LET THE VOTING BEGIN! 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards

2013 Homeschool Blog Awards Voting Now

The polls are up and ready! Do not SKIP the RULES!

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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With the number of categories and nominees involved, there is a definite possibility of human error in the creation of the polls.  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, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (EST) and will close on November 18th, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (EST).

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

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HSBAFAQ

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 June 2012.

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 thehighest. 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 2013 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!

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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. {thousands of nominees might take a little extra time to check out!}

We can’t wait to see who you chose as the winners of the 2013 Homeschool Blog Awards!

Thanks for participating!

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Comments

  1. Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life says:

    The Dad Blog category doesn’t look like Dad Blogs…..

  2. It says my name- Kimberly instead of my blog name Natural Beach Living? Any way to change that? I’m under favorite homeschool mom blogs.

  3. Woot! I know what I’ll be doing over breakfast this morning! :)

  4. NextGen Homeschool is super excited to be nominated for Family / Group blog again this year! However our blog title is listed as “Next Gen Homeschoolers” and it should be “NextGen Homeschool” – since that’s our dot-com, can you change it? Thank you so much! We love supporting the HSBA!
    Renée at NextGen Homeschool

  5. This is soooooo exciting!! I can’t wait to see all the winners. Good luck everyone & God bless.
    We are all awesome win or lose ♥

  6. Thanks so much for including me. I had no idea I was nomiated until I saw the tweet. Even though my url is beautyandbedlam.com, I’d love it if you could add the word Balancing (Beauty and Bedlam) to the name. If it’s a bother, no worries, but if you happen to be making any other changes, that would be great.

  7. In the category of “Best Teen Blog,” Homeschooling Teen is listed twice. Thought you might want to fix that.

  8. Sarah @ My Joy-Filled Life says:

    Is voting every day or every 24 hours?

  9. Tina Hollenbeck says:

    I’m trying to vote on Tuesday morning (Nov. 5) but it won’t let me. When I pull up a category for which I voted yesterday, all I can see are the vote totals. I thought we’d be able to vote each day…

  10. Wow, how exciting! I didn’t know I was nominated until I went to vote this morning :) Thank you so much for including me and to the person who nominated ABC Creative Learning!!

    • I didn’t know I had been nominated at first either! I was also checking the different lists to vote! It was definitely an exciting surprise! :)

  11. No even way! I’m so excited and honored to be nominated! Thank you!!

  12. I am so grateful for my nomination in the “Favorite Homeschool Mom Blog” Category! My blog, “A Slice of Smith Life” is listed as “Slice of Smith Life” vs. “A Slice of Smith Life.” Just wondering if you could change it to included the “A”? Thank you! Tracy Bua Smith

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