Nominations for the Niblets Awards are now in. A few minor changes have been made to screen for category, and to avoid duplication. Nominations that did not fall under 2009 were eliminated. New blogs were accepted if they had a very small bit of introductory posting before 2009. When an author had two or more posts nominated for the same category, one representative post was chosen. The order of appearance is alphabetical; however, when links are included they came out alphabetical by link.
A few more nominations have come in by email and will be added as soon as possible.
Voting will start on Monday. Until then, enjoy perusing these Bloggernacle favorites for 2009 and let us know if there are any problems, questions, missing or wonky links, etc.
Best Big Blog
Best group blog
- Feast Upon the Word
- The Exponent
- Red Brick Store
- Faith Promoting Rumor
- Juvenile Instructor
- Millennial Star
- Mormon Mentality
- New Cool Thang
- Nine Moons
- Zelophehad’s Daughters
Best Humorous Blog
Best Solo Blog
- Clean Cut
- LDS Science Review
- Mormon Heretic
- Dave’s Mormon Inquiry
- Mormon Insights
- The Mormon Therapist
- The Faithful Dissident
- Mormon Metaphysics
Best New Blog
- Cultural Mormon Cafeteria
- Mormon Church History
- Latter-Day Satyagraha
- The Fire Still Burning
- The Pierian Spring
- Third Wave Mormon
- Junior Ganymede
- As Sistas in Zion
Best Blog Layout/Graphics
- Hieing To Kolob
- Latter-Day Satyagraha
- Dave’s Mormon Inquiry
- Times & Seasons
- Nine Moons
- Sunstone Blog
Best Overall Blogger
- Reese Dixon
- Kevin Barney
- Natalie B.
- Rebecca J.
- J. Nelson Seawright
- J. Stapley
- Tracy M.
- John Hamer
- DMI Dave
- S. Faux
- Andrew Ainsworth
- John Williams
- Kathryn Soper
- Julie M. Smith
- Ardis Parshall
- Ardis Parshall
- Brian Duffin
- Bridget Jack Meyers
- Chris H.
- Douglas Hunter
- Jacob J.
- Mark B.
- Steve Evans
Most Memorable Comment
- Ardis Parshall’s comment #5 on 5 is the Loneliest Number
- Brad’s comment #95 on Are Right-Wing Mormons More Likely
- Bridget Jack Meyers’ comment #16 at Like a Virgin
- Margaret Young’s comment #3 on They Fought as they were Taught
- Loving Hitler by Kevin Barney (esp. DKL’s #63)
- Come ye Poets of the Bloggernacle by Karen H.
- The Bloggernacle Song by Bored in Vernal
- Dear Utah by CJ Douglass
Best Post Title
- Adam & Eve: The First TBM and NOM by Andrew Ainsworth
- Like a Virgin by Bored in Vernal
- Enos Envy and Psychospiritual Development by Trailer Trash
- My God is Clean-Shaven by ESO
- So Take the Photographs and Still Frames in Your Mind… by David
- How Wide the Divide…and can we ever Bridget? by Kaimi
Best Humorous Post
- Each Life that Touches Ours (or not) by Rebecca J.
- Comparative Charts by John Hamer
- BCC’s Police Beat #14-19
- We Thank Thee O God for a Profit by Loydo
- Deserving Charity by LaJauna
- A Screwtape Letter on Mormon Politics by John Matos
- Rough Dawn Breaking by Kaimi
- Grounds Crew by Burgess
- 9 Moons Backlist Drama Revealed! by Tom
- A Note to my Buddy, the R-Rated Movie by Rusty
Best Historical Post
- The Milk Strippings Story by John Hamer
- Excommunication as a Function of Rebaptism by J. Stapley
- Toward a General Theory of Apostasy by Brad
- Joseph Smith’s Seeker Uncle by Christopher Smith
- Joseph Smith’s Cane by Mike Reed
- Positive Black History by Mormon Heretic
- Suspending Relief Society by Runtu
- The Evolution of Excommunication by Nate Oman
- Patriarch series by Clair Barrus
- 2 part exploration of Community of Christ historians and historiography by David Howlett
- It Fell to my Lot to Guide the Little Branch by Ardis Parshall
- The Wall Fell by Joyce Brinton Anderson
- Predicting Who Will Be Church President by Ziff
Best Personal Post
- A Study in Contrasts: The Dole by Tracy M.
- Of Sons and Fathers by J. Stapley
- MHA with Darius by Margaret Young
- Parents are People by Kaimi
- Temple by Annegb
- Being that kind of Woman by Heather O.
- Yellow Paper and Red Tape by David
- Finding Optimism by Lamonte
- Thoughts on Death a few days Before Christmas by Susan M.
Best Spiritual Post
- Of Healings, Canes, and Gardens by J. Stapley
- Brothers: A Speculative Drama in One Act by Brad
- How They Eat in Heaven by Kathryn Lynard Soper
- Tesserae of my Faith by Steve Evans
- Circling the Wagons by Tracy M.
- Do We Let the Church Get in the Way of the Gospel? by Andrew Ainsworth
- Gold-Plated Enigma by G.
- My Articles of Faith by Jessawhy
- Blessing My Daughter by Margaret Young
- Tears in Heaven by JA Benson
- The Weight of Heritage by Ben Pratt
Best Doctrinal Post
- There is an end to Race by Brad
- Why Do We Redeem the Dead? by J. Nelson Seawright
- I the Lord am Bound by Sam MB
- Belief Vs. Action by Hawkgrrl
- Compassion for the Unworthy by Kent Larsen
- Don’t Hate Me Because I’m Beautiful by Kaimi
- The Revisionist Reformation by James Olsen
- Noah’s Nakedness and the Curse of Canaan: Gen 9:18-27 by David G.
- Determining Doctrine Using Excell by Dan Ellsworth
- Is Satan Really all that Bad? by Seth
- Inspired Leadership and the Priesthood Ban by MCQ
Best Current Events Post
- Tradeoff: Gay Marriage and Women’s Rights? by J. Nelson Seawright
- Captain Moroni is not a man of God by Brad
- Mormon Hero by Russell Arben Fox
- Church Exempted From SLC Gay Rights Ordinance by Matt Evans
- Gender Roles and Acquaintance Rape by Kaimi
- Cleon Skousen/Ezra Taft Benson/Glenn Beck series by Christopher Jones
- The Conservative Perspective on Glenn Beck by Geoff B.
- Thoughts From Sunstone by MCQ
- Wanna Know What Women Want? (Twilight) by Tracie Lamb
Best Mormon-Themed Podcast
- BCC’s Zeitcast
- Mormon Expression
- A Totally Gay Podcast Silus Grok
Best Book/Article Review
- Amri Brown’s review of The NY Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance by Elna Baker
- Ben’s 12-author series on Parley P. Pratt’s Autobiography
- Charles L. Cohen’s review of Laurel Thatcher Ulrich’s legacy and scholarship
- Geoff B’s review of On Being Ill at Ease in the World by Bushman
- Matt B’s review of Lance Allred’s Longshot (scroll down)
- MCQ’s A New Perspective on the Chosen
- Nick Literski’s review of Mormons and Masons by Brown
Best Contribution to or Post about the Bloggernacle
- DKL’s My Hope for the Bloggernacle
- Edje’s Bug Series — see All God’s Creatures Including Mormos
- Kaimi’s Mormon Studies on a Budget
- Kristine’s Music Posts
- MFranti’s tending comments and answering questions and community building at FMH
- MCQ’s The Importance of Defining Your Terms
- Steve Evans’ The Bloggernacle Won’t Save You
- Tracy M. for sharing her life publicly
Best Contribution to Interfaith Dialogue
- Heart Issues for LDS
- I Love Mormons
- Irresistible (Dis)Grace
- Morehead’s Musings
- LDS & Evangelical Conversations
- Mark Cares Weblog
- Have You Read the Sealed Portion by Rico
- Summa Theologica
- Bridget Jack Meyers at Clobberblog
- Chanson at Letters From A Broad and Main Street Plaza
Write-in Category (Choose 3)
- Best Community: FMH
- Best Doctrinal and Philosophical Speculation: New Cool Thang
- Best Intentions: Follow the Prophet
- Best Marathon Runner: Shelah
- Best Mommy Blog: Dandelion Mama
- Best New Feature: A Mormon Image & Feminist Image
- Best Philosophical Post: Musings on the Multiverse by Ben Pratt
- Best Series: Back Row Questions by J. Nelson Seawright
- Best Series: Nine Moons “5” series, beginning with this one.
- Best Canadian Blog: Our Thoughts
- Best Visual Post: Bugged by Kaimi
- Best Weekly Feature: Sunday in Outer Blogness
- Best “Moonlighting” Post: Mormon Like Me: Black Saints, Bigots, and Beck by Margaret Young
- Coolest Maps and Diagrams: John Hamer
- Family Life: A Strict Parent by Nicholeen Peck
- Most Aesthetically Pleasing Post: Words and Music by Low by Susan M.
- Most Disturbing: Are New ‘Puritans’ Gaining? by Orson Scott Card
- Most heartbreaking-wrenching-joyous-all-mixed-into-one: John Remy’s excommunication
- Most Postitive Thread at Mormon Matters: Ten LDS Things I’m Thankful For by Hawkgrrl
- Much Ado About Nothing: Men Singing the Melody in Church
I thought nominations were going through the 24th. I’ve been busy all week and was waiting until the weekend to get to it. Y’all cut the nominations short last year too. I think you should stick to your dates, no?
Also, here is some follow up from last year:
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 for each catagory, 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 or others 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.
You are amazing. Totally amazing.
I just read through the nomination thread, and I can’t find anywhere where Our Thoughts was nominated for best group blog.
Confused, thank you for your suggestions. We appreciate your interest in the Niblets!
I want to reassure you that our esteemed panel went over all of the suggestions from last years’s Niblets and considered them carefully.
1. Our current poll plugin does not allow for hiding the results. We looked at some alternatives, and decided to stay with the one we have. We think seeing the results as you vote adds to the excitement!
2. Ziff will consider doing this. Please remember he has a family and a full-time job. I thought he did a fantastic job last year at analyzing the results, gearing his report to the concerns that were expressed.
3. The voting period is slightly shorter this year than last.
4. We have done some light vetting this year.
5. Last year was unusual. I don’t foresee this being necessary this year. We expect to have clear winners in all of the categories.
6. Again, last year there was some issue with single-issue voters because we had blogs that were a bit outside of our (loosely defined) community. This year I think voters will have an interest in most of the categories. But if they decide they just want to vote for one or two—-so what?
7. We have a system in place for determining if ballot-stuffing is occurring.
I hope this has eased your mind.
REMEMBER—-this is a GAME!! Have fun!
Feel free to accuse me of shameless self-promotion, but I think Kaimi’s “How Wide the Divide . . . and can we ever Bridget?” deserves a nod for Best Post Title. I’d never heard someone make that play on my name before.
The even funnier part is, when Kaimi first told me about it, I totally didn’t get it. Yes, I am that slow.
Pardon me for this, but I also blog at FMH. That might be what got more attention. Although I’m very proud of Beginnings New and I’m grateful for the link to it.
Wow – I’m honored to be mentioned here. Thank you. Especially when I’ve been feeling like such a failure lately in the category of “contributing to interfaith dialogue”
Kim, Our Thoughts was one of the few nominations that got vetted for placement. Since we don’t have a “Best Canadian Blogs” category, it got put in the “Best Group Blogs.”
Bridget, how DID we miss that one? We certainly have room for one more post title.
Reese, we love your posts at FMH. There were a couple of bloggers who blog at two or more places and we couldn’t always fit both links in the available space. (same thing happened on Matt B.’s book review which has the incredibly LONG link of
It just wouldn’t fit, so we did the best we could.)
Jessica, thank you. Everyone who is mentioned here should ALREADY feel like a winner!
Best Canadian blog was supposed to be write-in nomination. I should have been clearer.
I don’t care much about the final vote, but I LOVE the chance to see so many wonderful posts in one place so I can go back and read things that moved me the first time I read them – and discover ones I missed originally.
That’s the main reason why I voted to include so many posts in the categories. For me, it’s FAR more about recognizing amazing posts than excluding everything but the four or five best based on an “expert panel” vote. It’s like the argument against the Book of Mormon, the Koran, the sayings of Confucius and the Kama Sutra just because we already have the Bible. (OK, I added one just to see who is reading and paying attention – but for those who accept the Song of Solomon as inspired scripture, is it really that much of a . . . stretch?)
I didn’t realize I had so many nominations! Off to polish my trophy case . . .
I am flattered to be nominated, particularly in the category of contributing to interfaith dialogue. Thanks for noticing the effort.
Is it too late to nominate mfranti for her tireless work at fmh, tending comments and answering questions and community building?
I would like to nominate BOMC for a write-in category: Worst Web Design.
Probably too many nominations in each category.
Maybe 4 or 5 in each would make the voting easier imho.
“Bridget Jack Meyers’ comment #16 at Like a Virgin”
To me that comment is highly offensive and ought to have been deleted.
Not funny at all.
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I appreciate the nomination in the best contribution and write-in categories. Thank you very much.
Having said that, i wish to withdraw from consideration from the Best Contribution category in deference to Edje’s excellent series on Mormon Taxonomy. I’d also like to withdraw from the write-in category in deference to John Hamer’s work.
Please make these changes before voting opens. Thank you.
#17 CarlosJC ~ To me that comment is highly offensive and ought to have been deleted.
As opposed to an entire thread that makes the serious case that God the Father and the virgin Mary were groin buddies, which isn’t offensive to anyone in the slightest.
Or in other words, I’d seriously reconsider my hierarchy of things that offend me if I were you.
I feel like the shortening of Seawright’s post title in the current events category places it at a disadvantage, which is a shame because IMO that’s the winner. How about, “Tradeoff: Gay Marriage and Women’s Rights”?
With a question mark at the end of the title, preferably.
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Ms. Jack Meyers #19,
I didn’t bother reading that post but followed the link on this page (nominations) thinking about the upcoming voting.
(I had not read most of what is nominated here)
If the thread is about that, ‘groin buddies’, then it too would be offensive to me. But I’m not reading it to find out.
#23 CarlosJC ~ The thread “Like a Virgin” by Bored in Vernal is her argument that the old LDS view that God the Father had physical sex with Mary to cause the incarnation of Jesus is both compatible with the biblical and Book of Mormon data (i.e. Mary being called a “virgin”) and defensible, even preferable today. The idea is outrageously offensive to only about 99% of the non-LDS Christian world, and vast majority of the Mormons I’ve met aren’t so fond of it, either.
So if you want to be offended by my comment, fair enough. But given the context of the discussion where it was made, you’re kind of missing the forest for the trees there.
(BTW, BiV, this isn’t meant to be a commentary on your post. I’m just trying to summarize for Carlos.)
Ok Ms. Jack Meyers,
That’s a decent explanation. Although for me it should be “incompatible” with biblical and BoM data, since she was a “virgin” giving birth. That is why the incest stories are highly offensive to me.
Still can’t see your comment as appropriate, although I guess it has become “memorable” to me too. How will I ever forget it now?
Does my blog post on “The Problem of Virginal Conception” offend?
The point of the post was to challenge Bill McKeever’s and Aaron Shafovaloff’s dogmatism, and show that scripture does not definitively rule out sexual conception (hieros gamos).
Wow, big omission on solo blog and reviews for not including BHodges at Life on Gold Plates.
I agree, Frequent Lurker.
I see that BCC is poised to win an award. If it does, God will not be pleased, and this will serve as a condemnation of the entire “Bloggernacle” community generally. I hereby invoke my Melchizedek Priesthood authority and dust-off my feet at anyone who votes for that den of reprobates.
I agree with most of what is on here but the best thread/blog of the year was overlooked.
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