Thursday, April 12, 2007

Blog Awards and Blogpower Members

One of James' motivations for launching Blogpower was his annoyance at the same old big names being nominated for, and taking turns to win, the various blog awards made each year. (I'm sure James will set me right if I've misunderstood: I can't find a specific reference this long after the event - it's been at least four months...)

So there's a certain irony in the fact that a Blogpower blog - As A Dodo - has been shortlisted for the Metro Best of Brit Blogs Awards 2007, in the political category. George and Simon find themselves in elevated company: there's a good deal of support for Iain Dale, not least among many Blogpower members. Myself, I have a great deal of time for Pickled Politics, where issues surrounding Britain's multi-cultural society are dissected with intelligence, insight and wit, not least in the lively comments threads. I doubt that there are many bloggers who have not heard of Dr Crippen's insider's take on the NHS. I don't spend much time at Harry's Place, the fifth nominee, so I'll have to leave its merits for others to judge.

There is no denying, though, that the consistently high quality and inventiveness of As A Dodo's satire makes them worthy contenders, well able to hold their own in company of this calibre, and I'd like to offer my congratulations on the short-listing, and wish them good luck for the final round. I hope it won't be seen as a detraction to say that this nomination represents some external recognition of what we in Blogpower already know: we have some real talent in our membership.

Incidentally, As a Dodo are still on their Easter break, so I don't yet know if they are aware of the nomination...

10 comments:

james higham said...

Hey, how can I vote for them - someone give me the link.

youdontknowme said...

Good luck to As A Dodo

Ian Appleby said...

James, the final decision is made by a judge, rather than by voting. Leon across at Pickled Politics reckons Iain Dale's cahnces are high, what with the judge in the political category being a Tory MP...

The As A Dodo Team said...

Thanks all for the kind wishes. The Dodo Towers petty cash (all 3p, 2 shirt buttons and 1 Egyptian pound of it) will be put on Iain Dale to win but it's jolly nice to have been included on the list.

The Tin Drummer said...

Well done to As a Dodo. A coup for them as the other nominees are well established very cool blogs.

The Tin Drummer said...

BTW, Ian, Harry's Place is excellent: the comment threads are where most of the action takes place and it can get quite heated too.

james higham said...

Harry's Place i dropped from the roll after reading so many negative reviews - banal, run by one meathead for whom the others write in his style and under his approval and a poor sense of jurnalism. Not my words - the many out there who feel this.

The Tin Drummer said...

Really? I am surprised. It's very much part of the "decent" left - secular and pro-war, and gets a lot of serious slagging off from the "stopper" left, but I've always found the comment threads really entertaining.

Ian Appleby said...

TD, I'm not sure I like them staking a claim to the descriptor "decent" - what part of the left does that leave me with? - but perhaps I'll have to go back and give them another try. I think they're on my other blogroll, but then again it's time I gave that a bit of a spring-clean. So many blogs, so little time...

The Tin Drummer said...

I don't think they do - "decent" is a term of abuse they get called and "stopper" is a term of abuse they use. I think. I don't know much about leftist internecine wars but my main point remains!