2011 Taiwan Best Blog Awards


Taiwanderful is happy to announce the 4th annual Taiwan Best Blog Awards. The awards aim to promote English-language blogs about Taiwan. Online voting and peer-judging will decide the best blogs in each category as well as overall the overall winner of best blog.

This year the peer-judged section will continue, but anyone who has a Taiwan-related blog will be eligible to vote. Voting for the peer-judged section will take place via an online form. More details about this will be provided during the voting period. Entrants in the awards are encouraged to promote their own blogs and other Taiwan blogs they like through posts on their own blogs and by using social media such as Twitter and Facebook.



This year for the first time there will be a free prizes on offer. Dreamwater Asia are offering a free float in their flotation tanks to the overall winner as well as each category winner. These floats are valued at NT$2000 each.


Phottix have offered a set of their Phottix Strato II Multi flash triggers to the winner of the photography section.

Photttix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Trigger

We'll also be giving away 3 copies of a Taiwan paperback book - Keeping Up With the War God  (Taipei Times review), written by Steven Crook, our very own prolific Taiwan travel blogger-writer. Steven is also offering the winners 3 licenses for his soon-to-be-released Taiwan guide mobile app - "Taiwan for culture vultures", a new project that continues his work in the recently published Taiwan travel book by Bradt.

Keeping Up With the War God


2 copies of Nick Kembel's "Taiwan from the Eyes of a Foreigner"

Taiwan from the Eyes of a Foreigner


More prizes to be announced in the coming days.



The award is for English-language blogs about Taiwan registered in the Taiwan blog directory at Taiwanderful (See a map of Taiwan blogs). If you want your blog to be eligible for the awards you must register at Taiwanderful before 10th December 2011. Voting in the awards will take place from 10-30 December 2011 and the winner will be announced on 31 December 2011.



In addition to the best overall award there are category based awards. There must be at least two blogs in a category for an award to be made. The current categories for blogs at Taiwanderful are listed below. The categories may be adjusted slightly before voting begins depending on the number of blogs entered in each category.

  • General
  • Language & education
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Tech
  • Travel

In addition there will also be awards for the best blog by geographical region -- northern, central, southern and eastern Taiwan. However, this section will be decided by popular online vote only.

There will also be an award for the blog that gets the most Likes / Tweets / +1's.


Registering for the awards

You need to register for Taiwanderful and then add your blog's details to the blog directory. If you have previously registered your blog there is no need to register again. However, you might like to check your entry and update it if necessary. If you have any difficulties registering you can ask questions in the Troubleshooting and FAQ forum or leave a comment on this post.

Advice for bloggers - we strongly recommend that you edit your blog page on Taiwanderful to be updated with your latest description and appealing to the general audiences. Feel free to add images and long descriptions with links to your best content in your blog. This is what your blog would look like for those browsing the participants, so make sure visitors would have a reason to click and visit and then voting for your blog.


Voting for the awards

Voting will take place from 11-30 December 2011. The popular online vote will use a Digg style positive voting mechanism. Every visitor can contribute one vote per blog for as many Taiwan blogs as they like. The blog that gets the most votes within a certain category is declared "The best Taiwan [category] blog".

Voting for the peer-judged awards will take place between 11-30 December. This voting will take place via an online form. Any person that has a regularly updated Taiwan-related blog is eligible to vote. Further details will be provided during the voting period. One of last year's winner's, My Kafkaesque Life has requested that the blog not be included this year although they will be serving as a judge in the peer category.


Fine print

The award is for blogs registered at Taiwanderful with original content written mainly in English and related to Taiwan. Any person that has a regularly updated Taiwan-related blog is eligible to vote in the peer-judged section of the awards. A person can only vote once even if they have multiple blogs. To ensure that only active blogs win the award, blogs must have been updated in the last three months to be eligible for the awards. Fili and Craig's blogs may be registered at Taiwanderful, but are not eligible to receive any awards. Any person or blog that tries to manipulate the online voting system in an unfair manner may be disqualified. In the event of any dispute the decision of Craig and Fili shall be final.


The Best Taiwan  Blog Awards

This is our 4th year of bringing you the best of the Taiwan blogosphere. For the Taiwanderful Best Taiwan Blog Awards results for previous years and the amazing blogs that won, please check out the following :