Campaign for Gender Balance Awards: best non-Lib Dem blog?

Ros Taylor launched the Campaign for Gender Balance blog awards last month on Lib Dem Voice. Since then we have dozens of nominations – thanks to everyone who has made nominations so far! Nominations don’t close until 1 February so if you haven’t submitted yours yet, you still have time.

As these awards are meant primarily to be a celebration of women bloggers, I thought it would be good to publish a list of the nominations we’ve received already. By far the most eclectic category has been the award for best non-Lib Dem blog. As you will see below, our list ranges from councillors, MPs and Assembly Members from other political parties, actors, journalists, civil servants, artists, mums and even a 101 year old sex therapist (retired)!

Indeed, the list is so eclectic, we could do with some help narrowing it all down. The three most popular blogs in terms of received nominations are guaranteed on the shortlist, with each member of the judges panel (myself, Ros Taylor, Ros Harper, Baroness Jane Bonham-Carter, Olly Grender and token man James Graham), allowed to add another entry of their own choice if they wish. So even if your favourite blog has already been nominated, nominating it yourself will still improve its chances of getting onto the shortlist.

Without further ado, here are the list of nominees received so far:

Antonia Bance is a Labour councillor in Oxford.

Bethan Jenkins is the Plaid Cymru member of National Assembly of Wales representing the South Wales West region.

Betsan Powys is the BBC Wales’ political editor.

Boots and Bonnets is a blog dedicated to adaptations of literary classics.

Caroline Hunt is a young Conservative activist who, rather inconveniently, has just announced she’s finishing her blog.

Celebrating life from the inside out.

Dulwich Mum, also known as Bea Parry-Jones is a mother of two in her late thirties who writes about the trials and tribulations of bringing up two small children in South London. Her book, Sex, Lies and Sellotape, is due out in April.

Emma Kennedy is a writer, actor, comedian and television presenter.

Feminist SF is a collaborative science fiction blog written from a feminist perspective.

How Do You Make A Lady? by Maggie Bob is a twenty-something librarian living in London.

Inner Brat, or Debi, is a roleplayer and paleontologist who writes about a wide range of subjects from a feminist perspective.

Miss Wagstaff Presents… – Pippa Wagstaff writes about Welsh politics and specifically the One Wales Labour-Plaid coalition.

Nadine Dorries is the Conservative MP for Mid-Bedfordshire.

On the Silk Road is a blog by Casey, an American working for the US State Department in Uzbekistan.

Pandemian writes mainly about politics and London life.

Philobiblon by Natalie Bennett is mainly about green issues and feminism. She is the founder of the Carnival of the Feminists.

Pickwick’s Papers writes a lot about politics and science fiction.

Rachel from North London was started by Rachel North (not her real name) after nearly being killed in the terrorist attack on the Piccadilly Line on 7/7/2005. She published a book based on her blog, Out of the Tunnel, last year.

Only Connect by Rebecca Cottrell is mainly concerned with art, design and communication.

Redemption Blues is conceived as “an autobiography in fragments”. The author, Chameleon, is a contributor to the Britblog Roundup.

Rose Hacker is a 101 year old sex therapist and former member of the Greater London Council and a columnist for the Camden New Journal.

Rullsenberg Rules is another blogger making the bridge between politics and genre television.

Suz Blog is a former Lib Dem who writes mainly about Camden and Islington politics.

The Yorksher Gob – the blog of (frequent Lib Dem Voice commenter) Jennie Rigg.

Once again, it’s still worth nominating your favourite blog even if it is listed here as it will improve its chances of being shortlisted. And if your fave isn’t listed here, it’s doubly important that you nominate it!

The nominees for best Lib Dem blog post and best Lib Dem blog will be added here soon – watch this space.

Jo Swinson is MP for East Dunbartonshire and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs. She also chairs the Campaign for Gender Balance.

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