So I'm here, at long last, to tell you all about the first annual Manchester Blog Awards. Why have Manchester blog awards? Well, simply because the city's fast-growing collection of bloggers are doing some really great writing and photography, and it's high time for them to get some recognition for it. The brand-new Manchester Literature Festival, which has the intersection of literature and technology as one of its main programming themes, is keen to encourage the city's DIY online talent. MLF has agreed to support and host the awards, which we hope will become an annual event.
Here's how it's going to work: You will be able to nominate one blog for each of the four categories: best political blog, best arts and culture blog (this includes music blogs, photo blogs, art blogs, movie blogs, lit blogs, etc.), best personal blog, and blog of the year (this could be anything). The blogs you nominate can either be your own or someone else's or a mix of both. I'll compile a shortlist based on nominations, and the winners will be selected by a small judging committee that will consist of me and a few other folks involved in the city's digital culture, design and writing organisations (TBA next week.) Obviously anyone on the judging committee isn't eligible for an award. Winners will receive ... well, erm, something nice and fairly inexpensive. But think of the honour!
The winners will be announced in a brief ceremony at Urbis on October 16, in the evening. I'd like a couple of bloggers to read excerpts from their blogs, as well, so let me know if you have any interest in doing that. We'll be sharing the stage with live lit event Verberate!, which will have performance poetry, live music and djs on tap, so it should be a whole evening of entertainment.
At the moment, we're just waiting for the lit fest's website to go live. When it does, we'll be posting the information about how to send in nominations there about a month before the event. I'll keep you posted here too. In the meantime, if anything you've read above seems hopelessly wrong, or you just want to give me some grief, comment or email themanchizzle at gmail.com.
Also, many thanks to our own Newfred, who volunteered his design talents and whipped up this bitchin' blog awards logo in the time it takes most people to check their email.