Once again, the SFW Awards are right around the corner. The plan is to begin sometime in early June or late May, so that we can end in August. The rest of this month is dedicated to planning out this season's awards. There is much to talk about.
Concerning the last season's decline during the voting period, we have been considering putting a limit on either categories, nominations, or both. During the Winter 2016 awards, we had no less than 30 categories, each one containing at least four nominations (though most had six or more). Is it any surprise that nobody wanted to finish voting?
So now we're trying to shoot for something less daunting this summer. As far as categories go, I'd like to sort through all of the ones we've had before, and pick out which ones we want to return. (Things like Best Character return by default) I have not decided on a limit for categories, but my suggested limit for nominations is 10 characters per category. Of course this is up for discussion.
And now for my announcement.
Hosting these past two awards have definitely taken its toll on me. I don't think you all realize how much stress it's put on my shoulders, ESPECIALLY during last summer since it was piled on top of a lot of personal troubles I'd been going through. Not only that, but the two awards (Winter and Summer) take place around the time I'm also supposed to be working on yet another thing: my SpTH Updates Videos. I did not get a single one up last year, and while I partly blame the summer incident on the awards, I fully blame the lack of a winter update on the awards as well. To top that off, I'm determined to get something out this summer. Therefor, I've decided that I will step down from the lead and pass the torch onto someone else.
That does not mean that I won't still participate. I will still nominate, vote, and help maintain order throughout this season. What I won't do is fully maintain the awards blog (adding nominations, tallying votes, keeping track of voters (for the most part) etc.)
That is all. Now, let's discuss category and nomination limitations and category returns.
For reference, here are the previous two nomination lists.