Monday, June 11, 2007

Manchester Blog Awards 2007


I'm happy to tell you that the Second Annual Manchester Blog Awards are in the works, and they're going to be bigger and better than last year.

The judges will be picking winners in the same categories as last year (political, arts and culture, best personal blog and blog of the year) as well as a new category that recognises the best creative writing on a blog. And we're sorting out cash prizes for the winners this year. I'll let you know about how to nominate blogs closer to the time.

We're getting our own star-studded event where we'll have even more readings from bloggers, an exciting guest speaker, and the city's music bloggers are going to be asked to do some dj-ing (so don't even think about going to a gig that night. I'm looking at you, GirlonaTrain and JustHipper.)

The blog awards going to be happening during the Manchester Literature Festival on Wednesday, October 10, at around 7:30 in a new venue on Oldham Street called Moho Live (this is all tbc for now). Put it on the calendar.

We're also planning some blogging workshops during the festival - more info on that later.

So... does any one of you design wizards feel like whipping up a "second annual blog awards" logo? And if anyone has any ideas or strong opinions about this year's blog awards, speak up.

15 comments:

Tim said...

Ah good! An excuse to leave the house.

Sad to see that "Best Personal Blog" has been written out of history though. :)

James said...

I didn't get no cash prize last year!

Oh well, looking forward to it anyway. Should be fun to just sit back and watch as people try to top my acceptance speech from last time around.

yankunian said...

Tim - that was a typo. I meant best personal blog. Good eye!

Tim said...

...Checks my current gig diary; doesn't clash with Rush at the the MEN Arena.

yankunian said...

Well, someone told me the Decemberists were playing in Liverpool that night.

Stephen Newton said...

Best newcomer would be a good category.

Tim said...

Good shout re. Decemberists.
Yes they are in Liverpool on Oct 10th, and I already have my tickets (or will have when they're delivered) so meself and Girlonatrain shalln't be going to no bloghappenings on that date.
Re-schedule! Please!

yankunian said...

eek... that's gonna be tough. I'll ask, but the MLF events are pretty jam-packed. Rats. I wanted you to read, too!

Tim H said...

I've changed my Blogger handle to avoid confusion :) Probably not many people like both Rush and The Decemberists (but then I don't know much about the latter).

yankunian said...

Oops... two Tims? That's funny, I didn't catch that.

I definitely think the Decemberists should do more Rush covers. Or vice versa.

wodge said...

Will there be poetry at the awards ceremony this year as well?

Tim said...

I think Rush should stick to cushion covers, but each to their own.

That doesn't actually make much sense.

Hello Tim H!

yankunian said...

Not unless they're poetry bloggers, Wodge.

Tim H said...

The other Tim - I'm pretty sure we met at either at the last-blogmeet-but-one or the one before that Claire organised.

Anyway, Rush may never have been cool, but they've still managed to outlive many generations of more fashionable bands.

JustHipper said...

Colin Meloy is my imaginary boyfriend you know. But if we get nominated we just might choose the blog awards over tales of mariners and barrow boys....

Might.

The subject has been and will continue to be a matter under discussion here, as we did really want to be there this year.