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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
<img src=”http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w108/hsbawards/HSBA%20Ads/125x125nominee.jpg” alt=”The Homeschool Post” width=”125″ height=”125″ />

For WordPress:

Homeschool Blog Awards Nominee Button
<img src=http://i174.photobucket.com/albums/w108/hsbawards/HSBA%20Ads/125x125nominee.jpg alt=The Homeschool Post width=125 height=125 />

 

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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Comments

  1. hi there!
    I submitted my blgo to be nominated…But, I don’t see it on the list! Can you email me with a sheet so I can re-enter…? Or is that possible? I don’t think I entered wrong…
    Thanks!
    Alexandrea
    Shineyourglorydown.blogspot.com

  2. Every catagory I click gives me a page with the “Error establishing a database connection” error. Just thought you should know! There is some major problem there.

  3. Is this a vote once thing or a vote daily thing, I’m sure it’s written somewhere and I”m missing it! Thanks!

  4. and one more thing (sorry, lol) the nominee button does not seem to be working in blogger…I cut and paste exactly, but then when I go back the code reads differently, and the picture doesn’t show up….thanks!

  5. Hmmm. I only see one blog I nominated and followed all the rules and they happen to be in a different category than I nominated them. Only one per category with the correct link. I am especially interested in the Special Needs category because I am positive her blog qualifies for this category. I hope this is just an error. It took me a quite a bit of time to enter those nominations in:) Thank you

  6. I see under the how to vote section, that you can vote once per day in all categories, but later on, it says once you vote all the other nominees will disappear, so make sure to browse before you vote…well, I wondering if you vote once a day, will you be able to see all the other blogs each day?

    I’m afraid to test this out, because I don’t want to miss out on visiting other blogs…

    anyone have an answer? If I vote, can I see all the nominees listed the next day?

    • You can see them the next day, yes. You can see them on all the other devices you have in your house, too – smart phones, computers, laptops, tablets…

      You have to click VOTE at the bottom before it will tally your vote.

    • I was able to see all the listed blogs right after I voted and the next day as well.

  7. I am honored to be nominated, but please postpone the contest until you have all the nominees. My friends and I are noticing several blogs that don’t write about homeschooling, and blogs that were nominated and should be included but were not. Thanks for considering.

    • Hey, Cori! Please email us at thehomeschoolpost @ gmail . com (remove spaces) with more specific info. Thanks!

    • There’s plenty of time to vote – it goes on until the 16th. Voting technically started this AM according to the legal page. Unfortunately, with this kind of contest and with the amount of people nominating and the nature of computer and human error, there’s a buffer period while we work things out.

      If you have specific cases where you nominated someone, we need the following info from you so that we can research the reasons why your blogs are not listed:

      1. your name
      2. the email you used when you nominated blogs
      3. for you to read this entire post to make sure no obvious error was made when you submitted your nominations
      4. for you to email us at thehomeschoolpost @ gmail . com (remove spaces)
      5. some grace – as we look in to the problem.

      The awards take a huge amount of behind the scenes work, and we want it to be enjoyable for everyone, but we aren’t a professional polling company – just homeschool moms like yourselves who have to do much of our online work in our “spare” time.

      So far, we have found a few people who say they submitted forms, and their email address was not listed at all on our spreadsheet. I can’t tell you what happened, but somehow Google Docs (which is what we use to collect nominations) did not register their entry.

      Email us if you have a problem and we will search our records and find out why your nominations are not in our final polls. We will do what we can to fix any problems that are caused by human error… and on a case by case basis, possibly we can discuss your nomination issues if they were caused by computer error – or even your own error. We want this to be a fun process for everyone.

  8. Sure wish there were fewer per category; there are just too many to look at to vote.

    But congrats to all those nominees.

  9. Hey girls-

    I can’t get the code for the nominee button to work :/ I had no problem with the other button codes, so am wondering if I’m the only one on this one or if others have had a problem with it, too.

    I appreciate all your hard work!

    ~Kendra

    • Hey, Kendra! We are not sure what is going on with that button – for some reason WP is adding a second set of quote marks. We’ve added a second one that seems to work in WP. What blogging platform are you using? Thanks for letting us know about the issue.

  10. Gidget-

    I’m on Squarespace, but the WP code worked for me. Thanks!

    ~Kendra

  11. I can’t see my blog and I was told I was nominated by other people..I went through each category but didn’t notice Living and Learning on a Canadian Island.
    Let me know if my blog was disqualified. I was nominated last 2 years with my old blog Canadian Home Learning so I am confused. Thanks for your help!!

  12. Hi, My blog was nominated and I can’t get the blog button for Blogger to work. Has anyone else had trouble with it?

    • Hey, Elizabeth! There seems to be some problem with the quote marks being duplicated by the editors. Could you try the WP code and let us know if that works? Thanks!

  13. Thanks for the help . . . but it still doesn’t work for me. Any other suggestions? :(

    • We had the same problem, Elizabeth. I just grabbed one of the other buttons (the plain one without the nominee banner) and manually entered title text above it saying that we were delighted to be nominated. It worked that way!

  14. Success at last!!! :) Thanks!

  15. Well, I just thought I was successful! I got the Nominated Button to actually show up on my side bar — but it is not “clickable.” So, my readers would not know where to go to vote. So much for that!

  16. Hello, I was wondering if it’s a rule to have only one blog entered in one category or if that can be in several. So far I have found repeats of the following: 1+1+1=1, Confessions of a Homeschooler, A slice of Homeschool Pie, Minnesota Mom, Smockity Frocks, Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers, just to name a few. Just curious… :)

    • A blog can be nominated in several different categories but can only win in one.
      “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.”

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