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Performancing Blog Awards 2007 Winners

Submitted by Ryan Caldwell on January 11, 2008 - 5:49pm in

The Performancing Blog Awards recognize excellence in blogging. With help from our readers, Performancing chose 28 awards categories (one half of our collective brain wishes we could have done more, the other half wishes we had done less;-) and nominated six candidates per category.

With over 61,000 votes in one week of voting (Readers' Choice) and ongoing behind the scenes deliberation (Editors' Choice) we've selected the winners of this year's Performancing Blog Awards.

In some cases, the Readers and the Editors selected the same winners. However, more often than not, the Readers and Editors selected different winners. In those cases, it's for you to decide who made the better choice;-)

While putting these awards together was a labor of love (and I mean labor in both senses of the term!) it was well worth the effort. What we have here is a solid collection of the best blogs in the world in some of the most important categories there are. It was no easy feat, but we sure hope you like the final product:



The Best Overall Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: Zen Habits

Zen Habits entered the blogosphere by storm, offering up a unique and fresh perspective on life, health, productivity and finance. It has not only gained the admiration of professional bloggers but also managed to gain a huge readership outside the average blog reading demographic. This can be partly attributed to to the fact that, with a clear and captivating writing style, Zen Habits offers smart and productive people an alternative, simpler way to live their lives.

Runner Up: Mashable

Voting results: Best Overall Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: TechCrunch

Everyone in the industry hangs on TechCrunch's every word. While the site has it's ups and it's downs, there's no denying the fact that the writers at TechCrunch put out an incredibly large amount of exceptional content day in and day out.

Runner Up: Ars Technica



The Most Influential Blogger of 2007

Readers' Choice: Darren Rowse (ProBlogger)

In what turned out to be the closest poll of this year's Performancing Awards (only five votes separated first and second place), Darren Rowse pulled out the victory. Darren has been a pioneer of the problogging world and is consistently looked to as a role model for blogging consistency and success. His ability to continually generate new and useful ideas never ceases to amaze us.

Runner Up: Seth Godin (Seth's Blog)

Voting results: Most Influential Blogger Poll

Editors' Choice: Brian Clark (CopyBlogger)

The best bloggers will all tell you the same thing: the key to a successful blog is writing attention grabbing headlines and copy. And no one has influenced the art of copywriting like Brian Clark. His blog CopyBlogger has made the blogging community stronger with tips on writing engaging posts and headlines, and it's safe to say we'd see less engaging content without Brian's huge influence.

Runner Up: Darren Rowse (ProBlogger)



The Best Blog Design of 2007

Readers' Choice: Copyblogger (designed by Chris Pearson)

The reader's spoke loud and clear on this one. Connoisseurs of WordPress themes know that Copyblogger was not only one of the most widely adopted WordPress theme of 2007. But even more importantly, it's got ultra-optimized code (e.g. the left sidebar shows up in the source code after the middle content) and beautiful typography. Name recognition certainly helped on this one, but it's pretty clear that users of the Copyblogger theme love it, and that's all that matters.

Runner Up: Veerle's Blog 2.0

Voting results: Best Blog Design Poll

Editors' Choice: Pearsonified

It's a shame Chris Pearson doesn't blog a little more often, but the infrequent posts don't take anything away from the awesome design at Pearsonified. Chris Pearson is one of the best Wordpress designers working today, and it shows with his personal site.

Runner Up: Veerle's Blog 2.0



The Best Blog Typography of 2007

Readers' Choice: Freelance Switch

Freelance Switch features big, thick headline fonts and font layout that's easy on the eyes. It's easy to see why the readers' picked this one (no pun intended, of course).

Runner Up: Graphic Exchange

Voting results: Best Blog Typography Poll

Editors' Choice: Freelance Switch

In our opinion, Freelance Switch has set a new standard for great typography. Blog Designers take note.

Runner Up: 4-Hour Work Week



The Best Blog Name of 2007

Readers' Choice: John Cow

Playing off the popularity of blogging rockstar John Chow, John Cow has become a household name. And the cow metaphor is priceless.

Runner Up: Get Rich Slowly

Voting results: The Best Blog Name Poll

Editors' Choice: Velveteen Rabbi

We just couldn't resist. The most beautiful play-on-words we've seen in a long time.

Runner Up: John Cow



The Best New Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: Freelance Switch

Freelance Switch managed to burst onto the scene and gather an amazing, dedicated crowd in a very short amount of time. In the world of freelancing, Freelance Switch is now the big kahuna.

Runner Up: Snarfd

Voting results: The Best New Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Snarfd

While we certainly love Freelance Switch, for this award we wanted to pick the blog with the widest appeal...the one that keeps drawing us back...like addicts. And Snarfd is it.

Runner Up: Freelance Switch



The Best Blog Community of 2007

Readers' Choice: Freelance Writing Jobs

Freelance Writing Jobs has a passionate community of freelance writers, and they sure have spoken this time.

Runner Up: Twitter

Voting results: The Best Blog Community Poll

Editors' Choice: Metafilter

A vibrant community blog where the comments are often better than the posts. Our Editor's were tightly split between Metafilter and Twitter, though, so definitely give the microblogging runner-up a shot.

Runner Up: Twitter



The Most Improved Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: Mashable

Just take a look at the 3 year Alexa graph and you'll see that our readers are quite the omniscient crew.

Runner Up: Get Rich Slowly

Voting results: The Most Improved Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: DoshDosh

The originality and quality of posts at DoshDosh have just continued to go up since Maki launched it back in November of 2006. And we couldn't resist the draw of anime... just too cool.

Runner Up: Get Rich Slowly



The Best Blogs You've Never Heard Of 2007

Readers' Choice: The Astonishing Adventures of Lord Likely

An original, quirky blog chosen by some original and quirky readers;-)

Runner Up: Bluehat SEO

Voting results: The Best Blogs You've Never Heard Of Poll

Editors' Choice: Dear Rockers

We love the concept of this site: resolve your music-stealing guilt by writing letters to rockers and sending them $5. Not sure if it gets you off the hook, but the letters are sure fun to read.

Runner Up: Wise Living Journal



The Best Use of a Corporate Blog in 2007

Readers' Choice: Prosper's Official Blog

Prosper is a group blog run by its users. We'd love to see more corporations go in this direction, instead of weaving the typical corporate spin.

Runner Up: Southwest Airlines

Voting results: The Best Use of a Corporate Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Matt Cutts/Google Guy

Sure, we know the official line. But this year Matt was caught between a rock and a hard place trying to justify how his employee Google gets to link to their own partners editorially while the rest of us get penalized (thanks to graywolf for this insight). Matt deserves mad props for taking one for the Corp.

Runner Up: Dreamhost



The Best Blog Podcast in 2007

Readers' Choice: Freelance Switch

The guys at Freelance Switch put together a quality operation, topped off with a popular audio podcast.

Runner Up: CalacanisCast

Voting results: The Best Blog Podcast Poll

Editors' Choice: On The Pod

We can't say enough good things about what Duncan Riley is doing with On The Pod. As an operating principle, Duncan tries to introduce the listener to lesser known people with important things to say...if only Google would do the same thing with their semantic analysis;-) On The Pod works as a podcast because it not only introduces you to new ideas and new people, but also because it's great conversation that covers topics that stretch beyond tech and blogging.

Runner Up: Random Bits



The Best Video Blog in 2007

Readers' Choice: Daily Idea

Daily Idea didn't start until the 2nd half of 2007, but it has already acquired a massive following, thanks in part to it's regular mix of humor and tips.

Runner Up: The PopCrunch Show

Voting results: The Best Video Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: 1938 Media

When 1938 Media started out, we were skeptical...and sometimes put-off. But collectively we've become fond of Lauren's passion, candor and (even when he doesn't intend it) dry humor. 1938 Media is unlike anything else out there...but that's not why we like it. We like it because it's got value...real value.

Runner Up: Ask a Ninja



The Best Writing/Blogging Blog in 2007

Readers' Choice: Copyblogger

When it comes to writing copy and blogging, the place to start is Copyblogger. Hands down.

Runner Up: Freelance Writing Jobs

Voting results: The Best Writing/Blogging Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Daily Blog Tips

This might surprise a lot of you, and many of you might object, but in 2007 we found ourselves soaking up Daily Blog Tips. Simple, straightforward, practical tips that every blogger can use.

Runner Up: Pro Blogger



The Best Science/Technology Blog in 2007

Readers' Choice: Pharyngula

In terms of community response and total traffic, there is no doubt that Pharyngula is the most influential science blog on the planet.

Runner Up: Bad Astronomy

Voting results: The Best Science/Technology Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Ars Technica

Ars Technica is always on top of every tech story, with thorough analysis. The blog is constantly on the front page of Digg, and for good reason. We believe that, hands down, no question, Ars Technica is the most interesting and sophisticated technology site out there. It's also a real candidate for best website on the 'net.

Runner Up: Pharyngula



The Most Controversial Blog in 2007

Readers' Choice: John Chow

Speaking of controversy, anyone else think this vote was rigged? Over 99% of the votes were submitted for John Chow. The crazy thing is that an IP analysis doesn't reveal any obvious screwing around. Controversy? No controversy? John Chow's the winner.

Runner Up: Pharyngula

Voting results: The Most Controversial Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: 1938 Media

Loren Feldman has never been one to shy away from controversy and 2007 was no exception.

Runner Up: Perez Hilton



The Best SEO Blog in 2007

Readers' Choice: SEOmoz Blog

SEOMoz is the company that every aspiring white-hat SEO looks up to. Rand Fishkin and gang have managed to create something very special and signs are that they'll keep it up despite last year's organizational changes.

Runner Up: Seo Book Blog

Voting results: The Best SEO Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Seo Book Blog

Aaron Wall runs one of the most thought provoking blogs out there. He's always at the leading edge of SEO and it's a good idea to think deeply about what he is saying, whether it's SEO he's discussing or something else altogether.

Runner Up: Graywolf's SEO Blog



The Best Celeb/Style Blog in 2007

Readers' Choice: Go Fug Yourself

Go Fug Yourself strikes the perfect balance between fashion and celebrity, taking a snarky attitude towards both. While giving props to the stars with good fashion, the Fuggers are at their best when they rip into the poor style and lifestyle decisions that celebs make.

Runner Up: Perez Hilton

Voting results: The Best Celeb/Style Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Oh No They Didn't

As a group blog, Oh No They Didn't often manages to break news before TMZ, Perez Hilton or any of the billions of other celeb blogs out there. And because it's a community, ONTD covers a much wider variety of news...in other words, it doesn't get old with the same joke, over and over and over.

Runner Up: WWTDD



The Best Business/Money Blogs in 2007

Readers' Choice: The Simple Dollar

The Simple Dollar is a crowd favorite, giving simple, practical financial advice for the average person in today's modern world (you know, the kind who actually have real jobs and not enough time in the day). It's no coincidence that The Simple Dollar has over 23,000 feed subscribers.

Runner Up: Get Rich Slowly

Voting results: The Best Business/Money Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: The Simple Dollar

The Simple Dollar is a great read for anyone interested in personal finance, but it's also a great read for someone looking for a blueprint on how to explode into a niche extremely quickly. The site is only a little over a year old, but Trent Hamm has quickly established himself as one of the premier bloggers around period, not just in the personal finance community.

Runner Up: Get Rich Slowly



The Best Photo Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: I Can Has Cheezburger?

I Can Has Cheezburger has been one of the most successful viral experiments of all time. And it's no wonder. With a perfect mixture of cute animal pictures and funny captions, this blog is going to be a mainstay of Internet folklore for years to come.

Runner Up: Stuck in Customs

Voting results: The Best Business/Money Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Photopreneur

Photopreneur is a great resource for the amateur photographer looking to make a little extra cash with their work. Wins for community and operating principle.

Runner Up: Daily Dose of Imagery



The Best Sports Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: True Hoop

True Hoop features the best coverage of NBA basketball on the Internet. Now with ESPN, Henry Abbott built True Hoop from the ground up just like the rest of us...

Runner Up: Sunday Morning QB

Voting results: The Best Sports Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Joe Posnanski's Blog

Joe Posnanski (a Kansas City sports writer) started blogging this year to promote a book he had written, and he very quickly created something special. One of the best blogs we've ever read on any topic.

Runner Up: Fire Joe Morgan



The Best Blog WebHost of 2007

Readers' Choice: WordPress.com

WordPress.com is the easiest to use, most configurable, hosted blogging solution out there. And WordPress.com users love the variety of themes available to them. A tightly nit community has emerged between its users.

Runner Up: Blogger

Voting results: The Best Blog WebHost Poll

Editors' Choice: Mosso

While Mosso is not in everyone's price range, it is massively scalable and currently hosts some of our Editor's sites, some of which get as many as 500k pageviews per day. For high-traffic blogs that don't want to run a dedicated server, we think it's a steal for only $100 a month.

Runner Up: A Small Orange



The Best Family and Parenting Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: Parent Hacks

Real tips from real parents for real kids. Parent Hacks is a great community blog where parents help each other with parenting.

Runner Up: Ask Moxie

Voting results: The Best Family and Parenting Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Dooce

Dooce pretty much singlehandedly created the entire "Mommy blogging" genre, and while the site has certainly changed over time it is still a great read.

Runner Up: Amalah



The Best Political Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: Daily Kos

Daily Kos is the grassroots voice of the progressive left and allows anyone to contribute, with the best content featured on the front page. It is one of the most popular group blogs on the Internet and has made tangible political impact.

Runner Up: Huffington Post

Voting results: The Best Political Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Huffington Post

An excellent all around blog that puts out an incredible amount of good content drawing from a large pool of talent. A great example of what a well funded blog can be.

Runner Up: Firedoglake



The Best Food/Health Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: The Girl Who Ate Everything & 101 Cookbooks (tie)

It was a tie. That means they are both worth your time...and they are...really. Especially if you like food.

Runner Up: The Food Pornographer

Voting results: The Best Food/Health Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: 101 Cookbooks

If you are up for exploring in the kitchen it is tough to find a site better suited for the task.

Runner Up: The Food Pornographer



The Funniest Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: The Sneeze

Everyone who runs across the blog tags it an instant classic. So do we. Don't miss out on the "Steve don't eat it" posts. Classic rofl comedy.

Runner Up: Waiter Rant

Voting results: The Funniest Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Violent Acres

There aren't many blogs we could honestly recommend going through the archives and reading every single entry, but this is one. But if that is too much for you, just check out her most popular posts. You won't be sorry you did.

Runner Up: The Dilbert Blog



The Best Travel Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: The Cranky Flier

If there are travel pundits, The Cranky Flier is one of the best. With snarky, critical and sometimes humorous comments about the airline and travel industries, The Cranky Flier is a crowd pleaser.

Runner Up: Travel Rants

Voting results: The Best Travel Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Gridskipper

Gawker's travel blog is one of the leaders in the niche, and delivers the excellence and originality you'd expect from a Gawker property.

Runner Up: Gadling



The Best Education Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: Study Hacks

Cal Newport offers simple tips aimed at demystifying the secrets of successful college students. Based on our polls, his readers find the tips useful and worth voting for.

Runner Up: Teaching Generation Z

Voting results: The Best Education Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Eduwonk

Eduwonk is an excellent site that features heavy discussion and analysis on issues facing the American educational system.

Runner Up: HackCollege



The Best Entertainment Blog of 2007

Readers' Choice: /film

/Film is a movie lovers blog. In addition to your standard Hollywood movie news, the site also covers cult movies and directors. An emphasis is placed on scifi and fantasy movies.

Runner Up: Television Without Pity

Voting results: The Best Entertainment Blog Poll

Editors' Choice: Firstshowing.net

Firstshowings.net is a very slick and comprehensive site that is always on top of the movie industry.

Runner Up: Stereogum


wowza!

~Congrats to all~!! Readers and editors have different priorities, both are valuable. Thanks for both the new and old.

Great Choices!

...and I must express my pleasure at finding myself a runner-up in a category with some truly hefty contenders! Thanks to all the bloggers, all the voters, and all the editors.