Congrats to all the 2013 Bloggie Finalists and Winners!

The 2013 Bloggie winners were announced on March 24, and we were excited to see eleven WordPress.com bloggers among the finalists and winners.

Now in its 13th year, the Bloggie awards accept blog nominations for everything from Best Craft Weblog to Best-Kept Secret Weblog, winnowing down the nominees through rounds of voting until five finalists remain in each of its 30 categories.

The 2013 Bloggies

The 2013 Bloggies

We found lots of great new must-reads among the finalists — including the four WordPress.com bloggers who nabbed top honors in their categories. Maybe one of these WordPress.com gems will be your new go-to in the Reader:

Watts Up With That ran away with both Weblog of the Year and Best Science or Technology Weblog. Anthony Watts, a former television meteorologist, takes a skeptical view of government approaches to climate change on his controversial, highly-trafficked, and much-lauded blog.

If climate change and weather patterns are what float your boat, there was no shortage of WordPress.com blogs recognized for their work:

Australian Climate Madness won in the Best Australian or New Zealand Weblog category for penning incisive posts on the climate change debate and providing a forum for alternatives to government and media analyses of global warming.

Australian Climate Madness

Australian Climate Madness

Tallbloke’s Talkshop was a Best Science or Technology finalist. Another climate change skeptic, his take-no-prisoners writing style attracts thousands of readers, who jump in to create robust comment threads.

Climate Audit, also nominated in Best Science or Technology, focuses on unpacking the science behind climate studies with technical posts for the number-crunchers among us.

If you like your daily tour of the blogosphere to be a bit on the lighter side, there are plenty of nominated WordPress.com blogs on everything from books to parenting to cute baby hedgehogs:

3 Chic Geeks was recognized as Best New Weblog for a cheeky take on all things nerd. March Madness bracket pitting Torchwood against The Avengers? Check. Tips for throwing the world’s best Doctor Who season premiere party? Check.

3 Chic Geeks

3 Chic Geeks

The Movie Review Warehouse made it to the finals in Best Entertainment Weblog, where it held its own against heavy-hitters Jezebel and Perez Hilton. Looking for a film rec? A true movie warehouse, writer Bondo covers films from the 1940s through today.

Book blog Words for Worms was graced with a nomination for Best Writing of a Weblog for its literate but snarky take on everything from contemporary classics to young adult favorites. Check out her “Top Ten Tuesdays” posts for a concentrated dose of bookish opinion.

Fan favorite Captain Awkward, one of WordPress.com’s most popular advice columnists, got a nod in the Best Topical Weblog category, where she was a finalist.

The Urban Daddy was a daddyblogging juggernaut, picking up nominations for Best Canadian Weblog and Best Parenting or Family Weblog.

DIYer and marshmallow aficionado Pocketful of Joules can no longer claim to fly under the radar after making it to the finals of the Best-Kept Secret Weblog category.

Pocketful of Joules

Pocketful of Joules

Rounding out the illustrious eleven is perennial favorite of everyone who needs a cute kitten pick-me-up on a dreary Wednesday afternoon, Cute Overload.

Of the other nominees, 80 are self-hosted sites running the free WordPress software available at WordPress.org — which means that a whopping 68% of this year’s Bloggie finalists and winners are powered by WordPress!

Nominations generally open on January 1st of each new year, so if you didn’t see any of your favorites among this year’s finalists, make sure to nominate them in 2014. Congrats to this year’s nominees and winners!


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  1. JoulesDellinger

    Holy crap, and now I truly feel famous! Thanks for the shout-out! =)

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  2. colcolbing

    Well done to everyone nominated!

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  3. Words for Worms

    “Literate but snarky” is now my favorite phrase!

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  4. SrAthens Angeles

    Wow! How I wish I were a blogger!

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  5. tallbloke

    Thanks for the props Michelle, and well done to all the other finalists. Most of all, a huge thanks to WordPress.com for a superb blogging platform and brilliant support!

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  6. lolabees

    It’s no surprise that WP ruled the nominations. It’s definitely the best platform. Congrats to the winners!

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  7. marylou4

    That was just what I needed to help inspre me. Thanks for the helpful sugesstions.

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  8. Atilola David Abimbola

    congrat to all winners.

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  9. Jungo

    Congrats to the winners.

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  10. CiGriArg

    Congratulations!

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  11. Benjamin David Steele

    Wow! I checked out the climate blogs. Some of the posts were outright crackpot conspiracy theory, fear-mongering about their own projections of fear. I’d like to think that the internet will tend to lead to more informed debate than that kind of thing, but maybe I’m naive.

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    • Cheri Lucas

      As Michelle noted in another comment reply, all the nominations ultimately come from and are voted on by the online community at large — to shift what blogs are represented, nominate your favorites for next year.

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  12. Teepee12

    Congratulations to all. WordPress is becoming quite the powerhouse!

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  13. The Urban Daddy

    “The Urban Daddy was a daddyblogging juggernaut,” I love this! My ball-hockey team is called the Juggernauts. (LOL)
    The Bloggies are awesome and I can honestly say that quality of bloggers on this list is breath-taking. Each blog I visited was better than the previous one. I love using WordPress, because of all that I can do and how WP keeps on top of everything.

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  14. Dreamer of Dreams

    Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

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  15. Ginger Ingalls

    Congratulations to the winners !

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  16. Callum J Hackett

    Wow, I’m not sure I can take any of those winners seriously when climate science misinformation is so ridiculously prevalent.

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    • michelle w.

      All the nominations ultimately come from and are voted on by the community at large — the best way to shift what blogs are represented are to nominate your favorites.

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  17. huntmode

    So glad to hear the results. Congratulations to both the nominees and the WINNERS! I am in for some good reading.

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  18. poisefreak

    congrats to all the winners. hopefully bloggers from Africa would someday emerge winners under the aegis of wordpress.com …. Nice work done y’all… hope to learn from you guys.

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  19. HipsterApproved.net

    Wow…I’m going to have to check these out.
    Thanks!

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  20. tallbloke

    Callum Hackett says:
    Apr 3rd at 9:17 pm
    climate science misinformation

    Come on over to the talkshop and get specific. The climate debate started with science and that’s how it has to be settled too.
    Cheers!
    TB.

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  21. Simon

    Thanks for the post, Michelle! I only recently switched to WordPress.com from a self-hosted WordPress installation, and have to say I’m absolutely loving it. Thanks, WordPress!

    Best wishes,
    Simon
    Australian Climate Madness

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  22. dessymine

    Congratulations to all the winners!
    Dreaming to be counted among them very soon:)

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  23. H.H.

    Congrats to all the winners!

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  24. Anthony Watts

    Thanks for the recognition. In 2006, I started out on Moveable Type, and hated. every. minute. of it. In fall 2007 I migrated to wordpress.com and haven’t looked back since. I owe much of the success to WordPress.com

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  25. Kay Salady

    Congratulations to all of you who have been nominated, and also to those who haven’t. You’re all winners!

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  26. Granny Gee

    Congratulations to all the winners.

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  27. terry1954

    congrats to all winners!

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  28. Lauren

    Congrats to all the finalists and winners! X

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  29. Alister D

    Congrats to all the winners. Hope to see my blog in the winning list one day :)

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  30. Robyn Lawson

    I hope I am all of you when I grow up! Congratulations!

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  31. Puspanjalee Das Dutta

    Congratulations to all winners!!

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  32. The Daily Calvin

    Congratulations to all!! WordPress is definitely THE place to be!!

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  33. Sheedah Dee Cooks...

    Awesomeness! Congrats to everyone! Shoot! I need to be on this list of amazingness in 2014!!!

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  34. Shit101

    CONGRATULATIONS: Watts Up With That, Australian Climate Madness,Tallbloke’s Talkshop, Climate Audit, 3 Chic Geeks, The Movie Reviews Warehouse, Word For Worms, Captain Awkward, The Urban Daddy, Pocketful of Joules, and Cute Overload. YOU ALL ROCK!

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  35. poetrytoinspire

    Congratulations to all the winners. There are some great blog topics listed there. I will check them out.

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  36. Karina

    Congrats to all winners!

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  37. New York Theater

    Thanks for pointing out these blogs. I haven’t taken enough advantage of the inspiration available by plugging into the WordPress.com community. It all seems so overwhelming at first.

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  38. ronkeh7

    Congratulations to all the winners and finalists! Is it any surprise that WordPress came out on top? WordPress is the best!

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  39. wildont

    Congrats to the winners! I aspire to one day be on that list!

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  40. succesulpe

    Congratulations to all wordpress finalists and winners, I wish to be one of them. See you next year!

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