The Rambles of Neil Monnery

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I am not your Lib Dem Blogger of the Year but I know a worthy man who is.

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Last night the annual Liberal Democrat Blogging awards took place and the results as they say are in. I was short-listed once again for Best Lib Dem Blog this time probably less of a surprise than my short-listing last year. Seriously I had no idea anyone actually read the blog.

Anyway your winner was Mark Thompson for his blog Mark Reckons and I must admit his style of blogging hits my spot as it were. Often very thought-provoking with a mix of factual and opinion based blogging. I love me some opinions. Also on the shortlist were Caron Lindsay with her Musings and Richard Morris who has A View From Ham Common.

I don’t know when Caron caught Marcus Trescothick and Somerset T20 disease (only a small handful of people will get that reference) but her blogging is legendary around Lib Dem circles and needs very little further comment. Richard Morris is known for two things – writing excellent blogs and how can I put this – being forthright in letting people know on twitter that he’s written a blog. If you follow Richard on twitter you’ll know what I mean. Richard you need to chill about telling everyone you’ve written pieces. Your work stands up for itself without constantly reminding us ;o)

So congratulations to both Caron and Richard for being up there and further congratulations to Mark whose prize is not only a naked statue with a very pert bottom but also a one-on-one interview with Nick Clegg which he’ll have later today.

Last year we had a group interview with the big cheese and I told him about how he needed to apologise for tuition fees and he told me why he couldn’t do it. Had the prize been the same as last year then I’d have enjoyed quoting him and the reasons why he said he could never apologise and then sit back, stroke a black cat on my lap and simply ask, ‘so Mr Clegg…what’s changed?’ Alas I will not get that opportunity. Seriously it would’ve been darn cool. Curses.

On a personal level I was just delighted to make the shortlist. My mum rang me to congratulate me earlier but asked a semi-pertinent question of, ‘how do you get short-listed when your blog isn’t political?’ As far as I’m aware the Lib Dem Blog of the Year is open to anyone who is a Lib Dem and on the Lib Dem Blog aggregator. I assume at least a decent percentage of the blogging has to be politically based but I’m unsure. This blog was never set up. to be solely political but more of a reflection of my thoughts on my life and the wider world around me. In the past year I have developed a small following which is nice and helps make it feel a bit more worthwhile as it were.

We’d all lie if we said we didn’t get down if we wrote blogs of 1000s of words and then only a handful of people read them. However blogging isn’t about the numbers (but they are cool and make you feel cool) but for me it’s just about having another medium to broadcast my thoughts. I’d love it if it ever got to the point where 1000s of people read me everyday but that takes time and talent. Time I have. Talent maybe a smidgen.

I’m just glad some people enjoy my ramblings and enjoy the variety that I like to write about. Whether it be politics or sports coverage or the Penn State sex scandal my dating woes. As long as it either brings a smile to someone’s face or makes people think then I’m more than happy. Here’s to another year of blogging about random stuff that I become interested in writing about.

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September 24th, 2012 at 5:45 am

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