I don’t like the way the Weblog awards are decided. Because you can vote once per day per computer you have access to, to win bloggers need to post every day and shamelessly exhort their readers to vote. This felt wrong to me, so when I was a finalist in 2005 and 2006 I ignored the whole thing. But this year I’m not a finalist, so I’m asking you to vote for a couple of blogs.
In the Funniest Blog category, a truly vile blog called DUmmie FUnnies must not win. There was an on-line appeal to raise money to pay for medical care for someone called Andy Stephenson, who was suffering from pancreatic cancer. The DUmmie FUnnie blogger was one of the freepers who led an on-line campaign accusing Stephenson of making it all up. They were able to tie up the donations long enough to delay treatment for Stephenson and continued he campaign even after Stephenson had dies from his cancer. The full, ghastly, story is here. Every other blog in the finals is funnier than DUFU, but to stop them from winning, you must vote for Sadly, No!.
In the Best Science Blog category, both Junk Science and Climate Audit are potential winners. Phil Plait’s Bad Astronomy is a much better science blog and the best chance for beating them. Vote for Bad Astronomy.