2015 Nose-to-Nose Awards
2015 Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards
Best Pet Blog Design: Judged on use of color, images, written content, sidebar content, and overall visual appeal of the blog to the reader’s eye. How are pets represented? How effective is the design in showing the reader there are pets on this blog? Are pets represented appropriately?
Last year’s winner: http://www.glogirlydesign.com/ Debbie Glovatsky
Best Written Pet Blog Post: Judged on grammar, punctuation, paragraph construction, writing style, purpose, message, and ability to tell a story. Story should be about or include pets as part of the narrative. Where it is appropriate, grammar and punctuation may challenge the judges when post is written in the voice of the pet. Content must be easily understandable by the average human or blog post will be disqualified. Blog posts submitted should represent the purpose of the blog. ONE blog post per blog or nomination. Last year’s winner:
http://lifewithdogsandcats.com/life-with-dogs-and-cats/high-and-mighty/ Susan Willett
Best Pet Humor Blog: Judged on whether the content makes the reader laugh out loud, or at least smile. Content should be appropriate for pet parents – humor should include pets. Blog content should be original and show creativity. Engagement and sharing will be a plus in this category. Last year’s winner: http://www.catversushuman.com/ Yasmine Surovec
Best Dog Blog: Judged on original, creative writing and visual content about dogs. Design counts! Blog must be focused on dogs. Posts about the writer’s dog, written in an entertaining or educational manner, are just as welcome as posts about specific dog issues. Engagement by the readers is a plus in this category. Last year’s winner: http://www.intrepidpup.com/shoutout/#.VI8MjTHF-za Tracy Baetz
Best Cat Blog: Judged on original, creative writing and visual content about cats. Design counts! Posts should capture the unique presence of cats in our lives. The focus of the blog as a cat blog is vital. Blogs that ‘include’ cats should not nominate for this category. Engagement by the readers is a plus in this category. Last year’s winner: http://www.glogirly.com/p/about.html#.VI8M6zHF-zY Debbie Glovatsky
Best Unconventional Pet Blog: Judged on writing, originality and creativity in bringing the category of ‘other’ to life. Our ‘other’ pets category is open to any animal NOT a dog or a cat, such as guinea pigs, goats, chickens, pigs, ferrets, horses, yes, even snakes. Content needs to be reflective of the animal the blog is about, although the blog may also write about other animals. Last year’s winner: http://www.speedyhousebunny.com/2014_12_01_archive.html Rachel DeJong
Best New Pet Blog: Judged on originality, creativity, writing ability, purpose, and focus. The nominations in this category will be judged on ‘intent’ as well as accomplishment. We want to encourage more people to blog, but in doing so we hope to inspire people to take their blog writing seriously. Show us a blog that is working to be the best it can be. Last year’s winner:
http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com/2014/05/best-new-pet-blog.html Vanessa Morgan
Best Cause Blog for or about pets: Judged on purpose, effectiveness, achievement, and engagement. We are looking for passion and persistence. Achievement may be how much money was raised and/or how many times the cause was supported. Also, audience engagement will be key to this category; how are reader’s responding? Last year’s winner: http://www.firesafetyrocks.com/ Dayna Hilton
Best Pet Video on a Blog: Judged on creativity, focus, sound quality, visual quality, and length. Video should be purposeful. Pet(s) must be present in the video. A video about pets, without showing pets, will be disqualified. If the video is 5 minutes or longer, it needs to demonstrate why it’s that long. If it’s a minute and a half, it needs to accomplish its goals in that minute and a half. ONE video per blog or nomination.
Last year’s winner: http://catcatastrophes.com/the-inheritance/ Alana Grelyak
Best Pet Photo on a Blog: Judged on creativity, focus, visual appeal, use of color, and purpose. If the picture tells a story, all the better. Picture must include pet(s). Must be relevant to the post it is contained in. ONE photo per blog or nomination.
Last year’s winner: http://pawsitivelytexas.com/ Alva Logsdon
Best Pet Microblog: Judged on the overall look and feel, audience engagement, and the blogger’s participation in the conversation. Is the page effective in its design and its use of the platform? We are looking for active engagement, sharing, consistency in purpose, original blogger content, creativity and visual appeal, where appropriate. Platforms eligible for nomination are: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ and Instagram. Last year’s winner: https://twitter.com/deafdogsrock Christina Lee
Best Use of Social Media by a 501c3: Judged on the creativity, purpose, effectiveness, and ability to convey and support a pet-related cause. Must include the results and demonstrate how social helped achieve those results. Must show proof of 501c3 status.
Last year’s winner: http://www.morrisanimalfoundation.org/
Additionally, this year, BlogPaws will recognize select blogs with a Certificate of Excellence in:
- Best series of posts*
- Best collaborative posts*
- Best About Page*
(*Nominations not accepted for certificates – the team at BlogPaws will choose from all qualifying nominations received by the deadline date of January 31, 2015)
2015 Nose-to-Nose Awards Committee
How does BlogPaws manage and choose Finalists and Winners in the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards? We work with a committee of talented professionals!
Below is a list of people who are participating in the support of the BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Pet Blogging and Social Media Awards for 2015.
Our thanks and admiration goes out to all the people involved in creating and supporting our awards program. Want to meet some of them in person? Come to the Nashville event in May. Many of those listed here will be at the conference. See you there!
- Andrea Arden, http://www.andreaarden.com/
- Andrew Zucker, http://www.pet360media.com/
- Bill Schroeder, http://intouchvet.com/
- Carol Bryant, http://www.blogpaws.com
- Charlie Arcella, http://www.pet360media.com/
- Chloe DiVita, http://www.blogpaws.com
- Denise Wakeman, http://denisewakeman.com/
- Dino Dogan, http://triberr.com/
- Donna DeClemente, http://www.donnaspromotalk.com/
- Dorothea Bozicolona-Volpe, http://www.socialespionage.com/
- Felissa Elfenbein, http://www.blogpaws.com
- Kate Spencer, https://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/
- Kristin Elliott, http://www.doodiepack.com/
- Lon Hodge, http://veterantraveler.com/
- Lorien Clemens, https://www.pethub.com/
- Marci Kladnik, http://www.catalystforcats.org
- Matt Beswick, http://www.mattbeswick.co.uk/
- Penny Sansevieri, http://www.amarketingexpert.com/
- Robbi Hess, http://www.blogpaws.com
- Robert Semrow, http://petworldinsider.com/
- Steve Dale, http://www.stevedalepetworld.com/
- Susan Getgood, http://www.blogher.com/
- Tom Collins, http://www.blogpaws.com
- Yvonne DiVita, http://www.blogpaws.com