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Avant Garde Bloggies Awards’ 09: Winners

And the Winners and Runner-ups for Avant Garde Bloggies Awards are:

1.1 Best short story post

Winner: A true story of love (A candle burnt on 26/11/09)
Author: Lemonytree
Runner up: Of Hands That Held and Promises Not Kept
Author: Chandni

1.2. Best off-beat post

Winner: Draupadi, Sita and Helen of Troy
Author: Indian Homemmaker
Runner up: Yuva Dares to Bring Open Closet
Author: Sam

1.3. Best Book Review post

Winner: Book Review: “Bitter Chocolate – Child Sexual Abuse in India” by Pinki Virani
Author: Kiran Rao
Runner up: The Case of Missing Servant
Author: Smita

1.4. Best Movie Review post

Winner: Wake Up Sid Movie Review
Author: Partha Pratim
Runner up: Kurbaan
Author: Sahil Rizwan

1.5. Best Music Review post

Winner: Share a Tune: Inspired Music in Indian Films
Author: Gauri
Runner up: Rahman Unseen
Author: Shruthi

1.6.Best How-to post

Winner: How to Make Girlfriend
Author: DesiNinja
Runner up: Taking control of your inbox: Inbox Zero
Author: Vaibhav Gadodia

1.7. Most interesting personal rant post

Winner: Saala Ek Machchar Aaadmi Ko
Author: Sourabh Biswas
Runner up:
5 Reason Why I am more miserable than Dilbert
Author: Prateek Gupta

1.8.  Most Humorous post

Winner: We are Indians and so is Our English
Author: Gauri
Runner up:
1 Socialite, 1 Entrepreneur and 1 Software Engineer
Author: Abhiskek Iyengar

1.9. Best Satirical post

Winner: Driving in Delhi
Author: Amreekandesi
Runner up: The Undibloggies awards – the Indibloggies for the rest of us
Author: Neo Indian

1.10. Best travel post

Winner: London Files
Author: Parul
Runner up:
When I Saw God in Valparai…
Author: Radha

1.11. Best visual post

Winner: I Love My India
Author: Swaram
Runner up:
I Am Going On A Short Break
Author: Sakshi

1.12. Best culinary post

Winner: Gulab Jamun Recipe for Indian Cooking
Author: Srivalli
Runner up:
Not so Boring Potato

1.13. Best consumer rights post

Winner: Who is Ripping and Cheating?
Author: Madhurie Singh
Runner up: Net Neutrality and Indians
Author: Indyeah

1.14. Best Poetry post

Winner: Ode to My Once Slim Waist
Author: Ritu
Runner up: For Brave Lady
Author: Suranga

1.15. Best tech post

Winner: Analyzing Twitter Lists-Follower Ratio As An Indicator Of Influence
Author: Mahendra
Runner up: 8 Google Wave plugins you must try when you get an account
Author: Dinsan

1.16. Best public interest post

Winner: In Silence I Suffer Hidden Hurt
Author: Tikuli
Runner up: Sex Education Has Nothing to Do with Blue Films
Author: Indian Homemaker

1.17. Best Personal post

Winner: If I Knew What I Know Now
Author: Minal
Runner up: Slumdogs. White Tigers. Indians.
Author: Amit

1.18. Best 55er post

Winner: Caught in Her Own
Author: Shilpa Garg
Runner up: Her Fault
Author: Shail

1.19. Most Evocative Post on Parenting

Winner: Three Generations
Author: Mad Momma
Runner up: I want I want I want
Author: Kiran/Karmic Kids

Blog awards

2.1. Most Beautiful Header award

Winner: Sahil Rizwan (Designed by Ashwin Chandran)
Runner up: Monika Manchanda – Mommy Blog

2.2. Most interesting sidebar award

Winner: Indimag
Runner up: Psych Babbler
and Indian Homemaker (IHM)

2.3. Best “About me” page award

Amreekan Desi
Runner up: Vivek

2.4. Best blog design award

Winner: MayG and UTP
Runner up: Smita and Psych Babbler

2.5. Best Professional Blogger

Winner: The HR Store
Runner up: Rupa Rajgopalan

2.6. Most Disciplined blogger

Winner: Madhurie Singh
Runner up: Vimal

2.7. Most Networking blogger

Winner: Vimal (V-Lokam)
Runner up: Dhiren

2.8. Most Responsive Blogger

Winner: Vimal and Madhurie Singh
Runner up: Swaram

Congratulations to all the winners! With this we pull down the curtain on Avant Garde Bloggies Awards 2009.

P.S: 1. All the Avant Garde badges have been designed by Chirag, Dinsan and Sakshi.

2. Avant Garde Blog is public now. You can check the voting percentages of each category there.

Avant Garde Bloggies Awards: Results and More Light

The Avant Garde Bloggies Awards have concluded finally. I am aware I tried your patience a lot. (I have a self-deprecating, wry smile on my face now.) I apologize only for that: delay and inability to update as much as possible.

The results will be published on Monday.  You will also be able to see the percentages of votes case in favour of each candidate on the Avant Garde Bloggies Blog when the blog will be made public again on Monday.

There, the main objective of this post is done. Now is the time to express more about on motivations that led to Avant Garde and the thoughts behind it.

I started Avant Garde only because there was no measurable, prestigious, fair way of awarding blog posts. Every award seemed to be out of appreciation by a friend, rather than excellence. Awards are big motivation, as I know firsthand. And I decided if I am to reciprocate or hand out awards, I have to do it fairly, ingeniously, in a way every one gets to have their say. Readers of blog have their say. And yet, only excellence is awarded.

Avant Garde Bloggies Awards had three stages and each one had a thought behind them. It is a pity that I never took out time to explain these to my readers, or if I did, it didn’t really reach all my readers. Maybe I should blame my publicist, Nikhil, for it. 😛 (I know you refuse to believe, but Avant Garde had a professional-blogger publicist.) But better late than never. Plagued by few unseen challenges, I think it’s time I explain my thoughts. I owe the readers and participants an explanation.

Stage 1: Nominations were made by readers who liked a particular post and also author could nominate themselves. I realised most people (Ok, I amend that to ‘several’) were hesitant to nominate themselves. But reasoning behind the ‘self-nomination’ was that this award was for a post and not a blog. Who better than the author of the blog knows about his/her best work? Who else, indeed?

Plus, in case of a popular blog, which was nominated by more than 2 readers, it was the nomination by the author of the blog that was considered as final.

Also, this time around, there were restrictions that same blog cannot be nominated in more than three categories. Multiple nominations by same author in a category were not allowed. Yet most people did not pay heed to rules (but there were some who did, thank you to them), as a result the nomination list could not be compiled simultaneously. Most volunteers on the Scrutinizing Committee later had tough time finishing the task due to this reason. Unlike the last time where a list was ready to be scrutinized by them, now they had to first compile the list, and then sort by title, category and author.

[This is why it took about a month to put up a list of final nominations after pruning the 700+ entries we received. I shudder to think what would have had these folks not divided task amongst themselves: Dhiren, Vee, Vimal, Smita, Gaurav and Jaslene. Like me, Avant Garde was not their primary or even secondary vocation in life after our gruelling full-time jobs.  I remember one night I sat in dismay and defeat about how to go ahead with final sorting and formatting. Indyeah offered to help. Though she fell sick around the same time, she managed to show me light. Once I dug in work, I finished it in two nights straight. Wish she had intervened sooner, I could have had done with some light and vigor she infused. Avant Garde weighed heavily on my shoulders those days, resulting in more of Freudian inefficiency. ]

Stage 2: Judgment. Choice of judges was made on just two things; that the judges were bloggers and experts in the categories they were judging. Expert in the sense they knew the art of the categories they were judging and they had practiced it themselves. For example, Meetu is professional movie reviewer at her blog WOGMA. Anshul is cartoonist and photographer, his work for both can be seen here and here. Nikhil himself had a funny blog to credit and has also published a book. Nita, whose blog, I consider to be an authority on anything related to India and public service-related posts.

In some cases, I had my personal friends, like Rashmi whose tastes in literature I have come to trust over the years. She is also qualified to do that with her degree in literature and the fact that she writes to earn her own living. Withering Willow is another friend who makes her living writing ‘how-to’s and has a great eye for design. She is also a trained graphic designer and I have had pleasure to appreciate her design skills and creativity while working with her.

So, back to Avant Garde process, there are two judges in each category. Judges have a free hand to decide the criteria they use to score a category. For example, one of the judges’ criteria to rate posts in movie review category was:

Story-Screenplay-Characters/Acting/Direction/Other Technicalities/Language used/Contextual Reference/Insight/Humor/Style/Spoilers

Other judge’s criteria for scoring public interest category was: Importance of Issue raised/Aspects Covered/Extra insights/Originality/Clarity and writing style/Impact

Judges were requested to rate all posts on a scale of 10. Also, they had a right not to rate or reject a post if it is too shoddy or was plagiarised, but the reasons needed to be recorded.

Now scores from two judges were added to decide the 6 best posts. If you look at it carefully, there are two outcomes of such a system:

  1. It ensures only best, 6 best in this case, posts go to next stage of the award. This was important since by experience I know how sometimes polls are NOT actual reflection of excellence; they only reflect popularity of the blog/blogger.
  2. No one person has control over who wins or loses. Let me explain this one. We have judges of two different sensibilities on a category. For example, my sense of humour will be different than Nikhil’s whacky style. So, when we both judge same category, our criteria for judgement are different. So, the posts that emerge as winners are ones that have been scored reasonably well by BOTH of us. The 6 best posts are that were highly rated individually by Nikhil or me will not make the final cut if the other judge did not like it.

Stage 3: Polls. This is where you came in, readers. After having rated posts for their excellence, this stage does leave room to gauze popularity of a blog/blogger/post. There arises another challenge. I realised, several folks were shy to ask for vote for themselves. If you scrutinise the percentages carefully when I publish them on Monday, you will realise there are bloggers who have received no votes at all. Why? Either they never realised that they made it there (maybe they didn’t care at all) and they never informed their readers that they were nominated.

On the other hand, there were participants who ‘canvassed’ a lot. A friend also revealed how she stumbled upon a mail that was sent to her colleagues by an Avant Garde participant asking all of them to vote on the given link. The person had sent a mass mailer to all colleagues, family and friends coaxing them to vote! Now in this case, if the person wins, it is not excellence but the networking that won. Not that I have anything against it or I can stop it.

But my awards become a fail, if all participants do not inform their readers of their nominations. Because then all nominees are not getting a fair chance at polls. Some absolutely brilliant bloggers were also shy about letting their readers about it. I understand their inhibitions, but though I too may not be canvass for myself, I will at the least inform my readers.

Some categories had bare minimum voting initially, and it hurt. Unless good number of votes came in, there would be no weight in the verdict. That would have amounted to the failure of the mammoth effort undertaken. I pushed bloggers I knew to inform their reader about their nominations. In most cases, a single tweet or a Facebook update or a blogpost worked wonders.

Overall I received about 250 responses in a week. Except five categories (Best Music review, Best Sidebar, Best Header, Best Personal, Best Off-beat) all categories had 100 plus votes. Not bad, considering I am not big one on publicity, except one almost daily tweet by me. I am rather happy about the participation.

My last word before I sign off: All the posts that made it to polls were excellent as per se judges, irrespective of they win or not in polls. Polls , though are measure of popularity or networking, they are not ultimate devices to gauze excellence. Another thing, if you note, I have little control over who wins or loses, even in those few categories that I judged. It has so many deciding entities at various stages. Please do not curse me when you see the results. (Which is why I made this whole effort of writing this long post.  :P)

Lastly, thank you everyone: volunteers, badge designers (including Chirag, Sakshi and Dinsan), judges and above all participants for making this happen! Avant Garde exists because of its participants. Thanks to each one of you who wrote a post of Avant Garde in its inception days (and later) and spread the word in every way possible. May God bless you all!

Signing off,


Avant Garde Bloggies Awards: Polls are live

Polls are LIVE at Avant Garde Bloggies Awards blog.

This is the FINAL, deciding phase where you have your say. Please vote for your favorite finalist. You can also find the list of finalists in each category here.

Please spread the word and vote. Polls will be live for a week, they will close on Sunday 28th March at midnight.

May the best win.

Once again a BIG thanks to all volunteers and judges who made it possible. 😀

Avant Garde Bloggies Awards 2009: Finalists

And the finalists for Avant Garde Bloggies Awards are:

1.1. Best Short Story Post

Plus and Minus

Author: Destination Infinity

Of Hands That Held and Promises Not Kept

Author: Chandni

Sometimes its love not crush but still

Author: Preposterous girl

A true story of love (A candle burnt on 26/11/09)

Author: Lemonytree

Arranged: Re-arranged

Author: Urmila Santosh

They Should Put in Jail for That

Author: Arshat Chaudhary

1.2 Best Off-Beat Post

Unharnessed thinking

Author: Smitha

5 Reasons Why You Should Not Shift from blog to

Author: Vikas Gupta

Yuva Dares to Bring Open Closet

Author: Sam

25 Years of Poison Bhopal

Author: Azad

Draupadi, Sita and Helen of Troy

Author: Indian Homemaker

Oh My God!

Author: Hades

1.3 Best Book Review

The Case of Missing Servant

Author: Smita

Review: Girl with Dragon Tattoo

Author: Couch Papaya

Constant Princess by Philipa Gregory

Author: SR/Shweta

Two by Ana Bronte

Author : Ava Suri


Author: Tonya

Book Review: “Bitter Chocolate – Child Sexual Abuse in India” by Pinki Virani

Author: Kiran Rao

1.4. Best Movie Review Post

Wake Up Sid Movie Review

Author: Partha Pratim

Love of the Mango People Aaj Kal

Author: Amrita


Author: Sahil Rizwan

Wake up Sid : Serene Serendipity

Author : Udta Hathi

Inglorious Basterds

Author : Pulkit

WAR = Desire of Individuals

Author: Sathish

1.5. Best Music Review Post

Share a Tune: Inspired Music in Indian Films

Author: Gauri

Delhi 6 Review

Author: Harry

Jazz all the way

Author : Arti Krishna Kumar

Soundtrack of Kaminey

Author: Bhargav Saikia

Rahman Unseen

Author Shruthi

1.6. Best How-to Post

Extracting Virgin Coconut Oil at Home

Author: Sangeeta Khanna

How to Add a Custom Header for Arras Theme

Author: Lekhni

Being Mom How To Deal with Toddler

Author Prerna

How to Make Girlfriend 9

Author DesiNinja

How To Do Nothing at Work and Still Get Paid

Author : Jay Maniar

Taking control of your inbox: Inbox Zero

Author: Vaibhav Gadodia

1.7. Most Interesting Personal Rant Post

5 Reason Why I am more miserable than Dilbert

Author: Prateek Gupta

Pull a Kramer

Author: Rads

A tweet on twitter that caused such a flutter

Author: Shalini Puthiyedam

Daughter of Mine

Author: Indy

Saala Ek Machchar Aaadmi Ko

Author: Sourabh Biswas

Do You Do Home Audit?

Author: Minal

1.8. Most Humorous Post

Time Flies, Yeah

Author: HyperMom

Daaru Pradesh – Gawd’s Own State

Author: Tantanoo/Shantanu

1 Socialite, 1 Entrepreneur and 1 Software Engineer

Author: Abhishek  Iyengar

Gay Pride Takes Violent Turn in Pub

Author: Hades

No Excuse for No Exercise

Author: Salil

We are Indians and so is Our English

Author: Gauri

1.9 Best Satirical Post

The Undibloggies awards – the Indibloggies for the rest of us

Author: Neo Indian

Corporate Code

Author: Partha Pratim

Driving in Delhi

Author: Amreekandesi

Politics for Dummies

Author: Sraboney Ghosh

Dear Foreigner: Here is Guide to India

Author: Jammy

We Need More Reservations

Author: Hades

1.10 Best travel post


Author: Avada Kedavra

Coorg – A journey to Scotland of India

Author : Rahul / Santosh

Sarson Patal

Author : Ashwin Baindur

Travel to Munnar as told

Author: TRNaren

When I Saw God in Valparai…

Author: Radz/Radha

London files

Author: Parul

1.11. Best Visual Post

I Am Going On A Short Break

Author: Sakshi

New Guests In Our Garden – A Bird Family

Author: Sandhya

Iftaar Party

Author: Patricia Torres

Diversity of Wildlife

Author: Sandeep R

What I Have Been Upto This Summer

Author: Home cooked

I Love My India

Author: Swaram

1.12. Best Culinary Post

Gulab Jamun Recipe for Indian Cooking

Author: Srivalli

Not so Boring Potato

Author: Gunjaish

Hyderabadi Dum Gosh Biryani

Author: Varunavi

Dolmas Stuffed Grapes Leaves

Author: Anita

French Macarons with Chocolate

Author: Parita

Bread Banana Pudding

Author: SJ

1.13 Best Consumer Rights Post

Mystery of Landline Connection

Author: Tarun Goel

Who is Ripping and Cheating?

Author: Madhurie Singh

Newspaper Columns for Sale

Author: Charakan

Newspaper Myths Deconstructed

Author: Sraboney Gosh

HSBC Credit Card and Unending Trauma

Author: HyperMom

Net Neutrality and Indians

Author: Indyeah

1.14. Best Poetic Post Award

For Brave Lady

Author: Suranga

I Remember

Author: Mystic Margarita

Sleepy Blessing

Author: Aparna Karthik

In Reassurance

Author: Usha Pisharody

Michael Learns to Rock

Author Ekta Khetan

Ode to my once slim waist

Author: Ritu

1.15. Best Tech Post

Analyzing Twitter Lists-Follower Ratio As An Indicator Of Influence

Author: Mahendra

Google Public DNS- a ploy to get handle on the real-time pulse of the internet?

Author: Sandeep Gautam

How to Do everything with your mobile phone

Author: Jay

8 Google Wave plugins you must try when you get an account

Author: Dinsan

Some blogging errors bloggers should avoid

Author: Vikas Gupta

Which Webhosting Should I Take

Author: Sanjay Goel

1.16. Best Public Interest Post

Sex Education Has Nothing to Do with Blue Films

Author: Indian Homemaker

Year After Mumbai Attacks

Author: Snigdha SenHalf plus seven and all that jazz

Author: Usha Vaidyanathan

Is Homophobia an Alien Legacy of the Victorians?

Author : Man of Roma

Are We an Unclean Nation?

Author: Smitha

In Silence I Suffer Hidden Hurt

Author: Tikuli

1.17. Best Personal Post

When Amore is Parasitic

Author: Liana

All for Kiss: Crazy Confession from Sam

Author: Sam

If I Knew What I Know Now

Author: Minal

My Worst Lies Are The Ones I Tell Myself…

Author: Pinochina

Of Robbers, Inspirational Teachers and Folks who forced me to do this

Author: Dreamer

Slumdogs. White Tigers. Indians.

Author: Amit

1.18. Best 55er Post

Caught in Her Own

Author: Shilpa Garg

55 Fiction – #23

Author: Shruti

Her Fault

Author: Shail

Hide and Seek 55

Author: Chandni

The Dark Knight

Author: The Solitary Writer

The Silence of the Noise

Author: Pal/Pallavi

1.19 Most Evocative Post on Parenting

Daily Dose

Can We Hear Sobs of Tiny Voices

Author: Passionate Goof/Goofymama

Three Generations
Author: Mad Momma

You Know You are a Dad When
Author: Masood

I want I want I want
Author: Kiran/Karmic Kids

I Don’t Want my Child to be Obedient
Author: Smitha

2.1. Most beautiful header award :

Psych Babbler


Monika Manchanda – Mommy Blog

M. A. Rauf



2.2. Most Interesting SideBar

Psych Babbler


Indian HomeMaker (IHM)

Monika Manchanda



2.3. Best About Me Page :



Amreekan Desi


Avada Kedavra

About Vivek

2.4. Best blog design award:



Psych Babbler

MayG and UTP

Figments of Imagination (Leo)


2.5. Best Professional Blogger

Rupa Rajgopalan

Shefaly Yogendra

The HR Store



2.6. Most Disciplined Blogger :

Rakesh Vanamali




Indian Homemaker (IHM)

Psych Babbler



Arun Prabhudesai


Monika Manchanda

Madhurie Singh

Ugich Konitari




Xpressive Thoughts


Maradhi Manni

Sujata headed to India



Quirky Indian



2.7. Most Networking Blogger :

Arti Krishna Kumar


The Chronic Writer




2.8. Most responsive blogger






Indian Homemaker



Madhurie Singh



1. Posts in Best Musical Review and Best Consumer Rights Post category went directly for polling as nominations were few.

2. Best Disciplined Blogger and Best Networking Blogger will be decided only by voting. Therefore, more than 6 entries will be going for polls.

3. Polls, which is the final phase, start on Monday.They will be held for a week on Avant Garde Bloggies Blog.

4. Also, have decided to do away with the idea of party. Original intent was just to bestow appreciation, so that is what it will be. Also, not many souls seemed excited by the idea.

5. Two of my blogger-friends, Solilo and Indyeah had withdrawn their nominations from all categories. However,  I managed to persuade Indyeah to retain her nomination in Best Consumer Rights post category since there were not many worthy contenders there.

Avant Garde Bloggies Awards Update

As you know, the judgment phase is going on. Delayed as the first phase.

Except for few categories, 6 best posts for all categories have been decided. For these some categories, two revered judges Anshul and Nikhil are still to revert with results. These two bloggers have unfortunately been too busy with their travels and work. Between them, these categories remain to be judged: Best humorous, Best Satirical, Best How to, Best Book Review, Best 55er and Best Interesting Personal Rant.

What happens after judges score arrive?

After ALL judges decide the 6 best posts in a category, these 6 best posts will go for poll. Polls for each category will last only for a week. Now my question to you readers is: Would you like me to start polls for the categories I already have received the judgement for? That is, staggered polls in batches.  Or should I wait for all results to arrive (in aforementioned categories that are being judged by Anshul and Nikhil) before starting polls?

One of the judges for movie review category Meetu has some prize in mind for the winners in this category. Also, the winner gets to post a movie review at her Web site WOGMA,  which is a popular movie review site. Yay!

Also, there has been a suggestion that we can hold a closing ceremony for Avant Garde in Pune for all runner ups, winners, volunteers and judges . Though I have so far been reluctant to host any prizes or ceremony, since idea was just to laud the best of those who participate. Also, having a party in Pune means several winners/runner-ups residing in other cities would not be able to make it. So what do you say, should we have any party as such or not? Your thoughts? Please write in the comments section.

Before I sign off, a big THANK YOU to all the wonderful judges: Meetu (first one to send her scores and generously offered to do more), Muse (who has time and again stood by me irrespective of my sporadic communication), Rashmi (Worked late to send me scores before she took her vacation, she also started a new blog here), Withering Willow (Ditto, worked late alongside her hectic job), Nita (Sent me her scores even though it conflicted with her professional projects, I was after all delayed in compiling first cut list), Magik (who also gave me word of mouth feedback about good ones), Vee (Did a thorough job at reviewing and detailing each entry and sent me score before he went on vacation).

Final Nominations in Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – 2009

About 300 Participants and 700 + nominations. Pruned down finally to 300+ in compliance with rules.

Note: 1. All series posts ( For example, Part 1, 2, 3 of a travel and story post) will be treated as one.

2. One person is eligible for nominations only in three categories. For those of you, who did not respond to emails from us, I have taken decision on my own.

3. Exception to Rule 2: It is only the people with several blogs have got 4 nominations. Avdi/Ava is an exception, she had 4 different niche blogs, hence, has got 5 nominations.

4. If you see an error in names of author or any duplication, let us know. Half of you didn’t let us know about the author of the posts, we have included what we could find from the blog.

5. All posts nominated in the categories of Best Consumer Rights Post and Best Music Review Post will directly go to polls (skipping the judgment step), since there are only 5/6 valid nominations in these categories.

6. Now this is over to judges listed here. They will take 15 days. After that there will be poll. It will take some time to decide, please bear with me with patience.

Next year, process needs to be automated, this is no longer one person job. Requires a team of dedicated people and processes. Would seek help from techies next year. Thanks! 🙂

Continue reading ‘Final Nominations in Avant Garde Bloggies Awards – 2009’

Happy Makar Sankranti: Updates

It was still two hours to go when I started writing this post, so yes, I am in time to wish you a very happy Makar Sankranti.

Update 1Bad news: No results today as promised. Avant Garde has been delayed. And I regret it.

Last time Avant Garde Bloggies Awards was smooth and on time. There were just about 100+ nominations and no complicated rules like limitations we have this time. This time, number of nominations received have been was mammoth 400+ 700+, thanks to social networking. Current list of nominations that I have on dashboard runs about 190 pages of Word document!! However, sad part is many of them are not compliant with rules.

In addition, I have been too caught with my full-time job, which is at the moment a WORK HELL (in terms of work load). As a result, Avant Garde suffered. I take full responsibility for the lapse and apologize for that.

But in doing that, I do disservice to friends and volunteers like Anshul, Dhiren, Vimal, Smita, Vee, Jaslene and Gaurav Saha. Because without them, I would not even have come this close.

I aim to finish FINAL compilation of nominations by this weekend. After that:

Phase 2: Judges select 6 best post in each categories (we will need 15 days for that)

Phase 3:  Polling on 6 best posts chosen by the judges (we will have 7 days of polling).

So yes, Avant Garde is DELAYED by exactly a month.

Polling will happen on Avant Garde Bloggies Awards Blog, which is now public. You can also see the list of judges there.

Update 2: As for compliance with rules, we have written to most of you bloggers, who have more than the allowed number of nominations, during this time.  But so many of you have not responded. Some of those who have not responded yet are: Noyon, Dev, NoyonPinasha, Blue Mist, Avada Kedavra, Suranga, Partha Pratim. Folks, if you answer by Saturady, All is well. But if not, I am regretful to inform that I will have to take off your nominations. 😦

For each of you who participated, thank you. 🙂 Especially those who nominated in compliance with rules the first time, a BIG thank you. You have no idea how much effort you have saved us. For next year, there has to be an automated system to compile and sort nominations.  But that will be later.

Update 3: And in other news (which my friend Gauri says is most overused cliche), I was interviewed at Blogadda. Life seems to have come to a full circle at least where interviews are concerned. Once I had started this initiative to interview bloggers at a team blog Being a Blogger (BaB), now I am myself the Interviewee.

You can read Part 1 of my interview here, which is more personal and about me and Part 2, which is more of my opinions on various issues. Let me know what you think about it. 🙂

Avant Garde Bloggies Awards 2009 – Addition of Categories

I have to start by thanking everyone for your support. We have received about 120+ nominations. Again, with public demand, here are two new categories:

Best 55 er Post: It is a post that tells a story in 55 words.

Best evocative post on parenting:  This category included all posts about your kids, parenting in general. It includes both mommy bloggers and daddy bloggers, if there are terms like that. 🙂

I would also like to point out that you can nominate all your science/nature posts under the Best Tech post category. Depending on the number of nomiantions we have in the Science category, we can start that next year. 🙂

Remember if a category doesn’t receive at least 6 nominations, it will be scrapped. There are very few nomiantions in these categories:

1. Best Consumer Rights post

2. Best Professional Blog

3. Best Tech Post

4. Best How-to Post (which surprisingly was a popular category last year)

5. Best Culinery Post: Surprisingly so far received only 6 nominations! How come! I thought we had lot of food  bloggers around. We then certainly have not been reaching out to all the right people.

Nominate more posts and save these categories from dungeons. 🙂

You can check the list of categories here. Please send in your nominations in the comments section of this Avant Garde kick-off post.

Note that if you can not see your comment after posting, please DO NOT WORRY. It has most probably gone into spam due to too many links.   I will retrieve it when I spend a moment on wordpress. For safety sake, just let me know in another comment that you nominated, I will approve your comment.

Lastly, please read the rules before nominating. As per now, you can nominate you posts in three categories, which excludes the blog award categories as listed in the list of categories. I publicly request all of you who have nominated themselves in all the categories, to consider and let us know,  in which three categories you would like to enter your blog posts.

P.S: Avant Garde Bloggies Awards Group on Facebook. has about 110 members, please join them for more updates that are not regularly posted here on the blog.

P.P.S:  Both the current header and Avant Garde Bloggies Awards badges have been designed by Chirag.

P.P.P.S: Please DO NOT write in your nominations in the comment section of this post. For nominations, write in the comments section of this Avant Garde kick-off post.

The Avant Garde Bloggies Awards 2009 – Kick Off

It’s that time of year again. On public demand, Avant Garde Bloggies Awards 2009 are here.

As you know from 2008, Avant Garde Bloggies awards aim to recognise the best posts from your blog. It is an award competition where your entries are voted and judged by fellow, expert bloggers. It is a competition to recognise your blog. And as always, its meant to be fun and healthy.

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