Opening the Brodie nominations and closing the X-Mormon of the Year Nominations!

We’ve got some great nominations for X-Mormon of the Year — you can continue to add nominations until we begin voting on Wednesday, January 2.

And now it’s that time of year again to start collecting the nominations for the Brodie Awards!!!

This is the fourth year of the Brodie Awards. Just have a look at the winners from the last three years to see which excellent sites and works have already won!!!

I’ll start with the proposed categories, and then I’ll follow up with the proposed guidelines:

Year-long awards for people and websites:

  • Best New Blog
  • Best Discussion Forum
  • Best Humor/Satire Site or Blog
  • Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog
  • Best LDS-Interest Audio/Video Channel/Series
  • Best LDS-Interest Photo Blog

Awards for Individual Works:

  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction)
  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-fiction)
  • Funniest Humor Piece
  • Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image
  • Best Poem
  • Most Amusing Vignette or Personal Anecdote
  • Most Poignant Personal Story
  • Best Deconversion/Exit Story
  • Best “Mormon Life Journey” Post
  • Most Insightful Discussion of Mormon Beliefs, Practices, and Culture
  • Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion
  • Best Response to Apologetics
  • Best Discussion of Mormon (or former-Mormon) Community
  • Most Interesting Interfaith Interaction
  • Best Chat with the Bishop, Mishies, or Other Church Leaders
  • Best LDS Church Watch
  • Best News Reporting
  • Best LDS-Related Political Commentary
  • Best Religion-and-Gender Discussion
  • Best Religion-and-Homosexuality Discussion
  • Best Religion-and-Race Discussion
  • Best Religion-and-Parenting Discussion
  • Best Erotic or Sexual Piece
  • Best History Piece
  • Best Science Piece
  • Best Review
  • Best Post Title

As you know, the idea behind the Brodies is to highlight excellent work from all over the LDS-interest Internet, and introduce as many people as possible to great blogs they may not be aware of. Last year’s guidelines worked pretty well, so let’s use them again this year:

  • Please nominate as many people, sites, and articles as you want. However, please do not nominate more than two individual works by any one author.
  • You are allowed (even encouraged!) to nominate your own works. No more than two, though.
  • Please nominate works that first appeared during 2012.
  • Please try to nominate people and works that have some connection with Mormonism or with Outer Blogness (eg. either the work touches on Mormonism, or the author is a current or former Mormon and/or is an active participant in our community).
  • A category must have at least three nominations in order to be included in the voting and awards phase.
  • You may suggest your own categories — however please do it as early as possible in the nominations process, to give others plenty of time to add nominations in your proposed categories.
  • Any other proposed changes to the categories or to the guidelines are welcome — feel free to discuss it in the comments.
  • The nominations will be open for two weeks. (And I’ll add my own nominations when I make the polls.)

I can’t wait to review all of the best works from 2012!!!


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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72 Responses

  1. sd says:

    And here is the actual site and not the Google search (sorry).

  2. chanson says:

    Cool — I wasn’t even aware of that site!! I’ll have to subscribe and add it to Outer Blogness.

  3. Bart says:

    Best New Blog (self nomination)
    Mormon Infographics
    New in 2012 on August 2nd

    Best New Podcast
    Helaman’s Rejects Podcast
    New in 2012 on December 2nd

  4. chanson says:

    Wow, another new podcast!! Very cool, as is the Infographics site. 😀

  5. CloudDrone says:

    Another vote for Best new podcast “Helaman’s Rejects”

  6. I’d like to nominate the True Believing Mormons for best humor/satire site or blog.


  7. 4blockhead says:

    Best Discussion Forum: <a href="; title="exmormon subreddit"

    Best Response to Apologetics:

  8. 4blockhead says:

    Best Discussion Forum: the exmormon subreddit

    Best Response to Apologetics: AngelicFerrit’s project to translate the Book of Mormon into plain English.

    p.s. Oops, I thought I had the syntax right the first time. I guess not.

  9. aerin says:

    Best New Blog
    Best Humor/Satire Site or Blog
    Stake President’s blog RIP President Paternoster
    Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog
    Wheat and Tares

  10. chanson says:

    Excellent — keep ’em coming!!!

    Thanks for including the links in your comments. Note that making comments with lots of links can cause our software to flag your comments as spam. If that happens to you, please follow up with a comment that contains no links, alerting the admins to fish your comment out of limbo — thanks!!

  11. aerin says:

    Most Poignant Personal Story
    And Suddenly Life Imploded by Natalie about her mom’s death
    Most Insightful Discussion of Mormon Beliefs, Practices, and Culture
    Watch where you’re walking

    Best Response to Apologetics
    Runtu’s response here and

    Best LDS Church Watch
    Hold your breath Caffeine watch!
    Best News Reporting
    Runtu’s Do not ever slap or poke an elder

    Best Religion-and-Gender Discussion (There’s a lot for this category, lots of good stuff this year).

    Zelophehad’s Daughters Everything I know about feminism I learned from the 1970s

    The peacewriter’s A Woman’s Place parts 1, 2, 3 and

    The dignity of your womanhood the mormon child bride’s call to feminist action (starting the pants’ thing)

    Best Religion-and-Parenting Discussion
    What will I teach my kids?

    Best History Piece
    Circling the wagons

    I don’t know what category to put this in. Best mormon social science research?
    Mormon emotionality compared to other contructions of emotions

    I don’t know which category to put this in either. Are you experiencing Ex mormon stereotype threat?

    I still have more to go, but that’s what I have this morning.

  12. 4blockhead says:

    Most Insightful Discussion of Mormon Beliefs, Practices, and Culture: curious_mormon’s tabulation comparing “the party” from Orwell’s 1984 to the LDS church.

  13. 4blockhead says:

    Best Response to Apologetics: curious_mormon’s list of top ten smoking guns against mormonism.

  14. 4blockhead says:

    Most Interesting Interfaith Interaction:

    Romney’s Religion: Garrett Amini interviewed by Valerie Tarico. This was a very concise and clear discussion about mormonism for those coming from an evangelical christian or non-religious background.

  15. aerin says:

    Who knew we got so much spam? Amazing.

  16. chanson says:

    We don’t necessarily get that much — it’s just the way the software works. If you post a comment that’s full of links, it generally gets flagged as spam. Another solution — as 4blockhead has discovered — is to post each nomination in a separate comment.

    BTW, the link on “Watch where you’re walking” @13 is broken.

  17. Donna Banta says:

    I’d like to nominate Ex-Mormon Mavens for best new blog. Will come up with more nominations later. 🙂

  18. jen says:

    Is it egotistical to nominate myself? I’m going to do it anyway…

    Best Religion-and-Gender Discussion:

  19. jen says:

    Also for Best “Mormon Life Journey” Post – just about any of Kiley’s posts. But this one is my favorite:

  20. Tom says:

    Of course, you can’t forget FLAK in the discussion board category.

  21. jen says:

    And I don’t know where to put this one, but I want to put it somewhere:

  22. For most poignant story, I would like to nominate Paul Senzee’s “Let The Dead Bury The Dead”

    Paul Senzee also did a guest post for my blog on male sexuality in Mormonism that I would like to nominate for the Best Sexual Piece Category

    Given some of the discussion topics from the past year we might do well to have a Best Discussion of Mormonism And Sexuality category

    I will come up with more nominations in a little bit.

  23. aerin says:

    Still working on the Watch where you’re walking post…

    Most Amusing Vignette or Personal Anecdote
    more coke and pepsi by Donna Banta

  24. aerin says:

    Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion
    Oxymormon girl/postmormon girl Fostering a good environment for independent thought

  25. aerin says:

    Best LDS-Related Political Commentary
    Spooky Mormon Hell Dream by Donna Banta

  26. aerin says:

    Best Religion-and-Homosexuality Discussion

    Pride in Utah’s response to the same sex parenting study

    And Pride in Utah had a lot of good stuff, lots of great news reporting, particularly with the election.

  27. aerin says:

    Best news reporting
    abstinence only sex ed studies in Utah – what does the data show?

  28. TGD says:

    I know that this site:

    isn’t exactly a new site for 2012 as it started late 2011 so I’m not really sure what category it would fall under, but I feel like it needs some sort of recognition.

  29. Diane Tingen says:

    Most Poignant Personal Story

    Post entitled “But I was Only 5” dated 6/27/12. Very touching and introspective.

  30. Diane Tingen says:

    Most Poignant Personal Story

    I’d also like to nominate the post entitled “Horseback Riding with My Dad” dated 4/15/2012. Not only poignant, but a very sad discussion of his dad’s “Final Dismissal.” This sentence in particular struck me: “…it wasn’t so much that I was afraid of the animal, but that I was afraid of doing something wrong that would elicit a verbal and abusive tirade from my dad.”

  31. Diane Tingen says:

    I don’t know why, but on my two nominations (# 34 and 35 above), the website didn’t show up in my post – both are for

  32. Diane Tingen says:

    I’d like to nominate 3 posts from this blog (self-nomination):

    Have You Studied Beliefs of the Mormon Church? LDS Hymn Parody #68 (dated 6/11/2012).

    City Creek Center in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah (dated 4/3/2012) – contains LDS Hymn Parody entitled, “They, the Builders of the Mall.”

    Oh, Holy Crap, It’s Filled with Lies – LDS Hymn Parody #60 (dated 2/29/2012)

  33. Diane Tingen says:

    One of the best blogs around by a very talented writer named Donna Banta. So many great posts (and some very funny ones), but I would like to nominate a recent one named “End of the World Confessional to the Abbottsville Fourth,” dated 12/20/2012.

  34. Diane Tingen says:

    Best Poem

    Another self-nomination. “Limerick ala Mormonism,” which was posted on my Mormonism Schism blog on 4/6/2012.

  35. chanson says:

    @33 I think the best bet would be to change the “photography blog” category (which is generally a small one) and have a category for blogs that are specialized to showcase a particular type of artistic work. So the blog of Hymn parodies would fit, as would a blog that is just artwork, etc.

    Does that seem reasonable? Any other suggestions…?

    I am absolutely thrilled to see how many people are getting excited about these awards and getting in their nominations early!! I think this is the liveliest year so far!

    (However, I would like to remind people that — as per the guidelines — each person should only nominate two works by any one author, including self-nominations.)

  36. Miss O says:

  37. xochitec says:

    I’d like to nominate or second nominations for

    Best New Blog
    postmormongirl’s blog
    Mormon Infographics

    Best Discussion Forum (hands down!)

    Best Erotic or Sexual Piece

  38. Bart says:

    @40 Chanson

    @”Specialized” Blogs. Perhaps change my nomination for Mormon Infographics to that category? It’s not a traditional blog. I’m not much for writing it’s more of a visual project.

    Best Apologetic Response
    “Tactics of a Mormon Apologist” by Flackerman

  39. Bart says:

    I don’t know what category but the best video of 2012 has got to be Behind the Veil

    Or maybe is there a category “Most controversial”?

  40. I’d like to nominate for best new blog:

    Ex-Mormon Mavens
    Post Mormon Girl

    Best Discussion Forum:

    Feminist Mormon Housewives Society facebook group
    New Order Mormon Discussion Boards
    Mormon Expressions VIP Lounge facebook group

    Best Satire Blog:

    Paternoster (but alas that has ended and I am sad)
    Runtu’s Blog

    Best Faithful Perspective Blog:

    Feminist Mormon Housewives
    Doves and Serpents
    C. Jane Kendrick’s blog

    Best Audio/Visual Channel or Series:

    Mr. Deity for sure!
    Mormon Expositor
    FMH Podcast

    Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction):

    Chaste by Angela Felsted

    Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-fiction):

    Understanding the Tao Te Ching by Spencer K. Wright
    Mormon Diaries by Sophia L. Stone

    And while I’m not sure what category they fall under, Bart’s Mormon infographics definitely deserve to be nominated for something. They are just too good!

  41. Sorry, my again. Best Religion and Gender discussion. I’m not sure whether I’m allowed to second the Peace Writer “Women’s Place” series. But either way, there’s this really good comparison of the YM and YW manuals by Laura C.

    It’s absolutely amazing, IMO.

  42. Shoot, I hit the post button too soon. This is the title of the Laura C. article–“Why Language Matters: A Side-by-Side Look at a Lesson from the New YW/YM Manuals”

  43. chanson says:

    @43 Excellent idea! It makes perfect sense to group Mormon Infographics with the ExMormon Hymnbook because they’re different from traditional blogs in kind of the same way. “Best Specialized Blog” it is!

    @44 If there were at least three good videos in 2012, then there should definitely be a category for “Best Video”.

    @46 – 48 Excellent choices! Of course you can second other people’s nominations if you like.

  44. If there’s a video category, could there be a music category as well. I think it’d be really cool to have Cate Rawson’s pants song on there. And the one that’s a tongue-in-cheek response to it.


    I’ve got one too, but it’s more satirical and is set to the words of “called to serve him.”

    Oh, gosh, this is so going to be flagged as spam. Too many links.

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