Nominees – Irish Blog AwardsJanuary 15, 2007 at 10:11 am | Posted in blog awards, Damien Mulley, Infactah, Irish Blog Awards, Irish KC, Kav, Nialler9, Politics in Ireland, Sinead Gleeson, The Swearing Lady, Twenty Major, Unlaoised | 26 Comments
Before I begin, I should point out that I won’t really kill your whole family if you don’t vote for The Swearing Lady (see link, right), but I will maim them so badly that they’ll be unrecognisable to you. You know what you have to do.
Being serious for a moment, here are some facts: The Swearing Lady is an excellent writer. She has actually written books, so she’s miles ahead of most would-be authors (myself included). She has the amazing ability of being able to take some little quirk of local culture, or her own personality, and expand on it to make her points resonate on a national (and sometimes international) scale. What’s incredible is, she does this without isolating her audience, and with her wicked sense of humour well and truly intact. All she wants is to become a hugely successful millionaire best-selling author, and when you consider how much complete shit there is out there, she more than deserves this. However, she needs the recognition necessary for the fickle publishing types to take note of her, and a blog award surely wouldn’t hurt her cause.
So I say: vote for her. It’ll only take you a couple of minutes. You have until 26 January.
Here’s who I’m voting for in the Irish Blog Awards. Be assured that these blogs are all excellent and worthy of your time (especially the Best Personal Blog nominee).
Best Newcomer – The Swearing Lady
Best Blog – The Swearing Lady
Best Contribution to the Irish Bloggersphere – Damien Mulley
Best Arts and Culture Blog – The Sigla Blog
Best Political Blog – Politics in Ireland – not a blog, but an aggregator. Definitely the easiest way of reading politics stories from back home, so it wins for me.
Best Group Blog – In Fact, Ah
Best Personal Blog – This one, of course.
Best Designed Blog – Unlaoised – Gerry’s new blog is in its infancy, but it’s one of the few I read that doesn’t seem to be a standard template, so points for that. Plus, he has a unique blogroll that makes a pleasant change from the text-based links you usually get. See?
Best Specialist Blog – Irish KC for all things Irish in Kansas City.
Best Music Blog – nialler9
Best Podcaster – Twenty Major
I haven’t got anyone to vote for in any of the following categories, so if you have any recommendations, let me know: Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog, Best Videocast , Best Technology Blog/Blogger, Best Sport & Recreation Blog, Best News/Current Affairs Blog, Best Photo Blog, Best Business Blog.
By the way, ANYONE can nominate/vote. As long as the blog itself has at least a tenuous Irish connection, you can vote for it and it doesn’t matter whether you’re from Balintubber, Sydney or Lesotho*.
*locations used to emphasise potential geographic diversity of voters. It’s not a requirement to be from these places.