We here at Ephblog are long overdue for an Ephblog awards ceremony.  Here are a few suggestions, but the floor is open for additional nominees and/or categories (leave them in the comments, or email me directly if you prefer).  Full list of nominees to be announced shortly and winners to be announced in conjunction with the Oscars.  Posts must have occurred (at least in part, in the case of a series) during calendar year 2010 to be eligible.  I will leave it to Dick Swart to create an “Ephraim” award statuette.  I also want to use the Ephraims as a way to popularize the “best of Ephblog” tag going forward, so I will add that tag to any post that receives at least one nomination, and one second.  In the future, feel free to note in post comments that you believe something is an Ephraim-worthy post, as it is difficult to remember the highlights from well over a thousand posts in any given year.  OK, here goes!

Most Missed Former Regular:

The nominees are Will Slack, JG, Ronit, Frank Uible, and Larry George.  (NB: Ronit and Will both still contribute posts on occasion, just not at the blog-carrying level they did once upon a time).

Craziest Dave K. Contribution of the Last Year:

The nominees are No African American Phi Betas, Sam Crane Obsession (over multiple posts, e.g.), Thesis-gate, Hating on Sheehy (multiple posts), Do Not Hire a Football Coach (or volleyball coach, or golf coach …), Falk Induction Speech Divination, Departure and Return Soap Opera

Most Entertaining / Humorous Blog on Ephplanet:

The nominees are Chan Lowe, Blake Schultz,  Jennifer Mattern, Brandi Brown, Seth Brown

Best Post Series:

The nominees are Photo IDs, Student Lens Series, Junior Anonymous, CGCL 2010, Eph BookshelfRephsearch (tough category — we had some great series in 2010!)

Best Analytical / Opinion / News Blog on Ephplanet:

Nominations are open.

Funniest Post (AKA, The Trump):

The nominees are How to Break Up With William’s College, further nominations are open.

Most Valuable Neph (awarded to a regular commentator with no direct connection to Williams / Williamstown):

The nominees are Midprof, Johnwesley, AC ’98, Keilexandra.

Most Newsbreaking / Informative Post:

The nominees are When Williams had a Medical School (a three part series), further nominations are open.

Rookie Ephblogger of the Year:

Congrats to Eric Soskin, the runaway winner.

Special Award in Technical Achievement:

Shared by Ronit and Ken (of course).

And now for the big categories …

Quote  / Comment of the Year:

Nominations are open.

Post of the Year:

The nominees are A Deafening Silence, Final Four Mega-Preview (forgive my self-indulgence here at including one of my own, but this one took awhile, alas half the links are now broken), Five Years Out (a three part post), Ephs Who Have Gone Before.  Further nominations are open.

And finally …

Special Lifetime Achievement Award for Self-Promotion:

Congrats to award-winning political scientist (and now, award-winning blogger) John C. Drew, Phd. on earning another award to endlessly promote!

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