Now that the nomination has closed, I am comfortable stating my opinion on these Canadian Blogging Awards. I had stated at the onset of the nomination process that I did not want to be included in these Reindeer Games. At least one other Blogging Tory was repeatedly plugging himself as the best Canadian blogger, and that bothered me. I don't like award shows, and while I won a number of awards in my youth, I used to dislike winning because I did not enjoy going up to accept the adulation. I don't need or seek recognition, while some people like Kanye West are desperate for it.
Besides, I don't know if I entirely trust this process. The dude who won it last year is a dipshit, and an Internet voting system is corruptible. I'm not sure what would be the best way to distinguish who is actually the best blogger. I voted for Stephen Taylor. He's one of the reasons that the Blogging Tories exist. I will not run in such a contest against him because I don't think anyone should vote for me over him. Though I would have voted for Mark Steyn had he been nominated. I do not consider myself to be in that class. I think there are a lot of names on that ballot that don't belong there.
The Iceman is doing just fine. I started counting my hits in September, and I consistently pull 800-2000 hits in a day depending on the strength of the news cycle and the catchiness of my post titles. My numbers of "returning visitors" and "no referring link" have been growing at a steady pace. My record for hits in one day stands at 6,000. The Blogging Tories is the only place where I publish my material, but I do get a steady number of "passed along" traffic. Small Dead Animals and Blue Like You send me the most visitors, so I am assuming that they must both be in the top 5 for total hits. Do the Blogging Tories track exit links? Who is in the top ten for the fall session of Parliament?
I prefer to focus on my material rather than my publicity. My dozens and dozens of fans like it that way. :)