Blog of the Year Awards 2008: The Shortlists

Thank you to everyone who emailed in nominations for this year’s Liberal Democrat Blog of the Year awards. The judges (Kate Bevan, Rob Blackie, Ryan Cullen, Lynne Featherstone, James Graham, me, Sunny Hundal, Mark Pack and Stephen Tall) have pored over around 80 nominated blogs to whittle them down to the shortlists below.

The shortlists do, of course, represent the subjective opinions of the judges, so congratulations if you’ve been shortlisted but don’t worry if you haven’t – as always, the standards were high and there were tough decisions to make. The awards are a bit of fun that we hope will highlight some of the best examples of Liberal Democrat blogging and introduce you to some blogs you might not have read before.

I know you’re on tenterhooks, but assuming you haven’t skipped this bit already I have three announcements before we proceed.

The first is a reminder that the winner of the Best non-Liberal Democrat politics blog category will be decided by a public vote here on Liberal Democrat Voice, so please have a read of the nominated blogs and then head on over to the sidebar or to the bottom of this post to cast your vote.

Secondly, a plug for the awards ceremony itself. If you’re coming to party conference in Bournemouth, do head along to Old Harry’s Bar in the Marriott Highcliff Hotel from 9.45pm on Saturday. They’ll be refreshments on arrival (thanks to soon-to-be-announced sponsors), so come early!

Finally, I’m very pleased to announce that, with the kind agreement of Tim’s widow, Baroness Garden, the award for the best blog by a Liberal Democrat holding public office will from now on be known as The Tim Garden Award, in honour of Lord Garden, a blogger for many years, who died last year.

Without further ado, here are the shortlists.

Best new Liberal Democrat blog (started since 1st August 2007)
Always win when you’re singing
Because Baronesses are people too
Councillor Neil Harrison’s Cotham Blog
Diana Smith
Owen Temple
The People’s Republic of Mortimer

Best use of blogging or social networking by a Liberal Democrat
Duncan Hames on Twitter
Baroness Ros Scott’s campaign for party president
Steve Webb on Facebook
Millennium Elephant’s bloggers’ interviews with prominent Liberal Democrats

The Tim Garden Award (for the best blog by a Liberal Democrat holding public office)
Because Baronesses are people too
Brian Robson – Lee Green Councillor
Eaten by missionaries
Mary Reid’s blog
Peter Black AM
Richard Baum

Best non-Liberal Democrat politics blog
Bad Science
Comment is Free
Dizzy Thinks
London: Mayor and More
Political Betting

Best posting on a Liberal Democrat blog (since 1st September 2007)
BNP debate at the Oxford Union: an eyewitness account (Hug a Hoodie)
Day 2744: Sarky v Mandy (The Very Fluffy Diary of Millennium Dome, Elephant)
Is a lack of evidence enough reason to ban GM crops? (Liberal Polemic)
My inner disugsted colonel (The People’s Republic of Mortimer)
Nasty ‘Nice’ Tories’ Latest: Back to the Workhouse (Love and Liberty)
Positive Discrimination (The Yorksher Gob)

Liberal Democrat Blog of the Year
Dib Lemming
Jock’s Place
Liberal England
Love and Liberty
Neil Stockley
The People’s Republic of Mortimer

Those are the shortlists – find out the winners on Saturday. In the mean time, vote now for the Best non-Liberal Democrat politic blog:

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  • neverapriest 8th Sep '08 - 3:31pm

    Yawn yawn same old boring names yadda yadda… Must have been very cosy!

  • Meranaughton 8th Sep '08 - 4:38pm

    “try harder.”

    Yes. But be careful. “try harder” might be interpreted as posting more often.

    Tut tut tut.

    Once a week is best.

    It might also be interpreted as blogging about politics.

    Tut tut tut

    Always include lots of posts which are on subjects which are nothing to do with politics – like the Steve Winwood and Dr Who.

    It might also be interpreted as blogging to try to build up an audience.

    Tut tut tut.

    Naughty Naughty

    It might also be interpreted as writing short and snappy posts!

    Perish the thought. Make them as long as you get them.

  • Didn’t Jennie run some blog awards recently? How many elephants were nominated?

  • James Shaddock 8th Sep '08 - 8:44pm

    Congrats to all, but where is James Schneider in the Best New Blogs category?

  • Thanks, just checking! Much deserved, as are his two nominations here.

  • Where’s Guido and Dale on best non liberal political blog?

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