Weblog Award Winners 2008

Well, the official results are in and, as expected, OTB didn’t win as Best Major Blog, an honor which went to mommyblog c jane enjoy it.  In truth, we have more “Authority” than traffic and never stood much of a chance; we were, thankfully, spared the indignity of a last place finish.

Congrats to OTB alumnus and top Canada blogger Kate McMillan’s small dead animals, which narrowly beat out Ace of Spaces HQ for Best Conservative Blog in what had to be the most hotly contested race.

Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish, Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight, Michael Yon, The Volokh Conspiracy, Michael J. Totten, and Tim Blair are all regular reads who won their categories.  Congrats to all.

The complete list follows:

General Categories
Best Blog Andrew Sullivan – The Daily Dish
Best New Blog ~ synthesis ~
Best Individual Blogger Driftglass
Best Humor Blog The Comics Curmudgeon
Best Comic Strip xkcd
Best Online Community Strobist
Best Liberal Blog Wonkette
Best Conservative Blog small dead animals
Best Political Coverage FiveThirtyEight
Best Celebrity Blogger Wil Wheaton
Topic Area Categories
Best Technology Blog Ars Technica
Best Sports Blog Kissing Suzy Kolber
Best Military Blog Michael Yon
Best Law Blog Volokh Conspiracy
Best Business Blog Deep Capture
Best LGBT Blog Towleroad
Best Parenting Blog 4tunate
Best Education Blog Mike Falick’s Blog
Best Science Blog Watts Up with That
Best Medical/Health Issues Blog Stirrup Queens
Best Religious Blog What Does the Prayer Really Say?
Best Pet Blog Cute Overload
Best Food Blog Cake Wrecks
Arts & Letters Categories
Best Blog Design Our World 2.0
Best Photo Blog Strobist
Best Culture Blog The Cool Hunter
Best Literature Blog Neil Gaiman’s Journal
Best Fashion Blog Go Fug Yourself
Best Travel Blog MyKugelhopf
Best Diarist Raymi the Minx
Best Gossip Blog Oh No They Didn’t
Best Music Blog Hidden Track
Best Podcast EconTalk
Best Video Blog Tinkernut.com
International Categories
Best Canadian Blog Ezra Levant
Best UK Blog Created in Birmingham
Best European Blog (Non UK) The Reference Frame
Best Asian Blog Ashin Mettacara
Best Middle East or Africa Blog Michael J. Totten
Best Australia or New Zealand Blog Tim Blair
Best Latino, Caribbean, or South American Blog Dolar Paralelo
Technorati Authority Categories
Best Major Blog (Authority over 1001) c jane enjoy it
Best Very Large Blog (Authority between 501 and 1000) Jesus’ General
Best Large Blog (Authority between 301 and 500) JammieWearingFool
Best Midsize Blog (Authority between 201 and 300) Israel Matzav
Best Small Blog (Authority between 101 and 200) Rumproast
Best Up and Coming Blog (Authority between 51 and 100) The Stupid Shall Be Punished
Best Hidden Gem (Authority between 0 and 50) The Pajama Pundit
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James Joyner is a Security Studies professor at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.


  1. sam says:

    Now’s a good chance for me to put in a plug for this site, Arts & Letters Daily. It’s not really a blog, but more a clearing house for articles, books, and essays. If you’ve never visited it, do — I think most readers of OTB will enjoy it.

    As to the awards themselves, well, shoot. That OTB didn’t make it, nor Dave Schuler’s Glittering Eye, nor Alex Knapp’s Heretical Ideas, nor any one of a number of the blogs that get cited here only tells me that the awards are, with a few exceptions, less than adequate in capturing the quality that’s out there. TANJ!

  2. Dave Schuler says:

    Thank you, sam. That’s very kind of you.

  3. Joe R. says:

    Most of the blogs I read weren’t even nominees, and none were winners. My reading list is very libertarian-heavy, though. And you know what a large voting bloc we are.