If you are a blogger in Ireland you may have heard about the launch of the “Blog Awards Ireland” which will be taking place later this year. I had the opportunity to catch up with one of the organisers, Amanda Webb who shares some insights behind how the idea for the awards came about and what we can look forward to.
Krishna: What gave you the inspiration to host the blog awards especially as the former Irish Blog Awards were retired some time ago?Amanda: I loved what we were doing in the KLCK Bloggers Network and thought it would be wonderful to run a blogging awards.
Damien Mulley had previously organised the Irish Blog Awards but I remembered him saying he wasn’t going to run it anymore.The Blog Awards had become an institution in the Irish social media world and people looked forward to it. It was sad to see it not happening anymore.
It’s important for small businesses who are blogging themselves to get recognition for their achievements. Small business tend not to enter big award ceremonies, perhaps mistakenly, because they feel they can’t compete but also because of the expense.So we spoke to Damien to get his blessing and off we went. Krishna: How will the awards be different (or the same) as the Irish Blog Awards? Amanda: We always loved the Irish Blog Awards, and my fellow organisers both Lorna Sixsmith and Beatrice Whelan were finalists last year. We’re sticking with the judging process, free entry, a lot of similar categories and the laid back spirit that has always been a big part of the awards. We are making some changes there are some elements of the event that will be different, we have some new and exciting offerings for sponsors and a few surprises on the night.
We’re also going to put the judging criteria live on the site. New categories include Health and Wellbeing, Eco and Green, Best Designed, Best Mobile compatible, Best Video blog and Best Corporate Blog.We’re also doing a special ticket price for the fist 100 tickets for 30 euro. This includes a three course dinner. Krishna: Who are you hoping will enter the awards? Amanda: We’ve tried to include a category for every kind of blogger. We’re hoping to get a wide range of bloggers involved from personal bloggers, small business to corporate bloggers. If you’re proud of your blog we hope you will either be nominated or nominate yourself. Krishna: When will people be able to enter the awards? Amanda: Nominations will open in June 2012. Entry will be absolutely free and anyone can nominate you (you can even yourself). Krishna: You have announced there will be 29 categories; what are some of the most unusual categories? We’re quite excited about including a mobile category this year. With an increasing number of online searches in Ireland being made by mobile devices it’s crucial that your blog is mobile friendly.
We’ve also introduced a category for best designed blog, That doesn’t just mean it’s pretty blog but that it works well, is easy to navigate and enhances personal or business branding. I’m really looking forward to seeing the entries in this category.Krishna: How will the awards be judged? Amanda: We’ve always liked the way that the Irish Blog Awards were judged in the past so we’ve decided to use the same approach.
Anyone who is interested in being a judge can apply to be on the panel. More details will appear on the website soon.
For the first time we have a “Peoples Choice Award” for best blog post, which will allow the public to choose the winner. We’ll be announcing details of this soon.Krishna: Will you be looking for sponsors and how do people get in touch about being a sponsor? Amanda: We have 29 categories open for sponsorship are hoping to announce our first big sponsor soon. If you are interested in sponsorship get in touch: email@example.com Krishna: Do you know where the awards event will take place and when it will be? Amanda: The event takes place on 13th October in the Osprey hotel in Naas, County Kildare Krishna: What three suggestions do you have to help people publish content to their business blog more frequently if they find they have limited time? Amanda: Here’s one from each of us. What sort of questions do your customers ask you? Answer these in your blog – Amanda. Having a regular themed topic for a day of the week helps with idea generation and organisation of time – Lorna. Every time you think of an idea sketch it out so that you always have two or three posts half written, that way your never stuck for an idea – Beatrice. Keep up to date with news about the Blog Awards Ireland by connecting with them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/blogawardsireland and watch the website in the next month for more details of how to get involved as a nominee or a sponsor.
And of course you can follow the Blog Awards Ireland on Twitter.