Irish Blog Award Bribery Shocker

In a shock turn to the Irish Blog awards, Damien Mulley has been revealed (allegedly) to be in receipt of a pint for his efforts in the ‘increase your subscribers on feedburner‘ award. Anonymous sources detailled his use of the Irish Blog Award feed (which increased it’s readers 32 times) to win this prestigious award, which is the premier alcohol based award in the Irish Blogosphere.

We didn’t bother asking Damien for a quote about these allegations, prefering instead just to make it all up buy him the pint. In the interests of fairness, Runners up Richard Hearne (offering free Search Engine Optimisation) and Eoghan McCabe (offering 2000 Euro worth of his time) were also not asked to comment.

Organiser of the competition , Paul Browne, is understood to be lining up a round 3 to give away goodies donated by Feedburner themselves, once the libel action with Damien is settled.

Final results for round 2 are below, and also many thanks to Ken, Conor, Aidan, James, Robin, Tom, Thomas and Damian for taking part. If you put your name down for round 3, I’ll be touch once I figured out the best way to give away the Feedburner stuff, and more importantly, how to do it to help your figures :-)

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Free Search Engine Optimisation

To take up on Richard’s Kind Offer to all Irish Blog Award nominees.

  1. Just a little background on your website.
    • category you are nominated;
      Best Business / Best Technology Blogger
    • your blog’s topic or niche;
      Enterprise Development and Technology used by Business
      .
    • your target audience;
      Decision Makers within the Top 500 Irish Companies.
    • how long you’ve been blogging; 2 yrs +
    • how old is your domain; 7 Years
    • the names/URLs of a few other sites, competitors or friends, in your niche ;
      Similar Audience to Silicon Republic , Zdnet , Irish Times Business Section.
  2. Trackback Done
  3. Tell me what you want to achieve SEO wise;
    Have the Technology audience (fairly) well covered, want to improve my exposure to Business people with a technical interest.

Vote for us at the Irish Blog Awards and get loads of money

Only one bit of that headline is true. And it’s not the loads of money bit. There is a good reason why we do business technology and not politics. However , if you’ve enjoyed this blog we would appreciate your vote.

We’re up for 2 Irish Blog Awards – Best Business Blogger and Best Technology Blogger. I could say something about the competition (below) being very very good (true) , but we’d also like your vote. We’re on the ballot as FirstPartners / Technology in Plain English.

Irish Blog Awards

Best Business Blog – Sponsored by logic+intuition

Best Technology Blog/Blogger – Sponsored by Bitbuzz


2000 Euro worth of Design work , just to get Free Beer at the Irish Blog Awards.

I think he’s mad. But mad in a genius, Picasso, come and design my website for me kind of way. Which is exacty what Eoghan McCabe is offering to do to win a Free Beer at the Irish Blog Awards.

Feedburner logo

Now , he may be a competitor in our ‘who can get the most readers on Feedburner‘ competition, but even if I have to respect the sheer audacity of the move.

And they're off …

Free Drinks at the Irish Blog Awards

Irish Blog Awards and Kick.ie – A marriage made in Heaven?

Update: Gavin is up for this (see comments). Will Damien say yes?
Kick.ie Screenshot (Kick this post)
Had a bit of inspiration about the Irish Blog Awards involving Kick.ie.
Anyway, the idea is this. After the nominations for the Irish Blog Awards are finished, it goes through a first round of voting to shortlist the 5 top nominations in each category. It struck me that (something like) kick.ie would be an ideal mechanism to do this.

In my ignorance this appears easy : just have a new kick.ie subsite (like has been done before e.g. dotnetkicks.com) and allow people to vote (kick) a site but not add new links. Kick.ie only allows one kick per site. Top 5 scores in each category make the shortlist.

What’s in it for both sites?

  • Kick.ie get a lot of new traffic.
  • Awards.ie/blogwards get an easier /slicker way to manage the shortlist.

So , Damien/ Gavin , Any thoughts / comments / suggestions?

Just to be clear , I have no connection with either site, apart from being 1 sponsor (as FirstPartners.net) of the Irish blog awards, and a user of Kick.ie.

Alternative nominations – 2007 Irish Blog Awards

For the consideration of the Academy , here are our Irish Blog Award nominations. We may or may not vote for them (!), but I’d like the Irish Blogging public to consider some of the alternatives to the usual big A-List bloggers (who are fairly safe to get nominated anyway :-). Also pretty sure to be nominated are last years award winners. Now , if only I can figure out how to work the award nomination form ….

Blog Awards Logo

  • Best Blog Post – David McWilliams on something even more important than blogging (!) the impending property market crash.
  • Most Humorous Post – Bifsnif. For having the best cartoons available on the web , of which this is only one sample.
  • Best Photo Blog - Ireland from a Polish perspective. Not a dedicated photo blog, but the images are as good as any that I’ve seen on the web.
  • Best Blog – Red Cardinal. He’s angling for the ‘Best Newcomer’ spot, but I think he’s worthy of ‘Best Blog’ consideration (a) Because he’s got good content and style and (b) He blogs about something relevant to all bloggers – how to get noticed by Google.
  • Best Political Blog – Dominic Hannigan. You may or may not agree with his politics (Labour), but he’s one of earliest politicians to blog, and deserves kudos for his suggestion to mail dog s**t to the Meath county manager.
  • Best Group Blog – IQ content who have just been accepted into the 9Rules network (a sure sign of blog quality if ever there was one)
  • Best Personal Blog – The Swearing Lady. But only because I’m afraid of her.
  • Best Use of the Irish Language in a Blog2 Years in a row for Conn? , even if an lionra has just ended. Damien has just told me that you can’t both sponsor and be up to win the award. I suppose it would be a bit awkward for the photo’s.
  • Best Contribution to the Irish BloggersphereDamien Mulley. He stuck his neck out and organised the 2006 Irish blog awards when nobody was sure it was going to take off. Despite the huge increase in workload, He’s organising the 2007 awards.
  • Best Technology Blog/Blogger (you mean, apart from ourselves :-) Justin Mason. A one man anti-Spam fighting machine. Kudos for his work on Spam Assasin ,but he’s also quite a good technical writer.
  • Best Designed Blog – Ken McGuire(Creative Imaginations). A very visually appealing blog, andmanages to get a lot of information and content across without appearing cluttered. AFAIK Ken doesn’t do freelance word press work , but if he did , you’d want him to design your blog for you.
  • Best Specialist Blog – Brian Honan, Security Watch. You mightn’t know it from his blog, but Brian does have a personality :-). A single minded dedication to security makes his blog a ‘must read’ for anybody who uses a PC.
  • Best Newcomer – A lot of the people that are newcomers , don’t look like newcomers (i.e. the quality of the blog is so good you thing they’ve been blogging forever). Perhaps this list might give you a few suggestions. My vote goes to Pat at Roam4Free.
  • Best Business Blog – McGarr Solicitors. Maybe not the best business blog, but worthy of your consideration as one of the first traditional (i.e. non tech business) bloggers out there.

We’re not nominating Best Music / Best Podcast / Best Podcaster / Best Videocast / Best Arts and Culture blogs. Maybe we should get out more.

More Posts on the Irish Blog Awards.

Update: With Conn out of the way perhaps Blunt Cogs could be the surprise Entrant. No, somebody else is going to have to nominate them.

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