In a tiresome repeat of past years, climate-science denialist site, Watts Up With That? has again won a “best science blog” award. Also notable is Climate Audit, which was deeply involved in provoking the manufactured “Climategate” affair, as “Best Canadian Weblog”.
In 2010, Desdemona appealed to the Weblog Awards editors to exclude anti-science sites from the “Best Science” category, to no avail. Although the rules state, “Nominees must suit the category they are placed in”, Des couldn’t get the Bloggie folks to see that it would be hard to find a blog less suited to its category.
Instead of finding the “best blog”, what the Bloggies actually measure is the ability of a blog to mobilize its readers to flood popularity contests like this one. So we shouldn’t be surprised by this annual outcome, but nevertheless Des is dismayed by it every year.