Nelson’s up for an Irish award

Suddenly it’s the middle of awards season with the IFTAs, BAFTAs and Slugger Awards over, and with the OSCARs and Irish Blog Awards only round the corner.

A small number of NI-based blogs have been nominated in the political category of the Irish Blog Awards, including Splintered Sunrise, Politics NI and Slugger O’Toole. Open Unionism makes it to the Best Post category (the post’s link has changed).

But Nelson McCausland’s blog The Minister’s Pen Nelson’s View stands out as the only “northern” entry in the category reserved for politicians.

Over the next few weeks the nominations in each category will be assessed and cut down to a shortlist that will go forward to the final judging. This year the winners will be announced in Belfast in the Europa Hotel on 19th March.

Update – Just checked down through the other categories and the minister for culture, arts and leisure may be disappointed that he hasn’t got a parallel nomination in the Arts and Culture category

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  • ItwasSammyMcNally

    “the minister for culture, arts and leisure may be disappointed that he hasn’t got a parallel nomination in the Arts and Culture category …”

    perhaps he’ll appear in the Triassic, Jurassic or Cretaceous categories?

  • Drumlins Rock

    he would need to be careful, being nominated for awards can be a risky business in the DUP, http://sluggerotoole.com/2011/02/13/the-curse-of-a-slugger/

  • I wish Nelson well, he would be a worthy winner. To keep on blogging and engaging with commenters over such an extended period as a busy minister – when it would be easier to be detached – is admirable in my book.

  • unionistvoter

    “To keep on blogging and engaging with commenters over such an extended period as a busy minister – when it would be easier to be detached – is admirable in my book.”

    Of course one could always argue that Nelson has been a busy blogger and a detached Minister.

  • backstage

    Nelson’s Column actually engaged with very few commentators – most months there were fewer than 10 comments and these were mostly from the same one or two people. Nelson was amusing himself which should at least earn him an award for consistency since that’s what he’s done as a minister as well.

  • “Nelson’s Column actually engaged with very few commentators – most months there were fewer than 10 comments and these were mostly from the same one or two people”

    Most NI political blogs would count themselves priviledged to get even 10 comments, he can only “engage” if there are people to “engage” with in the first place.

    It’s a decent read.

  • backstage

    Nelson’s Column, a political blog? Don’t make me laugh. A blog by a politician, is stretching it far enough.

    Most of it’s a noticeboard for anoraks with an interest in Ulster Scots and language issues – the rest is simply an online diary. However, it is well enough written and informative at times – but a political blog it most certainly isn’t.