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Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Shucks, I'm embarrassed!

Voting for the UU Blog Awards officially concluded last night at midnight. Philocrites received three awards: Guest-blogger Jake's essay, "Liberalism Reframed," tied for Best Review or Cultural Commentary and Philocrites won the Best Links and Best UU-Themed Blog awards. Wow! (Come back later and I'll tell you why I voted for Phil's Little Blog on the Prairie for Best UU-Themed Blog.) Thanks to everyone who participated in the nominations and voting process this year, and to all the writers and readers who have made Unitarian Universalist blogs so interesting. If you have some ideas for improving the process for next year, please leave them in the comments or send e-mail to feedback at

Some post-election thoughts: I can't help but note that yes, there was something odd about me being both the host of the UU Blog Awards and one of the winners. (I'll swear on William Ellery Channing's "Baltimore Sermon" that I did not stuff the ballots.) I'll add that the voting process itself was not entirely immune to manipulation. No fingers were stained purple, so it's possible that some people may have voted more than once. (Shame!)

And, most amusingly, I didn't realize that setting each individual poll to "Disabled" after midnight last night did not in fact turn them off — people are still voting. (Major Gregory, please, tell your fans they can stop now!) Which brings us to a situation I wish I had foreseen: I only recorded the number of total votes cast in each category and the percentage carried by each winner as of midnight; I did not record the number of votes cast for each nominee. So I fear you'll just have to trust me.

Despite those caveats, we all had a splendid time reading the nominations and enjoying the visits from new readers, so let's declare the first-ever UU Blog Awards a success and return to our regularly scheduled blogging.

Say, did you know that the White House has given press credentials to a GOP-funded propaganda Web site's reporter just so he can ask the President and his Press Secretary easy questions whenever the press corps gets aggressive? Freedom is on the march! Not only that: The Amish are on the march, too, all the way to northern Maine where 100 of them have moved to get away from tourists and sprawl. That's today's news.

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 2 February 2005 at 5:22 PM

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February 2, 2005 10:48 PM | Permalink for this comment

(((No fingers were stained purple, so it's possible that some people may have voted more than once.)))

Or someone could have said "Honey... vote in the UU blog awards... please? And if you want, vote, for welll, you know... Me. Or rather, that thing I write for..."

Not that any of us did that with anything we've been writing. Nuh uh.

saying "What? He was raised UU!"


February 3, 2005 10:05 AM | Permalink for this comment

Correction: In the original version of this post, I demoted Gregory to the rank of sergeant. Oops!


February 3, 2005 10:14 AM | Permalink for this comment

...actually, my wife voted for Philocrates ...

Wow! Smyrna... As a recent resident of the great expanse known as Northern Maine, I wish them luck. It is cold there and Aroostook (known to Mainers as "The County") has been hit extremely hard by the economic changes of the last 50 years. I lived in Northern Somerset and my churches were in Penobscot and Piscataquis, where the livin' wasn't quite so hard. Still, it is, I think, all the things they hoped for... Good luck to them!

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