2009 Niblets are Here!!

Mormon Matters introduces the 2009 Niblets Awards!

It’s back!  The opportunity to honor the unique and talented Mormon bloggers of 2009. It’s a chance to look back on the  year and remember the great things that happened in the Bloggernacle, to come together in a spirit of comaraderie and fun!  Mormon Matters will be hosting this event to highlight YOU and your favorite 2009 Mormon blogs, and we are pleased to announce our continuing collaboration with Ziff of Zelophehad’s Daughters, the mighty numbers cruncher, who will handle results presentation at the end of this event.

We’ve fine-tuned the process a little bit this year.  You’ll see that the categories are just a little bit different.   Please include a link to the 2009 blog/post/comment that you nominate if you wish it to be considered. Put your link in [brackets] so that it will get through our spam catcher.  As always, you are welcome to nominate yourself — isn’t that what blogging is all about?? Oh, and try to think of some other bloggers to recognize, too.  For-profit blogs  will not be considered.  This thread is the place to make any  thoughtful comments, concerns or suggestions on the categories or the process.  They will be duly considered by our panel.  Nominations will take place from now through Jan. 24th.  So, without further ado, here are our 2009 Niblets categories:

Best big blog:
Best group blog:
Best mommy blog:
Best humorous blog:
Best solo blog:
Best new blog: (must have put up its first post in 2009)
Best blog layout/graphics:
Best overall blogger:
Best commenter:
Most memorable comment:
Funniest thread:
Best post title:
Best humorous post:
Best historical post:
Best spiritual post:
Best doctrinal post:
Best personal post:
Best current events post:
Best book/article review:
Best contribution to the Bloggernacle in 2009:
Best contribution to interfaith dialogue:
Write-in category:

Thank you for your participation. It’s YOU that makes the Niblets great!



117 comments for “2009 Niblets are Here!!

  1. January 15, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Best Post Title: Like a Virgin – BiV


    Best Historical Post: The Milk Strippings Story by John Hamer


  2. January 15, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Write-in Category: Best Personal/Life Story Post: Blessing my Daughter (this could be in best spiritual post but it does not quite fit).


  3. January 15, 2010 at 6:18 am

    If you’re going to include “Best contribution to Mormon/evangelical conversation,” I think it would be only fair to include “Best contribution to Mormon-atheist conversation” as well.

  4. January 15, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Some good suggestions already. Rico, the category is added. Chanson, since there’s not that many of you, would you be offended to be included with the Evangelicals? 🙂 Something like: Best contribution to Mormon/postmo, atheist, evangelical or other conversation? Work with me here! Somebody come up with a good name for this category!

  5. Derek
    January 15, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Best contribution to interfaith dialogue? I know atheism isn’t a faith, but it seems the best commonplace term for any conversation crossing all theological boundaries.

  6. January 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

    The MM address seems to be broken, I don’t know if anyone else is experiencing problems or maybe I’ve contracted some kind of virus. The only way I’ve been able to access is via the comments links.

  7. Kevin Barney
    January 15, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Thanks for doing this for a second year in a row. You’re either gluttons for punishment or committed to the concept–or maybe a bit of both. I think this is a great community building exercise, and also a way to point people to some of the really good stuff that appeared in the Nacle last year that they may have missed. Good luck with the process, and here’s hoping people don’t get *too* mad at you!

  8. January 15, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I second the call for a “Best contribution to Mormon/atheist conversation” category.

  9. January 15, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I have only been involved in the Bloggernacle since the end of July, and MM is the only site I have experienced however with my limited insight here are my suggestions:

    Best spiritual post: AA’s Do we let the church get in the way of the Gospel

    Best doctrinal post: Hawkgrrrl’s Belief vs Action

    Best historical post: Mormon Heretic Positive Black History

    Best contribution to Mormon/evangelical conversation: Rico have you read the seal portion of the BOM

    Best humorous post: Guest Deserving Charity

    Best post title: AA’s Adam and Eve: the First TBM & NOM (I thought this title was shocking the first time I read it)

  10. Dexter
    January 15, 2010 at 11:05 am

    I just want to say that I really like this site, but just a few months ago wasn’t there a million posts about niblets and what not? Frankly, it makes me not want to even check the site. So, I’m voting no on the niblets, as in, I think they detract from the value of the site. Just my humble view.

  11. Hawkgrrrl
    January 15, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I vote “best interfaith dialogue” and include non-faith within it.

    Dex – you are right that we hosted a very late 2008 Niblets because one hadn’t been done. Like the Oscars, these will be done before you know it. Unlike the Oscars, there will be no beautiful people, paparazzi or cool swag. Rats.

  12. January 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

    I’m very interested in the atheist category. If it won’t be a nibblets category, I’d like to at least see it in the category list. Since some say that post-Mormons are more likely to become atheists than people who leave other faiths, I bet a lot of people here have atheist loved ones.

    On one hand, “best interfaith dialogue” is the most efficient.

    On the other hand, named faith/philosophy groups might draw more people into the discussion, if the nibblet award categories will come up in google.

    I’d also like to see an Eastern Philosophy category on the site. I Googled “Mormon Eastern Philosophy” and got tons of stuff, including a Mormon Matters link. I think this is a lively area of interest out there.

    But, being new here, I have no idea how many posts there have been so I can’t really offer a “vote” for how the nibblets should be. Just my two cents.

  13. January 15, 2010 at 11:44 am

    OK, for now it’s “best contribution to interfaith dialogue.” If there lots of nominations for any one faith/non-faith, this could change.

  14. January 15, 2010 at 11:46 am

    No beautiful people? I’m hurt, Hawkgrrl. 😉

  15. Hawkgrrrl
    January 15, 2010 at 11:56 am

    reese – well, obviously there are a FEW of us, but I’m not exactly dressed to kill in my DKNY jeans and Old Navy sweater.

  16. January 15, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Best weekly feature (atheist, interfaith, or otherwise): Sunday in Outer Blogness


  17. January 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I will nominate the following for the interfaith dialogue category:

    Chanson [http://lfab-uvm.blogspot.com/]
    LDS & Evangelical Conversations [http://ldstalk.wordpress.com/]
    Bridget Jack Meyers [http://www.clobberblog.com/]
    CleanCut [http://latterdayspence.blogspot.com/]
    Summa Theologica [http://summatheologica.wordpress.com/]

    I’m still thinking about the other categories.

  18. brjones
    January 15, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    Let the mormon nerd infighting begin!

  19. January 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Doesn’t hurt at all that Ziff is seriously involved.

  20. January 15, 2010 at 3:09 pm

    If you want to do a generic “interfaith dialogue” category, here’s my list of nominees:

    LDS-Evangelical Conversations
    I Love Mormons
    Irresistible Disgrace
    Summa Theologica
    Morehead’s Musings

    The following are not my ideal picks, but fairness requires I mention them:

    Heart Issues for LDS
    MarkCares Weblog

    I was hesitant to mention them, because both are a little more in the one-sided “what Evangelicals think about Mormons” than really dialogue-ing. But both websites are civil enough in inviting Mormon interaction that I thought they should get a mention. Other atheist and Evangelical websites devoted purely to attacking or critiquing Mormonism, with a poor track record of encouraging fair dialogue with Mormons were left off of my list.

    I would have mentioned Main Street Plaza as a nominee, but their main function is not really dialogue so much as examining Mormonism from a post-Mormon perspective – even if they do actually end up fostering a lot of good dialogue.

  21. Rebecca J
    January 15, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Suddenly I want corn.

  22. January 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    This corn *does* look pretty beautiful

  23. January 15, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    That’s the HUMOROUS Rebecca. I learned my lesson last time.

  24. January 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Best book/article review:
    Nick Literski’s review of Mormons and Masons [http://mormonmatters.org/2009/10/29/book-review-exploring-the-connection-between-mormons-and-masons/]

  25. January 15, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Best moonlighting post (i.e., published to a non-bloggernacle blog by a bloggernacle regular): Margaret Young, “Mormon Like Me: Black Saints, Bigots, and Beck” [http://www.streetprophets.com/storyonly/2009/10/26/25426/110]

    Best political post: Russell Arben Fox, “Mormon Hero” [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/12/21/mormon-hero/]

    Best conference coverage: Jared T, “Mormonism in the Public Mind: Perceptions of an Emerging World Faith” [http://www.juvenileinstructor.org/publicmind2/]

    Best current events post: Matt Evans, “Church exempted from SLC gay rights ordinance” [http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/11/church-exempted-from-slc-gay-rights-ordinance/]

  26. January 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    Nearly forgot this one:

    Best intentions (cue Oscar Wilde): [http://www.followtheprophet.net/]

  27. Hawkgrrrl
    January 15, 2010 at 10:22 pm

    * grabs corn *

  28. January 16, 2010 at 12:51 am

    Totally agree with Kevin #7 (thanks guys in advance) and Danithew #18 (thanks Ziff in advance).

  29. Ray
    January 16, 2010 at 1:22 am

    Best Historical Post: Ardis Parshall – Keepapitchinin – “Friedrich Schulzke: It fell to my lot to guide the little branch” [http://www.keepapitchinin.org/2009/01/28/friedrich-schulzke-it-fell-to-my-lot-to-guide-the-little-branch/] (One of Keepa’s best – and that’s saying a LOT.

    Best Personal Post: Almost anything from Tracy M last year. She tore my heart out with her posts about unemployment and divorce, and I can’t describe her posts adequately. The following are my two nominations: Mormon Mommy Wars – “Unpretty Mine” [http://www.mormonmommywars.com/?p=1638] and By Common Consent – “Circling the Wagons” [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/12/06/circling-the-wagons/].

    Best Big Blog: I have to go with BCC and MM.

    Best Group Blog: Blog Segullah

    Best Mommy Blog: Dandelion Mama – Tracy M

    Best Humorous Blog: My Religious Blog & Overheard in the Ward

    Best Solo Blog: Clean Cut

    Best Overall Blogger: Tracy M in 2009

    Best commenter: Hawkgrrrl

    Best contribution to the Bloggernacle: Same as 2008, only even better than 2008 – Tracy M (I just can’t articulate what an amazing blogging contribution she made last year by not backing away from sharing her life publicly.)

    Best contribution to interfaith dialogue: Irresistable Disgrace and Clean Cut

    Best Doctrinal Post: Sam MB – By Common Consent – “I the Lord Am Bound” [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/10/25/i-the-lord-am-bound/]

    Best Spiritual Post: Margaret Young – Feminsit Mormon Housewives – “Blessing My Daughter” [http://www.feministmormonhousewives.org/?p=2609]

    Best comment: Margaret Young – Comment #3, “They Fought as They Were Taught” – By Common Consent [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/08/25/they-fought-as-they-were-taught/#comment-156386]

  30. CarlosJC
    January 16, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I’d only vote for:

    Best Historical Post: Ardis Parshall Keepapitchinin [http://www.keepapitchinin.org/]

    Best Overall Blogger: DKL & Hawkgrrrl (can’t split them)

    Best Solo Blog: The Mormon Therapist [http://mormontherapist.blogspot.com]

    Best commenter: annegb

    Best contribution to the Bloggernacle: DKL My Hope for the Bloggernacle [http://www.mormonmentality.org/2009/04/09/my-hope-for-the-bloggernacle.htm]

    Best Personal/Life Story Post: annegb, Temple [http://www.mormonmentality.org/2009/10/18/temple.htm]

  31. January 16, 2010 at 9:33 am

    We may not have beautiful people, but we have GORGEOUS corn.

  32. Hawkgrrrl
    January 16, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Ray: “Best contribution to interfaith dialogue: Irresistable Disgrace” and CarlosJC: “Best Solo Blog: The Mormon Therapist” I second that emotion!

  33. Ray
    January 16, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Each week on my personal blog I highlight and link to two of my favorite posts from around the Bloggernacle. In going through the ones I’ve linked from 2009, here are some more nominations:

    Margaret Young – By Common Consent – “MHA with Darius” – a three-part series of posts [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/05/29/mha-with-darius-part-1/] (The others can be accessed by changing the number at the end to “2” and “3”.), “On Abandoning My Friend” [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/07/07/on-abandoning-my-friend/] and “The Prodigal” [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/06/24/the-prodigal/]

    Heather O. – Mormon Mommy Wars – “Being that Kind of Woman” [http://www.mormonmommywars.com/?p=1748]

    Kent Larsen – Times and Seasons – “Compassion for the Unworthy” [http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/05/compassion-for-the-unworthy/]

    Tracy M – By Common Consent – “A Study in Contrasts: The Dole” [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/04/23/a-study-in-contrasts-the-dole/]

  34. January 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I already nominated this a month ago, but Funniest thread is: The Bloggernacle Song (inspired by Adam Sandler) -BiV

  35. Tom
    January 16, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Any Humor-related Niblet (post or thread) that does not go to Karen H.’s “Come Ye Poets of the Bloggernacle!” is a waste of time and discussion.

  36. January 16, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Best comment (sequence):

    and the three comments that follow.

  37. January 16, 2010 at 4:15 pm

    I’d like to nominate Our Thoughts as the best Canadian blog. 😉

  38. Holden Caulfield
    January 16, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Best commenter: Hawkgrrrl If she doesn’t already, she should get paid to write.

  39. Brian Duffin
    January 16, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    I agree with Kim. Our Thoughts is the best Canadian blog!

  40. January 16, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    Best big blog: BCC, MormonMatters

    Best group blog: Juvenile Instructor [http://www.juvenileinstructor.org/] The Exponent [http://the-exponent.com/]

    Best humorous blog: Bishop Gerald Higgins [http://bishophiggins.blogspot.com/]

    Best solo blog: Keepapitchinin [http://www.keepapitchinin.org/]

    Best new blog: Latter-day Satyagraha [http://mormongandhi.com/]

    Best blog layout/graphics: Times and Seasons [http://timesandseasons.org/]

    Best overall blogger: Kiskilili [http://zelophehadsdaughters.com/author/kiskilili/]

    Best commenter: Hawkgrrl

    Best post title: “Enos Envy and Psychospiritual Development” by TrailerTrash [http://www.faithpromotingrumor.com/2009/03/enos-envy-and-psychospiritual-development/]

    Best spiritual post: JA Benson’s “Tears in Heaven” [http://www.millennialstar.org/tears-in-heaven-a-lds-perspective-on-stillborn-and-miscarried-babies/#more-1647]

    Best doctrinal post: David G’s “Noah’s Nakedness and the Curse of Canaan: Gen 9:18-27” [http://www.juvenileinstructor.org/noahs-nakedness-and-the-curse-of-canaan-gen-918-27/#more-2592]

    Best book/article review: Matt B’s review of “Lance Allred’s Longshot” [http://www.juvenileinstructor.org/book-review-lance-allreds-longshot-the-adventures-of-a-deaf-fundamentalist-mormon-kid-and-his-journey-to-the-nba-harpercollins-2009-a-pilgrims-progress/]

    Best contribution to the Bloggernacle in 2009: Jared’s coverage of Mormon-themed lectures and conferences [http://www.juvenileinstructor.org/author/jared/]

    Write-in Category: Much ado about nothing–“Men Singing the Melody in Church” [http://www.millennialstar.org/from-the-inconsequential-file-men-singing-the-melody-in-church/#more-2019]

  41. kew
    January 16, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    I can’t find it right now, but the absolutely best comment was the one where Bridget Jack Meyers explained that God is impotent because he doesn’t have blood. Jack, are you reading this???

  42. January 17, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Thanks, John (#29) and danithew (#18). I appreciate your confidence in me!

  43. January 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Kew, that was on the “Like a Virgin” thread, playing off comment #6. See also #19 and #23.
    I feel constrained to add some sort of caution to those who visit that thread… yikes.

  44. kew
    January 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Thanks, BiV!

  45. January 17, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    45 comments in, and no nomination of me yet? Sigh. If you want a job done right, you have to do it yourself. B-)

    I nominate me as best blogger, and T&S as best blog.

    Also, Junior Ganymede as best new blog, because they started out mostly to protest against me.

  46. MCQ
    January 18, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Kaimi, just because I like you, I’m going to throw you a bone:

    Write in: Most Ironic Comment: Kaimi, from the thread linked by BiV:

    “I have to protest the theological implications of Jack’s comment. Does being a God really mean no more sex? How much would that suck?”

    Brilliant, Kaimi.

  47. January 18, 2010 at 1:27 am

    Sadly, JG can’t be the “best *new* blog” … since it’s first post went up in 2008. Happily, that doesn’t disqualify it from winning “best blog layout/graphics” …

  48. January 18, 2010 at 1:35 am

    Pardon the extra apostrophe in the previous comment. I was no doubt compensating for the missing one in this JG post, which I’d been considering nominating for “Best contribution to Mormon/LGBT dialogue” …

    “Because its Christmas Eve, not Christmas Steve.” [http://www.jrganymede.com/2009/12/23/new-holiday-political-slogan/]

  49. January 18, 2010 at 2:53 am

    Best Podcast: Mormon Expression! (http://mormonexpression.com/)

  50. January 18, 2010 at 2:56 am

    I just posted a long comment full of nominations, and it disappeared! Is it being moderated??

  51. January 18, 2010 at 2:59 am

    Ahhh, forgot the brackets. D’oh! I’ll try again:

    Best new blog:

    Best overall blogger:
    John Williams

    Best humorous post:

    Best historical post:

    Best current events post:

    Best overall contribution:

    Best contribution to interfaith dialogue:
    Clobber Blog

  52. John
    January 18, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Best New History Blog


  53. Hawkgrrrl
    January 18, 2010 at 11:18 am

    “I can’t find it right now, but the absolutely best comment was the one where Bridget Jack Meyers explained that God is impotent because he doesn’t have blood. Jack, are you reading this???” I thought the blood was replaced with viagra in resurrected beings. Can’t find it in my current Gospel Essentials manual, though. Must have been cut by the correlation committee.

  54. January 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Best current events post:GeoffB [http://www.millennialstar.org/the-conservative-perspective-on-glenn-beck]/
    Best hisotrical post: Joyce Brinton Anderson [http://www.millennialstar.org/the-wall-fell/]
    Write in catagory
    Family life: Nicoleen Peck [http://www.millennialstar.org/a-strict-parent/]
    Best commentor: Brian Duffin

  55. January 18, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Okay, I’ll throw out some of my favorites (that have yet to be nominated).

    Best group blog: New Cool Thang
    Best Solo Blog: DMI
    Best commenter: JacobJ

    I don’t pay enough attention to remember individual posts…sorry.

  56. January 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Best group blog:The Red Brick Store [http://theredbrickstore.com/]

  57. January 19, 2010 at 12:30 am

    Funniest Blog: Overheard in the Ward at http://overheardintheward.com/

  58. January 19, 2010 at 12:31 am

    The fact that it hasn’t been nominated possibly speaks for itself, but I’ll self-nominate anyway.

    Best Personal Post: Ben Pratt, The Weight of Heritage [http://www.millennialstar.org/the-weight-of-heritage/]

    Best Doctrinal & Philosophical Speculation: everything at New Cool Thang [http://www.newcoolthang.com]

  59. January 19, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Write in category:

    Best new CoC Blog: http://thefirestillburning.wordpress.com/ (you can put it in best new blog if you want.)

  60. January 19, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Thanks Ray for all the nods. I appreciate the thoughts.

  61. January 19, 2010 at 1:42 am

    More self-promotion:

    Best doctrinal post:

    “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”: Random thoughts about Elder Callister’s Ensign article, at http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/06/dont-hate-me-because-im-beautiful-random-thoughts-about-elder-callisters-ensign-article/
    The participatory nature of salvation for the dead, at http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/07/the-participatory-nature-of-salvation-for-the-dead/

    Best historical (or something like that):

    Mormon Studies on a Budget, at http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/06/mormon-studies-on-a-budget/

    Best current events post:

    Gays and the church, whose ox is being gored?, at http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/10/gays-and-the-church-whose-ox-is-being-gored/
    Gender Roles and Acquaintance Rape, at http://www.feministmormonhousewives.org/?p=2637

    Best humor and/or best horror:

    Rough Dawn Breaking, at http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/09/rough-dawn-breaking/

    Best visual post:

    Bugged, at http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/08/bugged/

    Best personal post:

    Parents are people, at http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/11/parents-are-people/

    Best new feature:

    A Mormon Image, at http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/category/features/mormon-images/

  62. January 19, 2010 at 1:45 am

    More self-promotion:

    Best doctrinal post:

    “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful”: Random thoughts about Elder Callister’s Ensign article, at [http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/06/dont-hate-me-because-im-beautiful-random-thoughts-about-elder-callisters-ensign-article/]
    The participatory nature of salvation for the dead, at [http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/07/the-participatory-nature-of-salvation-for-the-dead/]

    Best historical (or something like that):

    Mormon Studies on a Budget, at [http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/06/mormon-studies-on-a-budget/]

    Best current events post:

    Gays and the church, whose ox is being gored?, at [http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/10/gays-and-the-church-whose-ox-is-being-gored/]
    Gender Roles and Acquaintance Rape, at [http://www.feministmormonhousewives.org/?p=2637]

    Best humor and/or best horror:

    Rough Dawn Breaking, at [http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/09/rough-dawn-breaking/]

    Best visual post:

    Bugged, at [http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/08/bugged/]

    Best personal post:

    Parents are people, at [http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/11/parents-are-people/]

    Best new feature:

    A Mormon Image, at [http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/category/features/mormon-images/] and [http://www.feministmormonhousewives.org//?p=2724]

  63. Richard
    January 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Nomination for Funniest Blog: Overheard in the Ward at http://overheardintheward.com/

  64. John
    January 19, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Best Historical overview of a priesthood office 🙂


    3 part series on the office of presiding patriarch.

  65. Hawkgrrrl
    January 19, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Best humorous blog – Spanish Fork 401st ward!

  66. MCQ
    January 19, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Best big blog: BCC

    Do we need a definition of “Big” here? Seems like there was a problem with that in the past. I think the problem was that mostly-female blogs, like fMh and MMW are insulted by being called “big.” Wasn’t that it? Maybe we need a category called “Big Boned Blogs.” Though that has its own set of problems…

    Best group blog: Nine Moons!

    Best humorous blog: My Religious Blog

    Best overall blogger: Kevin Barney

  67. January 19, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Write in catagory:
    Philosopical post Ben Pratt[http://www.millennialstar.org/musings-on-the-multiverse/]

  68. January 19, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Best Personal Post: J. Stapley’s “Of Sons and Fathers”


  69. January 19, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Best Spiritual Post: Steve Evans’ “Tesserae of my Faith”


  70. January 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    MCQ: The nomination process usually takes care of who is a big blog and who is not. I believe FMH was contending in years past that they are indeed a big blog. A couple of years ago JI got nominated as a big blog, too.

    Personally I’d say that the big blogs are T&S, BCC, Mormon Matters, and FMH. There may be a couple of others that people consider “big.” If so, go ahead and nominate them!!

  71. MCQ
    January 20, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Yeah BiV, I was just making a bad joke. Sorry to Lisa for once again bringing up a painful memory. But it was pretty funny.

  72. MCQ
    January 20, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Oh, I forgot, I also want to nominate Kathryn Soper for Best overall blogger.

  73. MCQ
    January 20, 2010 at 12:11 am

    I also think we need a category for posts about the nacle. It could be called, “Best Navel Gazing” or something like that.

  74. January 20, 2010 at 12:58 am

    Best spiritual post: Jessawhy’s articles of faith http://the-exponent.com/2009/11/23/my-articles-of-faith/

    Best doctrinal: The revisionist reformation http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2009/06/the-revisionist-reformation/

    Coolest maps and diagrams: John Hamer

    Best blogger: Jessawhy; Lynnette; Ziff; Julie Smith; John Hamer

    Best community: fmh

    Best marathon runner: Shelah

    Best evangelical assassin: (the artist formerly known as Bridget) Jack Meyers

    Most heartbreaking-wrenching-joyous-all-mixed-into-one: John Remy’s excommunication, sparked by his blog post, and chronicled at Mind on Fire and Pilgrimgirl

    Best solo blog: The Faithful Dissident

  75. January 20, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Best Solo Blog


    Best Doctrinal Post


    Best Historical Posts

    I know that this is a bit unusual but J. Stapley’s and Nate Oman’s posts on Excommunication were brilliant and so I nominate them together under the title excommunication



  76. January 20, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Sorry. Pierian Spring is my nomination for best new blog.

  77. January 20, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Ah, what the heck. Here’s a few more:

    Best Historical post: David Howlett’s 2 part exploration of Community of Christ historians and historiography [http://www.juvenileinstructor.org/author/david-howlett/]

    Best Historical post: Charles C. Cohen’s tribute to Laurel Thatcher Ulrich [http://www.juvenileinstructor.org/guest-post-charles-l-cohen-on-laurel-thatcher-ulrich/] Not only is it a brilliant post, but the JI deserves some points for scoring someone with Cohen’s credentials [http://history.wisc.edu/cohen/] as a guest blogger. He’s a Jewish scholar whose research focuses primarily on Protestants (Puritans to be exact) who weighed in on the ways Mormonism has shaped Ulrich’s scholarship on non-Mormon topics.

    Best current events post: My own thoughts on the influence of Ezra Taft Benson and Cleon Skousen on Glenn Beck (in three posts available here): [http://www.juvenileinstructor.org/?s=Glenn+Beck&submit=Search] (excluding the first post). This was, to my knowledge, the first sustained conversation on the topic, appearing several months before a slew of articles on the topic at salon.com, Religion Dispatches, and the Boston Phoenix weighed in on the issue.

    Best post about the bloggernacle: Steve Evans’s “The Bloggernacle Won’t Save You” [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/09/01/the-bloggernacle-wont-save-you/]

    Best spiritual post: J. Stapley’s “Of healings, canes, and gardens” [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/07/13/of-healings-canes-and-gardens/#more-8780]

    Best book review: The 12 part series exploring Parley P. Pratt’s autobiography at JI (“Perspectives on Parley P. Pratt’s Autobiography”), organized and headed up by Ben (series wrap up, with links to the several posts here): [http://www.juvenileinstructor.org/perspectives-on-parley-pratts-autobiography-series-wrap-up/] Really, I can’t imagine any other book review comparing to this in terms of depth, breadth, diversity, and quality. It included several bloggers from blogs other than JI (including BiV), as well as some scholars who don’t regularly participate in the bloggernacle at all.

  78. January 20, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Also, I’d like to nominate Joel at JI for best overall blogger. I imagine many folks around the ‘nacle don’t know him at all (though he does comment on other blogs from time to time). But if one of the criteria for best overall blogger is quality of posts, I no know one who equals Joel. Everything he writes is thoughtful and provocative. He also takes time to respond in detail to each and every comment (including those who challenge him and/or snark him) with thoughtfulness and generosity.

  79. January 20, 2010 at 8:40 am

    I posted a longer comment with several other nominations (I thought I’d bracketed the links, but may have missed some). Could someone check the moderation queue for it? Thanks.

  80. January 20, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I’d like to nominate Ziff’s post on the prophets for Best historical post.


  81. Adam Greenwood
    January 20, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks, Kaimi, but of around 600 posts just 1 mentions you, and I’m not sure the Junior Ganymede even qualifies as part of the Bloggernacle.

  82. January 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    NOOOOOO, Adam, don’t even START that conversation!

  83. Follow Up
    January 20, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks to MM for the work that goes into hosting this. I just want to follow up on some concerns raised last year about the process:

    I’d like to ask those running this event to consider a few things: 1) to not make vote results viewable until the end 2) include a chronological view of vote patterns in the results, ie, how many votes were received on what day of voting, 3) Shorten the voting period to no longer than a week. 4) Don’t accept all nominations at face value–the Niblets committee should examine each nomination and do any vetting (though very lightly–take out or reassign only the most obviously misplaced nominations) that may be necessary, using some common sense. See this comment and those immediately preceding and following: [http://mormonmatters.org/2009/07/06/2008-niblets-rock-the-vote-here/#comment-89196]
    5) The analysis of what happened in one scenario and what happened in another is all great, but maybe make some clear criteria for “winning” and stick to it, instead of leaving some categories as going one way in this scenario and another way in this other scenario. Relatedly,
    6) Make some effort to eliminate single-issue votes (must fill out 1/3 of the ballot to be counted?) and finally, 7) read through the comments on last years results thread and rethink ways to keep serious votes from being excluded and spurious votes from being counted.

    I think that having viewable results in real time last year encouraged ballot stuffing instead of encouraging voters to focus on content. Having the voting open for so long last year was unnecessary when it was clear that within the first three or four days the majority of votes had been cast and by likely the more active and informed ‘nacle participants, prolonging it encouraged a rush at the end in some categories to get as many ballots stuffed in as possible. Also note that last year voting numbers hit rock bottom on the 7th day.

    These are not demands, just hopeful suggestions. I’m not interested in fighting about it, I make these suggestions with the best of spirits and intentions. You may not agree, and that’s fine. Either way, thank you for putting this on and congrats to all nominees for all the great work this past year.

    I applaud efforts to improve over last year including creating a separate category for humorous blogs and excluding for-profit blogs, and otherwise refining the categories.


  84. January 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Hey, that’s not right. There are three posts at JG about me — and between them, they contain approximately 40% of all JG comments.

  85. MCQ
    January 20, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I think we need Ziff to settle this. Of all the comments in the nacle, what percentage are by or about Kaimi? Start guessing now, and whoever guesses closest to the correct percentage (according to Ziff) wins a T-shirt with Kaimi’s picture on it and a free guest post at T&S (as long as it’s about Kaimi).

  86. January 20, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    I nominate MCQ’s #85 for most memorable comment.

  87. January 20, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I nominate Kathy’s #86.

  88. January 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    You’ll have to wait till 2010 for those.

  89. January 20, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    Also, ZDs as best group blog, MikeInWeHo as best commenter, Margaret Young and Ardis Parshall as best blogger and as best commenter, and Emily Jensen as best blogger. Democrat Dan as most dedicated commenter, and gst as wackiest commenter.

  90. January 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    And add John Dehlin to the list for intrafaith dialogue.

  91. MCQ
    January 21, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Best Series: Nine Moons “5” series, beginning with this one:


  92. January 21, 2010 at 2:22 am

    Best bloggers: Rebecca J and Natalie B of BCC.

  93. MCQ
    January 21, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Best commenter: Bridget Jack Meyers, Ardis Parshall, Kristine

    Most memorable comment: Ardis, comment 5 on this thread:


    “There is a wistful note in the writings of second generation Mormons, an apology for not having suffered in Missouri, for being too young to have known Joseph Smith, for riding the train to Deseret rather than walking in the dust of an ox-drawn wagon the way real pioneers would have done it.

    I feel an analogous sorrow, a bloggerly grief for having missed the Great Ones of the early bloggernacle, for having arrived so late on the scene that the Banner of Heaven was already a healing wound in the memory of the pioneers, for unconsciously offering the 239th repetition — and a pale imitation, at that — of comments first written in the primeval days of the bloggosphere, when bloggers walked with the gods and rejoiced in novel expressions of original ideas.

    But alas, I am only a convert, not one of the chosen who were born in the ‘nacle. Still, I am one grateful to listen to the echoes of past glory, and to lay my humble gifts in the way of comments at the feet of the posts of the patriarchs. Selah!”

    Best Navel Gazing: [http://www.nine-moons.com/2009/02/26/the-importance-of-defining-your-terms/]

    Funniest thread:


    Best post title:


    Best humorous post:


    Best spiritual post:


    Best doctrinal post:







    Best personal post:




    Best current events post:



    Best book/article review:



    Best contribution to interfaith dialogue: Clobberblog

    Write-in category:

    Best Mormon Culture Post: [http://www.nine-moons.com/2009/11/02/a-note-to-my-buddy-the-r-rated-movie/]

    Most Aesthetically Pleasing Post: [http://www.nine-moons.com/2009/01/24/words-and-music-by-low/]

    Best Contribution to the Bloggernacle: Kristine’s musical posts at BCC.

  94. January 21, 2010 at 6:04 am

    Another nominee for best LDS-themed podcast (the only other one I’m aware of in 2009) — BCC Zeitcast.

  95. January 21, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Best Post: 10 LDS Things I’m Thankful For, by Hawkgrrrl


  96. January 21, 2010 at 6:08 am

    I 2nd this one:

    Best Historical Post: The Milk Strippings Story by John Hamer


  97. January 21, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Best commenter: Hawkgrrrl (IMO, balanced well thought out comments, never intentionally offensive)

    Best contribution to the Bloggernacle in 2009 Rico – (good range of thought provoking posts, Historical, cultural, spiritual)

    Best big blog: Mormon Matters

  98. January 21, 2010 at 6:30 am

    #95 if John Hamer is watching

    since General Conference it would be great to re open the comments on The Milk Strippings Story

  99. January 21, 2010 at 7:21 am

    Best Commenter: Douglas Hunter

  100. ESO
    January 21, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Best big blog: BCC
    Best group blog: Segullah
    Best mommy blog: FMH—don’t flame me! There are lots of moms over there, and I don’t read anything else that could be a Mommy Blog (I thought they weren’t part of the bloggernaccle?)—I need a Venn Diagram
    Best humorous blog: BCC
    Best solo blog: Keepa
    Best new blog: (must have put up its first post in 2009): As Sistas in Zion [http://www.sistasinzion.com/]
    Best blog layout/graphics: 9 Moons
    Best overall blogger: Rebecca J (the funny one); Ardis; MCQ;
    Best commenter: queno; bbell; naismith
    Funniest thread: Haikus on BBC
    Best post title: My God is Clean-Shaven [http://www.mormonmentality.org/2009/11/03/my-god-is-clean-shaven.htm]
    Best humorous post: Each Life that Touches Ours (or not) [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/10/26/each-life-that-touches-ours-or-not/#more-12811]
    Best personal post: Seraphine’s Single in the Church series, the last of which is here [http://zelophehadsdaughters.com/2010/01/12/being-a-30-something-single-in-the-church-part-viii-family-wards/]
    Best contribution to the Bloggernacle in 2009:
    Write-in category:
    Bloggernaccle Participant I miss most now that they actually blog rather than just comment: gst
    Blog I am apparently the only one who does not read: Mormon Matters

  101. January 21, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Here’s a few of my picks (science blogs seem neglected!)

    Best solo blogs :
Mormon Insignts, LDS Science Review

    Best overall bloggers:
Jared*, S. Faux

    Best commenter:

    Best humorous post: Any Police Beat, but the one with Jim F. was my favorite.

    Best personal post: 
Margaret Young’s “For My Son on his 18th Birthday”

    Best contribution to the Bloggernacle in 2009:
Steve Evans for keeping the fire alive

    Write-in category: Philosophy: Clark and Mormon Metaphysics

  102. Sara Bay
    January 21, 2010 at 11:49 am

    For some of these I’ll have to look back in the archives, but a few off the top of my head:
    Best big blog: FMH
    Best group blog: ZD
    Best overall blogger: Reese Dixon
    Best commenter: Derek

  103. Sara Bay
    January 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Oh, and I second the nomination of Karen H.’s “Come Ye Poets of the Bloggernacle!” is a waste of time and discussion.
    [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/09/29/come-ye-poets-of-the-bloggernacle/] for funniest thread.

  104. Sara Bay
    January 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Oops. That should say:

    Oh, and I second the nomination of Karen H.’s “Come Ye Poets of the Bloggernacle!” [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/09/29/come-ye-poets-of-the-bloggernacle/] for funniest thread.

  105. hawkgrrrl
    January 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Best humorous post(s): Police Beat at BCC

    Best poster: Rico (I heartily second this one!). I’m also partial to DMI Dave.

    Best commenter: I also love Douglas Hunters comments which are often as insightful as the posts!

    Thanks John D for the shout-out on my thankful post!

  106. ESO
    January 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Best Commenter–also Mark B.

  107. January 21, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    ESO, thanks for the nomination, but I don’t think my “Singles” post series will qualify until the 2010 Niblets, since I started them at the beginning of January. 🙂

  108. Joseph K
    January 21, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Best personal post–“A Study in Contrasts: The Dole” [http://bycommonconsent.com/2009/04/23/a-study-in-contrasts-the-dole/]

  109. January 21, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Re #100: Since I wrote that post (and since the General Conference shout-out), I’ve realized that there’s a lot more that needs to be said about the Milk & Strippings story. I’ll revisit the story with another post in 2010, and we can have new comments on the new thread, rather than just re-opening the old thread.

  110. ESO
    January 21, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    Whoops Seraphine–guess we’ll have to wait on that one.

    I second the 5 series on 9 Moons–especially liked Susan M’s contribution… [http://www.nine-moons.com/2009/08/01/five-hopeful-things/]

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