I would like to announce that finalists for the Best Just Posts of 2009 will be posted and ready for your voting by the end of January.
However, seeing as I have not yet successfully managed to manipulate the passage of time to suit my desires, I will have to settle for announcing that the finalists will be ready by a date in the near future. Our goal is for Monday, March 1st.
It may not shock you to know that this project grew larger than either Holly or I had anticipated. For one thing, we quickly realized that due to the subjective nature of responding to posts, it would be much fairer to make sure that each post was evaluated independently by more than person. Seeing as we had about 300 posts to evaluate, this meant 600 separate reviews.
We could not have even contemplated this task without vast amounts of help from friends and Just Post supporters, who read and evaluated batches of posts. Their ratings and comments have been extremely helpful to us. For their time and care, we send out sincere thanks and grateful hugs to the following beautiful people:
Amanda, Anne-Marie, antropologa, Barbara, blc, bon, bshep, Catherine, Charlotte, Chrissie, Christine, Christine, De, dee, defiantmuse, denguy, Donna, Elizabeth B, Eli, Emily, Erica, Erika , Heather, Janet, Jean, jen, Julie, KC, Kitty, laloca, Leslie, Lin, Mad, Magpie, Mary G., Meagan, Mme. Meow, Painted,
Robin, Sarah, Shokufeh, Stacie, submom, Susanne, Tabba, and wreke.
And extra big fat sloppy kisses go to De, denguy, Donna, Erika , Heather, Kitty, Leslie, Mad, Mary G., Sarah and Tabba for going above and beyond the call of duty, and coming back to help with more. (For that matter, I’m pretty sure I owe Heather my firstborn child (or at least my firstborn child’s weight in chocolate) for all of the additional reading she took on for us.)
We also greatly appreciate those of you who, while you were not able to actively participate in the project through reading and reviewing posts, expressed your interest and support in the endeavor. Thanks, friends!
In the meantime, our list of semifinalists may be of interest. These posts are those which at least one of two reviewers asserted should make our finalist list. Our final finalist list (I love writing that) will be selected from these semifinalists, based on reviews and comments and a few other considerations.
250 Children Dead of Cold in Andes: Death Toll Keeps Climbing by Barbara Drake at An American in Lima
A Day with Fibromyalgia by Amy at Je Ne Regrette Rien
A House Made of Asbestos by Mary at Them’s My Sentiments
A mini home makeover by Quadelle at Quadelle
A Voice from the Back of the Queue by Mary G. at Them’s My Sentiments
Academic Freedom: Anti-gay Opinions vs. Anti-gay Untruths by Zack Ford at Zack Ford Blogs
American Me by jen at one plus two
And if I’m gay, what’s your point? by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
And so we wait. by Erika at Be gay about it.
Antifeminist Spam by Meloukhia at This Ain’t Livin’
Archbishop of Cusco to Evict More Local Restaurants by Barbara Drake at An American in Lima
Are you “Man Enough” for the Middle Border? by Rebecca at Flying Tomato Farms
Attention White Folks by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
B is for Backpack by Laura at Our Feet are the Same
Bea and Eve by Emily at Wheels on the Bus
Bird by Bird by jen at one plus two (at Blogher)
Blog for choice: Priorities for the new administration by Melissa at MOMocrats
bob marley has definitely left the building by jen at one plus two
Can we talk? by Country Girl at Country Girl/City Girl
Celebrating 5+ Years of Marriage in Massachusetts by alejna at collecting tokens
Charity vs. Democracy by Magpie at Magpie Musing
Chipped by Holly at Cold Spaghetti
Civil rights, but just for me by Tami at What Tami Said
Connecting the dots. by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
Cows for Christmas by XUP at Ex-Urban Pedestrian
Creative Freedoms and the Not Now Book by Claudia at The Bottom of Heaven
Culture Clash by jen at one plus two
East Coast Cats and Christopher Street Boys by Jay at Ill Doctrine
Education dollars at work by Emily at Wheels on the Bus
Everybody hurts., by Erika at Be gay about it.
Everyday Piscasso by jen at one plus two
Faces of Poverty by Ashley at The Dhaka Diaries
Faculty Responsible for Campus Climate, Too! (NYU School of Law) by Zack Ford at Zack Ford Blogs
finding a way to volunteer with my hands full by alejna at collecting tokens
forgiveness by Christine at by flutter
Free speech, free range by almostidealist at One Year to Change the World
Frozen by Meagan at A Certain Lack of Focus
Get It? Got It? Good. by Holly at Cold Spaghetti
Glamorous by Emily at Wheels on the Bus
Good on ya, Greenpeace! by Rebecca at Flying Tomato Farms
Government extends State of Emergency; more children to die by Barbara at An American in Lima
Guilty Pleasure Monday: Goodnight Saigon Billy Joel by wreke at wrekehavoc
guilty pleasure monday: millworker (james taylor) by wreke at wrekehavoc
How dare you take your vagina out in public! by Angela at The Many Hats
How’s that Gentrification Going? by Phoebe at Rectory Entrance
Humanity I Love You by Catherine at Her Bad Mother
In Health there is Freedom, Health is the First of all Liberities by thordora at Spin Me I Pulsate
Inverted Reality by Fatboyfat at Make Lard History
Iowa: a proposal. by Erika at Be gay about it.
Just Posts for a Just World by Holly at Cold Spaghetti
Laying Down Arms by Thailand Chani at Finding My Way Home
Ma: Little Bigot On the Prairie by Mary at The Eleventh
Maine. by Erika at Be gay about it.
Marriott is a Disgrace by Ilina at Dirt and Noise
Merry Christmas to all by Erika at Be gay about it.
Missing the Point by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
More by Bon at cribchronicles
My best friend’s wedding… by BipolarLawyerCook at BipolarLawyerCook
My child, every child by Kyla at The Journey
My Once A Year Jewish Rant. by Neil at Citizen of the Month
My Uterus Sent Me Flowers by Erika at Be gay about it.
My, what a gayngled web we weave. by Erika at Be gay about it.
Necessary Rant by Thailand Chani at Finding My Way Home
No More Hall Passes by Emily at Wheels on the Bus
Oh I See, Profiling is Colorblind by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
Oh Oh, She’s Back on Her Soapbox Again by Chris at Formerly Fun
Oh, HELL no by City Girl at Country Girl/City Girl
On Social Justice and Education by Brigitte Knudson at A Liberal Education
One couple’s journey to adopting HIV-positive children part 1, part 2, and part 3 by Jennifer at Conversion Diary
Opening doors, come what may. by Erika at Be gay about it.
Oprah and the secret lives of moms by antiracist parent at antiracist parent
peace train by wreke at wrekehavoc
Pensioneering by Thordora at Spin Me I Pulsate
Please tell me by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
Pondering Fate by Holly at Cold Spaghetti
President Obama Fierce Advocate of Rousing Speeches and the Status Quo by Erika at Be gay about it.
Quote of the Day by Adrianne at The Bodhi Tree
Race Matters; or, the Judge, the Professor, and the Doctor by Emily at Wheels on the Bus
Rejecting Yertle by Emily at Wheels on the Bus
Remember by Painted Maypole at Painted Maypole
Remember that wishbone I was choking on? by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
Sacred Life Sunday: No Slime Zone! by Thailand Chani at Finding My Way Home
Safety and Self Worth: $175 by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
Samaritans in a Subaru by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
school daze by jen at one plus two
Shine your light, share your story …AND WIN A CONTEST!! by Erika at Be gay about it.
some random thoughts on giving by Em at Social Justice Soapbox
Some Thoughts on the Princess and the Frog by Claudia at The Bottom of Heaven
Stay or go by Jarret at Creature of the shade
Stigma//Taboo by Magpie at Magpie Musing
stuck in the freudian anal phase by bon at cribchronicles
Stuff black folks don’t do: Creating our own oppression by Tami at What Tami Said
Susan Boyle by Thailand Chani at Finding My Way Home
Tales of Health Insurance by Neil at Citizen of the Month
Tall and Tan, Young and Lovely by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
Ten by Painted Maypole at Painted Maypole
The Afghanis by Antropologa at Antropologa
The cost of a winter tomato by Rebecca at Flying Tomato Farms
The Freegans by XUP at Ex-Urban Pedestrian
the great american melting pot (?) by Hispanic Fanatic at Hispanic Fanatic
The Holy Land by Emily at Wheels on the Bus
The Invisible Boy by Catherine at Her Bad Mother
The radical act of being ourselves by Mouse at The Mouse’s Nest
The Speech, Remix Edition by Kyla at The Journey
the un-holiest marriage by Rebecca at Flying Tomato Farms
The Unbearable Tenderness of Boys by Hedgie at Princess Hedgehog Chronicles guestposting at Talkin’ the Teenie
This (Black) American Life by Claudia at The Bottom of Heaven
This is what a leader looks like by Emily at Wheels on the Bus
Today is World Water Day by prof susurro at like a whisper
Uncensored II by Megan at Missing in Iraq
untitled post by Christine at by flutter
Venting by Em at Social Justice Soapbox
War Ends, Schools Begin by Shahrazaad at Shahrazaad
War on Women by Chani at Finding my way back home
Whadaya Know Georgia. by Tash at Awful but Functioning
What kids need by Emily (from Wheels on the Bus) at LA Mom’s Blog
What’s Good for the Goose by Stacie at If you want kin, you must plant kin…
When allies fail – Part One and Part Two by Tami at What Tami Said
When is zero not really zero? When it describes your food. by Kimberly at The Gav Menagerie
Why does New Orleans have different moral rules of conduct? by Holly at Cold Spaghetti
Why the Prop 8 Decision Inhibits Equality by Zack Ford at Zack Ford Blogs
You don’t want to meet the new boy in town by Holly at Cold Spaghetti
You Think E Coli Spinach is Scary? by Rebecca at Flying Tomato Farms
You want to know how much a colonoscopy costs? by Magpie at Magpie Musing