I received a form email today saying that because of space limitations at the awards only two finalists in each category had been invited, and that if no invitation had been received, that meant that you were not a finalist
So. THANK YOU to those of you who voted, thank you thank you to those of you who voted often, according to the ridiculous Vote Every 24 Hours dictum that I and Mine so roundly criticized. To any of you who found this blog via the Awards, I hope you visit again and look forward to hearing from you. To those of you who found South Africa through posts on this blog, that is the best reward. Really.
I am sorry we didn't make it despite your efforts, but am not very surprised, given the early gaffs we experienced and our subsequent questioning of the process (which never received a response), and appreciate your support more than I can say.
In the end, I am not sure what criteria are employed to select winning blogs as the Awards propaganda said that judges would use their 'discretion', and not choose the winners purely on votes received. Which is all a bit odd, given the Vote Every 24 Hours thing (purely a gimmick to drive traffic), implying that votes simply don't count? It's troubling.
I trust that the Awards will sort themselves out in years to come and hopefully be more transparent, with independent auditing if they ever do become big.
My best wishes go out to CookSister! (a competitor with 66 Square Feet in the Overseas as well as in the Food category, and a past winner), and to Sprig, a gardening blog based out of Durban, competing in the Green category.
9/30/10: Here's an open letter to SA Blog awards organisers, by Cook Sister!