matter. Argh, I dunno, I don’t have the brainpower right now to think that through more, need some sleep!

  3. As content is king here, we’ll relax the “Must be launched, re-launched” rule for the blog category. Details of this will be on the site soon.

    Note though, that we ARE differentiating between blog sites and sites that run on blog software. So something like Read/Write Web or Inquisitor would not be considered a blog in our eyes – it would be a media site.

  4. @Myles – Humm not being critical of the WA Web Awards, but making rule clarifications like this on the run can be dangerous and does reflect on the professional standard of the awards. Things like this should be stated very clearly on the site when nominations open not sometime later two weeks before the closing date.

  5. Thanks Myles. Yeah, I hardly consider EnjoyPerth a blog, it’s mostly just the software. I’ll have a look at media, but then the launched or relaunched thing probably counts again…

    And yeah, what Gary said :p I had once heard of the idea relaxing the criteria for the blog category… but yeah, not on paper anywhere 🙂

  6. Nah thanks, I:

    a) don’t want to mix it with the “big boys”;
    b) don’t have the “balls”;
    c) don’t have a blog (unless a Twitter stream counts).

  7. Hehehe the design on my site isn’t mine, there’s no outstanding features, it’s badly done AND the content is borderline incoherent the majority of the time. On both my sites 😛

  8. lol well, if you’re laying the smack down, one could make the remark that it’s not actually ABOUT Awards…

    Mine has been going since before Blogger and WordPress even existed and I have never even considered having it “judged”. But it was used as an example in a media studies class, which I found very, very awesome 🙂

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