The Diarist Awards: Quarter II 2000 : LUSENET : ASTRUC : One Thread

The Diarist.Net awards are are currently in the open nomination phase. For those unfamiliar with the process, these are peer awards-- you must have an online journal in order to nominate and vote.

The open nomination period lasts two weeks. Nominated entries should have been written or posted between April 1 and June 30, 2000; older entries are eligible only for the "Outstanding Entry" award. Nominees for "Best New Journal" must have started after January 1, 2000.

The categories are: ENTRY AWARDS: Best Comedic Entry, Best Romantic Entry, Best Dramatic Entry, Best Guest Entry, Best Collaborative Entry, Best Account of a Public or News Event, Best Rant, Outstanding Entry. SITE AWARDS: Best Journal (Overall), Best Writing, Best Design, Best Use of Multimedia, Best New Journal, Best Experimental Journal, The Legacy Award (Hall of Fame).

Zo! Spread some love. If you keep a journal, what entries and sites do you plan to nominate? And since journallers are not permitted to nominate their own entries and journals, if you have written something you'd like the rest of us to look at, feel free to pimp your page here.

If you're a reader, whom would you like to see nominated?

-- Sara Astruc (, July 04, 2000


I'm just writing this so the topic pops up under "new answers."

As you were.

-- Sara Astruc (, July 04, 2000.

I would love to see Jon- Jon get his due this time around. The guy is simply brilliant; I don't think anyone can touch him, to be honest, which made me disappointed that he didn't win Best New Journal last time around.

And it would be nice to see a journaller who doesn't feel the need to play the scene, as it were, get some props. Wing Chun is funny and articulate...and I'm not just saying that because she's my boss lady.

-- Jackie Danicki (, July 05, 2000.

I'm new at this, or rather, haven't felt comfortable now about pimping my site but hell, if Sara's going to offer up space, then who am I not to?

BTW, Sara, it was your award for the Natalie entries that led me to Perfect Way. The "Robin" entries drew me in deeper and then boom, I was hooked. I've my own "Robin". His name is Rick. Only the most recent parts of our story are here.

-- Maureen

-- Maureen (, July 05, 2000.

Please don't feel weird about linking to your own site. My primary method of surfing new journals is through my referrer-logs. Thta's how I found Elphaba, Orange Tabby, and Field Notes, plus numerous others.

If I haven't seen your link, I can't check you out!

-- Sara Astruc (, July 05, 2000.

Mine a six month old baby and still tottering around hanging onto chair legs. Wondering Jew "bastion"

-- Denver doug (, July 05, 2000.

Jackie's too modest to pimp her OLJ (,so I'll do it for her. It's sporadic, but always engaging. And it'd be nice to see some expats in the typical award-winner list.

Without opening up the gargantuan debate Beth had over on her boards (AKA "What's an online diary/what about awards"), I'd like to see folks nominated who are publishing semi-autobiographical opinion pieces on a regular basis. One example off the top of my head: Sarah Bunting, of Tomato Nation ( m/). Her site isn't an OLJ in the "typical" sense, but regular readers get glimpses of her life through her weekly essays.

-- Lisa Schmeiser (, July 05, 2000.

i don't pay attention to the awards at all, other than to a way to find really good journals. and since there was a call to pimp sites:

its name is Hejira.

my baby will be a year old soon. :)

-- Bethany (, July 05, 2000.

My brand spanking new journal "La Soupe du Jour," which is not officially live yet, may be read at It may also just be sitting there without being read. Baby also 6 months and a half.

-- Bob van Pelt (, July 05, 2000.

Lisa, you're sweet. Just so everyone knows, I've stopped archiving my entries, so it's not a 'real' journal. Also, for some reason you can't leave out the 'www' in links to sites, so, erm, it's

And I'm going to have to agree with Lisa about Sarah Bunting of She doesn't give a laundry list of her day (which, frankly, I think a good writer can make entertaining), but tackles something topical, while revealing a lot about herself in the process. I would defy anyone to read it and not come to the conclusion that the writing is the sort that very much deserves more exposure than the web provides. Sarah's brilliant, and -- like Jon- Jon -- is one of those writers that few others can touch. Not to stir the shit, but very few of the Diarist Award winners have approached that level of talent, but because they've firmly planted themselves in the 'scene,' as it were, they've gotten awards. It's a shame, but I don't think it bothers people who don't get wrapped up in the OLJ community. I was bothered on their behalf, which is why I started archiving my journal, but stopped when I got a gig writing a weekly column for a prominent UK-based website.

-- Jackie Danicki (, July 06, 2000.

Which reminds me...What ever happened to those Reader's Choice Awards that were supposed to happen? It sounded like a good option for people who don't need to keep a journal to recognise award-worthy writing when they see it.

-- Jackie Danicki (, July 06, 2000.

There are two journals that I am wild about reading these days.




Then of course I could always pimp myself.

-- krystyna (, July 06, 2000.

Oh, sorry that's "Cubiclegirl"...

...I am no great typist - the horror - the shame.

-- Krystyna (, July 06, 2000.

The girl who was heading up the Reader's Choice Awards dropped the ball, or so I've heard...

I should post my bookmarks one of these days, but I have to leave for the airport in 30 minutes, so I leave you with this: Annelie. She rocks. She's an artist who supports herself teaching. Her writing is sort of scattered and disjointed (in a good way) but somehow she manages to keep the thread together. And she says a lot of stuff I didn't even realize I was secretly thinking.

More later....

-- Sara Astruc (, July 06, 2000.

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