All votes have been counted and all peer judges have submitted their decisions. It's time to roll out the winners.
But, just before that...
Most important - it's all for the Taiwan blogging community
The whole purpose of this awards process, the reason that we took the trouble of running this, was to promote the Taiwan based blogging community. Some of the bloggers used this opportunity to write a post recommending and linking to other blogs they liked.
List of posts with bloggers who recommended other bloggers:
If you're a blogger, please use this as an opportunity to refresh your blogroll or write a blog post about the bloggers you follow. If you already wrote one, let us know and we'll add it here.
As we're about to dive in for the results, we'd like to remind you this was all for fun and the general promotion of the Taiwan blogosphere. We're aware of some sensitivities in certain categories, so we would like to encourage you to show good sportsmanship and congratulate the winners and all participants for a job well done this year.
1st - Shu Flies (24)
2nd - Letters from Taiwan (21)
1st - Free Taiwan
2nd - Letters from Taiwan
1st - The Taiwan Adventure Blog (169)
2nd - Paogao's Journal (162)
1st - US Taiwan Defense Command (14)
2nd - Chinese Hacks (13)
1st - US Taiwan Defense Command (180)
2nd - Joy Oh Joy (145)
1st - shu flies (舒飛) :: life in Taiwan (24)
2nd - Bamboo Butterfly (14)
1st - Shu Flies (51)
2nd - Sandy's Neipu Notebook (13)
1st - Neil Wade's Photography Blog (18)
2nd - liefintaiwan (11)
1st - Photo Jazz (380)
2nd - Alton's Images (161)
1st - Letters from Taiwan (21)
1st - Free Taiwan (774)
2nd - Letters from Taiwan (684)
1st - A Hungry Girl's Guide to Taipei (18)
2nd - Hiking Taiwan (15)
1st - A Hungry Girl's Guide to Taipei (74)
2nd - Lao Ren Cha (64)
(Calculated by number of Facebook shares and likes as indicated by Facebook recommendation widget)
Lastly, winners by location...Best Northern Taiwan Blog
Congratulations to the winners.
For the popular vote race, to see the final count check out the list of Taiwan blogs sorted by awards votes.
For the peer judges, we'd like to thank the following for their participation (judges were naturally not allowed to vote for own blogs) :
This year we're happy that we have something to give our 1st place winners.
For the 1st place winners by popular votes
Dreamwater Asia are giving away a free float in their flotation tanks to the overall 1st place winner as well as each category 1st place winner by popular votes. 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.
For the 1st place winners by peer judges
We have some great books for you. We're giving 3 copies of a Taiwan paperback book -Keeping Up With the War God, written by Steven Crook and 2 copies of Nick Kembel's "Taiwan from the Eyes of a Foreigner".
For the most social blogs
Big thanks to our sponsors.
We will coordinate this with the individual winners directly.
Winners are invited to use the following banner in anyway they see fit and/or link back to this post. We also encourage bloggers to link back to the Taiwanderful Taiwan blogs directory as to point their visitors to other blogs in our blogosphere.
If you're currently living in Taiwan and you're not blogging but would like to write something and share your Taiwan experiences, the Taiwanderful blog is looking for guest writers and we'd love to have you on board! Contact us if you're interested.
If you're already blogging but not on our directory, please take a minute to add your blog.
Final thanks goes to the wonderful Craig Ferguson who has been amazing at helping Taiwanderful with this years awards process. Craig has pushed this whole process up a few levels and his contribution to our little blogosphere is very much appreciated.
See you in 2012. Happy new year.