Let the Voting Begin!

The polls are up and ready!

Please remember these things:

  • Read the terms and conditions before you vote.
  • Votes are based on IP and cookies.
  • You may only vote ONCE (in ALL categories) per person in your home. And no, it doesn’t matter the age of the person – you can vote for your 2 year old if you really want to.
  • Do not send in duplicate votes from a cell phone in different hot spots. One vote per person – be honest.
  • No more than 5 votes per network/IP (if there are more, we have the right to delete all votes from that IP/network).
  • 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.
  • Email us at Hsbawards @ Gmail . com (remove extra spaces) if you have any questions or problems
  • Spread the word!
  • Please use our graphics for your pages if you were nominated and link them to THIS post! See below for the nominee graphic.

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, etc. so that we can take care of it as quickly as possible.

Regarding multiple votes from the same household:

The rules state: “You may only vote ONCE per category per person in your home & No more than 5 votes per network/IP.” Although this is what’s allowed, it may or may not work for you. Here are some observations based on personal experience and feedback from others:

  • To vote more than once, use another computer in your home; once you have voted in a particular category, you will most likely see only the results and not the option to vote again while using the same computer.
  • The ability to vote more than once from the same IP address appears to be greatly influenced by your computer and network.
  • When I voted on my desktop computer first, I was able to cast a second vote in the same category from my laptop (wireless connection to the same modem). When I voted first from my laptop, I was not able to vote in that category from my desktop.

In simple English, not all networks are the same. Computers can be tricky. If you can’t vote more than one time at home and you have two people who want to vote, may I suggest going to the library for your second vote? Please be honest, though.

Emailing us if you can’t vote more than once is not going to help, because we cannot make your computer allow it. Just relax, have fun, and enjoy the awards.

Voting ends at midnight on November 18th (Central Time).

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

Homeschool Blog Awards Nominee Button

Additional info based upon some of your emailed questions (this section updated as the awards progress)…

What is the youngest age for a teen blogger?

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.

What constitutes a NEW blog?

The blog must have been created DURING or AFTER the last award season. Technically, that means after October 2009, but since we are about to have to delete half of that list (because we forgot to check for that on the first go-around), we are including blogs which were created during or after SEPTEMBER 2009 for this year’s awards.

Are people able to win in more than one category?

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.

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

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. 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”)

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

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

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

  1. Best Homeschool Mom Blog
  2. Best Homeschool Dad Blog
  3. Best Blog Design
  4. Best Photos and Artistic Content Blog
  5. Best Crafts, Plans & Projects Blog
  6. Best Family or Group Blog
  7. Best Encourager
  8. Best Special Needs Homeschool Blog
  9. Best Homeschool Methods Blog
  10. Best Nature Blog
  11. Best Teen Blog
  12. Best Current Events, Opinions or Politics Blog
  13. Best Homemaking Blog
  14. Funniest Homeschool Blog
  15. Best Curriculum or Business Blog
  16. Best Variety Blog
  17. Best Thrifty Homeschooler
  18. Best Super Homeschooler
  19. Best NEW Homeschool Blog
  20. Best Nitty-Gritty Blog

Thanks for participating! We can’t wait to see who you chose as the winners of the 2010 Homeschool Blog Awards! Get to clickin’!

WE LOVE OUR SPONSORS (This is a list of our current 2010 prize awarders! Please visit them as a thank-you for their generous participation!)

Five J’s Blog Design Bezalel Books
Institute for Excellence in Writing Rosetta Stone Ltd.
Candlewick Press Circle C Adventures & Circle C Beginnings
Discount Home School Supplies Math Mammoth
Math-U-See Mela Kamin / 4:10 Ministries
Red River Paper Eclectic Whatnot
Sourcebooks, Inc. Pepper Ghost Productions
the pleated poppy ZYNKS for Drinks
NaturExplorers HEXBUG Nano Micro Robotic Creatures
Castle Heights Press No Starch Press
Institute of HeartMath Illusionism.TV
CurrClick Sticviews
The Old Schoolhouse Pixosphere
Arithmetic Village Owlhaven
Mary Kay by Traci Joy Crayon Rocks
(In)Courage by DaySpring Shutterfly
Heart of the Matter Independent Avon Rep.
SpiritVenture Ministries The Rusted Chain
Visual Latin Mardel
BrightWormBooks Crowe’s Nest Media
Mabels Labels Hilltop House
Pentel of America Brain Rules for Babies
Pajama School Simply Charlotte Mason

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  1. says

    Wow! I feel like a home school Mom in “free-books” bookstore! This awesome! There are soooooooo many home school blogs to discover. I’m going to try and get through a lot of these over the next couple of weeks, but if you want to ensure that I visit your blog, come leave me a comment here: http://www.mommytopics.com/parenting/home-school/welcome-friends-and-voters-from-the-home-school-post-home-school-blog-awards

    Thank you ladies at the HSBApost for hosting this great event! And thank you sponsors.

    Rachael – MommyTopics.com

  2. says

    WOW! To quote Sally Fields, “You like me! You really like me!”

    Or is it jusy Cheddars the Chicken that everybody comes to visit? LOL

    Thanks so much for including us at HSOTC!
    Suz Stewart and Cheddars

  3. Lori D says

    Are the nominated blogs going to be available to view at any time after the awards? I voted, but wanted to go back and look at a few of the blogs that I was interested. After voting, I can’t view them! I am hoping that I will be able to come back see them.


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