GET OUT THE VOTE 2012

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The polls are up and ready! Beware skipping the rules because this year it’s different!

the-rules

  • Read the terms and conditions before you vote.
  • Votes are based on IP and cookies.
  • You may vote once PER DAY (in ALL categories) per device or computer. If you have 10 computers and 4 smart phones, lucky you! If you canvas your neighborhood and ask every neighbor to use their computers, too – more power to ya!
  • Don’t send duplicate votes per day on the same cell phone in different hot spots or from the same computer or laptop. We reserve the right to erase ALL votes from an offending device or computer.
  • You don’t have to vote on everything at once. You can vote for one category and come back later for the rest.
  • If you click on the DOT, it will vote. If you click on the BLOG NAME, you can go to the site.
  • Once you vote, you can’t SEE the rest of the nominees any more (or click to go to their blogs) – so please do your browsing BEFORE you vote. We will list these again after the awards are over for your convenience (either in a post or page), so don’t worry – you’ll get to see them again eventually.
  • The results will be hidden until the winners are announced.
  • Email us at thehomeschoolpost @ gmail . com (remove extra spaces) if you have any questions or problems
  • Please use our graphics for your pages if you were nominated and link them to THIS post! See below for the nominee graphic.

 

LASTLY:
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Tweet it!  Pin it!  Stumble it!  Digg it!  Blog it!  Tumble it!  Facebook it!  Email it! (Need help? There are buttons provided at the bottom of this post that you can use!)

With the number of categories and nominees involved, there is a definite possibility of human error in the creation of the polls. Especially since two very tired humans (one of which who had just been through a hurricane) stayed up night after night to prepare them for you. Please let us know if any of the links don’t work or the blog names are misspelled, etc. so that we can take care of it as quickly as possible.

ALSO: You are welcome to go to the library or another public place to vote if you are having trouble on your home network.

Relax, have fun, and enjoy the easier half of the awards season! Just click and vote – how hard is that?!

The Polls will open November 4th, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. Pacific Time (PST) and will close on November 16th, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PST).

If you’re a nominee, feel free to grab this button:

For Blogger:

Homeschool Blog Awards Nominee Button
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For WordPress:

Homeschool Blog Awards Nominee Button
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Additional info based upon some of your emailed questions (this section updated as the awards progress)…

Question:
What is the youngest age for a teen blogger?

Answer:
12 (and winners must provide written consent by their parents to accept prizes) For more information, see our Legal Page and our Awards Update Page.

Question:
What constitutes a NEW blog?

Answer:
The blog must have been created DURING or AFTER the last award season. Technically, that means after September 2011.

Question:
Are people able to win in more than one category?

Answer:
No.
If someone wins more than one category, we go in and see how many votes they got in each category and they get to keep the category where their votes were the highest. The runner up takes the other category. We do this so that we can make sure that prizes go to as many bloggers as possible. This is another reason we make the results hidden until the winners are announced. We don’t want anyone to FEEL like a runner up, even if they were one. Nor do we want to see smaller bloggers watching larger bloggers win by huge margins. This is supposed to be fun and enjoyable – not a popularity contest that makes people feel bad.

Question:
Why is my blog or the blog I nominated not showing up on the voting lists?

Answer:
1. Your blog may not have qualified because it might not have met rule requirements/was not matched up properly with the category you were nominated in.

2. It also might have been entered incorrectly in to our Google Doc by the person that nominated you – if we were unable to click through the URL, the blog was left off of the voting polls.

3. It might have also been that your blog was not current (blogs that didn’t have current posts from August 2012 and forward were deleted from the nominations).

4. Were you a homeschool graduate? If you moved on to pursue other adult topics and hardly mention homeschooling any more, chances are you were either moved to the teen category if your blog had plenty of homeschooling posts, or possibly left out entirely if we couldn’t find that you were a homeschooler by browsing.

5. Or, may be your blog really doesn’t mention homeschooling anywhere easy to find. We looked in sidebars, on about pages, and even did searches on blogs that we could find search features easily on. If you mentioned homeschool somewhere, we probably found it.

6. OH, and if you nominated the same blog for every category – or more than one category, we most likely deleted your nomination for that blog. Rules stated that you can’t nominate the SAME blog for more than one category. Trust me, we used to get a LOT of people nominating the same blog in EVERY category. Even when the blog clearly didn’t FIT the category.

In a perfect world, we’d like to say that there weren’t any mistakes in our blog-checking/spreadsheet scouring, but it is also possible that we missed a couple of blogs that SHOULD be on the polls. Send us an email and we’ll look in to your particular case if you desire.

Please make sure that these requirements are met first:
1. Your blog is family friendly (check our Legal Page for a full-fledged definition of what we mean by that)
2. Your blog is current (if you haven’t posted in 2 months, chances are, we didn’t include you)
3. Your blog fits the category it was nominated in (if you are a DAD, you probably aren’t listed in “Best Homeschool Teen Blog”)

Question:
What if my url or blog name is wrong/misspelled?

Answer:
Shoot us an email. That’s an easy fix!

Go-vote

Click each link below to vote for a nominee in that category:

    1. Favorite Homeschool Mom Blog
    2. Best Homeschool Dad Blog
    3. Best Blog Design
    4. Best Photos Blog
    5. Best Crafts, Plans & Projects Blog
    6. Best Family or Group Blog
    7. Best Encourager
    8. Best Current Events, Opinions or Politics Blog
    9. Best Homemaking or Recipe Blog
    10. Best Teen Blog
    11. Funniest Homeschool Blog
    12. Best Special Needs Homeschool Blog
    13. Best Homeschool Vlogger
    14. Best Homeschool Variety Blog
    15. Best Thrifty Homeschooler Blog
    16. Best SUPER Homeschooler
    17. Best Nitty-Gritty Homeschool Blog
    18. Best NEW Homeschool Blog
    19. Best Homeschool Methods Blog
    20. Best Homeschooling Nature/Field Trip Blog


We left all blogs in that qualified. Sorry if it takes a little time to vote, but we didn’t want to leave anyone out. {1,186 nominees might take a little extra time to check out!}

We can’t wait to see who you chose as the winners of the 2012 Homeschool Blog Awards! Thanks for participating!

the homeschool post team

 

Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


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Almost Voting Time…

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You aren’t crazy – the voting polls are not up yet.

We hit a snag.

Hurricane Sandy slowed us and the rest of the nation down this week, and we are coming precariously close to opening our voting polls on the same day that all of us go to the polls to pick leaders that will govern our nation, states, and local municipalities.

We are working feverishly to make up lost time and trying not to burn our retinas out in the process.

We are amazed by your blog recommendations and making secret lists to hoard of our very own favorites that you nominated. Because you know, there are a LOT OF GREAT homeschool blogs out there – and so many amazing people. I feel like a total gawker after spending time reading so many about pages and blog posts in the past few days. You guys are so fantastic.

My crazy tea mug. #art #scream

Even coffee won’t be able to keep this old lady going any later tonight – I mean hey, it’s Saturday already… have to get some shut eye – will finish tomorrow, er today. My coffee mug is fitting, yes?

Can I leave you guys a bit of advice? If you are a homeschool blogger, and you know who you are… you should certainly mention homeschooling SOMEWHERE on your blog’s sidebar, about page, or frequently in posts. We have had to disqualify some blogs because there was NOTHING we could find about homeschooling on them… despite them being pretty, interesting, and relevant on other topics.

And please, no matter what kind of blogger you are… for the LOVE OF PETE: INCLUDE A SEARCH FEATURE on your sidebar. #haveMERCY

OK, now I’m going to turn off this laptop and step away… and our poor little paid “helper” who is coding all the polls and making tidy pages to tuck them into – she’s been given the rest of the night, er, morning off. Don’t want to make the effects of hurricane Sandy any more traumatic on her – making her stay up all night, too.

The voting can wait, as fun and exciting as it is.

Check back with us tonight… or at the latest, early Sunday morning. And if anyone wants to donate a cup of Joe to the cause, feel free to shoot me a twitter DM at @sprittibee (I promise to share the love with my little helper).

Even though there may be a minor delay (unlike the general election)… the vote will go on. No worries. Relax. Or like the pigeon says on the movie, “Bolt” :

“Wait for it!…”

Your homeschoolin’ friend,

Credits: Photo by NASA

Sprittibee (287 Posts)

Founder of the Homeschool Post | Homeschool enthusiast with two high school teens and two preschooling tots in the Austin, Texas area. Heather has been homeschooling over 11 years and blogging over 8 years. You can also find her - be it a little less formal - at her personal blog, Sprittibee.com


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