There is a category for gossip, but not for gardening. When I looked at this year’s ballot, and saw the relatively small number of categories—small, when you consider that it is an international competition with potentially millions of eligible winners—at first I just shrugged. Who am I to quibble, who is Garden Rant to quibble, with its measly thousand-plus visits a day? Sure, we try, but we’re no Dooce, Heather, or Waiterrant.
But it is precisely because I am infinitesimal in the larger scheme of things that I quibble, and quibble loudly. Didn’t blogs come to be precisely for this reason, to give individual, quirky, and measly—but interesting—voices a place for expression on the interwebs? Should the amount of times Britney is mentioned be considered more important than talking about how we might possible impede the planet from dissolving into a fetid puddle? (Though it’s not an event you can really gossip about, and anyway there won’t be any blogs around to do it.)
If there are categories for food, entertainment, sports, and, yes, gossip, then I contend that there ought to be one for nature or the environment (gardening could and probably should be folded into one of those). So there. My rant about the Bloggies concludes, but not without thanks to our friends Colleen/In the Garden Online, who created the Mousies for us garden bloggers, and Carol/May Dreams Gardens, who nominated Garden Rant for a Bloggie under “group blog.” You can too. If you do go there, watch out: the site has a rather irksome sideways scroll. Also: you do NOT have to vote for 3 blogs in each category; the rule is 3 different blogs total for the whole contest (i.e., 1 in politics, 1 in group, 1 in food.)