Awarding the Best of the Bookish Web
So, I’ve been a part of the bookish web since 2002 on BookCrossing.com, Shelfari & my own personal book blog (pictured below), but I’ve been active again since this year. I’ve seen it grow, change, and essentially evolve! It’s amazing what the Book Blogosphere has become, and more recently added BookTube to its awesomeness.However, I’ve noticed it’s lacked one thing most big industries have: a major award that showcases and rewards the best of the bookish web. So as an avid reader and English teacher, I decided to create an award that celebrates the work of amazing book reviewers who are working to get the right book into the right reader’s hands!
There are 13 awards up for grabs. This is a great way to get book blogs more exposure, to recognize the hard and amazing work of book bloggers and to help readers find the best book bloggers/Booktubers the web has to offer!
- All awards are based on the highest number of reader votes
- Readers will vote on the top 8 blogs in each category
- There will be 4 winners in each category
- Winners will earn a badge to place on their blog
- BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY BOOK BLOG
- BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK BLOG
- BEST KID’S/CHILDREN’S BOOK BLOG
- BEST CONTEMPORARY/NEW ADULT BOOK BLOG
- BEST GRAPHIC NOVELS/COMIC BOOK BLOG
- BEST BOOKISH TWITTER
- BEST BOOKISH INSTAGRAM
- THE HOMER AWARD – For the longest running book blog
- BEST BUSINESS/SELF-HELP BOOK BLOG
- BEST MULTI-LANGUAGE BOOK BLOG
- Best Bookish Meme
- Best Bookish Tag
- Best Bookish Series
VOTERS WILL VOTE ON THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
- aesthetic style of blog
- best reviews
- best books
- freshest content
- humorous, entertaining, or general verbal style
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
- If you’re a reader, create your own book blog, here’s how
- Nominate a blogger/booktuber
- Visit new book blogs
- Vote for your favorite book blog on November 15th
- Become a sponsor. More information here
- Start tweeting about it with the hashtag #BookBlogAwards. Your first tweet could be “I am nominating BlahBlah Reads for the Best of the Book Blogosphere Awards 2014 #BookBlogAwards.”
CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS! – Until October 1st, 2014
– The blog must be 75% about books and contain book reviews, bookish discussions, and reading and writing about books
– YouTube (aka BookTube) channels are eligible for an award but MUST have an accompanying book blog, even if it is used just to update with a book review video
– New bloggers are eligible for this year’s award, however your blog must have been regularly updated since fall 2014. It must contain at least 4 bookish posts by October 31st, 2014. These posts can be just showcasing your book review or bookish videos. A video post counts as a post. Or you can write entirely new bookish content for the blog.
HOW DO I NOMINATE A BLOG?
Please have the following with you before clicking below:
- the name of the blog
- the name, or online name of the blogger,
- the URL
Click here to nominate a blog.
When your blog is nominated you will receive an email announcement and a nomination badge to place on your blog.
VOTING will be held November 15th-December 31st, 2014
WINNERS will be announced January 15, 2015
QUESTIONS & COMMENTS WELCOME!
Get in touch with me in one of three ways:
- By emailing MandMmariam@gmail.com or
- Tweeting at @emancipatedmimi
- Leave a comment under the Blog awards graphic on Instagram @perfecshunist or @mariwriting
Sign up if you would like to receive email updates about the awards here.
And may the best blog win!
Meanwhile, keep reading and keep reviewing!!
BEST OF THE BOOK BLOGOSPHERE FAQ
Can I nominate my own blog?
Absolutely! At long as it meets the basic requirements
Do I have to be a blogger to participate?
Not at all! As long as you’ve read a book review posted on a book blog, have an email address and are willing to explore new book bloggers you’re eligible to vote on November 15th.
If I want my blog to be eligible how do I get started?
Click here for a How-to Book blog walk-through. Keep in mind, you must have at least 4 bookish (reviews, discussions, tags) posts by October 31st. If you put your mind to it, you can do it!
How do I get my award if I win?
As long as your blog has a contact email, you will receive an email with your own preferred size badge to put on your blog by January 31st, 2015.
Does my book blog have to be ONLY about Sci-fi/fantasy, Young Adult, or whichever category of award there is, to be eligible?
No. As long as your readers find you have the best YA reviews, Sci-fi reviews, children’s reviews, you may have all other kinds of reviews on your blog, but you will be nominated for your YA, Sci-fi, or children’s reviews. For example, if you’re nominated for your Sci-fi reviews, it shows your readers find your sci-fi reviews to be top-notch, even if you have children’s and business books, they like you’re sci-fi reviews the best and that is what you were nominated for. If you’re nominating yourself, and you think your YA reviews are superb, you may nominate yourself for that. You may also nominate yourself or be nominated for other awards.
Can my blog be nominated or win more than one award?
What if I have a YouTube channel and no blog? Can I still be nominated?
Yes, however you must start a blog using whatever platform you like (WordPress, Blogspot, Tumblr etc) and create at least 4 bookish posts. These posts can be just showcasing your book review or bookish videos such as bookish discussions, author study, author interviews, genre studies, critical analyses of literature, etc. Eg. a video post counts as a post. Or, instead of posting videos from your channel, you can write entirely new bookish content for the blog.
How will I know I was nominated?
If your blog has a contact email address, you will receive an email that you were nominated with a badge to place on your blog announcing your nomination.