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The Homies 2014

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Dear Readers,

It's finally the month for our Sixth Annual Homies Awards - the biggest linkfest of our year. Starting in one week, we will be inviting all of you to share your favorite home design and home cooking blogs, dig deep into the blogosphere, and spread link love everywhere we go. All info is below. Join us and share your favorites!

Best, Maxwell

THE HOMIES

Since 2004, when we started, the blogosphere has changed, but one thing has remained the same: the remarkable number of people with talent, humor and a passion for sharing their lives, projects and skills at home. They are just often harder to find. The Homies isn't a competition as much as its about celebration and discovery, and it was started to give more attention to the home design and cooking space than web awards usually give (they usually just lump us all in under "Lifestyle").

In addition The Homies is about pushing A LOT of traffic away from our two sites and towards others. Our two sites combined are currently at 19 million monthly readers and this is our chance to share some of the love that we've gratefully received over the years. We had to take down our blog roll a number of years back, and this has been our best replacement. You can see the blog roll of all past winners below.

Join us this month as we survey the field together for the sixth year in a row. We're looking for the most notable home design & home cooking blogs that we can find. It's all about sharing your favorites, checking out the ones you don't know and being inspired.

CATEGORIES

We will be adding a few new categories in our Cooking Division this year in order to better reflect the changes in the home blogosphere over the past few years.

In addition, we're giving a Lifetime Achievement award in both divisions to honor and observe great, classic sites that have influenced all of us but often seem to be outgunned by the more populist voting on the web.

JUDGES

Oh, yes! This year we'll be introducing three outside judges in each division to help with the selection of half of the finalist pool.

2014 SCHEDULE

Week 1 - Unlimited Nominations

  • Add your favorite home design & cooking blogs from Friday, February 14 - Friday, February 21 (until midnight EST)
  • The top five most nominated blogs will become five of the ten finalists
  • The other five finalists will come from the nominees as decided by editors and our panel of judges

Week 2 - Ten Finalists

  • Vote on the top nominees Saturday, February 22 - Wednesday, Feb. 26 (until midnight EST)
  • Collating of vote Thursday, Feb. 27

Winner's Weekend

  • Lifetime Winners will be announced at 10am on Friday, February 28
  • Category winners will be announced at noon on Friday, February 28
  • Email announcement will go out at noon on Monday, March 3.

THE PRIZES

The prize is lots of traffic as we publish the six winners in big congratulatory posts across our network on Friday, February 15.

PAST WINNERS

HOME DESIGN

Best Home Design Blog
2013 Little Green Notebook
2012 Bower Power
2010-11 Young House Love
2009 Remodelista
2008 design*sponge

Best Family Blog
2013 Small Things
2012 Rockstar Diaries
2010-11 Under the Sycamore
2009 Whatever
2008 Inhabitots

Best DIY Blog
2013 Little Green Notebook
2012 A Beautiful Mess

Home Tech (Retired Category)
2010-11 Technology Your Way
2009 Ikea Hacker
2008 tie: Engadget & Gizmodo

Green Home (Retired Category)
2010-11 A Way to Garden
2009 Maya*Made
2008 Green (Goody)
HOME COOKING

Best Recipe Blog
2013 Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations
2012 Munchin with Munchkin

Best Healthy Cooking Blog

2013 Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations
2012 The Clothes Make The Girl

Best Food Photography on a Blog
2013 Against All Grain
2012 Nom Nom Paleo

Home Cooking (Retired Category)
2010-11 Gina's Skinny Recipes
2009 Smitten Kitchen
2008 Vegan Explosion

• All Past Homies Info

FAQ's

How does it work?

Nominations for the best blogs in these categories are collected all week and you can vote or nominate as many as you like (but only one nomination per blog per person), we then choose the top five favorites, and then you all get one powerful vote starting next week.

Who is eligible?

Any blog, amateur and professional in the homespace in the categories listed above. 
 Past winners are not eligible.

What is the homespace?

It's the media space dedicated to folks who love their homes, and it concerns decor, cooking, entertaining, raising kids, renovating, crafting, working at home and a whole host of homey issues. We're willing to think broadly, but, remember, we're not concerned with things like cars, restaurants, the stock market, fashion and Hollywood gossip.

How many blogs can I nominate?

As many as you wish.

How many new favorite blogs can I discover?

As many as your brain can handle before bursting.

When do we vote?

After a week of nominations, we'll collect up all your input and sort them down to the top five contenders. On Saturday, February 22 we'll post these top five along with five other nominees decided on by our panel of judges (this is meant to even out the pool). Finals voting will run for five days so that you have plenty of time to see them and vote.

Can a blog be a finalist in MORE than one category?

Not this year! After a lot of thought, we've decided that this is not good for the overall health of the competition, so we'll only allow a highly nominated blog to enter into the finals category that it has the most nominations in and not in any others - even if it has many nominations and would have qualified for more than one category.

Can a blog win in more than one category?

No longer. See previous change.

Can we vote more than once?

Not in any one category, but you certainly can vote once in all of the categories.

Can we encourage our friends to vote (for us, even)?

Yes. Not only can't we stop it, we know that the web is a community and word of mouth is how it works.

How do you catch cheaters?

Cheating patterns tend to stick out quite noticeably.

Our ability to catch cheaters, or those who try to stuff the ballot by voting multiple times under different names is managed by closely watching multiple votes under similar names and/or the same IP address. While it's impossible to be perfect, we seek out and remove any serious multiple voting in these two areas. We will also notify the persons suspected. We are fully aware that schools and offices often will have multiple votes coming from one IP address. We are very good at this point at differentiating between this and someone who is just trying to hack our system.

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