Just for fun, I'm going to hand out a bunch of imaginary awards for what I judge (imagine?) to be some of the best and worst blog-related things from last year. Before I begin, let me be very clear that these shouldn't be taken too seriously - if you get a crappy award, don't take it personally. (If you get no award at all, don't take that personally either.)
First up, best Google hit goes to: things people believe in such as santa clause , coca-cola etc-
Best meme: That'd have to be the Philosophers' Carnival. (Does that count as a meme? If not, we'll go with the superhero fad instead.)
Worst meme: I had hoped other bloggers would be more enthusiastic about taking the excellent IPIP-NEO personality test (and blogging their results), so I'm disappointed that idea never took off. (Hey, you reading this, it's not too late!) See also: Political survey.
Best post: I really can't choose. [I'd absolutely love to hear other people's opinions, however - please leave a comment!] Most of my important ones were mentioned in my previous post. Of the ones not mentioned there, I quite liked my summary of J.S. Mill's On Liberty.
Worst post: Umm... probably my post-election overreaction (though at least it contained lots of good links).
Craziest post: If squares were circles is a pretty wacky premise for discussion.
Most positive: Reflections (I recall being in a particularly good mood whilst writing that one.)
Most negative: I was pretty harsh when reviewing my uni courses.
Biggest splash: Easily my post on 'voting dogs' (gay marriage analogies). That received links from all over the blogosphere (by which I mean, 5 or 6 places).
Most neglected: Er, everything else? Nah, seriously though, I'd be interested to receive some feedback on my prisons & punishment post. When I described my ideas there to my older brother, he replied: "that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard you say." I wouldn't mind a second opinion though :)
Most commented: Marriage & Childrearing.
Most worthwhile comments thread: I enjoyed the discussion with Brandon in the comments of Are evolved perceptions reliable?
Least worthwhile comments thread: Heh, constructing spider silk had a pretty low signal-to-noise ratio.
Most prolific commenter: GeniusNZ.
Most civil commenter: That's a tie between Brandon and Macht. Both are a pleasure to argue with.
Most uncivil commenter: Dallas, for this tirade.
Rudest email: framed and on display here.
Nicest review: Jason's, by far.
Harshest review: No-one's been too insulting yet (just a matter of time, I'm sure!). About the worst I've heard is one of my speculations being called "foolish" by The Cardinal Collective. *shrug*
Best counter-post: There aren't a huge number to choose from, but Brandon's followup to Political Fictions was pretty good.
Worst counter-post: Maverick Philosopher's followup to Logic & Possibility was pretty far off the mark (explanation here).
Best carnival (overall): Chris' one (carnival #7).
Best carnival (presentation): Brandon (carnival #2) wins this one hands down.
Right, that's pretty much everything I can think of right now. Comments are welcome, as always. Suggest a new award that I've missed, or offer your own judgments about the above ones, or whatever. I'd be especially curious to hear which of my posts (I'm hoping there are at least some) you guys have enjoyed reading. You're also welcome to mention any posts you thought were particularly bad, though if you could avoid insulting me too much in the process, that'd be grand.