~ For Your Consideration ~
Here are my picks for nominations in the following categories (partial list) of the upcoming VIVI AWARDS.
JOURNAL OF THE YEAR
UNHINGED -- Andi is an original community member. First to appear on Scalzi's sidebar, back in the summer of 2003. She's a recently divorced novelist from Indiana, making a new life for herself in the City of Angels. Her entries range from profoundly emotional to insanely hysterical. She has been nominated in years past, but this year she deserves the award honors.
LORD OF THE BLOG
TO GROW IS TO BE ANXIOUS -- Hands down. Anyone who doesn't know of Vince must be new to AOL Journals. Visit him now. He's the nicest, most honest, down-to-earth sweetheart of the community. He not only has my vote but Hunny's chompin at the bit to get her own screen name to cast her one and only vote.
LADY OF THE BLOG
JUDITH HEARTSONG -- Judith could be nominated in many categories. A leader. A warrior. A sister. An artist. A healer. A teacher. A student of life. She has overcome many obstacles and continues to make difficult choices based on her truth. She is a community leader, having held her monthly creative essay contests consistently for over a year. Her art is unmatched. She is one of a kind.
BEST USE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
(SOMETIMES) PHOTOBLOG -- Steven is an original AOL Journaler. The best photographer on the web, in my humble opinion. And by photographer, I mean, someone who knows the ins and outs of the craft, art and business of photography. He continues to be one of my biggest inspirations as I dabble with digital photography.
MOST EMOTIONAL JOURNAL
THE PEACH PAGES -- No one can write a true account of daily life like Tara (”Peachy”). Always with a moral. Always with heart. And always evoking tears of compassion and tears of joy. Many times they're tears of hysterical laughter. She is in a league of her own.
MOST THOUGHT-PROVOKING JOURNAL
JUST ONE GIRL’S HEADNOISE -- Pam is an original AOL Journals beta tester. Having recently been diagnosed with lung cancer, her journal has taken a turn into the depths of her demons as she faces them head-on. She brings us along on her journey to wellness. A must-read for all. Emotional, yes. LIfe-changingly thought-provoking, definitely!
MOST INSPIRATIONAL JOURNAL
SUBSTANCE; OR LACK OF -- Sharky is deeply filled with substance, never lack of. She's a beautiful wise soul. Art and poetry flows out of her seemingly effortlessly. She does some amazing stuff with original photos.
BEST FAMILY JOURNAL
WHERE LIFE TAKES YOU... -- Becky has it all. Family, photos, adoption, education, you name it. She writes directly from the heart and speaks to the core of us.
MOST OUTSPOKEN JOURNAL
THIS SUBLIME DANCE -- Jamey (wessolo) - An actor. A musician. A baseball fan. A political pundit. He may not update as often as we'd all like but he's always got something important to say. I don’t just visit his journal for a healthy dose of eye candy. I learn something new every time I read his entries.
MOST WELL-WRITTEN JOURNAL
THE SOUNDTRACK OF MY LIFE -- My choice for this category stretches well beyond her use of grammar. Tara (pollysci) is a 20-something bundle of information. I love her posts, whether she's expressing an important personal plight,educating us on current affairs or participating in Patrick's Saturday Six. Her entries are all chock full of wit and intelligence.
BEST COLLEGIATE JOURNAL
Here's a category where I'm completely torn. I cannot get myself to choose just one. I must submit two college journalers. Things just wouldn't feel right in the universe otherwise.
LIFE OR SOMETHING LIKE IT ~ LIVE FROM THE U -- Sarah’s journal has gone through a few incarnations. But the one consistent part is her ability to open up and let her writing flow. Whatever is going on in Sarah's life, she'll be sure to face it head-on. A strong inquisitive young woman on the rise.
HMM... -- Mallory is an Early Childhood Education major. I 'met' her when she was just a wee Sophomore. It's hard to believe she'll be graduating in the spring. I always enjoy her picture-collages of family and friends. And anyone who spends all four years of college dedicated to learning how to teach and raise our future leaders deserves the utmost respect. She's serving our country, our world, by getting a teaching degree.
BEST NEW JOURNAL
BY POPULAR DEMAND -- None other than Mikethedawg. Our beloved Carol. Deep. Wise. Funny. And a little crazy. Great combination! I love this woman. Clearly best new journal. Just take my word for it.
BEST-KEPT SECRET JOURNAL
LOTUS MARTINIS -- How is it possible that Gigi isn't a mega-superstar of AOL-J already? She's brilliant, creative, witty, wise and beautiful. Hello. What more can we ask for?
MY WASTE OF SPACE -- Aileen moved to Vegas to be with her beloved and we never heard from her again. She must be living a full and exciting new life with no time to return emails (and phone calls), because if things weren't right with her world, she would have thecommon courtesy to included us in her misery. Come on Miss Aileen. You've had a few months to get settled in Sin City -- now get back to blogging already.
MOST CREATIVE/ORIGINAL JOURNAL
ROBBIE’S RUMINATIONS -- Robbie is an honest, tell-it-like-it-is kind of woman. Her photos and original graphics tell a story along with the realness of her words. She's strong and intelligent. And funny as hell. I still laugh over one of her first comments in my journal almost two years ago. That woman has wit beyond wit.
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NOMINATING : To make things easy, copy and paste the contents of this entry into a blank notepad or wordpad. Then GO HERE to submit your nominations for the 2005 Vivi Awards.
THOUGHT : Many journals may qualify for many categories. In the spirit of this community, let's try to give each journal only one nomination. For instance, Patrick's Place may qualify for the title of both, Lord of the Blog and Journal of the Year. I would encourage you to choose the one category that fits best and nominate a different journal for the remaining category. The idea here is to spread the love and have fun!
(note: I use his journal as an example because he has disqualified himself from eligibility as he is the producer of this year's awards program. Thank you Patrick.)
DISCLAIMER : So many journals. And only a handful of awards. If you are not mentioned in this entry, please don't take it personally. And if you would like to be considered for these awards, don't hesitate to promote yourself. You can post an entry like this one. Or GO HERE for ideas on how to promote your journal and others.