Yes, I know that the blogosphere needs another award like Washington needs another lobbyist. But for a while now I have wanted to create an award aimed solely at blog aesthetics. What I am shooting for is an award that pays no attention to content, that has as much to do with the blog's reasoned arguments as the Miss Hawaiian Tropic Bikini competition has to do with mental agility. In a world where 1,998,000 out of 2,000,000 blogs are butt-ugly Blogger template jobs with all the charm of a Wal-Mart at 3AM, I would like to reward real creativity.
What I want to do is take your nominations in the comments of this post. Please post links to the blog websites you think have the nicest visual style. I will choose six or eight I like the best, and put them up for a vote. Just to give you an idea, here are a couple I have viewed in the last few hours that I think are attractive in some way. This blog has a pleasing layout. And this blog has a gorgeous header image, though the rest of the layout does not do much for me. Ironically, this blog layout has never done much for me, either, and this site always makes me want to poke my eyeballs out. But you may disagree. Again, please ignore content -- the last thing I need here is some left-right flamefest.
As a second competition, because everyone seems to like the flameouts more than the successes (just look at the popularity of the American Idol episodes where they show the total losers) I will also accept nominations for the worst blog look and feel. Is there a blog out there you think has a "face made for RSS"? You can nominate it too!