Blog Awards in Cork tonight…

You can keep an eye on the Twitter feeds here… And here are the predictions… But keep your eye on Cedar LoungeBest description so far: “a small awards ceremony with a large piss up attached”… The results will be on the Award site by ten, but if you hear them first, post them below!!

Update: Full list below the fold:Best Popculture Blog – Raptureponies!

Best Blog by a Journalist – Expad.ie

Best Food/Drink Blog – The Daily Spud

Best Fashion Blog – Beaut.ie

Best Arts and Culture Blog – Pursued by a Bear

Group blog: Dublinblog.ie

Politics: (what did I say?) Cedar Lounge Revolution!!

Con gets best Irish lang blog… Yay!

Best News and Current Affairs Blog – Suzie Byrne

Best Specialist Blog: irisheconomy.ie (that’s 0-100 in just 43 days of blog life)…

Best Newcomer – Trust Tommy

Best Business Blog: Blacknight

Best Music Blog: Nialler9

Best Personal Blog: Annie Rhiannon

Best Humour Blog: Arse End of Ireland

Best Photo Blog – Glasseyalley.com

Best Blog Post – K8 the Gr8

And Suzy (mamanpoulet.com) wins Best Blog

  • Mick Fealty

    Best Popculture Blog – Raptureponies!

    Best Blog by a Journalist – Expat.ie

    Best Food/Drink Blog – The Daily Spu

  • Mick Fealty

    Best Fashion Blog – Beaut.ie

    @johnpeavoy: Oh my god, @stephenfry has turned up to present an award! [Looks genuine – nice one Damien]

  • Mick Fealty

    Best Arts and Culture Blog – Pursued by a Bear

    Taking a break to put bairn to bed…

  • Mick Fealty

    Group blog: Dublinblog.ie

    Politics: (what did I say?) Cedar Lounge Revolution!!

  • Pete Baker

    Congratulations to WorldbyStorm and Garibaldy!

    Well deserved.

  • Mick Fealty

    Very… Quality bloggers, whose day has undoubtedly come!!! 😉

    Con gets best Irish lang blog… Yay!

    Argh, now I have lost touch with the rest and must spend more time with my family… 😉

    Apparently Mr Fry was beamed in from California…

    Get the rest on awards.ie Or Chris’s Twitter feed: http://twitter.com/TheChrisD

  • Thanks guys, but clearly World By Storm deserves all the credit, with me riding on his coatails with the odd post. His quantity of quality posts is astounding.

  • justinf

    must admit , i never heard of cedar lounge revolution until now. quality blog. well deserved win.

  • Mick

    Okay, for the record, here’s the rest…

    Best News and Current Affairs Blog – Suzie Byrne

    Best Specialist Blog: irisheconomy.ie (that’s 0-100 in just 43 days of blog life)…

    Best Newcomer – Trust Tommy

    Best Business Blog: Blacknight

    Best Music Blog: Nialler9

    Best Personal Blog: Annie Rhiannon

    Best Humour Blog: Arse End of Ireland

    Best Photo Blog – Glasseyalley.com

    Best Blog Post – K8 the Gr8

    And Suzy (mamanpoulet.com) wins Best Blog

  • Mick, there is something wrong when you’re the only blog posting the actual results. Awards.ie hasn’t updated at all. And two of the winners hardly posted at all in 2008, next year the advice will be post one really good post at the end of the year that strikes a chord or curries favour and win the lot!

  • Thanks for the results! This is the only place I’ve been able to find them.

  • Mick Fealty

    Come on Dan; they were partying!! 😉

    Though I have seen a lot of talk on line about what the criteria might or might not be, I’ve always understood the choice of winners to be entirely at the judge’s discretion. In which case, it’s a little like complaining about the weather…

    I only had a serious interest in two blog categories: pols and current affairs. How could anyone complain about Suzy and the Cedar Lounge getting those. No matter what one thinks of their politics, they do what they do impecably well.

    In specialist blogs Irisheconomy.ie is a good choice for timely impact (getting a roster of top line economists to blog at once deserves to be recognised); but I might have been tempted to cast my vote to Gerard O’Neill or Michael Raft for a better job at classic blogging.

    The most value the competition has for me is in bringing new blogs to a wider readership; which was one good function of the long list…

    It was good to see the Irish Times may have found an adequate replacement for Shane (http://irishtimes.com/blogs/outsidein) at last…

    The Guardian gave up after one year of doing the best British blogs. It’s a fag to organise, and everyone who doesn’t win end up hating you or judging your judgement adversely.

    Fair play to Damien for sticking to his last!

  • Hey Mick,

    Thanks for that. I couldn’t get along on the evening for one reason and another but fair dues to those who did and to Damien. Much appreciated…

  • Mespilroadflats

    @wankers “OMG! STEPHEN FRY” Squeal, squeal, damp patch at crotch

    This thing is a crock. I think “a small awards ceremony with a large number of penises in attendance” is more apt. Check out the Qik videos. Amateur hour.

  • Congrats to everyone who won. The event was well organised and light-hearted – mulley and o’shea ran a tight hilarious ship.

    Northern Ireland clearly needs to up its game in terms of blogs and blogging, but hopefully events like this will go a long way to helping that.

  • I like Stephen Fry, I’d like to meet him sometime… a bit intolerant of you Mespilroadflats, surely? Some people like blogging and why not?

  • Mart

    the rules for the blog awards nominations state (http://awards.ie/blogawards/nominations/) “To be nominated the Blog has to have been actively blogging between July 15th and December 15th 2008.” At least 2 winners don’t meet this. Were the rules changed later?

  • Mick Fealty

    Mart,

    The Award.ie site’s down for some reason, but Google cache confirms that was the wording.

    I see where you are coming from, but it just looks like clumsy wording to me. I’d have taken it for ‘during that period’, rather than ‘for the duration’.

    Not least since the former would knock out blatantly powerful short term projects for no good reason.

  • My blog was shortlisted in the specialist category and I was a judge. I interpreted the rule quoted above to mean that the blog had to be posted to for the duration, the inclusion of the words “actively blogging” suggesting that interpretation to me.

    I then judged the blogs on my list according to that criteria and severly marked down blogs which I thought were not really eligable and explained why these blogs got low marks from me on the judging sheet. It seems that I have discriminated against worthy blogs because the rules were not clear.

    I don’t think there is any scary conspiracy here, just a bit of a balls-up in an otherwise splendid event.

  • Mick Fealty

    In my experience there is almost never a conspiracy Sharon… 😉

  • “In my experience there is almost never a conspiracy Sharon”

    Mick,

    Perhaps it is time you checked out the dictionary definition of conspiracy.

    “a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful”