The Blog North Awards

We all have our favourite writers and websites, the ones we read everyday. Now we can vote for their recognition…

Pretty much everyone has access to a blog these days, right? Many of these bloggers are writing not just for themselves, but also in the hope of being read more widely. So how does one know how to separate the wheat from the chaff when faced with the dizzying (and growing) amount of options at our disposal? If only there was some kind of prize, or award, which helped bring only the very best stuff to our attention.

For the past seven years, our neighbours in Manchester have had just such a thing in the successful Manchester Blog Awards. Last October, we went to the MBA to take a closer – wistful – look at what we were missing out on. But we need look wistfully on no longer, as today saw the announcement that as of this year, it is to be known as the Blog North Award, and therefore open to the rest of the region.

Blog North, a recent network organised in partnership with well established culture sites Creative Tourist and Culture Vultures, is celebrating great blogging right across the North of England, whether you’re from Liverpool or Hull. Kate Feld, founder of the Manchester Blog Awards said: “There’s so much wonderful blogging happening across the region, and we’re delighted to be able to share our passion for the best independent online publishing with a new audience of bloggers and readers.”

So, in a nutshell, what does this mean for Merseyside’s army of bloggers? First off, there will be awards given in seven different categories: Best Arts and Culture Blog, Best City or Neighbourhood Blog, Best Food and Drink Blog, Best Personal Blog, Best Specialist Blog, Best Writing and Young Blogger of the Year. If, like us, you read and enjoy individuals and sites falling into any of the above categories, you can nominate as of now (and until the 7th September) over on the dedicated website, and winners will be decided as a result of public voting and soon to be announced panel of judges.

As with last year, the 2012 Blog North Awards event will take place at the very lovely Deaf Institute (pictured) in Manchester, on 17th October as part of the Manchester Literature Festival. We have some nominations to make, how about you?

The Blog North Awards take place @ the Deaf Institute Manchester 7:30pm on 17th October, 2012 featuring readings from bloggers and author Adam Christopher


Posted on 07/08/2012 by thedoublenegative