Voting closes on Sunday, and there are lots of great sites to vote for.
I know voting is a bit of an effort, but if you get a lot from a site, it’s a way to say thanks. Awards are useful for bloggers — and it means blogs you like can reach a wider audience.
It’s already a success to be listed and linked as a finalist. Thanks to those who nominated and voted in that round.
For 2015 I’ll be voting for The Pickering Post in Australia-NZ, Steyn Online in Most Humorous, and Breitbart in Politics (though American Thinker is also a great site). I’ll have to choose (darn) between Not a Lot of People Know That, and No Tricks Zone in Europe; Tallbloke’s Talkshop and Climate Audit in Lifetime Achievement and Watts Up and Real Science in Weblog of the Year.
To make your vote count you do need to supply an email, check it, and confirm. See below for instructions if you need them.
How topical is climate science? In the last year 600,000 people visited this site. When Tony Abbott faced a leadership crisis last month his main competitor was an avid carbon trading fan. Hundreds of emails helped convince the Liberal Party not to vote for a spill — and this blog was the only one in Australia to post a list of politicians email addresses. Three things have really pleased me about progress in the last year: firstly the removal of The Carbon Tax in Australia; secondly, the recognition of the issue of the scandal of temperature adjustments and homogenisation in the mainstream media (especially in The Australian, and by Christopher Booker, and in The Daily Mail); and thirdly, we published original new scientific research about a possible cause of the recent global warming (and we have more on that soon — stronger and better than ever, overcoming this issue). Otherwise I’d like to thank most of the Old Media for their one-eyed, inept investigations and for leaving giant gaps in their coverage. The blog has now notched up 1,800 posts and 280,000 comments. It’s a testament to the success of the New Media. But there is much still to do — Paris is coming, the EU has already wasted $100 billion. How much more will go on the bonfire?
In 2014 I summed up the work I was most proud of, much of which is still “topical” :
Since Sept 2008 I have written 1,403 posts and almost two million people have visited this site from over 200 countries. The Skeptics Handbook has found its way in hard copy to 220,000 people, including all politicians in Australia and the US, and was translated by volunteers into 16 languages, and remarkably — in such a contentious topic — five years later, has survived unscathed — there is not much I would change. John Cook took two years to try to knock it down with help from four professors, but I only needed four days to take his arguments apart. Thanks to this blog, I’ve done repeated Op-Eds for The Australian, a sought after Diary post on the Spectator, and been named in the Australian Parliament — where Rob Oakshott “smelt a rat” and claimed I ran a well organized and well funded campaign “to her credit”. My favourite posts include an epic five part debate with Prof Andrew Glikson. I was one of the key protagonists getting Dr Paul Bain and Nature to issue a partial correction “regretting the offence cause by the term denier”. I still think my initial response to him is one of my best pieces. Among my readers are three national cartoonists, and at least a dozen MP’s and senators. I’ve been cited by and talked to the very people who I admire greatly — Mark Steyn, Matt Ridley, James Delingpole and Andrew Bolt, who described this post as outstanding and “a magnificent polemic”.
HOW TO CAST YOUR VOTE
1. Click on the 2015 Bloggies Page
2. Scroll through the categories (you must vote in at least three categories).
3. Click on the small circle of your chosen blog. (Look for the tick).
4. Don’t forget to do the Captcha at the very bottom . (NOTE: – don’t use cursor keys, it will change your vote!)
5. Use a REAL email address. Press the SUBMIT button. Note- you won’t get spammed by doing so. See the fine print under the email box.
6. To make your vote count you must click on the official link in the email sent by the bloggies. (Check your spam or junk folder if you don’t get it). You should see a success message page pop up.
7. Spread the word! Twitter, Facebook, emails, comments. Please share.
8. As Anthony Watts says: Don’t cheat. Don’t encourage cheating, and simply let the chips fall where they may. May the best weblogs win.