Thanks for your time folks. Nominations are now closed (except for Best New Blog and Most Sadly Missed) and we look forward to announcing the winners soon.
As the weekly This Week in Mentalists social media roundups transfer from The World of Mentalists website to here, it’s also time to announce the start of the annual This Week in Mentalists Awards. This is where we recognise the best in mental health blogging (and for the first time this year, vlogging as well). We’ll be asking for your help to pick them.
We want you to leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post, telling us who you think should win in the various categories.
The categories are very different from last year. Where previously the awards were divided along the lines of disorders and professions, we’ve abandoned that completely this year. This time around the categories are more organised along what the blog tries to convey rather than the background of the person writing it. A couple of the categories will be divided by a straight public vote. The rest will be through one round of public nominations, followed by a judging panel to decide the winners. We’ll introduce the judges in the next couple of days. The winners will be announced on 21st December 2013.
The categories that will be decided by a straight public vote are:
Best New Blog
Most Sadly Missed
The categories that the public will nominate on, and then go through to the judging panel are:
All the categories are for blogs, except for “Vlog”, which is for, well, vlogs, funnily enough.
In addition to this, once the winners have been picked for each category, the judges will be asked to cast a single vote for one of the remaining blogs and vlogs. The winner in this vote will be given the Wildcard Award.
You now have until 1st November to nominate blogs and vlogs using the comments thread to this post. The top three in each category will then be passed to the judging panel, apart from the two which are a straight public vote. You can continue to nominate for these right up to 5pm on Friday 20th December.
Obviously, we need to have a little bit of order in how we do this, so I need to state…
1. The first stage of selection will be a public vote where readers are invited to submit their favourite blogs. The three blogs with the most nominations in each category will go through to the judging panel.
2. The judges will then cast a single vote for their favourite blogs in each category. In the event of a tie, one of the adjudicators (Zarathustra or Dawn Willis) will submit a deciding vote.
3. After the judges have finished voting, they will each be invited to submit a “wildcard” vote for one of the blogs that didn’t win. The blog with the most votes in this round will receive the Wildcard Award.
4. The public can submit their nominations by leaving them in a comment to the blog post announcing nominations (ie. this). Each individual can nominate as many blogs as they like, in as many categories as they like. However, they must submit at least two blogs overall for their nominations to be counted.
5. NO SPAMMING/MANIPULATING THE NOMINATIONS! Suspicious nomination patterns may result in a blog or vlog being disqualified from the awards. In the event of any suspicious nomination patterns, the decision of the adjudicators will be final.
6. Two categories: “Best New Blog” and “Most Sadly Missed blog” are decided by the public vote alone, and will not go through to the judging panel.
7. Judges and adjudicators are ineligible to vote in the public nominations. Also, blogs run by a judge or adjudicator are ineligible for the awards. You can find a list of the judges here.
8. You cannot nominate your own blog.
9. To be eligible for a TWIM Award, a blog or vlog must have been updated within the last 6 months. The only exception to this is in the “Sadly Missed” category, which must have ceased blogging within the past year (and either not have posted in the last three months, or clearly stated that the blog will be no longer updated). To be eligible for the Best New Blog award, the blog must have started within the past year.
10. Blogs that are marked private are not eligible, because they are inaccessible to our judges. However, blogs that have been recently privatised can be considered for the “Most Missed” category, on the same basis as retired blogs (ie. privatised within the last year).
11. Blogs primarily intended to promote a commercial product or an organisation are not eligible for the TWIM Awards.
12. A blog can only be nominated for one of the categories that go through to the judges. If a blog receives nominations in more than category, the adjudicators will decide which category it best fits. Where possible they will do this in consultation with the blog owner. Any nominations received in other categories will still be counted, but will be moved to the chosen category.
Over to you guys. It’s time for you to tell us your favourite blogs and vlogs, so get commenting.