Irish Blog Awards Shortlists Announced

The shortlists for the third annual Irish Blog Awards have been announced. The lists in full are available here.

Kilkenny bloggers are shortlisted in four categories – myself under Best Technology Blog, Ross Costigan for Best Photo Blog, Keith Bohanna for Best Business Blog and KilkennyMusic.com in Best Music Blog.

Some of the shortlists aren’t all too short but it’s nice to be included amongst some of Ireland’s top blogs for the second year running.

The awards this year will be held once again in the Alexander Hotel in Dublin on Saturday March 1st. If you’re planning on going along, get your registration shoes on pronto as about half the spots are already gone. There’s a 10 euro entrance fee on the night with all proceeds raised going to three nominated Irish charities – Brainwave (the Irish Epilepsy Association,) St. Francis Hospice and The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland.

Four of us went up to the awards last year (2007 saw KilkennyMusic.com shortlisted in Best Music Blog), a night which was a first for me in putting many faces to names. The funny thing is, on walking in the door a lot of people (including myself) are on first name terms with other attendees, everyone you would know from the world of blogging, podcasting, Twitter and over 2007 the addition of Jaiku.

As much as you can trade comments back and forth on various platforms, I still feel it’s really important to meet people face to face, shake someone’s hand, have a yarn about something random over a pint.

Besides, this year there’s so much more – photo meets, tea parties, gourmet brunches…. it’s all go.

Author: Ken McGuire

Runs Event Media and The Devious Theatre Company and writes about food at Any Given Food. You'll find me on Twitter here and here.