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#LDBOTY and we went 0/2

First of all thank you to those that nominated me for Best Post on a Liberal Democrat Blog and for Lib Dem Blog of the Year at the Lib Dem Blog of the Year Awards organised by Lib Dem Voice. As the title will hint we struck out both times missing out to Tory Boy Throws Toys Out of Pram: Not Exactly β€˜Man Bites Dog’ by Alex Wilcock and Nick Thornsby’s Blog by unsurprisingly Nick Thornsby respectively and well done to them both.

It was an honour and a shock to make it to the shortlist – certainly for the big boy – but it’s just nice to know that the odd person reads this. I spoke a lot with I think the other finalist who wasn’t that well known – Matthew Gibson of Solution Focused Politics last night. I think it’s fair to say that he wasn’t well known due to the fact we were both stunned to be nominated and the fact last years winner even said he had never heard of two of the four finalists and it’s highly unlikely Caron or Nick are unknown…

So yes we were talking last night and I think you’ll be hearing a lot more about him. His blog has a point and I think his readership will one day soon hit that tipping point where he’s very well known. Had I been on the voting panel I would have voted for him and that’s not me saying that after meeting him. I think the general consensus in the room (and online) is that Caron Lindsay should have won for her blog Caron’s Musings and whilst it is on the top level of Lib Dem Blogs I just thought Matthew brought something different to the table. Having said that I did think she’d win. She was the bookies runaway favourite.

I must admit in the other category where I had eyed up/researched/frantically stalked on Saturday AM I had The humiliation of the Yes campaign by Liberal Vision/Angela Harbutt winning. I thought that wasn’t just a great bit of blogging but a fine piece of opinion based journalism. So I went 0/2 not only personally but in predictions for who would win. That might be more annoying.

The only one I got was Political Betting by Mike Smithson. So a 1/6 success rate for 16.67% – that’s pretty shocking I must say. Congratulations to all for being nominated and short-listed. I hope on a personal level my blog inspires and makes people think just like many of the other blogs out there both inspire and makes my brain cogs do some work.

Blogging is a labour of love and whilst some of us aren’t openly vein I don’t think it’s a huge shock to hear that deep down the more people read the more we feel we can put into our work. So any recognition only goes to fuel our fires to keep blogging and making our tiny pieces of the blogosphere the best it can be. Well that’s how I see it anyway.

Ok time to upload and log off, pack and check out of my hotel. I will be up at the ICC this morning before heading back home at lunch. It was good to meet those that I did. Those that I didn’t it would have been good I’m sure. I shall once again go back to my lurking in the shadows and blogging about whatever enters what the Ancients would call the Fron.

Enjoy the rest of conference folks!

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  1. neilmonnery neilmonnery

    Richard. No worries I knew what you meant πŸ™‚

    I know speaking for myself I was up to this point anyway not that well known of a blogger. I honestly was stunned to make the shortlist and certainly hearing how you all voted with five picks ranked 1-5 to still make it into the top four makes me even prouder that overall clearly more than one or two people saw value in my writing.

    Thank you for the welcome. I hope the top table has nice food πŸ˜‰

    Matthew: Likewise with the thanks for your kind words. I know I’m looking forward to seeing how you (and Richard and Nick) write up our interviews. What this does do though is really give me a boost with regards to writing not only more but better stuff (and maybe even proofreading on occasion…)

  2. Thanks Neil for your kind words. I think you sell yourself short as your blog is consistently one I, and many others, refer to. Keep up the good work and look forward to your Clegg interview post

  3. Ah, you saw through my tissue thin excuses πŸ˜‰

    To be fair (to me) I did mean that I had not read your blog (or Matthew’s) *before* judging the BOTY’s and that the experience was very much an enhanced pleasure for the broadening of my reading.

    (As indeed it was last year, when Nick winning the “best newcomer” saw *him* added to my blog-roll)

    And now I’m looking forward to what you guys make of meeting Clegg.

    Welcome to the top table πŸ™‚

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