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Nominate your favorite blog to the Battle of the ad Blogs

Yes, it is early days yet - still in the interest of fairness, transparency and all round blog-linking fame, we'd like you to nominate your favorite ad blogs (not this one tho') to the Battle of the ad blogs which will run in Feb 2007.

Battle Of the Ad Blogs

These were the categories last year - if you think it's lacking you should suggest another category, describe it and motivate why. It's quite difficult to narrow all these different voices down to a specific category! (more inside)

#1 Best international blog.
These were blogs not written in English, and hoo boy was it tough for small language groups to compete with large language groups. Should we splice this up into continents perhaps?

#2 Best Ad-Porn Blog - showing a lot of images
There are plenty of blogs out there that show posters, ads, and more posters. They go here.

#3 Best General Ad Commentary
Exactly what is says on the tin - there needs to be actual commentary for a blog to enter this category.

#4 Best Ad Commentary not from the United States
There are plenty of ad blogs written in English that aren't from the US yaknow.

#5 Best Commercial Ad Blog
And by "commercial" we mean "makes money".

#6 Best Ad Agency Ad Blog
Ad agencies blog like mad these days!

#7 Best Planner/Theorists Blog
Planners share wisdom in blogs too.

#8 Best School Ad Blog
Ad schools have their own blogs, it's true!

#9 Best Design Discussion Blog
Where Art Directors and Designers wail about colours, style, layouts and pretty shiny things.

#10 Best Typography Blog
Exactly that - fonts, kerning and type blogged.

#11 Best Marketing Blog
I'm rubbish at finding the great marketing blogs, please nominate a few.

# 12 Best PR Blog
Now that blogging can kill and create goodwill, PR bloggers are king.

#13 Best Viral Blog
Some blogs concentrate on the viral games, films and fun alone. They go here.

#14 Best Inspiration Blogs
Watering holes for inspiration outside of advertising, where new trends are spotted and great ideas discussed.

#15 Best Online/Interactive Blogs
What would this competition be if we didn't have a category for those who concetrate on online advertising? Dumb, that's what.

#16 Best Topical Blogs
And by topical, we mean concentrating on one aspect of the ad biz, for example, the trademark blog, Stay Free' adbusting attidude and the winner last year, naming blog Snark Hunting.

So nominate away simply by leaving a blogs name and link in the comments here, and suggest which category it should be in. As many or as few blogs as you like. And then everyone can see which blogs are nominated right here. Pretty low-tech but I think it'll work. ;)

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AnonymousCoward's picture

a couple nominees

1) kidkie
2) brand new
3) russell davies (duh)
4) lifefilter
5) netzkobold
6) designverb
7) psfk

AnonymousCoward's picture

Hey, what ever happened to this, anyway? ;j

Dabitch's picture

Nope, right in the nick of time mate. You'll be listed.

duncanmacl's picture

Is it too late to consider Duncan's TV Ad Land, www.duncans.tv, for Best Ad Commentary Not From the United States?

Dabitch's picture

Hahaha, i really like your suggestions god knows there are blogs like that out there. ;)
You should be happy that the nominations are so few, you'll win without even trying. Cakewalk. Yeah, that is pretty sad actually. But at least now people can't come a whining about not having the opportunity to nominate themselves, they have. They just didn't take it. At least not yet. ;) I got a lot of grief about that last year. So here we go - wanna battle in the battle of the ad blogs? Please nominate your blog/your favourite blog and suggest the category it might fit best in. Thank you..

adscam's picture

Jesus Åsk...

Is that all the posts and nominations you've had? What the fuck is going on? In the interest of making it more open and competitive I am going to suggest a couple of extra categories...
1: Stupid Ad Blogs written by people who've obviously been in the business less than three months.
2: Blogs written by egomaniacs (Big category)
3: Blogs written by account execs... These will obviously be done in Power Point using MBA speak cliches throughout.
4: Boozing and screwing around... (Again, another big category, it covers just about everyone I know.)

There you go... Trying to be helpful here. That's the kinda guy I am!


Dabitch's picture

Hehe, okidoki MakeTheLogoBigger is nominated.

You'll never go up against adrants though, his blog falls under commercial (as in "making money") because those who do it as work shouldn't be competing against those who do it while procrastinating at work. ;)

I honestly don't know which category makethelogobigger fits best in. But we'll figure it out. :)

makethelogobigger's picture

Not yanking Da, ;-p, it's all good. I came in last year on the blog thing after it started. (I'm always late like that.) Just saying there are differences in the blogs like you say, and hi-traffic sites like Adrants can easily have 10x the readership of most everyone else. No knock on Steve, they kick ass. But like you said, I don't do what he does topic wise all the time. And I agree, I wouldn't want to be considered a pure advertising blog.

I guess it's about regonition for the various diciplines. Seems like a person's title tends to be closely related to their blog themes though where copyranter goes off almost exlcusively how stupidly things are written. I cover design, culture, advertising, movies, etc., although from an AD's POV. No big deal.

Alright, fuck it. I nominate myself. Put me wherever you want.


Dabitch's picture

Yaknow, we did discuss that last year - since there are Planners blogs that talk about planning and some copywriters blogs that concentrate on copywriting. There are art directors blogs and designers blogs that talk about general ad news, which shouldn't compete against art directors blogs that talk about art direction specifically.
See what I mean? We group after topic rather than the blog-writers work title. Though often they go together there are enough times that they don't. So AD's and Designers blogs that yap about AD/Desgner stuff go in design discussions, type stuff or ad porn, depending.
I know, you were just yanking my chain as you too are an Art Director, and you have an art directors blog hehehe, just thought I'd reply in the open in case someone else is wondering what our reasoning was behind the various categories. :)
We definatly need to do something else for the non-english blogs as there are many of them that are quite good but some languages have a natural advantage over others being so widely spoken. Dividing up per continent makes sense, that pitches mexican blogs against french Canadians and that could be fun. ;)

makethelogobigger's picture

Maybe specific creative positions, like best copywriter's blog, best, ahem, art director's, etc.


Neo's picture

AdScam again please, and Lowe Brazil's blog in the agency category.

Dabitch's picture

Thanks jasonoke. :)

AnonymousCoward's picture

Also for 15 - Threeminds @ Organic - http://threeminds.organic.com/

AnonymousCoward's picture

6 - W+K London, Leo Burnett Toronto - http://lbtoronto.typepad.com
7 - Russell Davies, Adliterate (www.adliterate.com), Brand New (garethkay.typepad.com), Talent Imitates Genius Steals (farisyakob.typepad.com), John Grant (www.brandtarot.com/blog), Chroma (chromainc.typepad.com/chroma_inc)
9 - Noisy Decent Graphics - http://noisydecentgraphics.typepad.com
13 - Will video for food - http://nalts.wordpress.com/
15 - Logic + Emotion - http://darmano.typepad.com/logic_emotion

aiiobo's picture

I have a suggestion, to make the competition a little more exiting how about not including last years winners? Some of these things get a little boring when the same people win every year.

Neo's picture

Also, I forgot to say that breaking the non English blogs up by continent is a good idea, do that.

I'd like to nominate Be A Design Group to the design category and http://infopub.blogspot.com French Canadian blog in the north American continent non English category. ;)

Dabitch's picture

Thanks George, your nomination list covers quite a few.

I wonder if we'll get more suggestions here if I say If you're not nominated here, you're not in the battle.? Worth a shot.

Dabitch's picture

You can nominate yourself all you want! ;9 But yes, you're right, Fast Company won't be on the contenders list this year I don't think, there's plenty of others who are a much better match.

adscam's picture

A couple of G&T's and I'm ready to go...
#1 Italian Classic Creativity -
#2 Nothing... Waste of time, buy a D&AD annual. But, if I must, how about... The Hidden Persuader
#3 YesButNoButYes - AdFreak - AdVerb - Freelance Fred - BuyItOrDie - MakeTheLogoBigger - Advergirl - Where's My Jetpack?
#4 Adland... Adland... Adland... Russian Marketing
#5 I'd say AdH**l... But I can't, so I won't.
#6 Weiden/London
#7 Russell Davies... Is there anyone else?
#8 Whoever bribes me the most
#9 The Cartoonist
#10 What's typography?
#11 They're all wankers
#12 Strumpette... The one that's written by a guy pretending to be a girl. But the pictures of the faux girl are great.
#13 I'm alergic to virals, aren't they a disease?
#14 psfk and the various variations
#15 Jonathon J. Harris... Who??? Just the most amazing web guy in the universe, check him out.
#16 Eggbaconchipsand beans.

#3's a bit top heavy, but that's where most of the good stuff is... And I didn't put mine in there! Too bad you can't break that category down a bit... I know, tough to do. But that's why you get the big bucks.
Cocktail time... Again.

adscam's picture

Jesus Åsk...
It can't be that time again can it?
Obviously I can't nominate myself, do I'll have to nominate you... But I need some UberGeek out there to show me how I can vote for myself a million times without being caught. Someone has to know. A free signed copy of MadScam (why do you think it's called "Scam" for Christs sake?) to the first correct answer.
Oh, One other thing. Any blog that doesn't do at least one post every day should be disqualified... Are you listening Ernie?
Oh... One other, other thing... No fucking magazines... It's for BLOGS... OK... Not Fast Company, or any of that shit which just reprints stuff that's been in the magazine sitting in the fucking dentist's reception for a year.
If I think of anything else, I'll get back to you... Cocktail time.