Note: The 2013 list is out! Here it is.

Which travel bloggers should you read in 2012?

I asked. And you answered.

And how! In a relatively slow, pre-holiday week, a total of 6,085 readers voted from a selection of 24 top travel bloggers you nominated.

Before I get to the winners, a few words about why I conduct these polls every year: I’m curious. I want to know what travelers are reading — and I want to help them figure out which travel blogs are worth following.

By the way, I’ve also published a list of 12 travel Twitter personalities worth following.

Here are the top 12 travel bloggers in the order of votes received:

1. Peter Greenberg
2. Johnny Jet
3. The Everywhereist
4. Digital Nomad
5. Go Big or Go Home
6. Go Visit Hawaii
7. Annie Fitzsimmons
8. Tim Leffel
9. Uncornered Market
10. Europe Up Close
11. Camels and Chocolate
12. Delicious Baby

I was a little surprised by the results. If you review the nominees, you’ll find some big names in the travel industry. I would have expected them to receive a number of votes proportional to their fame. Not all of them did.

At the same time, some up-and-coming travel bloggers who aren’t yet household names scored remarkably well. I guess it just goes to show that the rules are very different online, and that the only predictable thing is the unpredictability of the results.

(This poll wasn’t without a little drama. Early on, we had a report of ballot box irregularities. I immediately consulted with Zoomerang, which hosts our polls, and adjustments were made. I’ve been assured that the final results are legitimate.)

Congratulations to all the winners!