This year we have three – count em- three Catholic awards going on at the same time.
The Catholic Blog Awards this year is now the Catholic New Media Awards and compasses Blogs, Podcasts, and Catholic web sites. Nomination will be taken during the month of May. The categories have been streamlined. The addition of podcasts to the awards this year brings the awards up a notch. Some Catholic podcasts have done quite well and even won in the secular podcast awards. I listen to plenty of Catholic podcasts and there is a lot of talent out there.
One of the problems with blog awards in general is that pretty much the sites with the heaviest traffic are the same one that are going to win their category. The more readers you have of course make it more likely that will win. The problem is that the same people pretty much dominate the same categories year after year. Though the fact that all the nominees are listed also gives attention to plenty of other fine blogs that people might not be aware of. The purpose of the various awards is not to stroke egos, but to bring to attention Catholic media and hopefully introduce people to much of the fine work being done in new media.
That being said the 2nd year of the Cannonball Awards is now in the voting phase. This award pokes a bit of fun at the main Catholic awards, but also introduces people to blogs they might not be familiar with to a higher extent. Great categories and great blogs. Vote (and view nominations) by clicking on the categories in the sidebar.
Another set of awards also in its 2nd year is the Eastern Christian New Media Awards. Too often the Eastern rites of the Church are forgotten. They are currently taking nominations and voting will start in June.