SAN FRANCISCO, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DogTime Media, the largest vertical media community focused exclusively on pet owners, today announced the final nominees for DogTime's 2011 Pet Blog Awards, also known as "the Petties".
The DogTime Media community has more than 565 pet bloggers and over 525 publishers, allowing it to reach 40.3 million pet enthusiasts a month(1), making it number one in pets.
DogTime's 2011 Pet Blog Awards opened for nominations on June 8th and closed on June 29th, 2011. The top four nominees have been selected in eight categories:
Best Overall Pet Blog
Best Blog Post
Best Dog Blog
Best Designed Blog
Best Cat Blog
Best Social Integration Blog
Best Cause Related Blog
Funniest Blog or Blogger
Final nominees were selected based on the number of times they were nominated by their fellow bloggers and followers in each category.
"Congratulations to this year's nominees!" said DogTime Media CEO, Trevor Wright. "It is very exciting to see so many new bloggers nominated this year, and to also see some of last year's winners back in the running to win again this year."
Voting opened July 5th and will close July 29th, 2011. Winners will be announced at a gala awards ceremony in the ballroom of the Sheraton Premiere on Friday, August 26th, in Tysons Corner, VA (just outside Washington DC) during the BlogPaws 2011 conference. To vote, please go to http://dogtime.com/petties.
"The response from the pet blogging community has been overwhelming this year, with nearly three times as many nominations as last year," said Wright. "The pet community has some very passionate, entertaining, and influential personalities, and this is the opportunity for the best of the best to be recognized by their followers."
Each winning blogger will be awarded a $1,000 donation to the animal shelter of their choice, along with a custom "Petties" award, a "Petties Winner" badge for their blog site, a valuable package of editorial coverage across the DogTime Media Network, VIP access to the BlogPaws 2011 event and a host of social media traffic driving opportunities.
(1.) SOURCE: comScore MediaMetrics, 1/11
About DogTime Media:
DogTime Media is the largest vertical media community focused exclusively on pet owners and the 50 billion dollar annual pet market. DogTime Media reaches 40.3 million monthly users via its community of 525 leading pet-focused websites, 525 pet bloggers and more than 3,000 rescue groups, anchored by its own DogTime.com, the premier destination for dog owners.
DogTime Media actively supports the efforts of rescue groups and shelters nationwide to significantly reduce the number of homeless and neglected pets in the country by providing authoritative advice to both novice and experienced pet guardians. DogTime Media has donated over $232,000 to pet related caused via its Save a Dog and Save a Cat Facebook applications, monthly grants and a variety of other programs. Privately held DogTime Media and DogTime.com are based in San Francisco, Calif.
SOURCE DogTime Media