Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – Last Day of Nominations

Avant Garde Bloggies Awards as been moving on successfully with contribution from all you readers. It is going forward with the help of several gracious volunteers.

Nominations have been overflowing. It has been a tremendous response. I have received about four times the maximum number of posts that will go for poll. Thank you, all!

Today is the last day of the nominations. After this, we will invite entries in only few specific categories.

As I said, maximum 6 best posts will be open for polls. I do not expect a reader to read more than 6 posts in the poll.

For most categories (except 5), most categories have received at least 2 times more nominations. However, the current list of nominations is not final as it is not entirely compliant with nomination rules.

Nomination Rules

As per nominations rules, no post can be entered into two separate categories. There are multiple entries by a blogger in same category because as it happens some posts have been nominated by friends and readers. Sometimes the nominations have not been made in right categories and sometimes posts are more than year old. All of this is against the nomination rules.

Most informative post is strictly about link blogging. Here are few examples of my link blogging posts. Some nominations in this category are certainly devoid of links. Sometimes a post is clearly about social issues, yet it has been entered into most humourous category or most courageous category or most informative/best eye-opener. Sometimes bloggers are confused about which categories should their post fit in.

Scrutinising Committee

Therefore, to ensure compliance I have sought help from my Scrutinizing Committee: Reema, Smita, Vimal and Perx. These are the guys going through your nominations and ensuring that nomination rules are met. They are communicating and interacting with the blogger to ensure they put their best forward in a befitting category.

Scrutinizing committee members also have discretionary powers, they decide if a blogger can be allowed more than one entry in a category in exceptional cases. Their word, in this case, is final.

After nominations finish, scrutinizing committee will draw up a final list of nominations. I will publish this list here on Visceral Observations. This will pave way for second and third phases: Judgement by panel of judges and polling.

Process Revisited

I have a core team of 8 members in the judges’ panel, including me. These judges will shortlist 6 best posts in each category out of the final list of nominations. Only these 6 best posts will be open for the poll.

Each of these 6 best posts will also be rated on a scale of 10 by our judges. Each category will be judged by 3 judges (who do not have their nominations in that category), including me.

Combination of judges scores and poll results will decide the winner.

Who comprise the panel of judges?

Judges are from different backgrounds, agegroups and different sensibilities.

  1. Me (of, course)
  2. Nita: A fiesty, knowledgeble part-time journalist from Bombay who writes about India
  3. Nikhil: A whacky guy from Bangalore who would not hesitate to write about wierdest things you can be shy of imagining
  4. Museditions: An intersting blogger from US who calls herself lifelong student of philosphy, arts, science and music
  5. Withering Willow: A blogger and personal friend with an artistic bent of mind. She would rather tell you about colour therapy, spas, chakras than any verbal activism
  6. Rajib: A minute observer of life, he loves to travel and write. So far he blogs only for himself about quirks and tidbits in his life
  7. Lallopallo: A well-read, aspiring filmmaker residing in Canada, with articulate and incisive thoughtsΒ  πŸ˜›
  8. Anshul: A cartoonist blogger who has been featured on NDTV Metronation as well as Indian Express for the uniqueness of his blog
  9. Special Judges

  10. Joseph Thomas: A singer, composer and podcaster from Kerala
  11. Ankur Sharma: A firm apostle of culterazzi Web site that reviews everything from movie, music to theatre
  12. Lemonade: A student from Chennai who loves to create beautiful blog designs
  13. Sakhi: A doctor who loves to write stories and loves to cook
  14. Vinaya: A champion of consumer rights and an expert in personal finance
  15. Rashmi: A personal friend and English litterateur from Pune who loves to read poetry and books
  16. Meetu: The lady who runs this hugely successful movie review site Without Giving the Movie Away (WOGMA).


I must thank my judges who are taking their time out of their busy schedules to be part of Avant Garde Bloggies Awards.

I must thank members of my Scrutinising Committe, who are doing the ground work for the awrads.

I also thank Chirax, Ashish and Withering Willow for designing the badges for Avant Garde Awards. I will publish the badges in my next post.

I must also thank Dinsan for being a helpful techie, Ish for clarifying facts about Avant Garde Bloggies Awards and Sakhi for being an ever-willing volunteer.

And special thanks to my official publicist, Nikhil, who sent most of you mailers and informed you of awards. He also created Avant Garde Bloggies Awards video.

Nikhil, you rock! (I never use this phrase though), thank you for being a part of Avant Garde Bloggies Awards.

Related Posts:

Nominations So Far (List where you can check out your competition and read ecelectic posts)
Avant-Garde Bloggies Awards – Some Clarifications
Avant-Garde Bloggies Awards

29 Responses to “Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – Last Day of Nominations”

  1. 1 Nikhil October 14, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Fantastico! πŸ˜€
    Glad to be a part of the award process! And a judge, I’m honored! πŸ˜€
    And the response has been so overwhelming! Congrats Poonam for creating a fantastic concept! πŸ˜€

  2. 2 Anshul October 14, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Yeah, read Nikhil’s comment again, same here. πŸ™‚

  3. 3 chirax October 14, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Congrats Poonam for creating a fantastic concept! πŸ˜€

    @Nikhil : Will a beer sway your votes πŸ˜‰

  4. 4 Reema October 14, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks for including me in the scrutinizing team.

  5. 5 Nimmy October 14, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Err..I hope i can post one more nomination

    Best soical interest post


    Thanks and Good luck..Great effort from your side ..I hope you get a fine pool of great-read posts..

  6. 6 Nita October 14, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Congrats to you Poonam for organising this so well and I can say that I am proud to be a part of this exercise! Thanks.

  7. 7 Dinesh Babu October 14, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    You have done an awesome job organizing this, Poonam! Keep it up!

  8. 8 Amit October 15, 2008 at 12:11 am

    Great work Poonam. πŸ™‚ And a lot of hard work ahead for the Judges.
    Please make this a yearly affair because I would also like to contribute next year.

  9. 9 lallopallo October 15, 2008 at 4:42 am

    That’s neat work boss! Full marks to you for your sincerity and hard work towards organizing these awards.

    ” Lallopallo : A well-read, aspiring filmmaker residing in Canada, with articulate and incisive thoughts”

    Only the aspiring filmmaker part is correct.:)

    “Judges are from different backgrounds, agegroups and different sensibilities”
    Like, for example, Iam the youngest.;)

  10. 10 Roop Rai October 15, 2008 at 5:22 am

    oh no, i dun wanna be judged by lallupallu :p

  11. 11 museditions October 15, 2008 at 8:42 am

    I’m honored to be a judge, thank you. You are doing a lot of work here, Poonam! This is a fascinating project. Can’t wait to see how it all turns out! πŸ™‚

  12. 12 Poonam Sharma October 15, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    @Nikhil, Anshul, Chirag, Nita, ReemaDinesh Babu, Musditions: THnak you for teh appreciation and support, its quite motivating. πŸ™‚

    @lallopallo: Yuo youngest? ahem..you know I wrote entirely different intro for you which might have made you smile but led others into thinking that you were Simon Cowell, so I changed entirely. THis one isn’t half as spunky as other one I wrote. Maybe I will send you privately πŸ˜›

    @Amit: If I pull this one successfully, I will surely conduct it every year more professionally. Because I am learning from few mistakes.

    @Roop Rai: lallupallu? LOL

    @Nimmy: Nomination noted, no more as they are closed.

    @Nikhil: You dare not sway by offers like Chirag’s? I will whack you whacky guy πŸ˜›

  13. 13 sulz October 15, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    wow, muse is a judge, woot! πŸ˜€

  14. 14 Disturbed Stranger October 15, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    I’m honored to be nominated, thank you for the opportunity… I’m ecstatic about the results.. when will that be?

  15. 15 xylene October 16, 2008 at 9:26 am

    Cool. Everything looks too good. well organized.
    May the best deserving bloggers win !!!

  16. 16 soham shah October 16, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    I was out of Internet since last week and hence I missed to nominate my favourite posts in different categories ..

    Shitttttt !!! .. That is so poor on my part !!!

    Anyways, i will take part with more enthusiasm in the next version of this event !!

  17. 17 Nids October 16, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    This is pretty cool you know. Very good job you guys are doing here.

  18. 18 Su October 18, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Kudos to the whole team! and hats off to you poonam!

  19. 19 kanagu October 20, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Its really superb. Great idea.

  20. 20 kanagu October 20, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    May I know how to vote for a post? Or is it finished? Can you please help me?

  21. 21 Reema October 21, 2008 at 7:59 am

    @Kanagu Do u mean nominating a post or voting for a post? Nominations are over. Voting is yet to begin.

  22. 22 kanagu October 21, 2008 at 2:19 pm


    Thanks for information.. I asked about voting.

  23. 23 Poonam Sharma October 22, 2008 at 9:29 am

    @sulz: Do not try buying judges with coffee and chocolates. πŸ˜›

    @Disturbed Stranger: Winners will be decided on 11 December. In between, polls and rating by the judges will happen.

    @Xylene, Nids, Su: THnaks for your appreciation. I hope I am able to organise it well and with transparency.

    @Soham: If this is a success this year, you could try next year., for I am sure I will hold it then. πŸ™‚ Meanwhile, you can vote for the posts when the poll is on. Also, I will be inviting more entries in few categories.

    @Kanagu: You will soom know about the polls on this blog. THanks for your interest!

  24. 24 Daniel's Critical Corner October 22, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    πŸ™‚ Smiles from across the miles !!!

  25. 25 rambodoc October 22, 2008 at 7:42 pm

    This is moving like a corporate thing, guys!
    Are you giving out iPhones for the winners or tickets for two to Bangkok or Las Vegas?
    Great work, Poonam!

  26. 26 Poonam Sharma November 19, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    @Rambodoc: I would love to give away an iphone or tickets to Bangkok. Thanks for the idea. But the million-dollar question: Would you be agrreable to sponser it? πŸ˜›

    Thanks for the appreciation, polls are live now, please vote for your favorite post/blog/blogger.

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