Feedster, Inc., the pioneer of RSS search with the largest index of searchable feeds, announced that Workbench has placed first in its Feed of the Year competition for 2005. Since 2003, Feedster has selected a Feed of the Day to acknowledge an undiscovered blog or topical feed. The new Feed of the Year award honors writers who have displayed continued excellence in blogging. Each 2005 Feed of the Day was reviewed for uniqueness, freshness, presentation, usability, and community.
“An insider’s blog on blogging and the blogging business. Real news, well reported and written. Tons of comments, despite a complete feed,” said the Feedster judges in their praise of Workbench. “Every single item was news. A big winner, despite infrequent updates. Hey, good stories take time, kids.”
"I'm completely geeked -- Feed of the Year is the first award I've won in 10 years of publishing on the web," said Roger Cadenhead, author of Workbench. "Ten long years of being overlooked by the Webbys, Bloggies, Nobel and MacArthur Genius Grant. I feel like teen-age Courtney Cox being plucked onstage to dance with Bruce Springsteen, but with a less butch haircut."
“I am extremely proud of the selection of Workbench as Feed of the Year. It is the type of blog that continues to show the rest of us what this medium is all about.” says Alan Graham, Feedster’s Community Liaison. “What makes this award different is that it is not a popularity contest. Most blog awards consist of nominations, reviews, and voting so naturally, the more popular blogs always rise to the top. Instead, a panel of independent judges rated blogs across a range of criteria, not just number of links or traffic.”
"Blogs -- really good ones -- aren't finished work. They're alive." says Doc Searls, Blogger & Senior Editor of Linux Journal. "They have pulse and personality. Like human beings, they converse. They involve themselves in the topics their writers care about. They look to move subjects forward, to have effects. They are expressions of utility rather than futility. They are read and pointed to because they are interesting and good for the world. Just like their authors."
Feed of the Year Second Place Winner was Treehugger
Feed of the Year Third Place Winner was Double-Tongued Word-Wrester Dictionary
As Feed of the Year, Workbench will receive a brand new video iPod. Second and Third place winners receive iPod Nanos.
About the Judges:
Betsy Richter, formerly chief editor of Excite.com, founding editor of Oregon Live, has her own blog My Whim is Law, and is captain of Metroblogging's Portland site, one of 30 in an international network.
Dana Blankenhorn, has 25 years of experience writing about Internet content, and ecommerce strategies. A member of Internet Media Assn. Blog: www.a-clue.com Dana’s Moore’s Law blog www.corante/com/mooreslore defines the history of technology.
Russell Shaw is a technology and politics author, journalist, blogger and consultant. Author of seven books, he writes the daily IP Telephony Blog for ZDNet and is a frequent contributor to other tech and news blogs. His website is http://www.russellshaw.net/.