November 5, 2007

For The Greater Good

"I come not to praise the competition, but to bury it."

The 2007 Weblog Awards

At the moment, The Daily Smut is running a somewhat competitive second, jeopardizing this year's goal of topping SDA's 2006 record of taking 53.8% of votes cast.

This must not happen.

If we must throw Kathy Shaidle into the ditch to crack the 50% barrier, so be it. She was happy just to be nominated.

I, on the other hand, find no satisfaction until I have the leftosphere writhing in outrage and defeat.

Polls close November 8. It's time to focus on the task at hand, jettison the wounded ("I'll never forget you, Angry"), and close for the kill.

No mercy - because mercy is for Liberals.

Posted by Kate at November 5, 2007 12:17 AM

Well done :)

Posted by: shlemazl at November 4, 2007 11:03 PM

...pick me! pick me!

Oh wait, guess I gotta get a blog first eh.

Don't worry Kate, it will be a sweep.

Posted by: tomax7 at November 4, 2007 11:24 PM

I vote from my two emails everyday, you couldnt get more votes from an lieberal sheepal.

come on alby, vote for Kate , you know you love it even if we hate you.

Posted by: cal2 at November 4, 2007 11:27 PM

Maybe if you dye your hair black and act like an airhead people will confuse you for Raymi.

Posted by: Andrew at November 4, 2007 11:36 PM

Vote early, and vote often. In this case you are legitimately allowed to vote once every 24 hours, so I encourage all here to do so until Thursday.

Go Kate.

Posted by: Woodporter at November 4, 2007 11:41 PM

In the Best Blog category “Post Secret” is whooping both Michelle Malkin and Huffington Post by a ratio of over 6 to 1.
The blog has a similar layout and aroma as our own Me me from Toronto.
With the present voting system it looks like the cheating teenagers will destroy any validity the Weblog Awards have.
Does the vote verification system just depend on cookies and honesty?

Posted by: Cal at November 4, 2007 11:42 PM

They audit the log files for IP address repeats, so they're pretty good at spotting the cheaters and adjusting the vote counts accordingly.

Posted by: Kate at November 4, 2007 11:47 PM

Only 3200 total votes so far...about 1400 for this place and then you have to take into account that everyone can vote once per day, so its probably nowhere near 3200 unique votes. Kind of sobering with regards to just what a drop in the bucket blogs still are. Even more sobering when the nearest competitor isn't even a political blog.

I'm guessing that the high degree of right wing blogs (and readers) has to do with a sense of alienation in other forms of media. So if you look at it that way, does the blogosphere really represent Canadian values on the whole, or cater to a small niche group that feels unrepresented elsewhere? I'll go with the latter and as such there is probably a lot more right wing conservatives in the Canadian blogosphere than people of other viewpoints. Traditional forms of media may be dying, but if the number of people voting here is anything to go by, blogs aren't replacing it.

Additionally this is the equivalent of a competition between bike lovers and gardening enthusiasts; two totally unrelated genres. We have SDA vs some non political blog by a girl who's probably getting hits because she's cute. How are they comparable beyond both being online diaries of sorts? Beyond needing a higher voter turn out, if this award is to mean anything it should be broken down into categories for Canada (eg. Best Canadian conservative blog or best political blog, but even the latter serves only to pit ideologies against one another. Liberals would never vote for a conservative blog even if it were better in terms of content, etc and vice versa).

Sorry to rain on the parade, you have a provocative and well written blog that makes a good point from time to time and if there were a "best conservative blog" category for Canada, you would deserve the award hands down. I just don't see it can be suggested that blogs are comparable if they have drastically differing themes.

Posted by: steve at November 4, 2007 11:47 PM

Sun Tzu would be proud.

Posted by: ural at November 5, 2007 12:01 AM


Perhaps the total vote count is more a reflection of the popularity of the weblog awards endeavor than the blogs themselves. SDA's 6.8 million site visits speaks volumes to that point.

Posted by: Woodporter at November 5, 2007 12:17 AM

Absolutely; go Kate. Apart from the normal human satisfaction one feels after the enemy has been savagely beaten, humiliated, and reduced to a few scattered bits of unrecognizable and inconsequential rubble, there is the scarifying possibility that this incarnation of moody narcissism will either go on to be a CBC drama series producer or end up in a Liberal cabinet in Sheila Copps' old job if it is not stopped right now. We're fighting for the future here, guys. Do it for Winston.

Posted by: GDW at November 5, 2007 12:48 AM


Perhaps the total vote count is more a reflection of the popularity of the weblog awards endeavor than the blogs themselves. SDA's 6.8 million site visits speaks volumes to that point."

The first half is a very valid point, but it still compliments mine in suggesting that the weblog award doesn't really mean all that much if it determines "winner"s with such a small sample size. More people probably turn out for municipal elections in Yorkton than the amount of people who have voted in these awards, and you don't even have to leave your house to vote for a blog, and you can vote more than once.

Secondly. 6.8 million visits is no doubt impressive. That roughly translates into a readership somewhere in the lower thousands per day. (1000 - 5000) Kate definitely resonates with a niche group in Canadian society..but in the grand scheme of things it makes "Canada's Best Blog" still a drop in the bucket. The Daily Herald in Prince Albert has a larger circulation, as did the Western Standard, as do hundreds of community publications around the country.

I guess my argument is that contrary to the "not waiting for the asteroid" rhetoric, blogs and other forms of alternative media have a ways to go in Canada before they command attention from significantly sized audiences.

Maybe one explanation is that people still want news programming and blogs only tend to offer commentary. Kate states that in creating this place she did so because she got sick of other media telling her what she thought. Commentary and editorials often claim to be operating under the beliefs of the majority in an exponentially and completely non subtle manner. Its a good thing that there is no attempt to hide biases, but I think people like to at least think they are making up their minds up for themselves rather than being preached at all the time. The one's that stick around are the choir. So in that end perhaps a place like SDA serves as a meeting ground for like minded people, but does less to convert others.

Anyway, I'm just musing, I don't have definitive answers. It would be interesting to see some political sociologists attempt to tackle the blogging phenomenon in Canada.

Posted by: steve at November 5, 2007 1:21 AM

Sorry, I noticed that SDA gets around 9,500 visits a day which is more than I estimated, but still doesn't really alter my argument.

Posted by: steve at November 5, 2007 1:24 AM

I just read this on Sitemeter (the tracking prog for SDA)

"Site Meter defines a "visit" as a series of page views by one person with no more than 30 minutes in between page views."

I would take that to say that if I visit SDA 3 or 4 times a day, as long as they are 30 minutes a part I will register a visit each time I come to the page.

Posted by: steve at November 5, 2007 1:33 AM

And Steve. This is different from any other site? Nice try,twit.

Posted by: Justthinkin at November 5, 2007 1:41 AM

Sorry Justthinkin... I don't understand the gist of your argument. Feel free to elaborate Heh :) Moreover why resort to calling someone a twit simply because they don't agree with everything that's said here? It doesn't offend me at all, but I'm curious what purpose it serves. I've afforded this site credit where I personally believe credit is due. I think SDA raises some good issues and the author is well spoken. On the other side, I think it gets a little partisan and antagonistic at times. It would be nice if one were able to disagree with the McMillian line around here without almost being guaranteed to receive some sort baseless verbal assault by a hand of loyal followers that in most cases wouldn't occur if people couldn't hide behind the anonymity of the internet.

So if you'd like, let's start over, your argument is that...

Posted by: steve at November 5, 2007 1:55 AM

Does anyone under 35 watch Don Newman and Craig Oliver ?? Our youth is the future.

One blog @ 10,000 visits a day, times, what ?, a hundred Canadian blogs, equals a million visits a day. Very signifigant.

sda is one of many quality blogs out there ---- it just happens to be the best current affairs news blog.

Many people buy newspapers just for the sports section ---- make that DID. Those readers often became inadvertantly contaminated by the editorial section. Sports blogs have no Boags.

Different strokes for different folks ---- it is what makes the world 'go round'. Some even like smut.

Posted by: ron in kelowna at November 5, 2007 2:13 AM

Okay, I've been voting for 'Angry' but I'll throw my votes to SDA. That dogawful blog just cannot win.

Posted by: muttsrus at November 5, 2007 6:37 AM

" It would be interesting to see some political sociologists attempt to tackle the blogging phenomenon in Canada."

Happens every morning and evening on CBC, CTV, the T-Star, the OC and the G&M. Their conclusion: "Nothing to see here folks, move along. We'll tell you all that we need you to hear" Their spokesperson is some fruitbat named Dion, who doesn't sing (or speak, apparently).

Posted by: Skip at November 5, 2007 7:15 AM

Oh Kate - it would be so much easier if you would just do the following:

a) Show us your tits
b) Cover the blog in manga and other anime images, preferably pink
c) Stick out your tongue in every pic
d) Forget how to write in clear English - txtspk or lolspk is so much more cutting edge!

Hope these tips help!


Posted by: RightGirl at November 5, 2007 9:27 AM

Who is 'raymi'? I tried to visit that blog from my place of employment and it was 'blocked', as in 'porn site'.

Posted by: anoninon at November 5, 2007 9:51 AM

Remember to vote "Mitchieville", best blog in the known, and even unknown universe!

Remember, Kate already has #1 sewed up, so you DON'T want one of those inferior blogs to take second.

In the name of ?????, how is Raymitheminx in second place? It's like the National Enquirer winning the Pulitzer.

So, get out and vote Mitchieville, the Mayor may die of heartbreak if you don't. ;-(

Posted by: dmorris at November 5, 2007 10:00 AM

Wow...I suppose everyone who responds to me can claim that I'm envious or something, but this is really a rather pathetic thing to win, isn't it? Who cares, really?

Posted by: anon at November 5, 2007 10:23 AM

Wow...I suppose everyone who responds to me can claim that I'm envious or something, but this is really a rather pathetic thing to win, isn't it? Who cares, really?

kate actually has about 300 devoted readers. they respond to kate everytime she farts. therefore, it is no surprise to see mcmillan in the lead here.

she has it fixed from the get's completely meaningless.

the average SDA devotee is required to vote for mcmillan daily. ( you're allowed 1 vote every 24 hours)

ET, kingstonlad and the other twits that secretly believe they will one day wed kkkkate would do unspeakable deeds to secure first place for their dark mistress.

it's all so very sad.

Posted by: jeff davidson at November 5, 2007 10:43 AM

it's all so very sad.

Yet you keep coming back! What does that say about you?

Posted by: Darren Tait at November 5, 2007 12:16 PM

Come on you guys! I'm 58 and I read blogs! Kate rules!!

Posted by: Johnny Jesus at November 5, 2007 12:49 PM

Jeez Jeffy, really!! What IS your problem anyway making insinuations like that?

Posted by: Liz J at November 5, 2007 12:51 PM

Jeffy's po'd that Kate has 100X more readers than he has.

Posted by: DDT at November 5, 2007 12:58 PM

I think Shaidle deserves second place. We don't see enough 'damn the torpedos' Coulter style conservatism here in Canada. Someone's gotta balance out all the far left Cannuck loonies. My votes with Shaidle. She says stuff that even Kate wouldn't dare. Stuff that needs to be said.

Posted by: INP at November 5, 2007 1:58 PM

Steve does have a point, but I suggest he's making an inappropriate comparison. Since there are so many complaints about the loyalty of the fan base, perhaps a better analogy would be to a rock 'n roll group, in the early days of rock 'n roll when 'real' music was pop, jazz, crooning, etc.

This analogy does fail, because there's no analog to Sun Records or its 'Million Dollar Four', but it does indicate that there's a passion imbalance. I earlier used the comparison to ice hockey during the early professional days, when even the stars of the rink had to hold down outside jobs or else they were 'bums' regardless of their performace on the rink.

(Myself, I never ascended above the blog analog of the minors; I usually find myself puttering at the frozen-pond level.)

Posted by: Daniel M. Ryan at November 5, 2007 2:04 PM

Actually, the lack of regular competition between blogger and blogger during a regular 'season' makes my own analogy inadequate. I have to confess that I can't put my finger on the best comparison.

Posted by: Daniel M. Ryan at November 5, 2007 2:32 PM

So in jeffy's schoolyard we can hear the taunts:

Jeffy lo-oves Ka-ate, Jeffy lo-oves Ka-ate.

Posted by: anoninon at November 5, 2007 5:16 PM

After voting for Kate, remember the other categories. Climate Audit has worked its way up to #2 in the voting for Best Science Blog.

Posted by: Charles MacDonald at November 5, 2007 5:19 PM

I voted this morning at the library and signed in this evening to see the voting. It says I've already voted today (true) so it is watching my computer's MAC address and not the IP address. So the numbers are pretty accurate.

The only way to run the numbers up would be to change your MAC address (not easy) or vote from every computer you can get your hands on.

Posted by: CanadianKate at November 5, 2007 5:22 PM

Raymi absolutely should win.

She's not bitter and dry and angry like some people...

She's by far the most original, entertaining person on the web.

I'm going to keep on voting for her.

Posted by: Valency Genis at November 5, 2007 5:25 PM


I think both you and Steve have made analysis on a dynamic that no longer applies. And furthermore, your views seem to be "Web Award" centric ... I suggest that the awards have nothing to do the new media.

What is the best community newspaper in Canada? best CFL football site? best etc ... I have no idea ... I just know the ones that are most relevant to me.

I believe that the new media has dramatically increased the granularity of our individual interests choices. If anything, this is the one thing that MSM can not compete against.

Steve, we have 24/7 news channels. We have what - maybe 10 minutes of actual new news a day. What fills the other 23h50m? Commentary. We just have a choice on what commentary we think is valid.

Posted by: ural at November 5, 2007 5:32 PM

You have a good point, ural. I was just trying to explain why blogs seem to matter more than what their gross readership indicates.

Let me put it this way: circulation/page-view figures say little or nothing about whether or not the readers would go to the wall for the publication/weblog. On the other hand, a combination of blandness and trendiness has much greater reach for a publication/Website/blog that's already well-established. Not for new entrants, as no-one will care enough to push it above the multitude. In the Web, the multitude is very large, as I'm sure many of you know.

Posted by: Daniel M. Ryan at November 5, 2007 6:04 PM


Maybe in the process you can help out another Canadian, whom is also very deserving. Steve McIntyre, of who debunked the global warming hockey stick and this summer drawing from my weather station survey work, forced NASA GISS to revise their temperature data after finding a faulty data processing mmethhod.

This caused 1998 to no longer be the "hottest year on record" in the USA. A major accomplishment for a blog I'd say.

Unlike some science blogs that just post ideas and commentary, this one is actively making a difference by doing basic research, and thus is in a class by itself.

Here is where to vote for best science blog. Note that this will NOT preclude voting for SDA, which is in a different category.

Any help or front page links appreciated.

Thanks for your consideration.

Posted by: Anthony Watts at November 5, 2007 6:57 PM


Very few individuals are going to go to the wall for any publication/blog ... what's the point in doing so?

Again, I think awards for the new media are meaningless. As far as new entrants - the field is basically completely open. All they have to do is some SEO stuff. BTW: The top 4 in these awards have a google page ranking of 5 (as does the bottom one). All the rest are PR4 except Mitchieville which comes in which a PR3 ... higher numbers are better. To go from a zero to a 5 might take a month or 2.

It's all a matter of getting found (most were looking for the content you have when they found you). Your blog has a PR2 rating.

Posted by: ural at November 5, 2007 7:09 PM

Over at Mitchieville, GOD has endorsed that site!

Posted by: dmorris at November 5, 2007 7:13 PM

I don't know. The click I give for SDA doesn't always register on the SDA circle. Then I click again. I HOPE my votes are showing up where they're supposed to. (I don't remember these glitches last year.)

Posted by: lookout at November 5, 2007 8:22 PM

I just visited raymitheminx's blog site.I really think that there must be something circulating the university's or the hip artsy crowd that is urging our youth to vote for that site. It really is a decent enough blog if you are looking for light entertainment from the under 25,and-oh-so-cool crowd. Otherwise,it is not very relevant. Also,rightgirl's suggestion at 9:21 a.m. that you show your tits to garner votes is most inappropiate. You would gain more respect and votes if you would just show one now and promise the other if you win.

Posted by: wallyj at November 5, 2007 9:34 PM

wallyj: fine comment. Thanks!

Posted by: lookout at November 5, 2007 9:42 PM

"Mitchieville, a refreshing breath of insanity, in a Mad, Mad, world!

Posted by: dmorris at November 6, 2007 9:44 AM

The vote has to be moved to the top of the SDA blog so people are reminded to vote - not a shame to solicit support.

Posted by: peter benyk at November 6, 2007 9:46 AM

"She's not bitter and dry and angry like some people..."

So she's well lubricated? Like _that's_ a big surprise.

Posted by: Sean at November 7, 2007 1:53 AM