Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Political / Commentary Winner

After spending a good portion of my afternoon yesterday finally getting the category pages redesigned and promoting each of the winners in the 2011 Blogger's Choice awards, I came to realize that the blog for the crowned champion of the Political / Commentary section was no longer loading. After contacting the owner, I was told that due to her now being employed by Liberal Party of Newfoundland Labrador, that she was ordered ('as standard practice': read more here on Geoff Meeker's blog) to delete her blog entirely. I'm honestly shocked over this and deeply saddened. Not only did we lose a dedicated blogger from our wonderful community here, but all her thoughts and words were also willingly completely purged from the internet. Why would anyone agree to do that? Furthermore, what exactly did the Liberal Party not want anyone to read now that she is employed with them? Morso, why in the heck would it be 'standard practice' for any open honest political party to do this? It looks incredibly terrible in my opinion, not only for the person who agreed to delete her personal thoughts, but mostly to the party who demanded it happen.

Regardless, I'm trying not to speak too politically within this space as I am more saddened about losing this voice from our community over the disturbing politics involved. What I'm mainly here to do today is to announce a new winner in the Politics / Commentary category for the 2011 Blogger's choice Awards. There is no point in promoting a deleted blog after all. What's sad is that I'm not sure how special the runner up is going to feel, now that they are being rewarded due to these circumstances. As much as I can assure the new winner (and any visitor reading this) that the battle in this category was a very close one, there's something a little defeating I would assume about being awarded under this situation. None the less, it is something I feel that should be done, and I hope the new winner feels as special as they should feel in the meantime.

So without further ado, please take the time to visit and congratulate the new winner in the Political / Commentary section... The Rural Lens. All related sections around the site have been updated accordingly. Congrats to the winner! Now get visiting...

Thursday, January 05, 2012

And The Winners Are!

Waiting is finally over as the winners of the 2011 Newfoundland and Labrador Blogger's Choice Awards have officially now been announced! To view the winners in each of the 10 categories, head on over to to the Awards Section now!

I'll be posting more about each winner on each of the separate category pages throughout the day and will be announcing winners on Twitter and the Facebook Fan Page as well. Stay tuned!

Before heading out and taking care of all that however, I want to thank everyone for their patience over the past few months. I know it must have been tough waiting and not knowing what was up, but the NL BlogRoll is back on track again now. Much more to come in the coming days and weeks, but right now let's focus on these awesome winners who we all should be visiting and congratulating. Well done everyone. Congratulations!

Now, go check them out: CLICK HERE to visit the awards page or use the menu above.

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Winners to be Announced TOMORROW!

The extremely long wait is nearly over my friends. The 10 winners of the 2011 NL Blogger's Choice Awards will be announced tomorrow and we'll be starting the day out in fine fashion. Not only will I be posting all about it here on this site (and all around the social media network this site exists within) but, I've also been invited on CBC Radio as well! That's right folks, tomorrow morning I'll be LIVE on the air for the St. John's Morning Show at around 8:20am where I'll be discussing the site and the winners prior to posting all about it online.

Be sure to tune to CBC radio in the morning to listen to the interview and then check here later in the day for a full announcement on the winners. Just a few short hours to go!

Monday, January 02, 2012

2012 Begins

First of all, welcome to 2012 everyone and I hope you all had a safe and happy holiday season to end 2011. The year was certainly a quick and busy one for me on this end, but a mostly joyous one none the less. I'm certainly excited for what the new year will bring, and I wish you all the happiness and success in this 12th year of the new millennium.

Secondly, and most importantly, you should know that this place is not dead. The last quarter of the year was indeed a lost one around these parts, but things are far from dead. I do realize that I left at an intense time without notice, but there was method to the madness (mixed with some uncontrollable events). In the end, waiting for the new year to kick back into gear was what was needed for me personally, and for the site in general.

Lastly, to begin the year, the first order of business will be the long awaited announcement of the 2011 Blogger's Choice Awards. Anxiety has surely come and gone for the nominees since October. Frustration has likely set in, anger perhaps, in anticipation for this announcement on these winners, but the wait is now over; All 10 winners will be announced this week! I promise.

With this announcement coming in January, what I've essentially done is made this initiative an end of year one and I will have more details on how this will progress in future years, plus I will be opening the floor for suggestions and comments on how it can be improved from your perspectives. First though, let me get those winners posted as you've all waited long enough. Please stay tuned throughout the week! It's a-comin'...