And the Winner Is . . .


. . . not Cranky. If you went to check the Weblog Award site after the voting ended on Tuesday, you likely saw that my blog ended the race in second, down 29 votes to a small Swiss blog called MyKugelhopf. But they didn’t officially release the winners until today, so I figured I’d wait just in case they decided that, oh, 30 of MyKugelhopf’s votes didn’t count.

That wasn’t the case. So, thank you to everyone for who voted for me over the last week, and congrats to the Kug (not to be confused with John “no longer the Coug” Mellencamp). It’s a very food-focused site, so foodies may want to head over and check it out.

Now back to writing about today’s US Airways accident. I’ll be back in the morning.

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9 comments on “And the Winner Is . . .

  1. Well it’s fine you didn’t win because your blog didn’t really fit in that category. Most of the other were destination oriented travel and not really the airline industry they should have just had a separate category for aviation related blog.

  2. Top Honors for a lively industry blog, Cranky. Kinda like the Conde Nast results that break down everything and every provider every which way from Sunday! Congrats to you.

    Ach…food and flying. No wonder they won with such nice memories!

  3. In Minnesota you can be up by several hundred points and after a recount loose by 250. Might want to contest the results. Some votes might have been wrongly rejected.

  4. I will not add another recount joke in here…but on behalf of myself, my hedgehog, my cat, my dog and my dead relatives we did our best to push you over the top, ChiTown style! You had a nice showing bro…and if I want to learn about Peruvian wombat cheese, I will check out the Kug site. If I want to know what is really going on with this wackey industry we call global aviation … I will be on yours. Take a guess which one matters more to me.

  5. Thanks everyone for the support.

    Johnny Plane – You’re right. This was a pretty ugly case of shoehorning a bunch of very different blogs into an awkward category. I mean, you’ve got an airline-focused blog on my end while the Kug really does appear to be more about food as the centerpiece of her travels. They definitely don’t belong in the same category, but oh well.

    Of course, there’s the argument that any contests like these are problematic in general because they’re easily manipulable. I mean, 1,400 votes would have won and that is over a week where each person can vote every day. That’s not a true measure of being the best blog, it’s just a matter of having the best voting strategy and biggest network of friends.

    Look at Jaunted – that blog is huge and very popular but it finished near the bottom, probably because they wouldn’t mention it or solicit any votes. Yet in a head to head popularity contest, they should have crushed everyone. Then you have a site like the Kug which has an Alexa rank of nearly 6 million (translation = tiny), but it can beat out sites like Jaunted handily.

    So the point is, these things are fun and they’re easy to get wrapped up in, but ultimately they generate more traffic for everyone and that’s always good.

  6. All it means is that the winner just had more of their friends voting over and over and over again.

    Or this was just another Gore/Bush voting ordeal.

    If it makes you feel better, you can have one free Alitalia blog next week…

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