Vote for the Brodies!!!

Guys, there were some really fantastic posts in 2009, so you get two weeks to review the nominees!! Take your time reviewing them. Polls close February 22. Good luck everyone, and have fun!


C. L. Hanson is the friendly Swiss-French-American ExMormon atheist mom living in Switzerland! Follow me on mastadon at or see "letters from a broad" for further adventures!!

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40 Responses

  1. wry catcher says:

    Huh. None of my nominations made it in there.

  2. wry catcher says:

    I guess you had to only nominate blogs? And specific posts only? No meta-awards?

  3. chanson says:

    Wry — Actually some of your nominations are indeed there. For example, it was because of your list that I added the LOLdamuz (as a whole) to the “best humorous site”, and also because of your suggestions that I made a point to find a post to include from Equality’s site.

    But the problem is you didn’t include links! I hate to be the lazy one — and I did my best to track down some of the nominations where the links were either wrong or absent — but if I couldn’t find the post(s) in question, I didn’t include them.

  4. chanson says:


    I included as many nominations as possible, but some nominations were excluded for the following reasons (1) I could not find the relevant link, (2) I couldn’t find an appropriate category that had at least one other nominee.

    I promise to do better next year. Now I see that we need to start with a specific list of categories to make it easier for people to nominate sites, posts, and people in a coherent way — instead of me gathering up all of the nominations and trying to group them as best as possible. Please bear with me on this initial round…

  5. wry catcher says:

    Oh, you needed links LOL. Okay, I now see my non-specificity has struck again. It’s all good — you do a lot of good work here, chanson. I have no complaints! 🙂

  6. Chandelle says:

    OMG, I totally forgot about LOLDamuz! I must commit to spending another thousand hours laughing my ass off over there.

  7. Chino Blanco says:

    That was an inspired choice, leading off with the humor category like that. Otherwise, great work assembling the list of categories – looking forward to reading all the entries between now and 2/22.

  8. Madam Curie says:

    LOL, I didn’t vote for myself in any of the categories, because there were actually better choices! Its not easy being mediocre!

  9. mfranti says:

    I can’t compete with Chanson. No way.

    Thanks for the nomination though.

  10. Lupita says:

    C’mon, mfranti–I voted for you! Let’s rock the vote.

  11. Jessica says:

    Hey, I came over here because people were linking from here to my blog and I was trying to figure out how they were coming over as I don’t see my blog on the blogroll (it’s probably the only blog on Mormonism in the entire world that is not on that blogroll). 🙂 Anyhow, I finally figured out where the link was. Seth R’s comment. 🙂

  12. Hellmut says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Jessica. We will be glad to add your blog to the roll.

  13. chanson says:

    mfranti — I voted for your community-building efforts in the Niblets.

    In the Brodies, a few people said I should win a Brodie for my work at Main Street Plaza. I assume they were just brown-nosing 😉 but I decided to go with it. But then I had to nominate a couple of worthy opponents! 😀

    Jessica — I just added you. Now we’ll be following your blog so next year you can be nominated for more than just a comment by Seth. 😉

    You’re actually not the only one who got a nomination without already being on the blogroll. I’m glad. This is a fun way to introduce people to sites they weren’t aware of.

  14. chanson says:

    Bloopers I’ve noticed since I posted this last night:

    I should have thought to add The Bloggernacle Back Burner in the “Best Humor Site” category. (Note: somebody else might also have thought to nominate him. 😉 )

    I’m sure there are lots of other deserving sites and posts that we missed. I went back through a year’s worth of posts and added a bunch of nominations myself, but it was a quick pass, and I didn’t have time to re-check every link I’d saved from the past year. If you are reading this and you feel bad that your work wasn’t nominated, then you should have come by during the nominations phase and nominated yourself. 😉

    There was one other fMh post that got nominated, but I set it aside, waiting for their site to come back up. Then I forgot about it. Sorry, it was not intentional.

    I think maybe “best bridge-building with the faithful” should have been “best bridge-building with the differently-believing” or something like that.

    Any other comments, suggestions, or criticisms are welcome! This is fun, but I expect we’ll do a more professional job next year (since this will be planned instead of being thrown together at the last minute).

  15. Since fMh is down, here is his “mystery fMh” comment in its entirety:

    I suppose I should say something measured here, but in response to a lot of the defenses of Mormon status quo

    This Church is HUGE on religious symbolism. The symbolism and ceremony is a crucial part of Mormon identity and practice in the LDS faith. Symbolism is such a big part of Mormon worship that we are constantly getting crap about it from blue-jean Evangelicals (sorry Jack). Its pretty dang important.

    And let me put it bluntly:

    Symbolically, in the LDS Church, women suck.

    Thank you. Carry on.

    From the Google cache of the article,

  16. The last option on “Best Seth R. Comment or Exchange,” that is.

  17. Chris Smith says:

    OK, the General Conference Lolcatz were funny, but really? 10 votes? Beating both Mr. Scratch’s review AND the sniper application? Something’s wrong with this picture, folks.

  18. Blixa says:

    Why aren’t author’s names given with most of the articles/posts? If I have to click through each title to remember what it is, I’m spending more time with this poll than I do reading anything mormon-related in a week. And after, the page doesn’t snap back to which category I was reading in. Sorry to be grumbly, but, I don’t got all day and the coffee maker is broken.

  19. I get it. You lure people in by nominating them in one of the categories, and then they spend the rest of their morning browsing DAMU sites. *Sigh.*

  20. Andrew S says:


    If you have to click through each title to remember what it is, then as a blog author whose links you are clicking, I’m very very happy. But yeah, names would be good for Brodies 2

  21. Blixa says:

    I figured that might be part of it, Andrew 😉 And honestly, I like being turned on to new things with this and probably will come back to read more (both the entries and the blogs themselves), but for polling purposes I need more info.

  22. Chino Blanco says:

    Wow. Go figure that the Brodies have managed to attract the same bunch of agitators that plagued comments in that PBS post re Helen Whitney’s “The Mormons” … IIRC, the complaint back then was: Who are these people and who allowed them to occupy so much precious screen time with nary a flash of names or credentials?

  23. chanson says:

    Why arent authors names given with most of the articles/posts? If I have to click through each title to remember what it is, Im spending more time with this poll than I do reading anything mormon-related in a week.

    I have to admit, I did it this way on purpose because — with the Niblets — when I saw the name of one of my favorite bloggers, I just voted for that person’s post without even reading the others. I was kind of hoping to encourage people to have a look at all the entries, even ones by less-well-known authors.

    However, if people don’t like this system (and would rather see the names at a glance), I’ll take this as one of the changes to note for next year.

    And after, the page doesnt snap back to which category I was reading in.

    That’s a good point. I’m in such a habit of “right-click-open-in-new-tab” that I wasn’t thinking about the fact that that might not be convenient in some browsers.

  24. chanson says:

    BTW, I’m not going to mess with any of the polls where people have started voting, but I hope people won’t mind that I added one last poll.

    I’d wanted to include the discussion forums in these awards, and it hit me that I’d foolishly neglected to include a “best discussion forum” category.

    If you’ve already voted for all of the other categories, please go back and vote for this one too.

  25. Jessica says:

    Thanks for adding me! That is seriously the longest blogroll I have ever seen. It is truly awesome. I am amazed and honored to be included in this blogroll.

  26. Marcus says:

    My wife told me I was up for a Brodie, I didn’t believe it until I saw it with my own eyes. At last, my apostasy is complete!

  27. aerin says:

    Wow, there are way too many good posts here. I am (honestly) going to have a hard time voting for just one.

  28. Mike Reed says:

    Why are the polls individually being closed at different points in time?

  29. I voted for Whore of a the Earth.


  30. chanson says:

    Mike — I really don’t know what happened. There was some very strange behavior from Poll Daddy. When I logged onto the Poll Daddy site and listed my polls, all of them were shown as having closed at the right time. But on this page, about half of them showed up as still open. Fortunately, there’s a manual “close poll” option, so I manually closed the ones that failed to close correctly…

  31. Mike Reed says:

    Chanson–Yeah. I noticed that PollDaddy had them closed too, after I posted the question. Glad you found a way to get around the bug.

  32. Chino Blanco says:

    Johnny, show the folks at home what they’ve won …

    Brodie-Button-1 or Brodie-Button-3

    Brodie-Button-5 or Brodie-Button-6

  33. Mike Reed says:

    You can write the check out to Michael G. Reed. Thanks. :-p

  34. Jon says:

    Something quirky happened in the “Best New Blog” category, methinks. 1400 votes? Really? I’m skeptical.

  35. chanson says:

    Jon — I know, isn’t that weird?

    I actually suspect that it may be a problem with PollDaddy. On my list of polls (on my PollDaddy account) the “Brodies: best LDS church watch” category shows up as having zero votes, whereas here it clearly has votes…

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