I've noticed that several other bloggers have taken to listing who they are voting for. I don't normally write about other blogs here, but why not join in on the fun? To that end, here are my votes, and my reasons:
For Best Blog, I have been voting for Tilting at Windmills. If there could only be one Canadian blog, I'm not sure if I would pick this one. However, TaW does feature two writers who write thoughtful, interesting pieces with depth and originality. Kevin and Ian have different viewpoints, and either one could have a great blog on his own. Together, they produced one of my favourites... Although, I do have to admit that there has a been a bit of a decline over the past months as Kevin and Ian seem busy with other things.
For Best Liberal Blog, I have to vote for Peace, order and good government, eh?. Tireless and passionate defense of liberal values. Plus, Celluci bashing!
I had a harder time for Best Conservative Blog. In the early days, I found a lot of conservative sites to be simply unreadable. In all the build-up to the Iraq war, there was a great deal of asserting, a lot of sneering, but not so much arguing. I think that some of these bloggers who I have avoided probably have opinions I would be interested in reading, but I can't break through the hostility.
Obviously anyone I vote for here would have to have a blog I read from time to time, and that may eliminate some good candidates. I first discovered Mike Brock when he was dissed by Warren Kinsella. Now I like both of them. I voted for Brock in the poll, but Bound by Gravity deserves an honourable mention. Andrew Coyne was good before he went AWOL. I also like Norman Spector, and he provides a valuable service, but I chose to vote for a blog that presents more ideas.
Best Group Blog doesn't even need to be discussed: BlogsCanada: E-Group.
James Bow's blog is frequently political, but it earned my vote for Best Non-Political Blog. It's a universal blog, where James writes about any subject of interest, including himself and his fiction projects. I also think he's a classy guy.
I haven't visited many of the candidates for Best New Blog, but I clicked off Sinister Thoughts because I have been impressed by the consistent volume of interesting comments I see over there.
The final category is Best Blog Design. I haven't been bothering to vote, because I don't know who deserves it. Since I've been accused of having the ugliest blog online, I guess you shouldn't be surprised by this.
Overall, I suppose I ought to confess to the pattern that should be obvious: I've voted for a lot of blogs that link to mine! Well... I like to think that it is more about being on the same wavelength rather than a simple payback.
Anyway, there is still another week of voting, so go cast your ballot for whoever you think deserves it.