There's significant evidence that the voting is rigged. Judges themselves have stepped forward to say they got together with other judges to decide on who in their circle should win. One judge said that she didn't bother to read the blogs she didn't know and just voted for the ones she read regularly. ... I am withdrawing my name from the ballots. They can give my place to someone else, or just leave it blank. I don't care.I'm totally impressed, and feel like she qualifies for the Lifetime Achievement Award in Integrity. If the others who were nominated who weren't part of the circle jerk will kindly follow Michele's lead, we can uncover the bad guys from who's left. The most glaring example of the unsavory nature of this competition can be seen by looking at the Lifetime Achievement Award. In the entire history of the blog, there have been exactly two people who qualify for this kind of recognition, Evan Williams (the Blogger guy) and Dave Winer, the longest running blogger, the original quality blogware producer, and the architect of the XML/RPC standard. Evan was awarded his sometime in the past, but Dave (whose contribution is actually greater than Evan's) didn't even make the finals, against such do-nothings as Rebecca Blood and Matt Haughey. Give me a break. And any blog award that can't find a nomination for Instapundit is ridiculous on its face. I don't say this because either of these guys is my buddy; I've never met them, and I trash both of them on a regular basis. But facts are facts.
Michele, editor of a small victory, has withdrawn from the rigged and tainted Bloggie Awards: