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2005 Okie Blog Award winners

September 4th, 2005

I am pleased to announce the results of the first Okie Blog Awards as decided by Oklahoma bloggers.

More info here.

The voting was extremely close in most categories with one category resulting in a tie between two nominees. I voted to break that tie based on the fact that one of the blogs in question had already won in another category.

Two of the categories seemed to confuse some people by their ambiguous titles – Best Unusual and Best Inspirational. I will rethink the nomenclature of those categories for next year.

Congratulations to the winning bloggers and also to all the blogs that made the final nomination list.

And thanks to all of you who helped make these Awards a success.

20 Responses to “2005 Okie Blog Award winners”

  1. Sean Gleeson Says:

    Congratulations to all! And thanks, Mike for running the contest.
    P.S.: Your more info link is busted.

  2. Mike Says:

    Thanks for the heads up.

  3. Susan Says:

    Hooray for the winners! Hooray for the nominees! And a big hooray for Mike!

    It was an honor to be included.

  4. cookie Says:

    I won?

    < thinking>

    Me?? I won???

    < panicking, thinking quickly>

    Okay so … I promise, from this day on, to uphold all the whatevers of the Oklahoma Blog Awards, and become a true and constant blogger!

    I could not have done this without the help of my family and friends, including Susan, Mike, Andy, Mark, Ian, Lizzie, Ronnie, Lola, Laura, Aaron, Jan, Stephanie, Peggy, Dan, Carol, Miles, Hillary, Tony, and countless others. I thank you from the bottom of my heart and I am honored and touched!

  5. CGHill Says:

    I am bemused to note that three of the blogs I voted for actually won their categories, which is consistent with the results I generally get with state and national elections: batting .273.

    That’s not enough to get me into the Hall of Fame, but it’s enough to justify taking another hour of batting practice.

    Congratulations to everyone who won, including that doofus who somehow got Best Writing.

  6. sleepingmommy Says:

    I’m just giddy Mike. Thanks for running the awards. You took on the responsibility and I appreciate your efforts.

    Of course that could just be because I won. If I’d lost, maybe I’d be bitter? Nah!

    Thanks Mike!

  7. Brian Says:

    I’m very honored. Recognition from your peers is the best kind.

    Thank you Mike for all the work you put into this and congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

  8. Paul Says:

    I am honored and thankful to Mike for all the effort into putting the awards on.
    Thanks to all who voted, and to all the nominees
    This was not for myself but for Independent Oklahoma Musicians.

    Again, thank you

  9. aka_monty Says:

    I too am very honored, and I thank every one who cast their vote in my direction.

    And a big huge congratulations to all the winners! Every blog that I read had something great to offer, and I’m happy to have found new places to visit.

    Thanks to MIKE for recognizing a wonderful group of people, that is, Okie bloggers.


  10. Chase Says:

    Mike -
    Thank you so much for coordinating the awards and thank you to everyone who voted. It really is
    a humbling and flattering honor, especially
    when you consider the incredible diversity in
    Oklahoma’s blogging community.

    Next year, Mike, you need to be allowed to
    compete. Fair’s fair, dude.

  11. CGHill Says:

    Agreed to that. I can understand why he’d want himself left off the ballots, but there’s no reason to think he, or anyone in the community, would try to rig the voting: this is, by and large, a respectable bunch, even allowing for the likes of me.

  12. buddyhackett Says:


  13. Mike Says:

    Glad to give something back to the Oklahoma blogging community.

    There’s only three things that keep me from putting Okiedoke up for an Okie Blog Award:

    1. I haven’t come up with a category I think I could win.

    2. I don’t want any stinkin’ pity votes.

    3. I’m a sore loser.

  14. Leila Says:

    RIGHT ON, the tom coburn blog won! wooohoooo!

  15. Adri Says:

    Mazel Tov to all who won!

    And a big thanks to the nominators–you showed us all some blogs we never would have other wise seen. :)

  16. Thomas Jones Says:

    What an honor it is for me that Oklahoma Wine News has been named Best Commercial Blog by the Okie Bloggers. I am grateful indeed that you have accepted our local winery events news blog, and I want to give sincere thanks to Mike and everyone who participated. The nominations introduced me to a wealth of great blogs and demonstrated the incredibly compelling voices to be found in Oklahoma’s blogging community.

    Okie bloggers are bringing local public dialogue back to a society that desperately needs to come together. The openness, insight and endurance that you demonstrate is opening up new threads of community to draw us closer together. I feel quite flattered and rather unworthy to be included with such a group of pioneers for the meager news postings of Oklahoma Wine News.

    I accept the prize with profound gratitude on behalf of another group of struggling Oklahoma pioneers… the humble bunch of family farmers, bright-eyed young couples and world-weary professionals risking their backs and their savings to create a new kind of tourism industry in our state. Like bloggers, Oklahoma winemakers and vineyard owners are breaking new ground to shore up the threads that bind us together. Like bloggers they are passionate to work toward their own unique vision rather than another generic franchise. Together they are creating more opportunities to build vibrant local forums, where before there was only faceless global markets.

    After contemplation, I conclude that this award, which I receive on behalf of those pioneers, is recognition that community, dialog and collaboration are the solutions to the crucial political and economic obstacles of our time – the need for men to overcome poverty and insecurity without resorting to becoming soulless corporate drones or voiceless laborers. I believe the creativity, energy and innovative spirit of Oklahoma’s bloggers, entrepreneurs and winemakers, makes their voices quite worthy of being heard.

    I wonder what will be the impact of this new tool of blogging for building the spirit of dialog and community. Can the blogosphere become an ever-widening circle, constantly growing to reach further and include more…without our individuality becoming lost in the flood of humanity?

    With the ever growing impact of globalization on our lives, jobs and communities, I think that local blogs and local wineries are likely to have a greater role to play reminding us of where we are in the world and reminding the world of what we have to offer as individuals. For me it has been an exciting thing to watch them both being born.

    Once again, I am very grateful and very proud to see my name placed together with the names of so many outstanding Oklahoma bloggers. Thank you very much.

  17. eulalie Says:


    I have my One Grecian Urn Awards up.

    Personally I like Little Penguin Shiraz.
    But that’s just me.

  18. Kerry Says:

    Congratulations to all the winners!!! I got to read some blogs that i wouldnt have otherwise seen – except thru nominations.

  19. LilRed Says:

    Thanks again for the nomination – and to Mike for putting this thing together in the first place. What a kick-ass group of Okies we are.

  20. bruce Says:

    Might I suggest narrowing the categories down a bit? I’m thinking that once we get specific enough I might actually stand a chance of winning. I’m sure I might pull out a narrow victory for “best blog, with sporadic postings of pictures, written about class in politics, by a liberal named bruce.”

    If not.. I give up.