After a month of nominations from the public, we now have a shortlist for the This Week in Mentalists Awards 2013. This is the fourth year of the awards, showcasing the best in mental health blogging (and also for the first time this year, vlogging).
Sifting through the nominations to come up with a shortlist turned out to be a tricky one, not least because a lot of people nominated without stating a category, or stated a category when a blog seemed more to belong in a rather different once. Hence I’ve had to do a certain amount of juggling between the categories.
The more eagle-eyed readers may notice that one category has disappeared altogether. The “therapy” category simply didn’t attract a sufficient number of relevant blogs, so that category has been scrapped.
Compared to previous years I’ve had to cast a fairly high number of deciding votes this year. In the past clear trends would emerge over the course of the nominations, whereas this year there’s been a wider range of blogs being suggested. I suspect this is simply because mental health blogging is a much more widespread activity than when the awards first started running. It’s no longer the niche activity it used to be not so long ago.
Regretfully, some nominations looked suspiciously like spam, and for that reason had to be viewed as unreliable and therefore weren’t counted.
The categories of Best New Blog and Sadly Missed are a straight public vote rather than going through to the judges, so you can continue to nominate blogs and vlogs for those.
Meanwhile, the shortlist will go to the judging panel. They will pick a winner in each category, as well as a wildcard winner out of the remaining shortlisters. The results will be announced on Saturday 21st December.
Without further ado, here is the shortlist.