2011 Blogging Scholarship

November 18th, 2011 by Amelia

Who Should Win the Blogging Scholarship in 2011?

  • John McAuliff (24%)
  • Heather Cohen (22%)
  • David Shiffman (20%)
  • Brian McElhinny (10%)
  • Ben Swanson (8%)
  • Mark Lamprecht (4%)
  • Jacquelyn Gill (3%)
  • Camille Beredjick (3%)
  • Philip Tanedo (1%)
  • Kendra Lay (1%)
  • Ray Sanders (1%)
  • Chelsea Long (1%)
  • Delana Lefevers (1%)
  • Miraj Patel (0%)
  • Shannyn Allan (0%)
  • Kevin Flora (0%)
  • Emily Steen (0%)
  • Ariel Norling (0%)
  • Taylor Marvin (0%)
  • Carlos Hernandez (1%)

Total Votes: 49,591

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You may vote once per day. Voting closes at noon pacific on November 30th.

Want to know who writes which blog? Please check out all the blogs here.

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139 Comments


    #TeamSwanson

    By Adam Koscielak on November 18th, 2011


    Charles Oakley approve of tabula rasa. Charles Oakley worried that he was going to have to start punching faces.

    By Charles Oakley on November 18th, 2011


    Dear voters and fellow candidates,

    I am a candidate for this scholarship, and was recently informed that the first round of voting was rigged to benefit certain people.

    These people are still allowed to run for the $10,000 scholarship. Am I the only one with concerns here? If so, feel free to shut me up, but if you are a candidate who did NOT cheat and feel like those who did or benefited from cheating should be disqualified, join me in sending a letter to [email redacted] to request just that.

    Should those who resisted the temptation to cheat be given the same chance to win as those who cheated? I don’t think so, and if you agree, then send them a letter or comment here!

    If you disagree, still comment here, I’d love to discuss it.

    Best wishes to the other candidates. I’m sorry we are in this position.

    Thanks for reading,

    John C. McAuliff
    http://www.roadtripofpassage.com

    ~~~

    Ed note: we respond politely to emails, but do you really expect us to publish a comment telling people to bombard our inbox with hate emails? IMHO that is every bit as bad as cheating is. We welcome the discourse here & try to read everything, but it doesn’t mean we enjoy receiving hate emails!

    By John McAuliff on November 18th, 2011


    Go Ben!

    By Devil Shamdevil on November 18th, 2011


    You thought u could take down my son with cheating. Why I guess you thought wrong. Us Swansons are known for two things. Mustaches and winning Scholarship competitions. #TeamSwanson

    By Ron Swanson on November 18th, 2011


    Delana Lefevers deserves this scholarship. She is a single mom with little help from her ex. She is working full time, and going to school full time and taking care of three young children. Please vote for Delana.
    She deserves the scholarship

    By Joann Oleary on November 18th, 2011


    The Rufus, the rufus, the rufus on fire! #TeamSwanson

    By Andreas D'Wurst on November 19th, 2011


    I voted for Benjamin

    By Jason Whitlock on November 19th, 2011


    While I applaud the efforts of all of these bloggers, vote for CAMILLE BEREDJICK. Her blog, gaywrites.org, is an innovative and incredible work that has changed lives forever. Camille manages content multiple times daily to help others, share stories, and raise awareness about LGBT community through skilled journalism. If you care about equality, happiness, progress, and social agendas, vote for Camille. She is an inspiration to us all.

    By Stef on November 19th, 2011


    Team Camille all the way!
    Thanks for resetting the count, but I tend to agree with John’s comment on the fairness of keeping in those who benefited from fraud… The whole thing feels a little tainted now.
    Also, I still think that blogs with ad revenue or sponsors should not be eligible in the first place.
    Good luck to all, play fair!

    By Catherine on November 19th, 2011


    Good luck David! Your work is inspiring and needed xoxo

    By ali holden on November 19th, 2011


    I host a public affairs program that airs on six Clear Channel radio stations. Last year I interviewed David Shiffman. What a delightful, knowledgeable, articulate guest!

    By Julie Curtis on November 19th, 2011


    Vote for Shannyn Allan! Giving her a scholarship will be an investment not only to her future but the future of many peoples lives as Shannyn is a starting philanthropist with others in mind at all times! She is here to make the world a better place!

    By FrugalBeautiful Fan on November 19th, 2011


    My favorite part of this? Ben didn’t cheat, despite leading the way with over 65,000 votes. Two weeks is a long time. I’d be shocked if he didn’t double that.

    If you’re accessible, kind, hardworking, and enjoy networking as much as Ben does, you develop quite a following. Those 1.8K followers on Twitter aren’t for nothing. And the amount of support he’s received from the Twitter community? The Charlotte Bobcats, an NBA team he interned for, also tweeted support and a link.

    Hard work pays off.

    #TEAMSWANSON

    By Joshua Priemski on November 19th, 2011


    I have to say I agree with John. I’ve seen similar problems with voting competitions like this, and have seen votes been reset due to cheating and I’ve also seen the offending parties be removed from the competition.

    If they’re going to cheat for a scholarship instead of playing fair, don’t you think that means they’re also more likely to cheat in school, and lie to get what they think they deserve?

    IMHO, I don’t think they deserve to be in the running.

    By Christa on November 19th, 2011


    Those caught cheating should be disqualified! In no way should they still be in the running. That is absolute insanity.

    By Joy on November 19th, 2011


    I am voting for Camille Beredjick, the french dream.

    By Bill Goldthorp on November 19th, 2011


    I think this is rigged.

    By rigged on November 19th, 2011


    My vote is hands down for Camille Beredjick— such a remarkable blog.
    Real imagination, wit, and intelligence.

    By Judith Chambers on November 19th, 2011


    I’m thankful that the voting was reset. I’m not sure where I am with John’s concerns that those who had (or did?) ballot stuffing on their behalf be allowed to continue in the contest. I certainly understand his concern though and if those who benefited from ballot stuffing were disqualified it would probably help avoid such problems in the future.

    I do have one important problem though.

    I and a few of my friends (that I’ve heard from) have not been able to vote today as part of our allotted one vote per day. Please help fix this issue so that voting may go forward.

    By Mark Lamprecht on November 19th, 2011


    VOTED for Brian. Anyone who can blog about the Pirates without crying themselves to sleep every night deserves to win!

    By Josh on November 20th, 2011


    All about #TeamSwanson. Nobody brings out the caps lock better.

    By Sneak on November 20th, 2011


    Voted for DAVID SHIFFMAN. Love his blog and have loved sharks since I wanted to grow up and become Eugenie Clark. A vote for Shiffman is a vote for the oceans that support us all.

    By Cath on November 20th, 2011


    David Shiffman – The oceans need our help.

    By Ryan on November 20th, 2011


    Agree with Mark that we sometimes have trouble voting our one vote per day. As well, it seems that if several people live in one household and have different computers but go through the same router, we only have one collective vote. Can you confirm?
    Thank you,
    Mary

    ~~~

    Ed response: Voting is once per day & yes we had to limit it based on IPs. The other voting script didn’t do that & we had 100,000 bot-driven votes in a day…which is absurd when one considers that the vote count total after 2 days of a new voting script is 6,642 votes.

    By Mary on November 20th, 2011


    David Shiffman writes a very informative, well-thought out blog about a subject with a greater environmental and ecologogical impact than most people realize. Shiffman’s blog is based on the most current events and research and he addresses events that his readers want answers about. Wishing Mr Shiffman all the best for this scholarship!

    By Ayisha Hassanali on November 20th, 2011


    I was coming in for my daily vote for Kendra Lay yet can not vote.

    ~~~

    Ed note: unless you already voted in the last 24 hours (or someone else from your house voted) you should be able to vote. The voting renews every 24 hours though, rather than once per calendar day.

    By Holly on November 20th, 2011


    Vote for David Shiffman’s blog.

    By Marc on November 20th, 2011


    I vote for John McAuliff. Good luck to him!

    By Phuong Dang on November 20th, 2011


    Vote for Heather Cohen. Her blog site is excellent!!!!!

    By Team Heather on November 20th, 2011


    I am voting for David Schiffman, our oceans need to remain a source of food and nourishment and the sharks need to remain part of our oceans too. My niece Stephanie created a video for school regarding the fact that we over-fishing sharks.

    By Marla Silverman on November 20th, 2011


    Go David! Between the two of us we have almost ten thousand twitter followers! I love sharks and I love your blog!

    By Ali Holden on November 20th, 2011


    I am very disappointed that everyone was “reset” and that the offender(s) are still allowed to remain. VERY poor way to run a contest so important as this.

    If you knew cheating was happening, you clearly knew who it involved. To allow them to remain makes the contest appear rigged, as if those in the lead without cheating were too far ahead so “claim” cheating just to reset the contest. You have forever tainted any results.

    Expose the cheat(s). Remove them from running. And once again restart the contest from zero with a fair amount of time allowed.

    Best wishes to Ben Swanson Team

    By Russell Ray on November 20th, 2011


    To the person who said that Ben Swanson had over 60,000 votes without cheating… where are his 60,000 votes now? Don’t kid yourself.

    I don’t think finalists should be punished for the cheating that occurred in the previous voting. There’s no way to know if they were cheating directly, or if someone was doing it on their behalf and without their knowledge or control.

    By Jim Swanson on November 20th, 2011


    Who let the dogs out?

    Ben Swanson, that’s who.

    By Jacob on November 20th, 2011


    I don’t think they should be disqualified bc you have no way of proving if it was that person that was cheating, or if their friends were stuffing the ballots. They don’t have control over the voters.

    @mark its every 24 hrs, so depending on when you voted after the new format was introduced is when you can vote again. So, if you voted at 7 pm yesterday, you can’t vote until 7pm today.

    By TJ on November 20th, 2011


    I quite agree that any candidate who is found to have personally cheated should be disqualified. But we should not punish those whose writing instills such passion in the reader that they feel driven to vote dozens of times on the author’s behalf, breaching a system that is patently flawed.

    It’s clear now that ‘vote-stuffing’ was widespread, and probably helped boost the counts for than a couple of the leading entrants last time around. Yet for all we know, it could have been happening on a smaller scale to benefit those who had fewer votes, too. As the great Ben Swanson once remarked, “Why should I be held responsible for something I have no control over?” Wise words, I’m sure you’ll agree.

    By G. Wallace, Oregon on November 20th, 2011


    Ben Swanson makes love to pressure. That’s why he’ll win this thing.

    By Stephen Jackson on November 20th, 2011


    To say that those who benefited from voters stuffing the box should be eliminated is ridiculous. There’s no evidence that they did it directly, or asked other people to do it on their behalf (except in Deanna’s case – bazinga http://getonlinevotes.com/2011-college-blogging-scholarship-delana-lefevers/comment-page-1/#comment-184711). It’s just as likely (if not moreso) that some tech-savvy friends wanted to help their man/woman/other score 10 grand.

    Should there be a recount? Absolutely. But it comes off as just as dirty and shameless for the other bloggers to call for the removal of their competition without sufficient evidence that it was directly their competition that caused the ballot stuffing.

    Now go vote for Ben Swanson.

    By Devin Kharpertian on November 20th, 2011


    Sorry – Delana, not Deanna.

    By Devin Kharpertian on November 20th, 2011


    I voted for brian. Lets go bucs. -beemoney97

    By brandon lynd on November 20th, 2011


    @Devin,
    I don’t understand why the hostility toward me specifically, other than the fact that “the great Ben Swanson” has decided to try to drag my name through the mud. I can’t post repeatedly on my blog about this competition because that is how I make my living and I can’t risk alienating my readers. Asking strangers on Twitter to retweet your requests for votes is no different than asking strangers somewhere else to vote for you. Let’s be adults – the organizers of this competition are aware of the fact that I have posted requests for votes elsewhere and I have not been informed that that is against the rules, other than by plenty of Ben Swanson supporters who have called me names, harassed me and otherwise made my life very unpleasant. This contest has become such a pain for me because of you people that I am not even actively campaigning for it anymore for fear that you all will just never leave me alone. Please back off.

    By Delana Lefevers on November 21st, 2011


    In these dark and troubled times, in a world gone mad, one man stands up for truth, hope, and drag-reducing dermal teeth. Only one contestant lives every week as if it were Shark Week.

    Vote Shiffman.

    By Southern Fried Scientist on November 21st, 2011


    Thank you Ed for clarifying especially re the 24 hour rather than calendar day cycle. Helpful. But the other issue re a household with multiple people and computers only being able to vote once due to tracking IP address… Isn’t IP address attached to a computer not a router that a lot of people may use? It would make sense to restrict each computer to one vote but not to restrict a router which may have multiple users, to one vote.

    Mary

    By Mary on November 21st, 2011


    I, too, feel that those who rigged the votes should not be able to win!

    John did a fantastic job and should win on the merits of his blog!!!

    By Ginny on November 21st, 2011


    Ben Swanson got my vote. Who cheated?

    By KJ_NBA on November 21st, 2011


    Hope you win!

    By lewis stewart on November 21st, 2011


    Here’s a comment from one savvy blogger in response to the votes being reset:

    “wow so unfair… i voted literally hundreds of times”

    And another in reference to voting more than once:

    “It’s limited for me, although since I’m on campus, every time I go to a new computer, I vote again anyway.”

    Please remember that the spirit of the contest is to reward a scholarship to a deserving student. Let’s not cheapen that cause.

    By Jared on November 21st, 2011


    I understand why the IP addresses had to be limited, but one problem is that all the internet traffic at my office is directed through a proxy by our parent company. As a result, only one vote counts for the entire office! A lot of my co-workers want to vote, but they can’t!

    ~~~

    Ed. note: if they want to vote, but can’t at work, then they could vote when they get home in the evening.

    By Jim on November 21st, 2011


    I voted for david…..the sharks are very important to us cause they control all ecosystem in seas,without them everything would be messed up….please vote for David Shiffman

    By misa on November 21st, 2011


    Go Camille!

    By Laura Morgan on November 21st, 2011


    Good luck to David – my vote will always go to those who love sharks as much as I do

    By zoe on November 21st, 2011


    Way to go David. You deserve it.

    From all of us at OMG, Thanks for caring ;-)

    By OMG Kids on November 21st, 2011


    #TeamSwanson

    By Arjun Chandrasekhar on November 21st, 2011


    A vote for Ben Swanson is a vote for America. I endorse Ben Swanson!

    By Arvydas Sabonis on November 21st, 2011


    David Shiffman! Go Ocean Conservation!!

    By Ashley Brown on November 21st, 2011


    Why??can’t I vote??David the sharks my man shiffman But,can’t seem vote today???

    ~~~

    Ed. note: voting resets every 24 hours (rather than each calendar day)

    By starr parrish on November 21st, 2011


    #teamswanson

    By Louie on November 21st, 2011


    My friends we must support a David Shiffman Because it was the manner necessary to preserve nature

    By Marlene on November 21st, 2011


    team Shiffman for the sharks they are amazing creatures and need to be saved

    By kelsey on November 22nd, 2011


    O’Doyle rules! O’Doyle rules! O’Doyle rules!

    By O'Doyle on November 22nd, 2011


    Voted for my dawg Ben. And I’m gonna do it again tomorrow. And the next day. Until the voting is closed. All because he’s my dawg.

    By Matthew Roth on November 22nd, 2011


    As a creative director working for more than 30 years for french, american , and japanese advertising agencies, I ‘ve no hesitation : Miss Camille Beredjick’s the best.

    By Desmazieres on November 22nd, 2011


    We need humanitarians like David Shiffman who care if the shark population is diminishing. His commitment as a shark advocate along with his effort to work for the conservation of sharks (protect them from human harm) proves that he is prepared to defend them from extinction. If humans do not stop killing sharks our planet will be in serious trouble. Sharks remove the sick and dead or dying fish keeping fish populations healthy and the ocean free of excessive decay. Eliminate the sharks and the ocean becomes unbalanced and will begin its journey of death. Research indicates that about 100 million sharks are killed each year by humans — roughly 11,000 sharks every hour!!!!!!! around the clock [source: HSUS]. These numbers may even be on the low side since the estimate is based only on the reported catch numbers. It’s likely that many sharks are caught without being reported. Commercial fishing accounts for a large part of the overall number of sharks caught. Also, shark sportfishing ranks high as second to commercial fishing. If the ocean is decayed it will die…without the ocean…we cease to exist!

    By June Taylor on November 22nd, 2011


    BRIAN make a twitter dude and tweet all the pirates players andaskthemto reyweet it amd you will gett viotes!

    By brandon lynd on November 22nd, 2011


    David Shiffman all the way – I am an ecologist by profession and qualification and I salute the hard work and commitment that he shows.

    By Charles Heal on November 22nd, 2011


    I think anybody who came on here boasting about how their candidate didn’t cheat, but now the total vote count is around one sixth of the votes their candidate alone had previously, should be bold enough to say they were wrong and that their candidate obviously was receiving bogus votes.

    The sad thing is that by posting comments like that and not retracting when proven wrong only winds up affecting how people think of Ben Swanson and his blog. Meanwhile, you guys get to rant and rave and just walk away without having to deal with any of the mess that you helped to create. Is that really how you want to honor Ben and the work that you say you aprpeciate so much?

    By Robert Sakovich on November 22nd, 2011


    For those who believed that the contest was rigged, that’s bull. Obviously, the person in the lead has a large support for his work, mainly because his work is inspiring and that, of course, was enough for people to vote for him. Please don’t make silly excuses just because you are not in the lead. It’s a fair game for everyone.

    By Nat on November 22nd, 2011


    Worthy! Vote! Vote! Vote! – per batsped

    By Ron on November 22nd, 2011


    Awesome! Do It! Love Bennies… Snort! bat

    By Ron on November 22nd, 2011


    David, Thank you for working to educate everyone about the importance of sharks, and the critical role they perform in our World’s oceans. Good Luck, to you. Sharon Peppers

    By Sharon Peppers on November 22nd, 2011


    #TeamBen

    By David Fucillo on November 22nd, 2011


    I just revoted for you Heather. Good luck!!

    By Jackie Fernandez on November 22nd, 2011


    Yea! Shiffman leading!

    Some of the sporting blogs (whose owners are in this competition are pretty good) but the oceans need our support more than sports… and for that I voted for Shiffman.

    If you get the grant, please keep to your word dude… and good luck!

    By Ryan on November 22nd, 2011


    I vote for Chelsea Long!!!<3

    By Janelle on November 23rd, 2011


    David writes the only blog that I regularly read and he seems to connect to a worldwide audience. I can’t speak for all the other bloggers, I just know that this scholarship fund could not go towards a more worthy cause. For me it’s not just a vote for David Shiffman, but a vote for shark conservation.

    By Ben Rainbow on November 23rd, 2011


    Sharks are all nice and good, but there are no other souls on this planet that are more tortured and down trodden than the fans of small market NBA teams.

    #TeamSwanson

    By Clay Mitchell on November 23rd, 2011


    David Shiffman all the way! Great blogger, great scientist, great person. He totally deserves this!

    By Stacey on November 23rd, 2011


    i voted for David Shippman

    By mary foley on November 23rd, 2011


    They changed the voting format. So why is everyone still talking about it? Obviously they haven’t DQed anyone, and don’t plan on it. Move on.

    By TJ on November 23rd, 2011


    What a silly way to decide who wins $10 000. That being said, I voted for the shark guy.

    By Jasminder on November 23rd, 2011


    Voted for Shiffman, because sharks are important, too.

    By Scott Elyard on November 24th, 2011


    #TeamShiffman

    By Meg Grace on November 24th, 2011


    I vote for David. If our oceans’ ecosystems collapse, so will those of our world. Sharks are a vital part of the oceans to keep a balance – like lions and hyenas in the wild on land. Don’t just destroy what you don’t understand.

    By Reinet Kemp on November 24th, 2011


    :)

    By Olivia Meylan on November 24th, 2011


    Sharks vulnerable to overfishing because:
    Long time to sexual maturity
    Long gestations
    Small number of offspring
    Breed only every 2nd or 3rd year

    Sharks are the Oceans and Reefs Manager without the whole ecosystem will collapse

    By purple reef on November 24th, 2011


    Go John McAuliff

    By Bhaskar on November 24th, 2011


    I vote for the oceans, for the future and the great job done by DAVID SHIFFMAN. My vote is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

    By Christinna on November 24th, 2011


    The way of determining the winner of this scholarship is total BS. It doesn’t go to the best blogger, it goes to the blogger with the largest group of family and friends. So, what this really amounts to is a popularity contest!

    By Sam on November 24th, 2011


    I vote for David Shiffman because I care about his Shark Project. No more Sharks = no more oxygen = no more life…! We should all care about the environment, there is only 1 plantet.

    By Alike on November 25th, 2011


    GOOD KUCK DAVID!!!

    By jano haddad on November 25th, 2011


    I’ve known David Shiffman for at least 2 years and consider him a worthy science communication colleague. He and his cobloggers at Southern Fried Science have been a force for the oceans and have raised thousands of dollars using their blog for conservation and ocean education in poverty stricken schools.

    This scholarship, should he win it, will go a long ways to help his doctorate studies in shark conservation but will also contribute to his extensive outreach for shark conservation and spreading love and admiration for the oceans via blogging and social media, but also the many face-to-face outreach he has with the public and schools.

    By Kevin Z on November 25th, 2011


    I voted for David Shiffman because, as a fellow marine scientist, I believe that education is the most powerful tool when it comes to conservation. By informing and explaining his work, and its importance, he engages people in marine science that might not otherwise, and ultimately helps get people behind the cause of saving our oceans. Go David Shiffman!

    By Laura on November 25th, 2011


    Where are the links to their blogs? Why can’t we judge for ourselves based on their content? Am I missing something?

    ~~~

    Ed note: indeed you are missing something. Didn’t you see the “Want to know who writes which blog? Please check out all the blogs here” part of the post?

    By Jessica on November 25th, 2011


    Good luck David, your dedication deserves
    recognition.

    By Lindsay Tucker on November 25th, 2011


    As a pirate, I can not begin to describe how useful David’s Blog has been to my personal life. One can not know enough about shark going-ons in my profession. Thank you David S.

    By Bob on November 25th, 2011


    I vote for David and shark conservation!

    By Ben on November 25th, 2011


    As a professional ecologist, educator and passionate conservationist, I salute and support David Shiffman.

    By Marina on November 25th, 2011


    Easy choice! David & the sharks.

    By Cierra on November 25th, 2011


    David Shiffman…enough said! :)

    By Krysta on November 25th, 2011


    Why are you allowing comments on a scholarship vote page? I would think that is not very professional. Consider turning comments off for next year’s scholarship vote.

    By AC on November 25th, 2011


    Hey to all the sports fans out there… you should vote for David Shiffman as well!

    Here’s why:
    The sharks support the ocean,
    the ocean supports life and mankind
    mankind brings you your sports!

    Take away any one of the above links and no sports!

    Cheers!

    By Ryan on November 27th, 2011


    David inspires others with his passion for sharks. My daughter met him at SeaCamp three years ago and has not stopped talking about sharks since then. She is considering career options that will allow her to pursue her interest, in large part due to David’s influence.

    By Tracy on November 27th, 2011


    I vote for John McAuliff.

    By Trinh Duy Luan on November 27th, 2011


    David Shiffman!

    By Rebekah Johnston on November 28th, 2011


    For the Sharks! For David Shiffman!

    By Alike on November 28th, 2011


    I’m voting for David. As a diver I encounter these wonderful creatures but at the end of the day have to see the harbor wall in a fishing village in Oman that we dive from littered with dead sharks over 45 last Friday alone.
    Without the work of people like David the ecosystem that we are so dependent on could collapse because one of the apex predators in the sea is removed
    Vote oft David Shiffman

    By Ruth on November 28th, 2011


    As a fan of all things ocean (definitely including sharks), I heartily support David Shiffman!

    By Emily on November 28th, 2011


    As an objective reader who has taken the time to look through the blogs of the top three contestants, I have to say that I voted for John McAuliff’s Road Trip of Passage blog. While David Shiffman’s blog was very interesting to read, I found John McAuliff’s much more inspiring. The choice is really between giving someone 10,000 dollars who already has money and is already on a chosen path, and giving that money to someone who is about to pick a direction and further explore. The unique find of someone who is courageous enough to step outside the very narrow lines of what is expected of young people these days is something extraordinary to see, and most definitely something worth encouraging.

    By Rae Wainwright on November 28th, 2011


    Camille’s blog is superb!

    By Judith Chambers on November 28th, 2011


    I have tried to vote for David Shiffman and cannot no matter how I log in. In fact, I cannot vote for any of the individual candidates;
    When placing the cursor over the name, near the name, or anywhere on the text of names under “Who Should Win the Blogging Scholarship in 2011?”, no action options are given.

    Is there another way I can cast my vote?

    Thanks in advance to whoever can help. And good luck to all the candidates!

    ~~~

    Ed. Note: There have been over 30,000 votes cast so far. About the only thing that would block voting would be if someone else was using your router / IP address & voted, or if you already recently cast a vote.

    By Art Margiotta on November 28th, 2011


    My biggest vote will go to the candidate who has an action plan to eliminate shark finning worldwide. Research is good, but sharks are dying faster than we can study them. This will involve directly challenging those who purchase and sell shark finns.

    Please share.

    By Monica on November 28th, 2011


    I vote for John McAuliff

    By Trinh Duy Luan on November 28th, 2011


    It has come to this. The venerated Shark Diver blog offering up jewel clad string bikini images to capture the last few of you out there who have not yet voted for David Shiffman.

    Who’s David you ask?

    Only one of the smartest science bloggers out there and oh, so close, to winning a much needed $10,000 blogging scholarship so he can continue to be innovative and science-y.

    http://sharkdivers.blogspot.com/2011/11/micro-bikini.html

    By Patric Douglas on November 29th, 2011


    Basketball brings joy to people, Sharks kill people. Vote Ben Swanson.

    By Shark Hater on November 29th, 2011


    For David and shark conservation!He is an ecologist, educator and does an amazing job.
    Go Shiffman! Good luck, from Rio de Janeiro.

    By Christinna on November 29th, 2011


    Sharks are beautiful creatures and deserve conservation. They keep balance within the oceans. We need to learn more about them via research. I religiously vote for David Shiffman because of this need. Every bit of information learned and shared is important.

    By Kim Hanson on November 29th, 2011


    David Shiffman

    By Caitlin on November 29th, 2011


    Vote for David Shiffman. David is a fantastic scientist and a great blogger. Vote for something that will actually help change the world, rather than a glorified iSpy player like some of the bloggers are.

    By JJ on November 29th, 2011


    Vote for David Shiffman!! :)

    By Aliona on November 29th, 2011


    Good luck, David. Your research on sharks is needed to help benefit ocean conservation as a whole.

    By Holly Hickman on November 29th, 2011


    David Shiffman is dedicated to stopping shark finning in order to halt sharks’ impending extinction.

    The end of sharks = the beginning of the earth’s demise.

    Though many of the subjects represented in the competing blogs here are of vital importance, no other issues are relevant if the world is so sick that it can no longer support life. David’s blog is educating the world in a race against time. Please help him help us all by voting for his blog — I just did.

    By Katherine Dickson on November 29th, 2011


    I think that this should have been left up to a committee who actually studies each of the entrants. I do not have time to study each one, so I will simply vote for a cause that I know about, even though some other name may actually represent something far more important. A popularity vote is rarely the wisest approach.

    By Cathy Church on November 29th, 2011


    Mark Lamprecht, all of the good reasons to vote for anyone on here apply also to him. Yep All of ‘em. So I voted for Mark, here I stand, Ich kanne nicht ander.

    By Clark Dunlap on November 29th, 2011


    vote’d for Ben Swanson because he’s awesome.

    By Mr Slee Py on November 29th, 2011


    John McAuliff

    By Kelsey L on November 29th, 2011


    I am voting for David Schiffman, our oceans need to remain a source of food and nourishment and the sharks need to remain part of our oceans too.

    By Andrea Reeves on November 30th, 2011


    I vote for David “why sharks matter” Schiffman-dedicated-diligent-deserving! Join me in voting for him Please? the world will be a better place with more people like him ;)

    By Diana Chadwell on November 30th, 2011


    John McAuliff

    By Sarah on November 30th, 2011


    i vote for david schiffman

    By stephen hulkow on November 30th, 2011


    I vote for David Schiffman

    By Nahuel on November 30th, 2011


    I vote for David Schiffman.

    By Zachariah W on November 30th, 2011


    David Schiffman

    By Avelino on November 30th, 2011


    I vote for David Schiffman….. #BULLDOG PRIDE

    By Annisa Wright on November 30th, 2011


    I vote for for David Shiffman!

    By Carrie Spurlock on November 30th, 2011


    I vote for david schiffman

    By pedro zavala on November 30th, 2011


    david schiffman

    By trevon mincy on November 30th, 2011


    i vote for David Shiffman the ocean needs more people that care

    By donavin marcotte on November 30th, 2011


    David Shiffman

    By Franklin Carmona on November 30th, 2011


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