Knights of the Guild focused on being nominated in two categories People's Choice and Entertainment. They made the announcements live on Ustream and because of our crappy internet I only got bits and pieces. I missed the "Entertainment" category but heard the People's Choice Award nominees and we didn't make it. I was kind of bummed but I knew there are alot of podcasts out there and our chances of getting nominated were slim. So the announcement was over and it was going to take another hour or so before the would have all the nominees up on their website. So I checked back and couldn't believe my eyes. Under the "Entertainment" category the first name was Knights of the Guild.. THAT'S RIGHT my podcast was nominated for a People's Choice Podcast Award. I couldn't believe it.. I was so excited I immediately texted my friends, tweeted and facebooked about it.
There were 1,110,000 people submitting nominations on 2931 podcasts.. here are how the nominees are chosen. There are 44 reviewers, 2 per category who will listen to every podcast nominated. Here is how they rate each podcast.
40% - Number of Nominations
15% - Quality of Website Design
15% - Quality of Sound
10% - Quality of Delivery of Show Content
20% - Relevance of Content
So they grade each podcast on those percentages and the top 10 per category are the ones officially nominated.
It kind of makes me feel good that it's not solely a popularity contest to get nominated, that all the hard work I put in to this podcast, ie sound, website, contest all paid off.
Voting starts December 1st and ends December 15th. You can vote once a day everyday per computer, per browser. http://podcastawards.com/