The official results won't appear in the paper until tomorrow, but as promised, I'm announcing the Seven Days Best Vermont Blog Daysie tonight.
More than 300 people cast ballots in this year's contest, and they overwhelmingly chose Philip Baruth's Vermont Daily Briefing as the Best Vermont Blog. The Burlington novelist, UVM prof and VPR commentator started his lefty-liberal site last September and quickly garnered a loyal following.
The contest for runner-up was a close one. Satanist Matt G. Paradise (Diabologue) beat last year's winner, filmmaker Bill Simmon (Candleblog), by just one vote. To break the tie, I fell back on my rules about entering the URL. Remember how you were supposed to enter the URL? Well, fans of Simmon's site will be sad to learn that one voter cast a ballot for www.candleblog.com. So Diabologue is this year's runner-up.
On the plus side, Bill, I see that the candlemaker has quit and that URL is now up for grabs.
I would also like to note that several other blogs received at least a dozen votes. Vermont Shortbread, Green Mountain Daily, iBrattleboro, Politics VT, and The 8th Nerve were all popular with readers, but not quite popular enough. Better luck next year, cyberscribes!
Thanks, everybody, for voting.