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Tuesday, December 14, 2004


Some kind reader or readers nominated BeldarBlog in the category of "Best Conservative Blog" in Wizbang!'s 2004 Weblog Awards. I placed ninth of the fifteen blogs nominated for this category, with 3.0 percent of the 20,801 votes โ€” almost certainly better than I deserved, given the excellence of the other nominees. Captain's Quarters was the deserving overall winner in this category. Power Line took top honors for "Best Overall Blog," and my blogospheric friend Patterico nabbed first place in "Best of the Top 100-250 Blogs"; and skimming through the other winners and nominees, I was pleased to see many other friends and residents of my own blogroll, all very deserving of recognition, praise, and regular readership.

Although this one was relatively well set up and administered, like essentially all other online polls, readers must take this exercise with many large grains (cow-licking size) of salt. WizBang!'s traffic probably comes mostly from the right hemisphere of the overall blogosphere; had, say, dKos run the contest, I rather doubt that my blog would have been noticed at all. Unlike the product of those pernicious political opinion pollsters, however, this one neither takes itself too seriously, nor threatens any distortions of any meaningful "real-life events." So all things considered, I'm mildly tickled to have been nominated, and grateful to persons on the other side of the keyboards who clicked my blog's name approximately 624 times.

With no disrespect to Wizbang! or the other fine nominees and winners, however, I'm more grateful to the folks on the other side of the keyboards who navigate, through one means or another, to my [rarely-]humble online journal itself, even during times like the last few weeks when my blogging has been embarrassingly sparse. I count myself a "winner" of sorts with each such "vote," including those who regularly visit to voice civil but disagreeing viewpoints in my comments.

I do, however, repudiate in no uncertain terms the "support" BeldarBlog receives from the small handful of miscreants who visit only to leave behind their links plugging V!agr4, p0rn0 websites, and the like. Even those "readers," however, serve a useful function in one sense โ€” they leave me feeling righteous and powerful as I slay their spam, feeding my fantasies that I am indeed the master of my own domain[-name], ruler of all that I survey [through my TypePad interface], and a legend [in my own bandwidth].

Posted by Beldar at 12:44 PM in Weblogs | Permalink


Other weblog posts, if any, whose authors have linked to 9/3.0/20,801 and sent a trackback ping are listed here:


(1) Jennifer made the following comment | Dec 14, 2004 4:40:16 PM | Permalink

Your comments, though sparse lately, are worth looking out for! And now, may I sell you some V!agr4?

(2) Eric made the following comment | Dec 14, 2004 4:58:44 PM | Permalink

I voted for you. I've usually enjoyed your essays and rarely have found myself in disagreement.

BTW -- Visit my pr0n and buy my p!lls.


(3) Old Gunny made the following comment | Dec 14, 2004 6:45:21 PM | Permalink

Your blog is one of the sites that I check daily and I always appreciate your views and comments. Keep the faith Brother!!

(4) Jinn made the following comment | Dec 14, 2004 8:36:58 PM | Permalink

Yeah, Beldar we know you're busy, but do WE see any of that moolah coming your way? No, so get back to your REAL job of writing scintillating analysis of current events for MY benefit.

Keep up the good work (of either kind).

(5) Maxim made the following comment | Dec 14, 2004 8:58:05 PM | Permalink

Your site is always excellent, Beldar. Good to see another post. Best regards.

(6) Phantom made the following comment | Dec 15, 2004 10:09:28 AM | Permalink

Always check you and LGF. Keep up the good work neighbor! PS how much are ya gonna give me for my vote??

(7) rls made the following comment | Dec 15, 2004 6:13:27 PM | Permalink

Yours is the first blog I check each day, right at the top of my list!! I must admit that I feel a letdown though when you do not post. Keep at it. If all else fails, you will have at least one reader.

(8) RJ made the following comment | Dec 15, 2004 11:12:31 PM | Permalink

Yo, Beldar,

Huzzah, cheers and cool beans on being No. 9 in "Best Conservative Blog" in Wizbang!'s 2004 Weblog Awards.

I have always liked your stuff.

Yours was the first personal blog site I found and I have toured the www and I still prefer yours to all the others I have taste-tested inc. the heavy-duty, industrial-looking sites.You way out-rank www.righwingnews.com to me.

Prob'ly being a local boy helps in my book, but still your down-to-earthiness, overall judicious-ness (is that a word?) plus passion and sense of humor do it for moi. I have been recommending you to others on the mutual blogosphere in which I hang.

BTW, I am a paralegal (silicosis defense) but I don't hold your legal position against you...(A-hemm).

[email protected]

(9) wondrin made the following comment | Dec 16, 2004 5:32:44 PM | Permalink

Beldar, you have a great blog. Its up their with Powerline and LGF as far as I'm concerned.
And if people are trying to buy both porn and Viagra, I think the term "self-involved" has reached a whole new level.

(10) Jon Henke made the following comment | Dec 17, 2004 9:20:08 AM | Permalink

You've done good work, Beldar. You deserved to be on that list. Congratulations...

(11) Birkel made the following comment | Dec 26, 2004 3:52:17 PM | Permalink

Kudos and salutations, Beldar.

And may I send along my best to you for a wonderful 2005.

(12) -S- made the following comment | Jan 13, 2005 7:22:30 AM | Permalink

Well written by an author who reasons, what's not to like?

I enjoy reading whatever you opine and otherwise share. And voted for you, too and for those reasons (^^).

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