The Aftermath

“It’s all work, it’s never fun. As I mentioned to others: 1% thanks, 9% moans, 90% silence”
It was to that tune – sung by the event organiser on Twitter – that we descended on Belfast for the Irish Blog Awards on Saturday night.

This was to be my first time attending the most controversial night on the Irish blogging calendar.
Most of you probably didn’t know this, because I refused to mention it here, but I was actually a finalist in the Lifestyle Category, formerly known as the Fashion/Beauty category.
Yes I know I’m not a Lifestyle blog.
Yes I know I was actually a Personal Blog finalist last year.
I was SO aware of this fact that I emailed the IBA contact email THREE TIMES after the shortlists were released, telling them I wouldn’t consider myself a Lifestyle blog and that there seemed to have been some mistake.
Did I get a reply?
Nope.
And then a week or so later, I find myself in the Final Five of the Lifestyle Category.

“Are you excited?” people asked me.
“No,” I replied. “It’s not fair on actual Lifestyle blogs that I’m taking up a place. I’m a Personal Blog.”
“What will you do if you win?” they asked.
“I’ll hand the award right back to them,” I said.

Thankfully, whoever was judging the last stage for the category had some sense and I wasn’t forced to “do a Brando” as one of WR’s Belfastian Friends put it.

I wasn’t even the only one put in a position like that.
The Irish Language category had a finalist that hadn’t written an Irish post in a million years. She too emailed and although she was privileged to receive a reply, she was pretty much told tough and that she was going to be left there.
And then her blog was mysterious left off the list when it was read out on Saturday night.
And had now been scratched off the list on the website.

The Personal Category had what a lot would consider a cookery blog finalist and Best Blog by a Politician was won by Dylan Haskins….who is not a politician*…and whose first post was at the end of January.

Am I attacking these individual bloggers? Absolutely not.
You’ve got to respect anyone who works hard on their blog all year round and continues to write interesting posts (in fact I’ve gotten some lovely recipes from IMAIF).
I’m criticising the system that put them in the positions they were in.
In fact, I’m going to go ahead and say I’m criticising the whole bloody event.

There was nothing but moaning from Damien in the lead-up about how much hard work it was.
We were expecting the feckin’ Oscars with the way it was made to sound.
We walked into a very plain, boring room, with people sitting or standing awkwardly in almost-silences.
Was this it?

The whole night came across as the product of someone(s) who just didn’t give a shit.
With the exception of the amazing cupcakes and the amusing styrofoam decorations.
Rick O’Shea sped his way through the ceremony, and though he tried to inject some life into proceeding, it did seem as if he wanted to be anywhere but on that stage.
The nominations for the categories were pre-recorded and left no time for clapping between blog names without drowning out the next nominee.
There weren’t even screen shots of each blog projected on the wall like there was last year.

I read the following on The Sociable this morning: “There had been no hint during the ceremony, skilfully hosted by Rick O’Shea, that this would be the last Irish Blog Awards – Mulley’s announcement at the end of the proceedings came as a surprise to the 100 strong attendees. The long and genuinely emotional gasp that followed his speech showed the audience’s disbelief, as did the number of confused glances swapped between members of the audience.”
Did you all enjoy that dramatic announcement as much as I did?
He didn’t say “Oh I won’t be organising the event next year”; it was a egotistical “There will be no awards next year” type of announcement.
As if the blogging community can’t function without him.
Of course there will be an Irish Blogging Awards next year.
Fret not, dear readers.
Also while I’m sure The Sociable are trying to be sweet, there was no emotional gasp or even surprise from the audience.
It was no secret that he wasn’t going to organise the awards next year.
He’d made that perfectly obvious.

It’s actually a relief to know that there will be a brand new ceremony next year.
We are desperately in need of a more transparent event, with people running it who will actually inform and interact with the blogging community and not just their mates.
Yes it’s hard to organise an event like this and nobody is criticising the attempt to create this gathering but that doesn’t mean it’s ok to behave like a jerk about the whole thing.
While I’m not one for conspiracy theories, you can’t help but see the sense in arguments put forward by people who think the awards are fixed.
I seriously hope that’s not the case, but those making the claims can be very convincing.
You have to wonder why no one knows who the hell judges the finalists or what exactly qualifies them to do so considering some of the results?
Does anyone double-check whether scores are fair?
Is there no adjudicator to override stupid, nepotistic results?

For one, let’s look at Twenty Major, who everyone seems to give out about in private, but still does really well every year.
In the humour category.
Even though most people don’t think using an excessive amount of curse words makes you funny.
It was SHAMELESS to see that among the newly-launched IBA tee shirts on the Irish Blog Awards site, there was a Twenty Major Tee.
No other blog got their own t-shirt.

“Well guess who’s getting Best Blog this year,” we said as Damien tweeted that the Twenty t-shirt was his favourite.
However, when Best Humour Blog was announced and our favourite Manuel won, we were surprised (and obviously delighted).
Hmmm, not Twenty….I guess we were wrong.
But then he went up to collect the Sports Award for ArseBlog and when he gave an emotional speech when it won Best Overall Blog, it dawned on us.
Wait, was Twenty behind ArseBlog too?
Had we been right all along!?
(feel free to enlighten me in regards to this!)
Anyone who may feel I’m being a tad harsh in singling out one blogger, shouldn’t worry.
The guy launched a nasty and unprovoked Twitter attack on the lovely Darren from Culch.ie yesterday.
He should be able to take a bit of criticism considering he loves to dish out obscene insults at the drop of a hat.

Also, has anyone else noticed that when Beaut.ie won Best Blog last year, there were plenty of bitchy comments about mascara being seen as more important than current affairs, but there doesn’t seem to be anyone criticising the fact a SPORTS blog won this year?
Not really surprising, is it?
Speaking of Beaut, I really wanted to commend the girls for stepping down after their amazing wins last year and letting some new blood have a shot at the category this year. It was a genuinely admirable thing to do, and not only that, but they actually sponsored the category themselves.
The young one who accepted Nialler9‘s fifty-millionth award and spouted off proudly about how she was making him continue to make himself eligible for the awards so he could win nine years in a row should take a cue from the gracious ladies who post about ‘mascara’.

Good God, this is some rant.
And probably not very well written considering the state my head is in after the celebrations…those Belfast Folk are crazy!
It’s been pent up all weekend and fuelled by the numerous bloggers I spoke to during the two days.
I’m sure I could keep on going for another couple of thousand words, but you’re probably already asleep at this stage.
So I won’t.

“It’s all work, it’s never fun. As I mentioned to others: 1% thanks, 9% moans, 90% silence”
Won’t you miss the self-pitying tweets next year?

*Lol, ok, I’m being told that it’s not fair to say Dylan isn’t a politician. I’d define a politician as someone who was elected by the people and worked in the government (past or present), so you can count that point as my own opinion if you don’t think that’s requirement.

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54 Comments on “The Aftermath”

  1. Aisling says:

    well said!!

    I personally was totally underwhelmed and disappointed with the whole event, leaving me regretting shelling out to go to belfast at all. There were some good aspects to the event, (cupcakes, meeting other bloggers etc) but they were overshadowed by the (very blatant) cronyism and general “couldn’t-give-a-shit” attitude of the whole event.

    Transparency, as you said, was notably lacking. And as for that “bombshell” about it being the ‘last year of the blog awards’ – c’mon like, it was an obvious cry for oohs, ahhs and attention for the organising team. Fishing for compliments, much?!

    Also, re: Damien, someone sitting close to me at the ceremony referred to Napoleon Syndrome a few times, and I’d be inclined to agree, right or not.

    Overall, the whole thing has left a bitter taste in my mouth, for a whole load of reasons. I could go on, but that’d be officially hijacking your post! 🙂

  2. Well said m’dear. This was not a post condemning the efforts of those involved but merely a post to illustrate what most of us were probably thinking at the time. Good for you

  3. Louise says:

    I really hope Damien doesn’t nuke you. His tweets can often verge towards malicious.

  4. wow- good rant hun let it out!!

    it does seem all a bit weird now. Im sorry to hear yee forked out your good earned cash on nothing but effortless nothingless but still got to meet fellow bloggers and of course eat some nice cupcakes. …

    well said.. it had to be…

    x
    sinead

  5. I think this nicely illustrates one of the reasons there won’t be an IBA next year. Take your quibbles, multiply by fifty, throw in organising hotel, sponsors, ordering awards, the million things that pop up in organising an event, and try responding to every single email that pops in your inbox, and do it all for free. If you’ve managed that, try reading this post afterwards. See how motivated you feel thereafter.

    • See that’s why there should be a proper committee behind the event and a person to deal with each aspect. It is a lot of work and I acknowledged that. There are thousands of students around the country organising massive events every month in college without getting paid and while still trying to get their degree and work part-time and they do it with a good heart!

      • Ronan says:

        Look at the Digital Socket Awards to see a decent attempt at how an awards show can be done for nothing. We had a heap of people lending a hand, with a panel of four leading things. Fair enough, there were some hiccups and our choice of MC proved controversial, but the reviews were positive. Even by the nominees who didn’t win.

        Doing something like this is not impossible. Sure there will be people complaining, but what awards ceremony is 100% successful?

  6. Aisling says:

    @Allan Cavanagh – that’s all totally fair, those things considered it’s easy to see why emails go unanswered and why complaints and moans are often received with anger from the organisers. But you can’t (can you?) deny the validity of the complaints nonetheless?

    I’d imagine people fully appreciate the effort Damien et al go to to put the event together, but there is a LOT that could be/should be done to make the whole thing more transparent. Views (and not all views are whiney and complaining) should be heard without throwing back the “oh but the organisers are martyrs” response.

  7. Blau von T says:

    Personally I wonder if the awards are needed..like why cant it just have an Irish blogger conference and have speakers from different areas are something..

    • Lyndsay says:

      I agree with you Blau. Most people don’t start blogging with a view to win awards and to be honest, all the IBA seemed to do (in the last couple of years especially) is alienate people and cause a ruckus. I think it makes more sense to have a weekend with conferences, speakers from the more well known/popular blogs and workshops on how to improve your blog and move forward etc. People would come away from something like that feeling much better about the Irish blogging community as a whole.

    • Metro Chica says:

      I think this is a great idea, and something there is a gap in the market for… That said, I was happy to see Stephen win with his blog Stitches Fabric & Soul !

      • Me too….I was rooting for himself or Sarah to win! I was laughed at when he won cos I was clapping and wooing really loudly and the group I was with were like, That was your category too! But as I said, I was really annoyed I’d been left in there, when there were ACTUAL F/B blogs more deserving of a place! I do wish more people had made the effort to attend though, because it was fair annoying when award after award was being accepted by friends or no one at all.

        As for scrapping the awards altogether, I think that if it can be done right by a new crowd next year, it should be kept. It just needs to be transparent and fair. It’s nice to recognise people’s hard work and commitment…I know plenty of people who were SO chuffed at being nominated and that was a lovely boost for them. It’s not about winning -it’s about feeling the love! 😀 But a blogging conference is a nice idea and could be held as well…it doesn’t have to be one or the other.

  8. skinni peach says:

    good for you for having the guts to write about the disaster that was the IBA’s. I seriously didnt enjoy the night. At all. As mentioned above, yeah it was lovely to meet other bloggers, but I think everyones mood was altered a bit by the total shite-ness of the night. I wasn’t nominated but wanted to go to support a friend that was and I was excited to attend, it being the biggest blogging event on the calender and all that jazz, but my god, talk about thrown together. It was a bit cringe. Of course, I understand how much work it takes to organise, but if its only going to be organised half heartedly, dont do it at all.

  9. Yeah feck the awards- i never even new there was one when i first started out so i can easily carry on without them. Im in favour with workshops and meetings and stuff to meet other bloggers and learn more about blogging and the like. Im enjoying my blogging more then ever right now and no award will change the fact im blogging….. just for fun….. x

    Happy Blogging yee Bloggers : ))))
    Sinead x

  10. MJ says:

    Hi there,
    I’m interested to read your viewpoint – as I’ve never attended an IBA, any year – but have volunteered to be a judge, twice. I was not allowed to say I was a judge until after the event to ensure that we got no canvassing, which was fair I thought. I was also given very strict instructions as to how to blog. In terms of my “qualifications” I have a blog that gets very little traffic and is very dull, but you don’t have to be a chef to know good food. I was happy to help out, and answered the call for help via twitter and Damien’s blog. I think Allan is right, it’s posts like this that take all the joy out of it for Damien. There isn’t huge committee because it’s difficult to find volunteers. I found it very hard work being a judge and I wasn’t actually organising anything! I’m not a “cronie” by the way, in case you were wondering, I’ve never even got shortlisted (it really is a bad blog, I don’t use it anymore) and never volunteered for any strange reason, just to help. Because I thought it was good of Damien to do it and thought he could do with a hand. He’s no angel, he knows that. But for goodness sake give the guy a break. There seems to be this strange opinion out there that he behaves in an unusual way. He’s really quite a nice guy. As a *judge* I only got replies to every 4th email and I didn’t mind. There really is a lot to do with these things… And as for your comments on Rick, well, I think he sounds like that on the radio too these days – like he’d be anywhere but there.

  11. MJ says:

    Sorry, I meant very strict instructions on how to JUDGE up there, not blog 😉

    • Ha I figured! And don’t be so hard on your own blog!!!
      I was actually a judge in the earlier rounds as well and while I really like the way the scoring is divided up, I just don’t think you can trust that everyone scores it fairly. And sorry, as for qualifications, I meant that specifically for the last round, because ideally it should be judged by someone in that area. In earlier rounds, yes it’s good for the blogging community to join in, but the categories need to be divided up among judges better. There’s a guy on another blog saying he was left judging Fashion and Beauty blogs and he has absolutely no interest in it.
      And there are a lot of people already willing to take on the Awards for next year, so there are people there to make up a committee. Maybe there wasn’t as much enthusiasm a few years ago, which is why Damien took most of the responsibility.
      Also, I haven’t listened to Rick’s show in a couple of months, but he never used to sound like he didn’t want to do it, lol!

      • MJ says:

        Yes, it’s sad to hear it in his voice. He doesn’t engage anymore, not really. Once upon a time he had 3 blogs, then 2, then 1, then…then….just Twitter, now he only uses Twitter during the shows, never engages other than that….it’s a little sad really. I think the sparkle is gone. I loved his noon show SO much way back when. I’m sure he has personal Twitters etc. but I miss the larfs.

  12. Jules says:

    great post/rant!!! I wonder whether next years’ awards will be more… fairer…??!!

    xx

  13. Kate says:

    Ah, what scandal! Glad to hear you partied hard. ; )
    Will be interesting to see what next year will bring.

    Kate x

  14. peter says:

    I agree with everything above. IBA11 was an impersonel event organised and conducted by people I cannot connect with. The awards were dreamt up in celtic tiger times but are at odds with the independent free thinking blogging community.

    I’m writing from the position of being a total non runner in the best music blog category because of course Nialler would win! SOme people will claim I’m bitter at spending lots of money because my hobby made the shortlist but it disgusted me at how fickle Rick was about the announcement of the music blog winner.

    I’m glad they bailed out this year and I hope that someone organises a free event which reduces the number of categories and limits the blogs to those not associated with big business.

    • What do you mean “it disgusted me at how fickle Rick was about the announcement of the music blog winner”?

      • peter says:

        Look I know it was obvious to most people Niall would win but I felt it was disrespectul to the other 4 nominated sites when the inevitablity was announced and it was suggested that Nialler retire to ensure someone else feels like thay have a chance! Surely the points system assessment is based on his site? 6 in row makes the whole thing irrelevant and I’m delighted they acted on it’s irrelevance.

  15. sweetoblivion26 says:

    Hi, just to point out – that was Nialler9’s girlfriend, and she was being humorous, it was said in a light-hearted way.

    • Oh was it? It didn’t really come across that way. But regardless, I feel he should’ve followed in Beaut.ie’s footsteps and stood aside this year to give someone else a chance. How can they compete with a 5(?)-time winner?

      • sweetoblivion26 says:

        It was, which was probably obvious by the fact people (including her) laughed at it. She is a good friend of mine so I had to point that out, she is not the gloating or insensitive type at all.

        I respect that people have different opinions on the awards but I can’t comment – and I say this as a music blogger myself – on what Niall should do, that’s up to him.

        I would presume that each year the blogs are judged on their individual merits rather than past performance, I know if I was a judge that’s how I’d work.

  16. Noel Rock says:

    It’s easier to bitch than to do.

    “Why doesn’t a committee organise it?” – When you ask people to put their hands up, they will. When you ask people to put their hands in their pockets to ensure deposit for room, hotels, booking system, domain, webspace etc, fewer hands are available. When you ask those same hands to round up judges, get sponsors and put a more transparent system in place, you’ll find very, very few hands. Or people who’ll put their hand up and not do anything. People express enthusiasm at first but – once it comes time to do any work – there are far fewer people. Anybody who has been involved in any committee, or civic activity, will be all too aware of this.

    In terms of a more transparent system: once again, easier to bitch than to do. How do you propose this works? Is the judge named? If so, it’s going to increase the cronyism, isn’t it? If the judge isn’t named, the whole thing is still – in effect – no longer transparent.

    The current system is somewhat flawed but – like democracy – it’s a flawed system that is better than all the alternatives. Hence it exists.

    Damien gave it a good shake for a few years. Let’s see who puts up their hands and, moreover, let’s see who can do it while implementing the changes that you crave.

  17. Tommy says:

    Have your distain for the awards all you like — free nature of the internet and all that — but I think it’s criminal that you wouldn’t even think to thank Damien for putting the awards together in all your 1,458 word rant.

    • I think a ‘thank you’ in the middle of this post would’ve looked like a bit of a piss-take. I did, however, acknowledge that it takes a lot of hard work to organise something like this.

      • Tommy says:

        Acknowledging the hard work is hardly suitable gratitude, wouldn’t you say? I’m not saying Damien or the Awards are perfect, I think a thanks is warranted all the same, even if you disliked parts of the event. Can see we’re not going to see eye-to-eye on this one.

  18. wow, kinda love this post! You’re just right for saying it, I couldn’t attend but feel kinda glad now…this sounds a bit awful and it just shouldn’t have been like that. That’s not what blogging should be about, ego and competition…there is enough of that elsewhere in people’s offline lives!
    I got nominated for best photography blog which I found odd but as it was my first year to all these things I just didn’t think more of it. Definitley fair play to the Beaut girls, so nice of them to let some new blood get through considering they already have the holy grail status island wide for Beaut.ie…love them!
    I hope Belfast didn’t disappoint as much as the award and I’m all for a new awards next year 🙂
    xox

  19. Cara La Paix says:

    I really commend you for standing up and saying how you feel about the awards ceremony and you seem to raise some very valid issues. But I for one will be over the moon if there is to be no ceremony next year, most of the blogs that I love have been taken over with posts about these awards (leading up to and afterwards). Awards which I presume only affect a small amount of readers.

    • Suzi says:

      I agree, its so annoying at this time of year because the awards is all anybody talks about. I read in one of the posts that there were only around one hundred people at the ceremony. so whats the big deal?? Think of the amount of people who read Irish blogs, that just shows that the awards dont matter to alot of people. Its so annoying for readers of blogs who read them because they love them, all year round, and not because they got nominated for some award. I think I will stay away from the internet for a week or so until hopefully it dies down.

  20. Nigel says:

    What a brilliant set of comments! Got to love a bit of a rant and the ensuing reaction it elicits.

    You’re far from the only one to have expressed a lot of fatigue in the awards this year so I really hope that there’s as much energy and drive in 6 or 9 months time when any planning for next year’s awards gets going. With all this angst I wouldn’t be surprised in the IBA are put quietly to bed in their current format….

  21. Sorry to hear it was such a disaster! I think Blau has a good point an Irish blogger conference or something along those lines, a lot more constructive & by the sounds of awards night I’m sure a lot more fun too 😉

  22. notRuairi says:

    I think you’re right and it was certainly underwhelming, though I did think it was going to be the last one after I heard O’Shea go on about the people who’d been there from the start.

    In general I’m not in favour of awards ceremonies, though in this case it mattered to a lot of people dear to me, so I volunteered to be a judge for both first and second rounds and had to recuse myself from voting for friends (sorry WR in particular).

    The IBAs in their current format are indeed muddled and need thought and to learn lessons which should, after 6 years, have most of the kinks worked out. Blau Von T’s suggestion of a conference and more of an all-day thing is a very good and valid one. Except replace the word ‘workshop’ with ‘pissup’. Guinness Brewery for IBA12?

  23. part says:

    Personally I kind have sympathy for Damien. Its a huge amount of work to run this event and he is always going to get more disgruntled than happy people. That’s the nature of an awards ceremony. One person wins. Everyone else is a loser. Some of those losers feel hard done by and vocalise that. Very few people think they write a bad uninteresting blog.

    However Damien made the event harder for himself. His refusal to answer e-mails (for example he asked for people to point out blogs nominated multiple times in different categories but did nothing to fix them or even acknowledge the mails). His refusal to appoint a committee or accept offers of help. His refusal to explain how the finalists and eventual winners are selected or to publish the judging criteria for the early rounds beyond a handful of unknown judges. His insistence that those judges do not reveal that they were judges. His refusal to publish the results (apparently it’s a points based system).

    All this has lead to allegations of favouritism. Potential sponsors and media companions get multiple nominations. The same names from a small circle of friends in Dublin make it to the final every year. Journalists get nominated in random categories in what appears to be an attempt to get some famous names into the room.

    Strangely I don’t think there was much favouritism. I think the flaws in the selection and judging processes produced the suspect nominations and finalists. I think the event simply outgrew Damien’s ability to manage it. Its a pity that Damien took the nuclear option and decided that there is no IBA without him. He has brought the awards as far as he can and he should have been man enough to hand over to a new team to bring it forward. That way in future years he could take all the credit for being the founder but none of the work and certainly none of the blame for bad decisions. Instead in a fit of ego mixed with childish anger he has left a scorched earth behind him and a bad atmosphere that pretty much guarantees there will be no IBA next year. Now instead of being the remembered as the founder of the Irish Blog Awards his legacy in Irish web circles will be as the destroyer of the Irish Blog Awards.

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  25. emilycross says:

    Love your honesty!!!

    And delighted you mentioned the whole beauty vs. sport thing!! Just shows that there is still prejudice there.
    Hopefully next crowd that organises it will look at WR post too!

  26. i really enjoyed that post – brilliantly put! rant? maybe so, but a spot on rant at that!
    norway had it’s first blog award this year and the whole affair was pretty embarrassing. now it needs to be said that i wasn’t actually there, but everything, from who was nominated to everything that was in the media during the few days after the event were all strong indications as to how unprofessional and lame the whole thing was, and seeing how big (and important) blogging is becoming, I really hope that the people behind this gets a grip!

  27. i really enjoyed that post – brilliantly put! rant? maybe so, but a spot on rant at that!
    norway had it’s first blog award this year and the whole affair was pretty embarrassing. now it needs to be mentioned that i wasn’t actually there, but everything, from who was nominated to all that was in the media during the first few says after the event, were all strong indications as to how unprofessional and lame the whole thing was, and seeing how big (and important) blogging is becoming, I really hope that the people behind this get a grip!

  28. I’ve been WRACKING my brains for something to say that hasn’t already been said either in the body of the post or that comments section – this doesn’t mean that I agree with everyone btw.

    It’s really hard to organise an event of this size, especially when you feel that everyone is against you, or at the very least 90% silent, so Damien Mulley deserves our praise for thinking up the event and maintaining it for six years. The social aspect was great but while there I really felt the presence of a ‘blogging establishment’ – which is a bit weird because blogging is nothing but a countercultural activity. We go on blogs because it’s an alternative to traditional media, so why is this hierarchical structure assumed? We should all be on an equal playing field.

    I really liked the venue, which was perfect for the amount of people attending and it was catered and decorated very nicely. Some people are disappointed at the venue etc – but it was 100 people paying 15euro a pop – it was never going to be the Oscars!

    The annoying thing was that all the things that are wrong with the IBA’s could be so easily fixed. 1 – I was a judge and the various criteria need to be rejigged – for example, I was judging photo blogs and there was no criteria for layout or pictures in the first round. 2 – There needs to be more transparency because people are so confused about how the winner actually gets decided. 3 – Emails need to be answered – or there needs to be some kind of route where enquiries get answered, like an email address or a facebook page. 4 – As mentioned above, the scorched earth policy that ensured that the IBAs would have the least chance of continuing next year. Releasing some kind of formal statement would be very helpful for those who would like to participate in the awards next year in any capacity, big or small.

    A blogging expo/symposium would be an excellent idea – IFB (International Fashion Bloggers) hold various symposiums with speakers and workshops that always seem to go excellently. It would be great for socialising and networking in a non-competitive environment, and you get to improve your blogging skills. Total win.

    Well, that’s my two cents. If I can think of anything else, I’ll make sure to add it.

  29. Kitty Cat says:

    Have to say, I’m really enjoying all these comments! Like Sarah, I’ve been trying to think of how best to describe my feelings about the whole thing, but I think the commenter called ‘part’ pretty much nailed it! I hope there’ll be an alternative event of some sort next year, and really I think all anyone wants at the end of the day is to get loads of bloggers together for a great big session.

  30. kellebelle says:

    Wow – so many comments, made for interesting reading.
    I couldn’ attend the event myself so can’t really comment on that aspect of it. I’m sure it took a lot or organising and don’t personally feel in a position to argue for or against how it was run.
    However I would def be in favour of Blau’s comment about blogger conferences with guest speakers!
    x

  31. Adrian Shanahan says:

    Great post,

    I dindn’t go to the awards as I had other stuff on, but noticed that there were, I then noticed that an Irish language blog (all in Irish I might add) I’m involved it was totally ignored in the long list despite being nominated a bunch of times by friends, that it didn’t even make the original list.

    Despite many many emails to see why, I then noticed that a my own personal blog was totally scrubbed from the records…

    Not to mention last years suspect “wins” think its a bit of jobs for the boys kinda set up.

    On a more positive note, I had though of an alternative awards/event for next year. One I would be be willing to run with the help of a team if there was an interest…

    Adrian

  32. Sarah says:

    Really well said and honest. I have to say I hope the reform bloggers are asking for and deserve happens for next year. xx

  33. TheSaucyCow says:

    Just catching up on all my fave blogs right now, haven’t had a minute to read the past while.
    WHOA. What a post! Really really interesting stuff, including the comments. As someone who has barely even started to blog properly it gives a good insight into the way a blog community can go. I spotted WR’s post also and it’s obvious some reform is needed, even an outsider like me can clearly see that.
    But as a post, really well put across. Yeah it’s a bit ranty, but in a good way. Really really enjoyed this post.


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