Wednesday, February 2, 2011

It's an Honor Just to be Nominated. Seriously.

Lisa Hallett Taylor, About.com Guide to Pool and Patio Editor, wrote the following guest blog for us regarding About.com's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards. For all of our designer and product manufacturer blog followers, take a moment to read about this exciting opportunity. Pass it along to others in the industry, and come back and post your comments (below) to tell us about your participation. Good luck to all those who are nominated! ~ ECPR.

Awards season is in full swing. The SAG Awards took place on Sunday, and the Grammys, Razzies and Oscars are just around the corner. The nominees are doing the party circuit and pocketing swag faster than you can blink a false eyelash.

But, it's not too late to see your picks in other categories get the recognition you think they deserve. The unglamorous, hard-working, unsung heroes -- things you may have in your own backyard. About.com's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards is accepting nominations through February 4th in a multitude of channel categories. This year, About.com's Pool and Patio site -- which covers all things related to residential outdoor living spaces -- is participating in the annual Awards. Through Friday, February 4th, we will be accepting nominations in the following five categories:
Best Hot Tub/Spa Brand or Manufacturer
Best Pool Test Kit
Best Pool Cleaner/Vacuum Brand and Model
Best Decking Material (real wood, composite or whatever else you might use for decking)
Best Patio Furniture Brand or Manufacturer

After nominations close on February 4th, the top-five finalists in each category will be determined and voting for the winners will take place from February 11th through March 8th, with winners announced on March 15th.

Award winners will not receive a golden statuette from James Franco and Anne Hathaway -- just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of a leading website owned by The New York Times Co. Learn more about the About.com 2011 Readers' Choice Awards.

To enter your nominations in the Pool and Patio categories, go to the official Pool and Patio Readers' Choice Award Nomination Form. And, for potential finalists, it's an honor just to be nominated. Just ask the hundreds of people who have gushed those words during an acceptance speech.

Lisa Hallett Taylor
About.com Guide to Pool and Patio

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