There was a little rejoicing in the Web Gal household yesterday.
The Canadian Weblog Awards promote blogs from across Canada year-round with interviews, articles, and the nomination, judging, and award process. A jury then decides on a short list and winners are announced in January 2011.
The awards are something of a breath of fresh air: they’re designed to uncover good, but perhaps not mainstream or popular blogs.
Much of the judging criteria focuses on common sense stuff that all web designers would apply when creating a website. The same stuff I use in my job as website manager.
- Usability — Is the website user-friendly and easy to navigate?
- Operability — Do all of its components function properly?
- Interactivity — Are a comments section and author contact information available? Are its interactive components (including comments, audio, video, etc.) effective, appropriate, and accessible?
- Aesthetics — Is the website pleasing to look at? Is its design original?
- Originality — Is the content original and creatively expressed?
- Intelligibility and clarity — Is the content well-written? Are the content’s messages clearly and effectively delivered?
- Currency — Is the content timely? Is the weblog updated on a regular basis?
- Transparency and authenticity — Is the author’s purpose and realness both trusted and apparent?
- Attention to detail — Has the content been edited for spelling and grammatical errors? Is the content arranged for ease of consumption?
- Engagingness — Is the content interesting? Does it contain broad appeal within its genre?
So we’ll have to be patient for a few months before we find out if Sadie’s blog progresses any further.
This is truly an honour to be recognised among my fellow Canadian bloggers. I’ve never envisioned making money from Sadie’s blog. It’s only ever an online space for her personality to come alive for others. Pure entertainment. And with the deluge of blogs available it’s a wonder anyone ever found Sadie’s.
We’ve no idea who nominated Hi, I’m Sadie Shih Tzu. If it was you, thank you.