The Cliopatria Blogging Awards ran annually from 2005 to 2011, until the closure of the blog that was their home in early 2012. A number of bloggers and historians on Twitter who were previously involved with the Cliopatria Awards would very much like to revive the awards in some form in 2013.
The Broadside would be very happy to host a new set of History Blogging and Public Engagement Awards to recognise the best of the history blogosphere and highlight its importance for scholarship, community building, and dissemination of ideas far beyond traditional academic publishing.
In the seven years since the inauguration of the Cliopatria Awards, however, the history blogosphere has changed beyond all recognition and any new Awards should reflect this. (Moreover, there have been many kinds of blogging awards and prizes that might offer new inspirations.) So, this seems a good moment, before plunging in again, to reflect and discuss future directions.
This post is an invitation to all authors and readers of history blogs to discuss what form you would like future Awards to take. You may not all get what you want, but all suggestions will be welcome and will be considered. If you have more to say than will fit in a comment below, feel free to post about it elsewhere and leave a link for us to follow.
The closing date for this discussion stage will be 25 January. (If you have anything to add, feel free for the moment…)
A few questions to get the ball rolling:
1. would you be willing to contribute, help with organising, promoting, judging, etc the new Awards?
2. what categories should there be? (The 2011 Cliopatria categories were: Best Group Blog; Best Individual Blog; Best New Blog; Best Blog Post; Best Series of Blog Posts; Best Writer; Best Twitter Feed; Best Podcast Episode.)
3. should we stick with the Cliopatria format of open nominations followed by panel judging? If so, we’ll need volunteers for judging! But again, this is an opportunity to discuss possible modifications or alternative formats that have been used successfully since 2005. (For example, the judges’ role could be simplified to selecting a shortlist for public voting, which would make their burden less onerous.)
4. technical matters: is there any good dedicated software (open source/free), especially WordPress plugins, that might make running awards easier?
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