The results for the 3rd Annual Blogging Scholarship are in, and, I'm sad to say, I did not win. I came in 5th, and the winners were The Burnt Orange Report, USS Mariner, and American Papist.
I must admit that I am little disappointed, but as I have said before, I wasn't expecting to win. It's not all bad, though. For making it to the final 20, I received $100, but what I am more grateful for is the support of my readers, friends, and fellow bloggers. By the end I racked up about 2,100 votes, which was far more than most of my competitors received.
More importantly, I appreciate everyone who linked to the voting page and asked their readers to vote for me. I was a bit overwhelmed by the response of many of my favorite bloggers, and I was very humbled by many of the comments that were contained in their endorsements.
Thank you to everyone who helped me. I may not have won the big prize, but I think that the support of my fellow science bloggers is a much more valuable thing.
[Post-script; During this contest, a few people have asked if they could collect donations for me to help pay down my college debt. I truly appreciate the sentiment, but I do not feel comfortable taking such donations; there are better causes to contribute to. If anyone really feels compelled to do something, there's always my Amazon.com wishlist. The books I read heavily influence what I write here, and new volumes are a more direct investment in my self-education and in the content that appears on this blog. Thank you, though, to everyone who has offered to help me.]
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I, for one, was happy to vote for one of my favorite science bloggers.
I'm disappointed you didn't make it into the final 3, because you definitely deserved it, but I think 5th is pretty good, too. And congrats on the money, even if it is a small amount. I hope you remember to put on your CV that you were nominated for this award and that you received money from it.
I voted for you, my friend. Keep up the terrific work!
Sorry you didn't make it into the final 3, but congrats for making it this far...it shows that you and your blog are very well thought of. So, congrats!
Only because the dollar is imploding. ;-)