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September 19, 2005
Webby Awards branch out into blogs
I went to the Webby Awards last June, and was disconcerted that blogs were all forced into one category. Now the Webbys are extending into four new blog categories: Business Blog, Political Blog, Personal/Cultural Blog, as well as Podcast Sites. Nominate your blog at the site. (I still predict, by the way, that these blog categories will disappear as the differences between blogs and other Web sites fade away.)
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I shall not be entering my blog, Stock Picks Bob's Advice in the competition because of the need to give a $195 fee to enter. I don't charge money for people to visit my website and I don't expect other websites to charge me for the opportunity of being recognized.
Blogging and blog-recognition should be free. The beauty of this weblog phenomenon is the openness of it all. Revenue should be generated by advertising imho. A few sites, like the NYTimes which just went into a premium fee-based service probably do justify that price. However, can we believe a website that charges $195 to a candidate in order to be evaluated?
Keep your site free! It is a wonderful service for all of us readers.
Posted by: Robert Freedland at September 20, 2005 12:33 AM