Vote For Autostraddle In The 2012 Bloggie Awards!

In 2001, back when Livejournal and AOL Instant Messager were the only things I knew how to do on the internet, a fine group of tech-minded people rammed their heads together and invented The Weblog Awards. Somehow my livejournal was never nominated for one of these prestigious honors. However, times have changed!

I’m not gonna lie, my heart leaped out of my chest and ran around my room grinning when I scrolled down the list of nominees for the 2012 Weblog Awards! to see we’d been nominated for “Best Group/Community Weblog,” “Best Entertainment Weblog” and — AND! — WEBLOG OF THE YEAR!

The best weblog of the entire year! I’m pretty sure we’re the best weblog of your year and maybe even your entire life, so this should be a no-brainer. Previous winners of Weblog of the Year include BoingBoing, PostSecret, Dooce and Pioneer Woman.

I have decided that for each category we don’t win, one Autostraddler will be sent to the Reaping. So this is actually a matter of life or death.

Ahem! If we don’t win Best Group or Community Weblog I’m going to stab myself in the eye as well because ladies — we should have this shit on lock:

We’re also nominated for Best Entertainment Weblog. This is extra-special because even though we aren’t really an entertainment weblog specifically, we got nominated for this category! That’s JUST HOW ENTERTAINING WE ARE.

Securing this category is gonna take some heavy lifting, guys, but I think you can do it:

If you’re sad/confused that we weren’t nominated for Best LGBT blog, then vote for our compatriots Dannielle and Kristin at Everyone is Gay to ease that pain, mmk? It’s their first time being nominated so it would mean a lot to us/them.

I know that reading our recaps requires a steady supply of Depends, but alas we are not honored amongst the “most humorous.” But guess who is?!! Krista from Effing Dykes! Lez Represent, kids!

You also have an opportunity to vote gay in the Lifetime Achievement Award because Joe.My.God is a homo:

Of course this is going to be a difficult moment in the voting booth.

We’re honored to be in the very same categories as: Jezebel (Winner of Best Gossip Blog 2011), who have been our greatest allies on the internet and done more to boost our visibility and existence than anywhere else, hands down, our friend/contributor/lover the Hilarious Effing Dykes (Winner of Best LGBT Blog in 2011!)  and one of my favorite blogs in the entire universe, Hyperbole and a Half (Winner of Best Humor Blog in 2011!). So somebody awesome is gonna win this shit regardless.

It’s kinda awesome that there’s so much queer & feminist representation this year — we’ve come a long way from that time Perez Hilton won Best LGBT Blog!

So, as you head into the voting booth, keep the following in mind:

* I will volunteer one Autostraddle Team Member as tribute to fight to the death for each award we don’t win

* If we win, you’ll make a 25-person team happy instead of just one person

* One of those 25 people works 80 hours a week on this website minimum

* Top Ten Things You Can Eat With Peanut Butter

* We post 5-10 times a day which is a lot!!

* I’m secretly really competitive and will be really upset if we lose

* All of these and this

* I think winning would raise our profile amongst the mainstream blog community and help us out business-wise!!

* It means a lot to my Mom

* My Mom is also gay

* I feel like it would be a really good bonding experience for all of us (meaning both you and us)


If we win it will be the first time in Bloggies History that a Lesbian/Queer-Lady Blog Has Ever Won Weblog of The Year, Best Community Weblog or Best Entertainment Weblog



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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. Voted! If AS doesn’t win Best Community Blog there is something very wrong with the world. Autostraddlers are awesome.

  2. I opened up the page and couldn’t figure out to vote. Glad I wasn’t the only one. :]

    Also, voting for the best Tech Blog almost caused my heart to stop. Ack.

    • Hi! Exactly! To clarify:

      When you get to the Weblog Awards page, read the rules and then keep scrolling! Eventually you will see categories like the screenshots in the article above — the ones with the little gray circles near the corners of the strangely zoomed in pictures of each blog nominated for each category. Click on the gray circle of the one that reads “Autostraddle.” (Or, you know, whatever.) Then keep scrolling and enter your email address and those weird words that make sure you are not a robot!

      After that happens you will get an email with a link in it. Click that link.

      Then you will have properly voted.


  3. Wow, did my plug just get deleted? without an explanation, as well = that’s not very nice :p (either that or my browser is totally malfunctioning)

      • Thats okay sweetie! I was just wondering why and that… I was like omg, did they matrix swallow that up? Did reise come on and personally delete it because I was stealing her thunder?

        …it was a bit of a moment in my small world :p

  4. If I enter my name for the reaping draw extra times, will Autostraddle give me a year’s supply of grain?

  5. So I’m having a serious existential and moral dilemma about whether I want to vote for Effing Dykes or Autostraddle for Weblog of the year. Gaaaaaah so much dykey goodness! I cannot decide!! I can’t be the only one having this issue…

    • i love effingdykes, and krista helped bring me here, but the autostraddle team works soooooo hard to produce so many amazing posts every single day, in addition to creating this incredible community. nothing else could compare to that, in my opinion.

      • THIS exactly. (I love effing dykes,too.)

        Also wanted to vote AS as best food blog because of cashews, clementines, candy situations, etc.

  6. I wish I could vote infinity amount of times
    I’d vote for Autostraddle every time
    You are definitely the best weblog of my entire life.

  7. I have three emails, so I used all of them. Then I made my girlfriend vote. And my mother. And her mother.

  8. In the Lifetime Achievement category, “The Dish” is run by the very openly gay Andrew Sullivan. So there are two gay options to pick from if you want; though I’m voting for it just because it has been in my top 5 blogs for many years now.

  9. In other news, FreethoughtBlogs was nominated for best “religion or spirituality blog”.

    Which is like, yes….but no.

  10. AWESOME. I nominated Autostraddle for a bunch of these during the nominations period and I’m so glad others did, too!

    I voted. Done. You people are so amazing and you deserve to win all of the awards. <3 <3 <3 x infinity hearts.

  11. I totally voted for Autostraddle in all their categories as soon as I could. The hardest one was choosing between Effing Dykes and Hyperbole and a Half for the humorous award.

  12. I just wanted to pop in and say this is so fucking deserved. SERIOUSLY. Congrats to all and I’m gonna go use my other two email addresses to vote some more.

    Also, as many have mentioned above me, if AS doesn’t win for best community then we know these awards are fixed mmk?

  13. I’m voting now, and the spambot-filter told me to type “cum stance.”

    I don’t really have anything else to add to the conversation.

    Go Autostraddle!

  14. Yay you’re making a big push!

    I’m using ALL the e-mail addresses to vote (well, just 3) because I adore Autostraddle, Effing Dykes and Hyperbole and a Half equally.

    I’ll vote this weekend, when I have time to check out all the nominees. I love the Bloggies ’cause it’s a great way to find new blogs to follow. ^___^

    Good luck!!!

  15. This place is so important in so many ways. The more people, straight and queer, exposed to this microcosm of queeresque goodness, the more those people are likely to accept and celebrate that us lady lady-lovers are not just hard-assed second-wave extremists, or invisible, or of a particular aesthetic, or [name your stereotype, offencive or high-larious], but you know, like a real awesome articulate community with stunning talent, integrity, and an incredible sense of the hilariously ridiculous.

  16. I feel like this needs to be one of those articles that is on the top of the webpage. I really want AS to win this thing!

    C’mon kids. Vote for Autostraddle!!! WINNING IS FUN!!

  17. “It means a lot to my Mom” hahaha and you are still wondering why are you nominated for Best Entertainment Weblog. .

    I created new emails just to vote and i’m proud of it :)

  18. When I went to vote, I quietly squealed to myself every single time I saw Autostraddle nominated for something. Which was a lot of times.

    If Autostraddle wins any of these, I will have a lot of feelings. If Autostraddle wins everything, my heart might stop.

  19. Voted! Autostraddle and Hyperbole and a Half are two of my favorite things. I hope you win all the awards, you certainly deserve them for all your hard work and general awesomeness.

  20. I’m just sitting here scrolling through and I cant even asafkaghkjahgk THESE ARE ALL REALLY GOOD BLOGS, ITS TOO HARD

    I wish political candidates were this satisfying. I also want a designmorphing star on the side of the ballot.

    (yes, I voted for you, autostraddle)

  21. I voted because you deserve it a million times over but also because I just finished the Hunger Games and ohmygoodness please don’t send anyone to the Reaping.

  22. I’ll admit I had to think really hard about this, really really hard, because Hyperbole and a Half is the only blog in the history of blogs that has actually made me double over with cheek-aching, tear-streaking laughter.

    BUT, given that it only gets updated like once every six months, I’ve decided that that’s not good enough for it to count as blog “of the year”. So I’m just gonna vote for HAAH in the humour category, and you guys get my vote for everything else. :)


    this makes me so happy.

    but, i just gotta say, to my australian and new zealand compatriots out there : WHY THE CRAP ARE THERE TWO CLIMATE DENYING BLOGS IN OUR CATEGORY?! (Australian Climate Madness and JoNova)

    what is our section of the world coming to.


  24. That’s amazing! I voted the crap out of Autostraddle! I’m keeping everything crossable crossed! Good luck! :)

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