Go to Patrick's Place for details about this year's awards.
J-Land's version of the Emmys and Oscars will now be called VIVIs, in honor of Vivian our mistress of anniversary celebrations.
This year's categories are:
JOURNAL OF THE YEAR
The top honor: a journal that stands out above all others in 2005.
LORD OF THE BLOG
Best U.S. Male Journal
LADY OF THE BLOG
Best U.S. Female Journal
DUKE OF THE BLOG
Best U.K. Male Journal
DUCHESS OF THE BLOG
Best U.K. Female Journal
MARQUIS/MARQUISE OF THE BLOG
NEW! Best Canadian Journal
BEST INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL
NEW! Best Journal originating in countries other than U.S., U.K. and Canada
BEST USE OF GRAPHICS
Journal with most effective/creative use of original non-animated graphics.
BEST USE OF ANIMATION
Journal with most effective/creative use of original animated graphics.
BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Journal with most effective/creative use of original photography.
MOST HUMOROUS JOURNAL
Journal producing the most laughs among readers.
MOST EMOTIONAL JOURNAL
Journal producing the most distinct
emotional response among readers, happy or sad. This is the
journal that gives readers a real sense that they're reading something
straight from the writer's heart.
MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING JOURNAL
Journal written in a way to inspire dialog and/or raise awareness about issues that might otherwise go unnoticed.
MOST OUTSPOKEN JOURNAL
Journal with powerful entries that
tackle tough issues head-on. It's not about "masked vulgarities"
or anything else that might make the TOS people raise an eyebrow; it's
more about writing honestly without any fears of telling it
like it is.
BEST USE OF ATTITUDE
Journal with creative and effective use of grandiose behavior.
MOST WELL-WRITTEN JOURNAL
Best use of grammar.
BEST FICTION/POETRY JOURNAL
Journal consisting of original fiction or poetry that stands out among the rest.
BEST INDIVIDUAL ENTRY OR SERIES OF ENTRIES
Award for a single entry or series of related entries on a particular topic.
BEST THEME-BASED JOURNAL
Journal that sticks primarily to
one single topic or theme, from Sports to Travel to Politics to Career
to Religion, and rarely deviates from that topic while still
maintaining reader interest.
BEST YOUNG PERSON'S JOURNAL
Outstanding Journal written by people aged 14 or younger.
BEST TEEN JOURNAL
Outstanding Journal written by people aged 15-18
BEST NEW JOURNAL
Most outstanding journal created
since July 1, 2004. (That gives a little more than a year of
eligibility, but the official nominations of last year's awards were
named around July 18th, and I wanted to make sure everyone who had
begun their journals around that time had the opportunity to
BEST AIM JOURNAL
NEW! Specifically to feature
journals created by AIM Users. Since AIM journals are a
relatively recent possibility, all of the AIM journals themselves would
automatically be "new."
BEST-KEPT SECRET JOURNAL
NEW! Most outstanding journal that is older than a year, but that readers feel hasn't received the attention it deserves.
NEW! A journal you miss the
most: one that still exists but has not been updated in any way
in at least three months that readers wish would be regularly updated
again. Consider it the "Best Abandoned Journal." Maybe this
award will change that!
MOST CREATIVE/ORIGINAL JOURNAL
NEW! Outstanding journal that
creates a unique experience for readers. It need not be
necessarily the best journal in all of J-land, but it is the one
journal with such a distinct voice that a reader could identify by
reading a single entry. It is different from the "Journal of the
Year" category in that it may not be the biggest standout of the year
overall, but it is regularly such a special place to visit that you
want to come back always.