Blog of the Year Awards 2011: The Shortlists

Nominations for the Liberal Democrats’ Blog of the Year Awards 2011 closed on 2 September. Since then, the judges Helen Duffett (that’s me), Richard Flowers, Olly Grender, Katie Razzall, Stephen Tall and Martin Tod have been poring over the entries for the six categories.

It’s been a big task, and a fun one, to distil so many excellent examples of Lib Dem blogging and e-campaigning into lists of the five best.

Congratulations if you’ve been shortlisted, but if you haven’t: remember that the shortlists are based on the judges’ subjective opinions. The awards are intended to be a fun way to celebrate the talent in the Lib Dem blogosphere, whilst introducing you to some blogs you might not have read before.

First, 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 to cast your vote.

Next, a plug for the awards ceremony itself. If you’re coming to party conference in Birmingham, do come along to the Andante Suite, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Birmingham, from 9.45pm on Saturday 17th September.

Now, without further ado, here are the shortlists: (Drumroll, please)


Best new Liberal Democrat blog (started since 1st September 2010)

Political Parry by Kelly-Marie Blundell
The Yellow Bastard by Andrew Emmerson
A View from Ham Common by Richard Morris
The Potter Blogger by George W Potter

Best blog from a Liberal Democrat holding public office (The Tim Garden Award)

Daisy’s Campaign Diary by Councillor Daisy Benson (Reading)
But what does Richard Kemp think? by Councillor Richard Kemp (Liverpool)
The View from Creeting St Peter by Parish Councillor Mark Valladares (Creeting St Peter, Suffolk)
Stephen Williams’ Blog by Stephen Williams MP (Bristol West)

Best use of blogging/social networking/e-campaigning by a Liberal Democrat

LibDems who Point by Lisa Harding
Julian Huppert MP’s Twitter feed
Vote Clegg, Get Clegg Facebook page by Simon McGrath
The E-petition to retain the ban on Capital Punishment by Martin Shapland

Best posting on a Liberal Democrat blog (since 1st September 2010)

The Humiliation of the Yes Campaign on Liberal Vision
Ken Clarke – a trial by modern social media by Neil Monnery
The Lib Dem Leadership Don’t Get It – But I Do by Jennie Rigg
Tory Boy Throws Toys Out of Pram: Not Exactly ‘Man Bites Dog’ by Alex Wilcock

Best non-Liberal Democrat politics blog

Coffee House: The Spectator Blog
Penny Red by Laurie Penny
Political Betting by Mike Smithson

Liberal Democrat Blog of the Year 2011

Solution Focused Politics by Matthew Gibson
Caron’s Musings by Caron Lindsay
The Ramblings of Neil Monnery by Neil Monnery
Nick Thornsby’s Blog by Nick Thornsby

Those are the shortlists – find out the winners on Saturday. In the meantime, vote now for the best non-Liberal Democrat politics blog: the poll’s in the sidebar to the right of this post.

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  • So, for me, it’s Potter Blogger or Yellow Bastard, Lady Mark, Julian Huppert, the Ken Clarke post, Political Betting, and Caron. And if Caron doesn’t win the Botty there’s no justice. She’s been consitently, doggedly, brilliant all year. And she can spell and her sentences make sense, which I know most people don’t view as important, but…

  • Mark Pack Caron Lindsay 16th Sep '11 - 2:27pm

    I am quite sad that there’s no mention of Andrew on the shortlists. I nominated several of his posts and also for the Blog of the Year. I hope that this means that there will be a special tribute to him tomorrow night. I think that, given his love of Twitter, it might be a good idea to rename the social media award The Andrew Reeves award.

  • Daniel Gent 16th Sep '11 - 9:25pm

    So pleased to see that Solution Focused Politics made it to the short list for Blog of the Year. It is so refreshing to hear positive voices in politics. Matthew Gibson’s blog is always thought provoking and original.

  • This is good fun. Please take this positively, but one or two of these blogs could usefully be proof-read -as an example, the aberrant apostrophe crops up too often, and distinguishing the genitive from the plural IS important!

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