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Parents' 2011 Best Blog Awards FAQ

What are the Parents' 2011 Best Blog Awards?
Parents is hosting this contest to find the best, most useful, most innovative blogs on the web for moms and dads. There are 12 categories and there will be two winners in each category -- a People's choice and an Editor's choice.

How do I enter my blog?
You can nominate your own blog, or if you're modest, get a friend or loved one to do it for you. Once your blog is nominated and has been accepted into the contest, you'll receive an email letting you know along with a badge you can proudly display on your blog that will link your readers over to the Parents Best Blog Awards so they can vote for you.

I have a favorite blog, how do I enter it?
You can nominate your favorite blog on the awards home page. Once you've entered some basic information about the blog and your entry is approved you'll get an email notification as will the owner of the blog you've nominated. Once you receive the email, you'll be able to campaign and vote.

I see there's an approval process, what's the deal with that?
To keep the awards free of spam and blogs that have nothing to do with being a parent, our team is going to approve any nominations that are submitted. We will not be judging content, just making sure that the blog is not spam, or porn, and has something to do with the category it is being entered in. If for some reason your blog has not been approved and you think we made a mistake please email blogawards@meredith.com.

Yay! My Blog was nominated! How can I get that cool badge?
You can get HTML code for badge by going to your blog's voting page and clicking the "Get Badge!" button.

How can I boost my chances of winning?
There's nothing wrong with a little shameless self-promotion. So spread the news! Ask your blog readers, email your friends and ask them to vote and forward to others. Beyond sharing the link on Facebook, Twitter, or other online communities you're involved in, you could also contact your local newspaper or TV station. Everyone likes to support a hometown project in a national competition. Even if you don't win, think about all the new readers you'll find for your blog.

What's the deal with the Editor's Choice and People's Choice winners?
Each of the 12 categories will have two winners. The People's Choice, which will be solely based on who has the most votes and the Editor's Choice which will be chosen by the bloggers and editors of Parents.com and the editors of Parents Magazine. If you are nominated, you're automatically eligible for both awards and, yes, it is possible to win both.

What are the judges looking for in a winner?
Some of the basic criteria: Frequency of posting, your commitment and passion your topic, creativity, and the sense of community that surrounds your blog. But with so many blogs out there, we're also looking for that special something. The winners will need to surprise and delight us, make us laugh, cry, think, take action or compel us to constantly hit refresh.

Who is not eligible for the contest?
Any bloggers for Parents.com and anyone else excluded in the rules (Meredith employees, for example).

I have a question that isn't answered here!
Please send an email to blogawards@meredith.com and we'll be right back to you.

When does the contest start and end?
The contest begins on August 1, 2011 at 12:00 am EST and ends on October 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST.

When can I find out if I won?
Winners will be notified on or after November 15, 2011.


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