Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – Announcements

avant-garde-badgeBest 6 finalists for Avant Garde Bloggies Awards have been decided in each category. Thanks to wondrous efforts by the judges! ๐Ÿ™‚ As each category was judged by two different judges (sometimes one of them being me), panel of 8 judges proved less for 34 categories. I had to look for more judges as my existing panel of judges had enough Avant Garde work on their palette.

I wrote to professionals (writer bloggers and poetry professors), they showed interest but perhaps backed out when they realised it was voluntary work. I lost ample time in the process. I wrote to other blogger friends to judge, some of them responded too late and some of them gave up at eleventh hour due to personal and professional crisis. I understand their circumstances as it could have happened to me. In fact, it has happened to me.

Yet Avant Garde could be made possible because my panel of judges bailed me out. I literally ordered Lallopallo in face of his busy work schedule to take up more categories. I wrote back to Muse, who sat up the night to do the scores after having a gall bladder surgery! Muse, I am touched and indebted. Inside, I feel guilty to put you to that inconvenience. Nikhil was travelling, I forced him to judge four new categories and gave him another deadline. If he failed to send me something, he was just a call away. Anshul too took up two moreย  categories. Ditto for Nita and Withering Willow, who took up extra work despite their working schedules.

Guys, I am deeply indebted to you. If I can make any bit of success of Avant Garde, itโ€™s due to the efforts made by you guys. Thank you! This phrase may not be enough to match up your efforts, but it certainly has my heart-felt appreciation and gratitude. If there is something I can do for you, please feel free to let me know.

As I said, I did have to get new judges, time to tell you about them:

Joseph Thomas and Ankur Sharma for Best Musical Post category

Meetu from WOGMA for Best Movie Review Category

Lemonade for Best Header Category

Sakhi for Best Culinery Post Category

Vinaya for Consumer Rights and Public Interest Post Categories

Rashmi for Best Poetic Post Category

Thank you too, guys for helping me with Avant Garde!

Polls will be live on Monday, till 6th December. Winners for Avant Garde Bloggies Awards will be announced on 11th December, as scheduled earlier. Watch this space for more information.

Notes to the Bloggers About Polling

1. In case of categories, where there were only six or less than six nomination, judgesโ€™ ratings will be added to the poll scores. In case of rest of the categories, the judgesโ€™ scores have already been used to decide 6 best posts for polling. Polling results alone will prevail in this case. In case, there is a tie in polling scores, judgesโ€™ scores will play the deciding role.

2. It has been decided that the winners for most responsive blogger and most networking blogger will be decided solely by polling. I am still to find a judge who knew all the nominee bloggers well enough to make a decision.

3. As this time, Avant Garde Bloggies Awards, did allow about 2 nominations from a blogger in a category. There have been cases where two best posts from same author has thronged dual space amongst six finalists.

Most of the judges expressed their disleasure about it, but we have retained dual place in finals only because our nomination rules DID allow dual nominations. In hindsight, I should have barred multiple nomination but I gave in to pressure from fellow bloggers. But next time around, if Avant Garde is organised yet again, this pracice will be discontinued.

Related Posts:
Badges for Avant Garde Bloggies Awards
Final List of Nominated Posts

24 Responses to “Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – Announcements”

  1. 1 Reema November 14, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    Thanks to all the judges from my side too! Yoo hoo waiting for Monday!

  2. 3 HuesofLife November 14, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Congrats. I know organizing events like these is hard work and my congratulations to everyone who contributed to making this happen.

    Btw, where r the final 6 nominations in each category, or will they be announced only when u open the poll?

  3. 4 falcon November 14, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    waitin for monday… it has been quite a long wait…
    but i know the task was monsterous..and the post were indeed good.. . so choosing any 6 would have been very difficult …
    ( i HAVEN’T even read all the nominated post..)

    Kudos to the judges.. for doing such a gr8 work…

  4. 5 Smita November 14, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Waiting for Monday now ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. 7 vimal November 15, 2008 at 2:10 am

    Wonderful ! Waiting for Monday ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. 8 Crazy Sam November 15, 2008 at 8:37 am

    Wow! I’m really excited! Congrats to each and all who made this possible.

  7. 9 lallopallo November 15, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Poonam, you dont need to be so indebted. Judging was fun and also a learning experience..thanks for giving me this opportunity.
    I think we all should cheer for you for your enthusiasm and hard work in organizing and putting together these awards, especially when you are doing so in good faith without expecting any rewards from any source.

  8. 10 Arpit November 15, 2008 at 10:59 am

    its a wait and watch situation……by the poonam since the day i nominated my post …..my blogs rating have tremendously gone up…..thanks to avante garde……i have got new readers ๐Ÿ˜›

  9. 11 Nikhil November 15, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Wah Wah Wah… What an awesome event this is turning out to be! Poonam, hats off for making this so cool..!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. 12 Amit November 15, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Waiting for the AGB Awards nominations!
    I can understand now what those filmmakers go through when they wait for the Oscar nominations!!

  11. 13 Nimmy November 15, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    Wow..this is really exciting and a great leanring process…Kudos to all people behind the endevour..Looking forward for further updates..

    good day and best wishes..

  12. 14 Ashish November 15, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Good work!! I wish my post is also nominated

  13. 15 Rinchen November 16, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Wow! Seems a lot of work was put into the Awards. Way to go. Good luck to all the finalists!

  14. 16 museditions November 16, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Congrats to Poonam and Chirag and all the judges. It was a lot of work, but in a good way. I was happy to do what I could between naps while I recover. Fun!

  15. 17 Reema November 16, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Umm so can we campaign for votes? ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. 18 Puneet November 16, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Great job by the judges, so when will the finalists be declared. Midnight of monday?????

  17. 19 Su November 16, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    amazing work! like everyone, i too am waiting for monday. heck! its only an hour and half away. ๐Ÿ˜›

  18. 20 Daniel's Critical Corner November 16, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Monday Is Almost Here !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. 21 Poonam November 17, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    @all: THanks for your patience and appreciation! Polls are live now at http://avantgardebloggies.wordpress.com/

    Choose your blogging award category from tag cloud and cast your vote. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Huesiflife: Polls are live, so you can find all finalists there.

    @lallopallo: That was so gracious of you to say so. Thank so much for being part of Avant Garde!

    @Arpit: You are welcome, any day. ๐Ÿ™‚

    @Museditions: Muse, I will always remember this. ๐Ÿ™‚ Take care!

    @Reema: Yes, you can freely campaign. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 22 meetu November 17, 2008 at 2:52 pm


    If you can spend so much time and energy in organizing this event, the least I could do is contribute in my little way!


  21. 23 Poonam Sharma November 18, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    @Meetu: I thank you for making that gracious comment. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am touched.

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