Saturday, 27 March 2010

Irish Blog Awards 2010

The Irish Blog Awards bash takes place this evening in the Radisson Hotel, Galway. It’s a big event, and one that is taking on an increasing relevance even in the eyes of the mainstream media who will be well represented there.

As readers will know, Gombeen Nation was chosen as a finalist at the event, and is up there in the last five vying for the title of “best political blog”, along with the likes of Slugger O’Toole, Jason O’Mahony, Tuppenceworth and Irish Election. That’s accolade enough for me.

So let me say a big “thanks” to all the judges (120 of them) who took the time not only to read the blog, but some of whom gave it their seal of approval. Blogging is a pretty solitary – some would even say sad – activity, so it’s good to know that there are people out there who think it’s a worthwhile one.

The great thing about doing a political blog in Ireland is that there’s always plenty to write about, and while Gombeen Nation is not about party politics, it probably would subscribe to the old punk belief (as expounded by Tom Robinson) that politics is simply about everyday events that affect our lives.

I won’t be there in Galway tonight – not until the day when we can have mysterious, silhouetted, live video links with voice-overs to maintain our anonymity for reasons of health, safety and maybe an overblown sense of our own relevance.

But that day can’t be too far away.

Have a good one.

PS.. thanks to  Digital Revolutionaries, political blog sponsors.

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5 comments:

Ella said...

Hi GM, just a thought, by not going you have no chance of winning as I understand winners get their photo taken with the sponsor on the night. Call me cynical but...

I can understand why you value your anonymity, particularly in light of your anti-fascist stance. I suppose you could hardly have gone and worn a mask!

Anyway, the big thing is getting down to the finalist list and you've done that, so well done and it's great that some of your readers nominated you and its brilliant that judges who (along with myself) think you are worthy of being on the final list.

Anna said...

Hear, hear!

The Gombeen Man said...

Thanks for your support folks. The fact that people like yourselves actually read the blog is reward enough for me.

Anonymous said...

Yeah well deserved! Also GM I kind of agree with you not attending.

Dakota

The Gombeen Man said...

Cheers, D.