Slugger makes 2005 Weblog Awards final

After our heady victory in the Satin Pajama, best political weblog competition, it seems we’ve made it to the final of the Weblog Awards. We are up against some of the big beasts in the UK blogosphere, so we’ll have to wait and see what kind of impact we have in the voting figures. You can vote each day, if the spirit moves you, when the voting opens in the UK section. Just scroll up and down the main page for links to some excellent blogs.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty

  • Pete Baker

    Obviously, we’re honoured just to have made it to the final shortlist.. not bad for an adorable little rodent

  • Well done, and well deserved. Keep up the great work!

  • Mickhall

    How do you vote, when I pull up the link, there is no to vote button.

    Well done.

  • Well deserved. Well done. You’d probably win best Irish blog too!

  • Just to let you know; you got my vote.

  • Have to be honest, I would have understood Slugger making the awards a year or two ago, when there was some very sharp and informed debate on the site, but there has been a definite decline in the quality of postings in the last year. In all honestly, Slugger is not what is was, and in my opinion, has made it to the awards purely its past reputation.

    Mark Kerr’s analysis of the typical debate on Slugger, recently discussed on the Pastor of Muppets, is spot on. Instead of discussing the alternative ways ahead for politics in Norn Iron, Slugger is merely providing another forum for the same tired old voices to spin out the same tired old rhetoric. In my case, it has the effect that I rarely bother to read Slugger anymore – I can guess in advance the comments posted for any given topic, they are from the same people everytime. So when I visited the site today on the off chance of reading something new, and found you all congratulating yourselves, I decided I would have to post for the first time. Hopefully, I have helped inject a note of reality into the discussion. More likely, it give the sad old regulars a chance to point their great contributions recently, completely ignoring the fact that we have heard it repeatedly from them before.

    If Slugger does win an award, lets hope it will attract some new contributors to the site, and improve the quality of posts – otherwise, I don’t see much of a future for the old Slugger…

  • Mick Fealty


    I think there is some merit in what you say. I’m not sure why the debate is lacking.

    My only thought is that earlier this year we’ve been through a very rough patch in which people got into defending existing territory, rather than exploring new areas.

    Slugger has always been cyclical. Down patches have (in my memory at least) gone on for anything up to four or five months, when nothing of any great significance is happening in Northern Irish politics.

    That said, we still have some good threads from time to time. What goes around comes around.

    Like buses, the good stuff on Slugger tends to come in multiples. Just call back from time to time as the spirit does or does not move you.

  • PS

    I’d agree with Andy to some extent in that I find slugger less addictive than I did previously. But the reality is that slugger has a level of success, readership and debate than the vast majority of irish blogs (my own included) can only dream of at present.

    Well done Mick, any recognition is richly deserved

  • Just voted. London Underground is the front-runner. Mick are their any prizes for coming second?. Slugger’s still remains the blog of the highest quality on norn iron affairs.

  • Pete Baker

    I’d just remind everyone that you are allowed to vote once a day every day until the poll closes. *ahem*

  • You have my vote. 🙂

  • Pete Baker

    A gentle reminder – We’re currently languishing in 7th position.

    Hey! I’m just saying..