Congratulations 2011 Brodie Winners!!!

The results are in!! Here are the Brodie Award winners of 2011:

Year-long awards for people and websites:

Best New Blog: Mormon Expression

Best Discussion Forum: New Order Mormon

Best Humor/Satire Site or Blog: LDS (Mormon) Stake Presidents Blog

Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog: Ask Mormon Girl

Best LDS-Interest Audio/Video Channel/Series: Mormon Stories

Best LDS-Interest Photo Blog: LDS Architecture

Awards for Individual Works:

Best Book-Length Memoirs: Heaven Up Here – John K. Williams

Funniest Humor Piece: Helping Mormon Women Overcome Their Porn Addiction – Cognitive Dissenter

Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image: Fun With Skinny Jeans, or Lack Thereof – fMh various contributors

Best Poem: Letters to My Polygamist Ancestors – Dayna Patterson

Most Amusing Vignette or Personal Anecdote: Saturday’s Warrior Is A Load Of Crap – Donna Banta

Most Poignant Personal Story: A Farewell from Tom – Heather C

Best Deconversion/Exit Story: In and Out of the LDS Orifice – Norm and Gabi Thompson

Best Mormon Life Journey Post: Why are Ex-Mormons So Angry (and other questions)? Part I and part II – Andrew S

Most Insightful Discussion of Mormon Beliefs, Practices, and Culture: Go Ahead And Skip That Temple Wedding – Alan Rock Waterman

Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion: The Holy Ghost is a pussy – Lloyd Dobler

Best Response to Apologetics: Mormon Apologetics & Misogyny: The Case of William Schryver – Ms. Jack

Best Discussion of Mormon (or former-Mormon) Community: Reinventing Your Sundays – Alan Rock Waterman

Most Interesting Interfaith Interaction: To my family: Thank you for making me SO wrong. – So Says Me

Best Chat with the Bishop, Mishies, or Other Church Leaders: Transcription of interview with the bishop. – Mithryn

Best LDS Church Watch: Elder Oaks and Dr. John C. Eastman – J Seth Anderson

Best News Reporting: Mormon Church Fires Man For Having Gay Friends – Eric Ethington

Best LDS-Related Political Commentary: The Little Spermy Who Couldnt – Cognitive Dissenter

2011 Brodies: Best Religion-and-Gender Discussion: Forgotten Sacrifices – the Peacewriter

2011 Brodies: Best Religion-and-Homosexuality Discussion: A new focus in the gay rights debate – Jon Adams

2011 Brodies: Best Religion-and-Race Discussion: Jane Manning James: Latter-day Saint and servant – Jon Adams

2011 Brodies: Best Religion-and-Parenting Discussion: In defense of religious brainwashing – Jon Adams

2011 Brodies: Best Erotic or Sexual Piece: – a tie – Molly’s saga – Just Zena and Emily vs. The Elders: MILF & Cookies – Emily Pearson

2011 Brodies: Best History Piece: Donnie, Marie and Elijah Abel – J. Seth (I go by Seth) Anderson

2011 Brodies: Best Science Piece: Belief in God is Natural? – Paul Sunstone

2011 Brodies: Best Review: BOM: The Most Correct of Any Musical? – Holly

2011 Brodies: Best Post Title: Emily vs. The Elders: MILF & Cookies – Emily Pearson

Here are your winner buttons — please wear them proudly on your site!

And congratulations to everyone who participated!!! We had some amazingly stiff competition this year, so don’t feel bad if you didn’t win this time around. I had fun even though I didn’t win this time.

Also, I’d like each of you to take a moment to imagine yourself writing a post for Main Street Plaza — or even becoming a regular author here! It’s a fun way to share your thoughts and start a community discussion on some topic that interests you, and to get some additional publicity for your own blog. If you have a piece you’d like to post here, please email me: chanson dot exmormon at gmail dot com. Thanks!!


C. L. Hanson is the friendly Swiss-French-American ExMormon atheist mom living in Switzerland! Follow me on mastadon at or see "letters from a broad" for further adventures!!

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33 Responses

  1. Awesome!!! I’m so excited and honored! Thank you so much, this really mean a lot to me!

  2. And congratulations to all the winners and nominees. Like chanson said there was some stiff competition. So many people are doing amazing things are creating great content.

  3. Mrrgan says:

    So cool – two things I nominated won!

  4. chanson says:

    Congrats to you, Seth!!

    @3 — yeah, me too! Actually, more than that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    As I was preparing this, I caught myself thinking Dang, I shouldn’t have nominated that “Holy Ghost is a Pussy” piece, or at least I shouldn’t have posted over on post-mo that it was nominated, then maybe my What is Faith? piece would have won… But, really, Lloyd Dobler made an excellent point, so I can hardly complain.

  5. Paul Sunstone says:

    Wow! I can’t believe I won! Thank you so much! I couldn’t be happier!

  6. Faith says:

    Congratulations to all of the winners!! I feel privileged to have been nominated, particularly when it’s in such good company.

  7. Donna Banta says:

    I won in one category and was nominated in several. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks for doing this chanson!

  8. Dayna says:

    So much great reading material here. Thanks to everyone who voted and put this together!

  9. DianaH says:

    Congratulations to all the very worthy winners!

  10. chanson says:

    Congrats, everyone!!! I’m thrilled to see so many people getting excited about these!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. Jon Adams says:

    Wow! Three wins and nominate in four categories! I’m very flattered. I’m grateful for everyone’s support and I hope to earn your readership this year as well at the SHAFT blog (though I haven’t been terribly prolific that past few months).

    I had some very stiff and impressive competition, especially in the Religion and Orientation category–it was sooo close! I want to give a special shout out to Sulli’s post “I will not be someone else’s ‘sin’:

    I won by the narrowest margin over that post. It’s a favorite of mine, though, and I’m glad that it received a lot of attention and well-deserved recognition.

  12. Alan says:

    I think it’s interesting to see which categories elicited the most votes.

  13. Kiley says:

    Not gonna lie… I’m a sore loser… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I will laugh at everyone though as I live in the great state of Louisiana and get to celebrate Mardi Gras right now!!! Ha-ha!


  14. Kiley says:

    I really wanted to win for the comic…

  15. Chino Blanco says:

    New Order Mormon? Seriously?

    Looking forward to a rematch in 2012.


    the Redditors

  16. This is such a nice thing that you folks to do for us lowly bloggers. Thank you so much for nominating both Cognitive Dissenter and White and Delightsome! And thank you to all who voted for us! I (and we) are honored to place an awesome Brodie button on our sites.

    Congrats to all those who were nominated! This is a wonderful community with some excellent writers and thinkers, fabulous support. Again, thank you, chanson!!

  17. Donna Banta says:

    Anyone know how to put the Brodie button on a WordPress site? CD and I are having trouble with this.

  18. Suzanne Neilsen says:

    While fmh images are fun, I think yours is destined for a time capsule. Or better yet, up on the refrigerator door.
    If only I could get my printer to work. (an unhappy cat sprayed it)

  19. chanson says:

    Kiley — I didn’t look at the results at all the whole second week (because I decided I wanted to be surprised), and I have to admit I was surprised and disappointed to see that you didn’t get one. (Since there were so many amazing nominees, I have to admit that there were a handful of posts I was secretly rooting for that didn’t win…). But given the quality of your work, you’re sure to get one next year!

    MSP is a wordpress blog. What I do is save images to the media library and then edit the widgets.

  20. Jon Adams says:

    I was surprised and disappointed that one of Kiley’s posts didn’t win as well. That’s to say nothing bad about the posts that won over hers, but still–she does quality work that deserves to be recognized. There’s always next year, and you’ll have my vote!

    Admittedly, the SHAFT posts have a slight advantage in that the site is a student group site and it’s easy to call upon members and ask them to vote. I asked much of the group to vote in the contest, and they came through in the last couple of days. Weird that a group of self-professed freethinkers would vote en masse and as a block. Ha ha. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. chanson says:

    Jon, you are so sweet!!! It’s not everyone who can be such a gracious winner. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your work for MSP has been fantastic, and more than appreciated!!! I hope you’ll write for us more often!!

    I want to be the impartial host, but I like to spread the fun around, and with three awards, I’ll grudgingly admit that I would have liked to see one go to Kiley. But c’est la vie — that’s what happens when you’re up against so many great posts!! And — as I’ve said — considering her work, I’m sure she’ll win next year. ๐Ÿ˜€

  22. jen says:

    Thanks for putting these together! I’m thrilled that I won, and for the post that I won for. It’s probably one of my favorite things I’ve ever written, because of all the emotions it represents. I also wish every person who leaves the church could have a response from their family like I have had.

  23. Sulli says:

    Its all in good fun!

  24. Thanks everyone and congrats to the other winners. It’s a great blessing to be able to associate with (and bring back to the fold) so many apostates through my faith promoting blog.

    President Paternoster

  25. Zena says:

    Thanks, chanson, for all your hard work. I’m so excited to have been nominated and especially to have tied with Emily Pearson!

  26. TGD says:

    We certainly had some great winners this year, what with Norm and Gabi Thompson’s totally epic exit story. If they had not won, I would have suspected the voting was rigged. LOL!

    I’m already looking out for nominations for next year.

  27. Thank you for nominating me, and thank you to everyone who voted for my book. It means a lot to me that what I wrote resonated with people, and I feel very honored. Thank you again.

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