This Autumn will bring a big opportunity to spread the Manchester bloggers gospel. Here's the deal: the brand-new Manchester Literature Festival has a strand of programming called Freeplay celebrating the intersection of writing and technology. As part of that, I'm going to be organising the first Manchester Blog Awards. This will be a few awards in different categories, open to all bloggers in the Manchester area (except me and other to-be-determined judges). The winners will be announced during the festival, at Urbis on October 16, which is to be a joint event with the Verberate live lit night.... and might even include some blog "readings."
So I'd like to hear any ideas folks have about the awards - what you would and wouldn't like to see for categories, who'd be a great judge, etc. Whatever random, half-formed thoughts you have, send 'em my way. I'll be on hand to answer questions about this and will be actively soliciting more input at the Manchester blog meet, Saturday Aug 12 at Urbis. And if anyone has design talents they'd be willing to devote to whipping up a little Manchester Blog Awards logo for the cause, get in touch at themanchizzle at gmail dot com.