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September 8, 2007

Deutsche Welle Announces the BOBs: Best of the Blogs

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Deutsche Welle has announced the 2007 Best of the Blogs competition, where blogs from around the world compete for the prestige of being considered the “best” from among 15 categories, including best weblog, best podcast, best videoblog, Blogwurst award, and best weblog in each of the 10 eligible languages. A Reporters Without Borders award will also be given to an eligible blogger who takes a strong stance on freedom of information online.

Partnering with Reporters Without Borders for this year’s competition, the main goals of the BOBs are to “present a wide spectrum of the blogsphere and to
encourage a language-crossing dialogue through this new form of media,” and also to “support bloggers in countries where freedom of speech and press are limited,” according to Deutsche Welle editor-in-chief Uta Thofern.

Nomination is open throughout September this year, and finalists would be selected by October 10th and winners by November 10th. The jury is comprised of bloggers, journalists and media experts from around the globe. The awarding ceremony will be held on November 15th in Berlin, Germany.

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September 4, 2007

CollegeScholarships.org Launches $10,000 Blogging Scholarship Competition

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CollegeScholarships.org has recently announced its 2007 Blogging Scholarship competiton where one exceptional student blogger will be chosen for a $10,000 award. Any eligible college student with a personal or professional blog may participate. You may also nominate fellow students who blog.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Your blog must contain unique and interesting information about you and/or things you are passionate about. No spam bloggers please!!!
  • U.S. citizen;
  • Currently attending full-time in post-secondary education; and
  • If you win, you must be willing to allow us to list your name and blog on this page. We want to be able to say we knew you before you became a well educated, rich, and famous blogging legend.

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: Midnight PST on Oct. 6th
  • 10 Finalists Announced and Public Voting Begings: 9am EST on Oct. 8th
  • Public Voting Ends and Winner Declared: Midnight PST on Oct. 28th

The winners will then be selected from among ten finalists by public voting. CollegeScholarships.org will announce the winners on the Blogworld & New Media Expo in November.

[Via eMediaWire]

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May 14, 2007

How To Win Blog Awards

The Webby Awards were announced recently and the whose who of the web world and blogosphere were honored. Then there is the upcoming Bloggers Choice Awards. There are also the Irish Blog Awards, Bloggy Award, Canadian Blog Awards, Weblog Awards (or Bloggies), Okie Blog Awards (for Oklahoma bloggers), The Music Blog Awards, American Wine Blog Awards, SA Blog Awards (South Africa), Catholic Blog Awards, 2006 Medical Weblog Awards, Australian Blog Awards, Philippine Blog Awards, and even the Blog Of The Day Awards with a blog awarded every day of the year.

Some of these blog contests involve your blog being nominated whether you know it or not. Some blog contests require you submit your blog for consideration. Some blog contests focus only on design and presentation while others judge your overall content and in-depth coverage of your subject matter. Some judge all blogs equally, others have categories for specific types of blogs, such as the Best Blog About Blogging in the Blogger’s Choice Awards.

For the most part, these online blog competitions require voting by anyone who registers to vote. A few are selected and voted on by a single blogger or panel. Some allow anyone to vote and then the final top 5 or so for each category are judged by panelists.

Winning one of these contests can mean increased traffic and attention to your blog, as well as recognition for the work that you do. It always feels good to get such honors. And you got to admit that putting up a “best blog” banner on your blog sure feels good.

So how do blogs with these award? The same way you win your reading audience. By creating the best blog you can.

To win most blog contests, you need to:

  1. Enter the contest or get nominated.
  2. Meet all the entry requirements.
  3. Meet web standards.
  4. Impress them.
  5. Have quality content and information.

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May 5, 2007

Win A Trip to Vienna By Blogging About Your Best Holiday

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FuelMyBlog and lastminute.com have partnered to give bloggers the chance to spend a weekend in Vienna just by blogging about their perfect holiday. They will shoulder the costs for business class flights and two nights’ accommodation at a top hotel for two persons. Here’s the announcement.

Ready for a weekend to remember? Our friends at Austrian Airlines are offering two lucky folks return business class flighs to Vienna, where lastminute.com will put you up in a top hotel for two nights. All you have to do is register with fuel my blog to take part. It’s free, and with over 70 million bloggers out there, you need to make yourself heard.

Then write us up to 300 words about your best ever weekend or holiday, paste it on your blog, and send us the URL. The winner will get to pen us an account of their prize trip and be featured in our brand new travel newsletter – Triptease.

The contest is open to all FuelMyBlog members. Non-members are asked to sign up to be eligible. Apparently, FuelMyBlog has started a series of contests for bloggers. Here’s a list of their contests so far.

A free visit to the city of romance, history and medieval charm might just be one blog post away.

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