Mormon Matters is hosting the 2009 Niblets event. Vote here. DMI was nominated in three categories (thank you, whoever you are): Best Solo Blog, Best Blog Layout/Graphics, and Best Overall Blogger. It's nice that the folks at Mormon Matters inserted links to all the candidate blogs, posts, and comments — I know that must have taken a nice chunk of someone's Sunday afternoon. So what's good or bad about the Niblets?
- It's a good way to give some recognition and visibility to newer blogs that might otherwise get lost in the crowd.
- It's a nice way to bring most Mormon bloggers together for ... conversation. I was going to say argument, but didn't.
- I like how the number of categories has expanded over the years along with the growth in number of bloggers. Adam Smith would be pleased that as the blog market expands, the division of blog labor (specialization) increases.
- It is fitting that the award memorializes Hugh Nibley, the patron saint of Mormon Studies if not of Mormon blogging. Nibley once criticized mainstream Mormon culture for preferring people who get up at five o'clock to write a mediocre blog to those who get up at nine o'clock to write a great blog. [Although rumor has it that most quality blogging actually occurs between midnight and three.]
- The blog or blogger that hosts the Niblets is not chosen. It just emerges. The process is mysterious, perhaps ineffable.
Okay, I'm off to vote.
Update: In the disucussion at the Nine Moons post "Nibletology," it turns out I am the one who, once upon a time, suggested "the Nibley" as a name for Bloggernacle awards. I had entirely forgotten. In other news, I also once pushed for the hyphen that now appears in Faith-Promoting Rumor. And does anyone remember when BCC used to be called ... Rameumptom? Alas, my fine suggestions for a new name were never seriously considered.