05
Apr
2008

2008 travvies 160square Reminder: 2008 Travvies nominations close MondayJust a reminder to get your nominations in for the 2008 Travvies, the travel blog awards.

Nominations are open through Monday, the 7th. There have been some great and interesting nominations, and, speaking solely for myself, I’ve discovered a set of blogs I hadn’t known about before. I hope others have made similar discoveries.

Check the Travvies ‘table-of-contents’ page to navigate the awards thus far.

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24
Mar
2008

2008 travvies 160square Nominations now open for the 2008 TravviesWELCOME TO THE 2008 TRAVVIES

As previously announced, it’s time for the 2008 Travvies, celebrating the best of the past year in travel blogging.

Things change quickly in the blogosphere, but the reasons for having the Travvies are still the same as last year: To recognize the great blogs out there devoted to travel, and to draw attention to the field of travel blogging as a whole. When I tell people that I write a travel blog, I still often get the retort, “You mean, you write about your trips?” Not exactly. There’s an ongoing misconception that all travel blogs are travel diaries — some of which are terrific — but the scope of the travel blogosphere is much larger, and the Travvies are here to expose readers to a broader array of good travel writing.

WHAT’S THE PROCESS?

1) Nominees will be solicited from the general public for two weeks, beginning today, Monday, March 24, 2008. Readers will be asked to post their nominations for each category via the comments section of the post announcing that category.

2) When the nomination process is closed, a panel of invited judges will investigate and select their top 3 selections in each category. The four blogs in each category that are most often chosen by the judges as finalists will be presented as the finalists for each respective category. Like last year, to prevent “tampering,” the judges’ names will be announced along with the finalists, not before. As I am organizing the contest, my own site, Upgrade: Travel Better, will not be eligible for any nomination.

3) Finalists will be announced after the judges’ votes are in. Thereafter, for one week, readers may cast ballots online for their favorites in each category.

4) The winner in each category will be that finalist that receives the most votes from the general public.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR NOMINATION?

  • Any travel blog that existed in 2007 and that generated at least 52 posts in 2007 is open for consideration.
  • The primary focus of the blogs should be on some aspect of travel. They should be blogs about travel, not blogs about a range of topics, with only an occasional mention of travel.
  • The content must be original, not aggregated from other sources, repurposed from another site, or (heaven forbid) a splog.
  • While quality travel blogs are written in many languages, we will unfortunately only consider English-language blogs for the Travvies.

CHANGES IN 2008

  • The “Destination” blog category has been changed to be the “Destination or Trip Narrative” category.
  • New category: Big Media Blog. Most of the Travvies categories are pro/am. This category is designated for those in the mainstream media whose blogs are an extension of their company’s website.
  • New category: Podcast/Video. Blogging isn’t just about text and pictures, after all.

Descriptions of each category are in the nomination posts. You will also be able to find the links to each category by clicking the 2008 Travvies logo on the sidebar.

Any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or use the contact link.

REMEMBER:
- You can nominated up to THREE blogs in each category
- Once a blog is nominated, it’ll be considered as a finalist. Multiple nominations don’t help (or hurt) that blog’s chances.
- Yes, you can nominate yourself.
- Yes, you can nominate the same blog in multiple categories. But choose sensibly.

Good luck to all bloggers!

Click below to go straight to any nomination category.

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24
Mar
2008

2008 travvies 160square 2008 Travvies Nominations: Best Travel BlogBEST TRAVEL BLOG

This is the big one, the grand prize.

As the overall winner, this award will go to a blog whose travel-related writings have been consistently interesting, entertaining, useful, well-written, or otherwise worth spending time reading.

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. (Click here to do so.) If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

Jump to other nominations here:

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2008 travvies 160square 2008 Travvies Nominations: Best Single Author Travel BlogBEST SINGLE-AUTHOR TRAVEL BLOG

This award celebrates the best travel blog written by an individual blogger. Again, the topic is open, as long as there is only one regular poster.

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. (Click here to do so.) If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

Jump to other nominations here:

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2008 travvies 160square 2008 Travvies Nominations: Best Group Written Travel BlogBEST GROUP-WRITTEN TRAVEL BLOG

This award celebrates travel blogs consistently written by two or more authors, regardless of subtopic.

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. (Click here to do so.) If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

Jump to other nominations here:

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2008 travvies 160square 2008 Travvies Nominations: Best Informative/Practical Travel BlogBEST INFORMATIVE/PRACTICAL TRAVEL BLOG

This award goes to a travel blog that provides news, commentary, advice, or general insight into the workings of travel. Informative, and useful: You learn from such a blog. Unlike a destination blog or a personal narrative from a trip, this category is more practically minded.

You may nominate UP TO THREE BLOGS by leaving a comment in this post. (Click here to do so.) If your favorite has been nominated already, feel free to show your love and nominate it again, though a blog only needs to be nominated once to be in contention.

Note: The comment form automatically asks for name, e-mail address, website (optional), and a text field. E-mail addresses will never be shared or visible publicly, in keeping with our privacy policy. Enter all nominations in the text field. Use the “website” field only if you are linking back to your own site.

Jump to other nominations here:

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