UPDATE, 24 December: Many thanks for the nominations so far. We have enough to get started on, but would love to double the number. Therefore, we’re extending the deadline to 10 January! But please post your nominations sooner rather than later, so we can get on with the judging.
UPDATE: Only about twenty nominations so far. Last year at the same stage we had more than a hundred. Would any bloggers reading this be kind enough to spread the word!
On Line Opinion and Club Troppo are again collaborating to compile an anthology of the best Australian blog writing. From your nominations our panel of judges will select forty to be republished at OLO over the course of January. The judges are: OLO’s Chief Editor, Graeme Young; Helen Dale from SkepticLawyer; Ken Parish, Nicholas Gruen, and myself from Club Troppo; and possibly one other blogger.
To give you a clearer idea of what we’re doing, here’s the end-product of last year’s process.
Send in your nominations by one of three avenues:
1. in the comments thread below (you’ll need to register if you haven’t already),
2. via OLO’s online nomination form, or
3. by email to me: J dot Farrell at UWS dot edu dot au
Remember that you are nominating posts, not bloggers, and don’t forget to include the url (the ‘permalink’ for the post itself).
Modesty is not the object, so please don’t hesitate to nominate your own best posts. No matter how good they were, you’re bound to remember them better than even the most admiring reader, and to be better able to locate them. Don’t forget, it’s an anthology, not a competition. There’s no winner, and in nominating some of your own posts you’re not necessarily claiming that they’re the greatest posts of all time — just helping us gather the information.
There are a few rules:
1. Posts should be from blogs that are Australian in some sense, and independent — that is, they should not be offshoots of mainstream media publications.
2. Posts should have the potential to appeal to a wide audience of educated general readers — that is, they should not require a professional-level technical knowledge, or give advice on feeding hamsters. With this proviso they can be about anything: science, politics, current affairs, the arts, or personal reflections on some profound theme.
3. Posts should be 800-2000 words, although nominations outside this range will be considered if exceptional. Thus they will generally be of the essay type, developing a substantial argument. They may contain quotes, but these should not constitute the bulk of the post. They may contain pictures, but this exercise is largely a homage to the written word, so pictorial essays are not eligible.
4. You may nominate a maximum of six posts in total, and three posts by any individual blogger.
The deadline is Friday 20 December.
OLO editors will endeavour to contact the authors by email and obtain their permission to republish the chosen posts, and invite them to make minor changes if appropriate. These will appear on the site, in no particular order, on weekdays in January.
We’re looking forward to your nominations. Please use the comments thread exclusively for that purpose, though you’re welcome to enthuse and lobby to your hearts’ delight.