2010 SEMMY Winners Announced

Filed in SEMMY Awards by Matt McGee on February 1, 2010 6 Comments

Whew. The 3rd annual SEMMY Awards are finally in the books. The winners in all 17 categories were announced this morning, and it’s a really great collection of articles. I’m proud to say that there are several first-time winners on this list, from several blogs/sites that were never even nominated before. That makes me happy, and suggests to me that the SEMMYS are on the right track. (I’m also proud to see my guest post on Small Biz Trends from last year win — it’s the one in the Small Business category below.)

Here’s the full list of winners:

What’s Next for the SEMMY Awards

Every year there’s some grumbling and griping about the SEMMYS and how they’re organized. (BTW, if you’re not familiar with how it all works, I had a good conversation with Kim Krause-Berg in the comments of her post here.)

There was a lot less griping this year, which obviously pleases me. But I’ll say what I’ve said before: If anyone has constructive ideas and suggestions for how to make the SEMMYS better, I’m all ears. There’s a contact form right on this blog.

For now, the eight-person nominating committee is already busy nominating articles for next year’s awards. The committee will do that all year, and then next January I’ll roundup the judges to choose finalists in each category and we’ll go through the process again. I’m thinking it would be nice to find some new judges next year, not because I’m unhappy with the folks volunteering as judges now — but because it’s been mostly the same group for three years now, and there are a lot of smart, new people in our industry who I think would add a good voice to the process.

Thanks

First, to web designer extraordinaire David Mihm for all his time and energy keeping the SEMMYS web site in great shape.

Thanks also to the volunteer judges and nominating committee members for their time. They’re all listed in the Contributors & Judges blogroll on semmys.org.

Thanks to the folks who voted for winners in any/all of the 17 categories. There were more votes cast this year than either of the last two years.

Thanks to everyone across the industry who chooses to embrace the SEMMYS, especially those who do so without taking it too seriously. It’s odd to me that some well-known sites/blogs ignore the SEMMYS, but that’s their choice. Life goes on.

And thanks to all the excellent writers and bloggers who continue to teach me and the rest of us with your great articles, blog posts, and other types of content. I hope you see the SEMMYS as a token of the industry’s appreciation for you, whether you win or not.

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  1. MiriamEllis says:

    Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you, Matt, for a fun and inspiring contest!

  2. Roy Morejon says:

    Great job to all the winners, Excellent content from the industry’s best- Congrats

  3. Kaila S says:

    Indeed, great content from all! We were so happy to be nominated, and are glad our posts are informative to those in the industry. Thanks go out to all involved in this great annual award tradition.

  4. Matt, I’m just so grateful that you’re wise enough to discuss the SEMMYS without getting emotional or defensive. I had questions and observations and you addressed them, in detail.

    That earned the SEMMYS strong support from me. Understanding goes a long way. I have much more respect for the SEMMYS and look forward to what your team finds this year :)

  5. Ben Joven says:

    Great list, just opened all the articles in my browser and planning on reading them RIGHT NOW!!

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