Best Humor Blog? Yes, Please

While the Screen Actors Guild was busy this weekend hosting an awards show you most likely didn’t watch, someone representing a far more obscure outfit, the Blogger’s Choice Awards, saw fit to nominate none other than The View From the Dining Room Office for best humor blog of 2011.

It’s still a blur.

Saturday night, Jenny and I were at Barnes & Noble when I Googled “humor blog” and came to a site that apparently allowed you to vote for your favorite. I thought: “Gee whiz, what would I have to do to get my little old blog nominated for something like this?”

Then I saw the answer: create an account on the site, which required that I a) have a working e-mail address, b) be from somewhere, and c) have a birthday.

Check, check, and … yup, check.

So yes, the “someone” representing the Blogger’s Choice Awards was me. According to the big, blue “nominate your blog” button, this is well within the rules, and I think it would be hard to betray the spirit of a competition with such a rigorous process for vetting entries.

I’m not even sure what winning this thing would mean. Currently, I’m sitting 13th out of approximately 5,000 nominees in the humor category. And do you know how many votes it took to get to this lofty position? 11—one more than Sounds hilarious.

Why do it at all, then? For starters, I’m not exactly writing this before I rush off to a book signing, so winning the title of “best humor blog,” no matter where it comes from, has some intrinsic appeal. Plus, there do appear to be legitimate blogs on there, and, at the very least, I could pick up some new readers.

Hell, who am I kidding? I just wanted that logo up top. This whole enterprise seems more legit now.

Speaking of the logo, just click on it if you’re inclined to vote for the dining room office, and you’ll be redirected to my profile page on the Blogger’s Choice Awards site. You should know, though, that voting requires that you too create an account (unless you already … sorry, couldn’t get that out with a straight face). I suppose this ensures only one vote for a blog per e-mail address. And who knows? Maybe you’ll get some spam down the road. Fingers crossed on that one.

Also, if you don’t feel comfortable signing up for an account that you’ll never use again, please don’t feel any pressure to do so. Some of you are probably rolling your eyes that I feel inclined to include this disclaimer, but I don’t like being leaned on through social media, and I’m not going to do that here.

That said, if I find out you voted for, we’re through.


  1. erin

    i voted! interestingly, it took me 3 tries to get through the section on the sign up page that says "let's confirm that you're human." my heart is still racing. at least i think it's my heart.

  2. Evelyn

    Well, I at least tried to vote. The site never sent me a confirmation email, and it won't let me register a second time. So if I ever get the email, I will definitely vote. And, at a minimum, you should be able to boast that you were a "Best Humor Blog Nominee". After all, that's how they do it with all the other awards, right?

  3. Ted Fox

    That's a good point. I'm hoping to be able to go even a step further and say something like "Voted one of the top 10 humor blogs." That should only take, what, 10 more votes?Thanks for the support.

  4. Evelyn

    Okay, I finally got the email and was able to cast my vote. You're up to a big "14". I'll have Jerry make it 15 — if he gets the confirmation email sometime this year!

  5. Ted Fox

    Thanks–and you actually put me at 15. One more, and I'm onto the first page in the listings.Also, thanks for the shout-out on Facebook. It's much appreciated.

  6. the faceless blogger

    voted for ya t-boner. Now all you have to do to win is outsource 2 paid friends in India to vote for you round the clock for the next week! Apparently its harder to figure out how to spell Yusuf Aercejubu than it is to get secret DOD security clearance…This either says something about my IQ or the department of defense, i'll go with the latter.

  7. Ted Fox

    You're not faceless with me, Johan. Then again, I'm sure you knew calling me "T-Boner" would be a dead giveaway. Thanks for the vote, buddy.

  8. David

    I'd vote for you if my blog wasn't on there. Which it isn't, so I probably should vote for someone. Right? Of course, I'd also have to have a birthday, be from somewhere…this is getting complicated. Anyway, you picked up a new reader. I like the humor, not over the top but not forgotten either. Keep up the good work.

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