Are you Busy?

Would you like something to read?

How about 1074 Blogs all from Ireland.

You read that correctly.  There are 1074 2010 Irish Blog Awards Nominations, as Damien says “These are raw nomination lists with spam/junk nominations and some dead blogs removed. Yes we know some blogs in categories do not fit the category but this is what the general public has submitted”.

The Irish Blog Awards do not happen out of the blue, they happen because of the dedicated work and time given over many months by Damien Mulley and his team.  They are not Glitzy affairs where you buy your way in.  The whole process is voluntary, it depends on Sponsorship and in these difficult times finding sponsors for the twenty one categories and an overall winners prize is no mean task.  Without those Sponsors the whole event would not happen, so we owe special thanks to those who stepped up to the plate with the Geld!

Catagory

Sponsor

Noms

Best Popculture blog

Insure.ie

66

Best Food/Drink Blog

Bord Bia

31

Best Beauty/Fashion Blog

Spinnakerpro

46

Best Music Blog

Reserved

39

Best Photo Blog

Pix.ie

49

Best Technology Blog/Blogger

Bitbuzz

27

Best Sport & Recreation Blog

Boards.ie

28

Best Blog of a Business

RedCardinal.ie

46

Best Arts and Culture Blog

Poetry Ireland

67

Best Blog from a Journalist

BVisible

35

Best News/Current Affairs Blog

dediserve

31

Best Group Blog

Red Fly Marketing

50

Best Political Blog

Digital Revolutionaries

37

Best Blog of a Politician

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16

Use of the Irish Language in a Blog

Edgecast Media

9

Best Specialist Blog

iQ Content

127

Best Newcomer

LastMinute.com

100

Best Youth Blog

Spunout.ie

18

Best Personal Blog *

Microsoft Ireland’s Developer and Platform Group

118

Best Humour Blog *

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52

Best Blog Post

KRO IT Solutions

82

Judging will begin early next week. Congratulations to all the nominees and a special thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate so many blogs, it makes for a very interesting time.  It is wonderful to see new blood on the block plenty of fresh talent to read and watch both now and in the months to come.  They deserve your support.

Every blog will be judged in round 1, then those who make it through to a second round and have nominations for more than one category will be asked to choose which one they wish to go forward for judging.  The final shortlisted names will be published closer to the event and category winners will be announced on the night of the Blog Awards. There is no public vote.

Actively blogging means the blog was in use at points between the date stamps mentioned.  I think that was from May to December 2009, but I stand to be corrected if that is not so.

Elly, George and I will be heading to Galway early in order not to miss out on the fun.  No doubt there will be a photo walk,  The guys will need time to spruce themselves up (or is that prop up the bar for an hour) while we ladies gather for the The Ladies’ Tea Party 2010 organised by Sabrina Dent.   This will be the third event of this kind and so popular that we had toyboys gate-crashing last year, but worry not I soon had them on their knees…

Thanks to sponsorship the  L’Onglex Ladies Tea Party will be held in the g hotel. The date is 27 March from 4 – 7 PM, this year’s event will include food, drink, tea, cakes and even gift bags and a DIY Nail Bar!   So are you listening Peter and Ben?  If you call in this year I will insist that you nails, both fingers and toes will be painted Bright red! Alas there are only 40 places but my place is booked and also Elly’s, so if you want to be counted in the other 38 get your skates on sharpish!

Oh!  Now I am all excited about going to Galway, I wonder what will I wear?

*Thank you to whoever nominated me, I am up against some very strong competition: There are 118 nominations for Best Personal Blog and 52 in Best Humour Blog.  If I happen to make the cut I shall have to make the decision of which one to cull.  The full list of Nominees is available on the Nominations link above.

Good luck to all!

15 thoughts on “Are you Busy?

  1. Nick

    SOMEONE has nominated me in the Personal Blogs category. As you’re about my only regular reader from Ireland (most of my regulars are American), I strongly suspect….

    And I see you’ve been nominated too. Of course it’s all a lot of nonsense, we don’t really want to win, do we?

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  2. Grannymar Post author

    Ramana – I am going for the fun – the banter and craic are mighty!

    Nick – You well deserve the nomination!

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  3. Rhyleysgranny

    You so deserve to be nominated and you so deserve to win. I am thrilled skinny to be nominated……………………..I haven’t a snow’s chance in hell but it is lovely to be nominated just the same……..so thank you Grannymar. Yes it was you I know 🙂

    Now should I go to Galway…………………….
    xxx

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  5. Grannymar Post author

    Judy – Thank you. The lists are long and there are some amazingly talented people on them, so may the best person win!

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  6. Baino

    I think the get together is more fun than the prize. Sounds like you all have a blast and what a great opportunity to actually meet the bloggers you read each day. Lastminute.com puzzles me a little. It’s an international blog? Provides last minute deals on travel, accommodation, experiences etc. I use it a lot here. Technically? I don’t think I’d include it in an Irish Blog award although. It’s been around for 10 years and started in the UK!

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  7. Marie

    I started blogging a year ago around about the time of the IBA and I was (a) intimadated and (b) inspired by the standard of Irish Blogs. So for me a year later, to be nominated in two of the categories is a huge thrill. I am up against very stiff competition, but that aside, you got me all excited now reading this post, about the event itself. I’ve already made friends and met up with some bloggers, but here is an opportunity to meet even more!

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  8. Grannymar Post author

    BHB – Thank you. There is a long climb to the summit and some wonderful talent on the same journey.

    Nancy – I think you would really enjoy Galway!

    Marie – “What was that saying…. “If you are not in, you cannot win!” Enjoy the ride and make new friends.

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