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This time last year, regular readers may remember, Club Troppo sponsored a showcase of Australian independent blogging, which we called ‘Best Blog Posts of 2006’. From a large pool of nominations drawn from a multitude of Australian blogs, our committee chose forty posts; these Graham Young kindly agreed to re-post on On Line Opinion, where they were published over the course of January. This is how OLO readers saw them. The aim was to give seasoned blog readers a second chance to read some of the best material from the past year, and to show a broader readership the riches that blogs have to offer.
We consider ourselves well qualified because Club Troppo publishes Missing Link, a (normally) twice-weekly digest of new posts on Australian blogs. This means we read a very wide cross-section of posts, and flatter ourselves that we have a good feel for quality. On Line Opinion was a suitable venue because it’s widely read, including by people who visit blogs rarely or never, and because our best blog posts are typically short essays that are well suited to OLO’s format.
As you will have gathered, deeming BB06 to have been a splendid success, we are repeating the exercise. The time has come to launch BB07.
The objective, once again, is to gather some of the best blog writing in one place. For the cognoscenti, the collection will be both a celebration and a handy compendium. For the uninitiated, it will be a pleasant guided tour of what might otherwise seem a bewildering maze of interlinked web-sites. Finally, for the former vis a vis the latter, it’s an opportunity for seasoned participants to overcome the newcomers’ scepticism by presenting them with a mass of consistently good writing all at once. On this score, the expected outcome (any bureaucratic process worth its salt lists expected outcomes as well as objectives) is that an OLO reader unfamiliar with blogs will be smitten by the quality of one or more posts in BB07, follow the link to the author’s blog, become a fan and put the blog into his or her bookmarks.
The procedure will be essentially the same this time ’round. We will assemble a pool of posts from throughout 2007, and our committee will pick roughly forty of these, to be posted at On Line Opinion, two at a time on weekdays through January 2008. The committee members are Ken Parish, Nicholas Gruen, Helen Dale, Graham Young and editor James Farrell.
Posts will enter the pool by two channels. First of all, to ensure there is a decent sample, our committee will be reviewing the year’s editions of Missing Link to unearth the jewels in our own collection.
The second channel is you. We would like you to nominate your own favourite posts. This includes posts you’ve read and posts you’ve written.
As far as self-nomination goes, in case there are writers out there who are inhibited by modesty, we would like you to think of it this way: This is not a competition. It’s an anthology, an exposition. There is no winner, so we are not asking you to claim that any post of yours is the best post of 2007. We just want to exhibit your wares. You are good writers and good judges of writing, and you can remember much better than we can, or the other readers can, which were the best ones. (We have read and admired lots of your posts, and in many cases included them in Missing Link, but, as you can imagine, with the passage of months, they’re all a bit of a blur.) So please remind us which are the best ones. Please make our lives easier by supplying a list of the three posts you are most proud of.
You can make your nominations in three ways:
- List them in the comments thread below;
- If you are a blogger yourself, become part of the process and write a post with your nominations, and just link to it in the comments thread below;
- Send an email to: j dot farrell at uws dot edu dot au.
- The authors must be self-identified Australian bloggers (though they may reside abroad).
- The posts should generally be from independent blogs, not MSM offshoots.
- The posts may be on any topic, from politics, science, and the humanities, to sport and cooking. Reviews of books, films and shows are also very welcome. The only other proviso is that posts should be of interest to a general audience rather than be purely for aficionados. For example, posts about hamsters, while not ruled out completely, have a low probability of selection.
- Posts should generally be of the longer, essay variety, as opposed to the short, link-and-comment variety, or posts that are three-quarters quotation. Preferred length is under 1,000 words but this is not a strict requirement and would not stop us picking a post that was clearly of a sufficiently high quality or interest.
- One individual may make up to six nominations, but not more than three for a single author.
When the committee has agreed on the forty best posts, we will endeavour to contact the authors, to give them an opportunity to decline or to make minor amendments if they wish.
The closing date for nominations is Monday 10 December.