Monday, February 02, 2009
I voted this morning and want to register a complaint about the elimination of the GLBT category. If teens can have a blog award, Australians, Canadians, cooks, et al. why not the vibrant GLBT community? I hope to see this category restored very quickly.
Tonight, I got an email from Nokolai Nolan of the Blogies who referred me to the Blog Good as You with which he’d been in conversation on the same topic:
Nikolai: Even though I liked having the category (I'm gay myself), I removed it because I decided that having a social group as a category doesn't make sense; you don't write a Web site differently if you're homosexual. Over the years, people started taking the category to mean gay-themed weblogs, which could be a proper topical category, but not enough are nominated in comparison to other topical categories. After PerezHilton.com won last year, it seemed that the category had completely lost focus, since he neither writes about himself nor gay topics.
GaY: I think a better solution might have been changing it to, "best weblog about LGBT matters" or something like that. The variable isn't the sexuality of the writer, but rather the important content. It's just SUCH a thriving community (we just had a major event in DC; many of our personalities book mainstream gigs; etc), and one that really doesn't stand a fighting chance in some of the other categories. I hate to see the LGBT crew lose any of the attention that we have to fight so hard to build.
Nikolai: I was considering it, but looking over the nominations, there really aren't a whole lot in comparison to most of the other topical categories. But maybe if Travel fails to gain nominations, a gay topical category could be a candidate for next year.
Simply put, I still don’t buy it--any of it-- so I sent this back:
Good evening, Nikolai--
Thanks for the link to your conversation on the matter. I think there are PLENTY of blogs that are gay themed or that focus on the author's gay orientation. My own is subtitled "A blog for the Arts and Gay Issues" and since the arts are so heavily gay anyway . . .
A great many gay blog authors write about non-gay issues and topics with a gay sensibility which illuminates them from a valuable alternative angle. Others simply write about their lives, including their sexual encounters, which is about as gay as it gets. And there is a significant subculture among gay blogs about the challenges, traumas and rewards of coming out. I don't think we're so difficult to see on the web, or that we're so few in number, and I wonder that "social group" is an apt description. There's far too much diversity within Gay America to refer to it as a social group, as if we all share the same mores, values and politics.
I don't wish that Travel or any other category get kicked out of the lineup--but I certainly don't think Best GLBT blog deserved to be dropped, either. Thank you very much for being in touch and giving me an opportunity to expand my comments further.
I must have found the link to this personality analysis from some other blog but regret I cannot remember which. The results are pretty cool--I just hope some of them are true about me!
Personal DNA about you
You are a Benevolent Leader.
You are a Leader:
Your solid grounding in the practicalities of life, along with your self-assuredness and your willingness to appreciate new things make you a LEADER.
You're in touch with what is going on around you and adept at remaining down-to-earth and logical.
Although you're detail-oriented, this doesn't mean that you lose the big picture.
You tend to find beauty in form and efficiency, as opposed to finding it in broad-based, abstract concepts.
Never one to pass on an adventure, you're consistently seeking and finding new things, even in your immediate surroundings.
Because of this eagerness to pursue new experiences, you've learned a lot; your attention to detail means that you gain a great deal from your adventures.
The intellectual curiosity that drives you leads you to seek out causes of and reasons behind things.
Your confidence gives you the potential to take your general awareness and channel it into leadership.
You're not set on one way of doing things, and you often have the skills and persistence to find innovative ways of facing challenges.
You are well-attuned to your talents, and can deal with most problems that you face.
You're not afraid to let your emotions guide you, and you're generally considerate of others' feelings as well.
Generally, you believe that you control your life, and that external forces only play a limited role in determining what happens to you.
If you want to be different:
There's more to life than the practical - take some time to daydream and explore the aesthetic sides of things. how you relate to others
You are Benevolent:
You are a great person to interact with—understanding, giving, and trusting—in a word, BENEVOLENT
You don't mind being in social situations, as you feel comfortable enough with people to be yourself.
Your caring nature goes beyond a basic concern: you take the time to understand the nuances of people's situations before passing any sort of judgment.
You're a good listener, and even better at offering advice.
You're concerned with others at both an individual and societal level—you sympathize with the plights of troubled groups, and you can care about people you've never met.
Considering many different perspectives is something at which you excel, and you appreciate that quality in others.
Other people's feelings are important to you, and you're good at mediating disputes.
Because of your understanding and patience, you tend to bring out the best in people.
Go to http://www.personaldna.com to find out about your personal DNA.
And I took the quiz. It said:
You are an Advocating Analyst
You are an Analyst
Your attention to detail, confidence, sense of order, and focus on functionality combine to make you an ANALYST.
You are very curious about how things work, delving into the mechanics behind things.
Along those lines, how well something works is usually more important to you than what it looks like.
You find beauty and wonder mainly in concrete, functional, earthly things.
You are very aware of your own abilities, and you believe that you will find the best way of doing things.
Accordingly, problems do not intimidate you, as you believe in yourself.
You trust yourself to find solutions within the boundaries of your knowledge.
You don't spend a lot of time imagining how things could be different—you're well-grounded in the here-and-now.
It is important for you to follow a routine, and you prefer the familiar to the unknown.
You prefer to have time to plan for things, feeling better with a schedule than with keeping plans up in the air until the last minute.
If you want to be different:
Try to embrace the imaginative, creative part of your personality more often.
Try moving beyond the things that you find comfortable—open yourself up to a broader range of experiences.
You are Advocating
Being social, empathic, and understanding makes you ADVOCATING.
Some people find being around others exhausting—but not you! You are energized by spending time with friends, and you are good at meeting new people.
One of the reasons you enjoy conversation as much as you do is that you often learn about yourself while talking things out with a friend; you realize things about your own beliefs while discussing them with others.
You have insight into what others are thinking and feeling. This ability allows you to be happy for others, and to commiserate when something has gone wrong for them.
You are highly compassionate, and being conscious of how things affect those close to you leaves you cautious about trusting others too hastily.
Despite these reservations, you are open-minded when it comes to your worldview; you don't look to impose your ways on others.
Your sensitivity towards others' plights contributes to an understanding—both intellectual and emotional—of many different perspectives.
As someone who understands the complexities of the world around you, you are reluctant to pass judgments.
If you want to be different:
While it's important to think about others, don't forget to take some time for yourself, and occassionally to put yourself first.
Take some time to spend with a few close friends; although it's difficult to find people to trust, it's worth the effort.
When you have great ideas, it can be hard to relinquish control, but it can also feel good to take the pressure off and enjoy someone else leading the way.