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. Hey, scratch “Called to Serve Them” please. I don’t think it’s up to snuff.

  2. chanson says:

    @50 There should absolutely be a music category, if we have enough nominations! For example, the album by Ordinary Van that I put in the sidebar could be nominated.

  3. Spencer Wright says:

    I second the nominations for:

    Best Audio/Visual Channel or Series:

    Mr. Deity

    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

  4. Angela says:

    Okay, music. 🙂

    From Lori Crandall’s latest album: I’m Steppin’ Up

    From the Ordinary Van album: This City

  5. chanson says:


    It just hit me that lots of people in Outer Blogness have posted recipes this past year. Maybe it would be fun to add a “Best Recipe” category… 🙂

  6. Donna Banta says:

    Okay, I’d like to nominate chanson’s review of Johnny Townsend’s Marginal Mormons for best review.

    I’d also like to nominate Marginal Mormons for best fiction book.

    And, of course, I’d like to nominate The Girls from Fourth Ward for best fiction book. (If I do say so myself)

    I’ll come up with more. When do the nominations end?

    Also, I like the best recipe category. Does it have to be something that actually tastes good?

  7. chanson says:

    Well, of course you can nominate any recipe posted to an exmo blog in 2012, but if it doesn’t taste good, it probably won’t win. ;p

    My intention was to leave the nominations open for two weeks.

  8. Brad Garn says:

    Best LDS-Interest Book Non-fiction (self nomination)
    Not by Bare Assertions but by Evidences and Reason

  9. chanson says:

    @58 Ah, cool, another nomination for the non-fiction category. I was worried there wouldn’t be enough non-fiction candidates, and we’d have to recombine the two book categories…

  10. Diane Tingen says:

    Seconding The Girls from Fourth Ward (by Donna Banta) for Best Fiction Book. Donna rocks!!

  11. Andrew S. says:


    Best LDS Interest Audio/Video Series, I’d like to nominate/second

    1) Mormon Expositor (via [])
    2) Infants on Thrones (via [])

    Best Faithful perspective Mormon Blog
    1) Wheat & Tares (via [])

    Additionally, I second or third every nomination that has been made to this point.

  12. Donna Banta says:

    I don’t know what category this blog should go in–maybe LDS Interest/photo? Anyhow it’s a good one!

  13. Donna Banta says:

    Okay, one more just under the wire. For best Audio/Visual Series I nominate “Bishop Flatlander

    I also second all of the above, including my own nominations. 😉

    Thanks again, Chanson, for doing this!

  14. Andrew says:

    Well, I will throw two of mine into the mix:
    Funniest Humor piece –

    Best Religion and Homosexuality Discussion –

    Thanks for all of the work you do to make this site happen!

  15. chanson says:

    @63 Your two pieces are nominated in the same category. I don’t want people to have to compete against themselves. Would you like me to move one of them to a different category, or would you prefer to have them combined (so people can vote for the pair of stories as “most poignant personal story”)?

  16. TGD says:

    @67 I’m not really attached to what the categories are so I’ll leave you to figure it out. But one did explicitly tie it to Mormonism where the other one didn’t mention it. That might suggest category placement. But when it comes to the most poignant personal story for me it would I would nominate myself for the “but I was only 5” story.

    I would like to nominate myself for the “horseback riding with my dad” but I don’t know what other category it would fit under.

    Honestly, I don’t really have a strong preference. I’m just glad that Diane noticed me. 🙂

  17. chanson says:

    @68 They’re both great, and I’m glad they were nominated!

    Maybe I could put the horse one in the “Best Mormon Life Journey” category…? It’s not specifically LDS, but I think that’s the closest fit, and I’d really prefer not to create a situation where your two posts have to compete with each other for the same award.

  18. TGD says:

    @69, Ah yeah, that does fit pretty good that way.

  19. Casey says:

    I don’t normally haunt the exMo communities (being more in the currentMo category), but as this post of mine ended up on Reddit’s ExMormon board a few months back and got me a fair bit of traffic I feel it’s a worth nominee for some kind of “Funniest Post” category. People in all sorts of relationships with the church seem to like it:

  20. chanson says:

    @71 Excellent, looks great!

    And you got it in just under the wire, too. I meant to finish the polls yesterday, but I got so caught up re-reading all these cool old posts that I didn’t have time to finish. I’ll be putting up the polls this morning.

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