Dec 09 2008

Bloggers Face Controversy at Best of 604 Awards. Now We’re In For It!

Found this bit about my participation in the upcoming Best of 604 Awards (which is supporting a very good local cause, the Greater Vancouver Food Bank, by the way) on the newswire this morning. What’s it all mean?

Bloggers face controversy at “Best of 604 Awards”

VANCOUVER – Bloggers in the run up to a major vote in the tech mecca of Canada’s west coast are up in arms over a surprise nomination for the Best of 604 awards.

A late-in-the-campaign nomination for Vancouver-based political commentator Jonathon Narvey under the Best Politics Blog category for his blog, Currents, has outraged some voters. They suggest Narvey’s blog should be disqualified on a technicality.

“It’s not really a political blog at all,” says social media consultant Dave Olson, author of the Choogle On With Uncle Weed blog. “Sure, he’s been on top of the crisis in Ottawa, and his posts on the local election were not entirely lame. But half the stuff Narvey writes about isn’t even politics. He wrote about his favorite iPhone song on Saturday! Sure, he’s a nice guy, but he doesn’t have the right experience.”

Others took issue with Currents’ confusing title and domain name mismatch. “The blog is called “Currents, I suppose referring to current events or something, but the website is,” notes fellow Vancouver blogger Raul Pacheco, nominated in several categories for his blog about the environment, Hummingbird604. “So which is it? Who is the real Jonathon Narvey? And what is the full story about his connection with Joe Solomon at”

The Currents blog author said he was trying hard to stay above the controversy. “I’m happy to be a part of this democratic process, along with some other great bloggers whom I respect. I’m glad we get a chance to explore ideas together and get just a little recognition for our efforts. In the end, that’s what this vote is about. Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?”

The Best of 604 Awards Reception happens in downtown Vancouver on Thursday, Dec. 11, hosted by 2008 Tech Woman to Watch Rebecca Bollwitt, better known under her famous blogging persona of Miss604.

Interesting stuff. All I can say right now is that it was an honor to be nominated for the Best Politics Site or Blog category. Can I count on your support? Vote for a blogger you can believe in.

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9 responses so far

9 Responses to “Bloggers Face Controversy at Best of 604 Awards. Now We’re In For It!”

  1. […] Mr. Narvey’s blog Currents is nominated in the best political blog but some don’t think he deserves placement in the category because he covers a variety of […]

  2. Ryan Cousineauon 09 Dec 2008 at 11:37 am

    1) The iPhone is totally a device of obvious and divisive politics

    2) I told you when you chose it that “Currents” was a silly name.

    the guy whose blog is named after a private joke that was only funny in 1994.

  3. Ruth Seeleyon 09 Dec 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Ha ha – this is hilarious. I just went ahead and voted for you without checking out any of the other ‘political’ blogs in your category. I tried to vote in the tech category as well but after viewing half the entrants I was tired of looking at boring, ugly blogs (sorry, folks) whose ledes were ‘Drupal, beta, OpenSource’ and I decided not to vote in that category at all.

    Didn’t you have the audacity to write about a coffee shop once too?

  4. Greg Andrewson 09 Dec 2008 at 1:51 pm

    lol press release.

    Zune? Jeez, you are a right wing extremist 😛 JK

    I think the nomination of your site as political reflects a relative lack of political blogs in BC/Vancouver. We have our Sean Orrs and Frances Bulas, but there isn’t really a BC Huffington Post or Talking Points Memo.

  5. Tanya (aka NetChick)on 09 Dec 2008 at 2:04 pm

    :) I voted for ya… Wanna return the favour and vote for the underdog (me) in my best personal blog category? I don’t have a chance in hell with John Chow up against me… But, hey… It’s the thought that counts, no?

  6. jnarveyon 09 Dec 2008 at 2:34 pm

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for your support.

    And yes, I will absolutely return the favor for your most worthy blog, Tanya. Don’t count yourself out yet!

  7. Prairie Topiaryon 09 Dec 2008 at 7:55 pm

    You have some tough competition, but I’m sure you’ll hold your own. Best of luck – you have my vote!

  8. jnarveyon 09 Dec 2008 at 8:42 pm

    With the Prairie in my pocket, I’ve got a real shot at this!

  9. VancityAllieon 10 Dec 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Good luck. Personally I think the Vancouver blogosphere can get kinda snobby and exclusive… so just write about what you love to write and keep on trucking.

    Apparently if you have a niche blog you’re not allowed to write about anything else you want to 😉

    Well good luck! So far what I’ve read seems great.

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