Taiwan Best Blog Awards 2009

Taiwanderful is again running the Taiwan Best Blog Awards in 2009 following the inaugural competition last year. This year a new feature is being added to the awards. As well as online voting there will also be a peer-judged award. A team of Taiwan bloggers will judge the blogs in various categories. The judges are Ben, Portnoy, Carrie, Todd, DJ Marcus, Fili and David .

Although there are no prizes offered the awards aim to promote the wonderful content of Taiwan's blogs and encourage linking between Taiwan blogs. 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.

The award is for English-language blogs about Taiwan registered in the Taiwan blog directory at Taiwanderful. If you want your blog to be eligible for the awards you must register at Taiwanderful before 1 December 2009. Voting in the awards will take place from 1-20 December 2009 and the winner will be announced on 21 December 2009.


In addition to the best overall award there are category based awards. There must be more than one blog in a category for an award to be made.

  • Education & language
  • General
  • Other
  • Personal
  • Photography
  • Politics
  • Tech
  • Travel

Registering for the awards

You need to register for Taiwanderful (you can also sign in using Facebook) and then enter your blog's details in 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.

Voting for the awards

Voting will take place from 1-20 December 2009.

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 1-20 December. David will be responsible for distributing the voting forms to the judges and tallying the votes.

Questions and support

If you have any questions or technical problems with registering your blog you can post in the “Troubleshooting and FAQ” forum at Taiwanderful. You can also join the Taiwanderful Facebook page or follow @Taiwanderful at Twitter.


You can use the graphics below to promote the awards on your blog. Just right click on the graphic to save it to your computer and then upload it to your blog.

Fine print

  • The award is for blogs registered at Taiwanderful with original content written mainly in English and related to Taiwan.
  • Judges in the peer-judged award cannot vote on categories in which they have registered blogs. They are still eligible for both the popular vote and peer-judged awards in categories where they have registered a blog. They are also eligible for the overall best blog award, but cannot vote for their own blogs in the overall peer-judged award.
  • To ensure that only active blogs win the award, blogs must be updated at least once between 1 November and 1 December 2009 to be eligible for the awards.
  • Fili and David's blogs may be registered at Taiwanderful, but are not eligible to receive any awards.
  • Any 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 David and Fili shall be final.