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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Apr 3rd at 5:42 pm
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!
Apr 3rd at 5:49 pm
It’s no surprise that WP ruled the nominations. It’s definitely the best platform. Congrats to the winners!
Apr 3rd at 6:03 pm
That was just what I needed to help inspre me. Thanks for the helpful sugesstions.
Apr 3rd at 6:07 pm
congrat to all winners.
Apr 3rd at 6:57 pm
Congrats to the winners.
Apr 3rd at 7:46 pm
Apr 3rd at 7:53 pm
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.
Apr 3rd at 7:57 pm
Congratulations to all. WordPress is becoming quite the powerhouse!
Apr 3rd at 8:03 pm
“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.
Apr 3rd at 8:11 pm
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!
Apr 3rd at 8:18 pm
Congratulations to the winners !
Apr 3rd at 9:17 pm
Wow, I’m not sure I can take any of those winners seriously when climate science misinformation is so ridiculously prevalent.
Apr 3rd at 9:45 pm
So glad to hear the results. Congratulations to both the nominees and the WINNERS! I am in for some good reading.
Apr 3rd at 9:54 pm
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.
Apr 3rd at 10:15 pm
Wow…I’m going to have to check these out.
Apr 3rd at 10:17 pm
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.
Apr 3rd at 10:24 pm
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!
Australian Climate Madness
Apr 3rd at 10:32 pm
Congratulations to all the winners!
Dreaming to be counted among them very soon:)
Apr 3rd at 10:43 pm
Congrats to all the winners!
Apr 3rd at 11:18 pm
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
Apr 3rd at 11:55 pm
Congratulations to all of you who have been nominated, and also to those who haven’t. You’re all winners!
Apr 4th at 12:12 am
Congratulations to all the winners.
Apr 4th at 12:41 am
congrats to all winners!
Apr 4th at 5:46 am
Congrats to all the finalists and winners! X
Apr 4th at 5:48 am
Congrats to all the winners. Hope to see my blog in the winning list one day
Apr 4th at 6:15 am
I hope I am all of you when I grow up! Congratulations!
Apr 4th at 7:09 am
Congratulations to all winners!!
Apr 4th at 12:10 pm
Congratulations to all!! WordPress is definitely THE place to be!!
Apr 4th at 5:00 pm
Awesomeness! Congrats to everyone! Shoot! I need to be on this list of amazingness in 2014!!!
Apr 4th at 5:01 pm
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!
Apr 4th at 8:52 pm
Congratulations to all the winners. There are some great blog topics listed there. I will check them out.
Apr 4th at 9:23 pm
Congrats to all winners!
Apr 5th at 12:48 pm
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.
Apr 6th at 12:37 am
Congratulations to all the winners and finalists! Is it any surprise that WordPress came out on top? WordPress is the best!
Apr 12th at 8:20 pm
Congrats to the winners! I aspire to one day be on that list!
Apr 14th at 4:50 pm
Congratulations to all wordpress finalists and winners, I wish to be one of them. See you next year!