Fame at last in the first the South African Blog Awards!

by Jeanne on February 21, 2005

in South African blog awards

Well, South Africa’s most significant vote ever was the first democratic election held on 27 April 1994.  Now, it’s tme for another different but almost as significant event – the first South African Blog Awards!  OK, maybe I’m being a tiny bit facetious, but let’s face it, how many other African countries do you see holding their own weblog awards??  Damn, I’m proud of us!! I think the increasing number of weblogs in South Africa (and Africa as a whole) is a hugely positive development, particularly at a time when there is so much concern being expressed at the threats facing the free press.  So anything that is done to raise the profile of bloggers and blogging in SA can only be a good thing in my book!

The nominations process took place about a month ago and the nominees were announced this morning – and Cooksister! is immensely proud to say that she has been nominated for:

- Best SA Food Blog

- Best New Blog

- Best Writing on a South African Blog

- Best Overseas South African Blog

There are a host of fabulous co-nominees out there – among them Kitschnzinc (I do believe Brian and I are the only two South African food bloggers – so when I say I’m an endangered species, I mean it!!), A View From the Other Side and Cherryflava – all of which fine blogs I link to from my blog – and Redsaid who is a regular in my comments box.  I also discovered the utterly hysterical Boernaal which is in Afrikaans and therefor lost on many of you, but oh what lovely use of the language and oh how funny he is!! I’m honoured to be nominated amongst you guys – may you all go from strength to strength.

ANd now, on to the voting – you can vote here, and apparently you may vote once a day until 4 March.  Clearly all my husband and all blood relatives have already been instructed to do so on pain of death ;-) but as for the rest of you, I would be most honoured if you took five minutes to vote for me even once.

Erm, why are you still here?  Go and vote!

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Moira February 21, 2005 at 9:58 pm

Done! I hope you get all four!

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Jeanne February 21, 2005 at 11:51 pm

Awww, *blush* – thanks Moira!!

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Boertjie February 22, 2005 at 6:16 am

Dankie vir jou positiewe kommentaar op my blog. Verplig my om vir jou te stem! En mag ek sê jy is ‘n heel aantreklike dame (ek neem aan dis jou foto hierlangsaan?)! Ek sien vanoggend op Sky News julle het so ‘n onverwagse kouetjie net so voor die herfs!

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redsaid February 22, 2005 at 10:10 am

Heyta! Talk about fame… To be nominated is one thing, but to be mentioned in your blogalicious abode..! THAT’S the real deal. I feel as if I’ve finally arrived.
Congrats to you as well! I honestly can’t believe that I’ve been nominated alongside the likes of you, Cherry, et al. I’m clearly the imposter!
Love,
R

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Jeanne February 22, 2005 at 11:06 am

Boertjie,
Dankie vir die kompliment *bloos weer*!! Ja, dis ekke hierlangsaan – van my uitrusting kan jy seker aflei dat ons darem hierdie jaar so 3 dae somer gehad het… nie dat enigiemand kan onthou nie!! En toe gister, net toe die arme affodille begin kop uitsteek, begin dit sneeu! Letterlik asof iemand ‘n donskussing op die dak begin uitskud. Groot pret – tot die hele spul begin smelt het en almal moes vanoggend so glip en gly langs die sypaadjie af werk toe. Sterkte met die Boernaal – en hou ons op hoogte van die bure se sake – hulle klink heel interessant!
Hi Red,
You deserve your nomination 100%!! And I love the “blogalicious abode” line – maybe that should become my new tagline?? Have already cast a vote for you and hey – there are another 10 voting days to go!! Thanks for your very kind words and keep the SA flag high in the blogosphere!

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foodwizard February 22, 2005 at 5:23 pm

Jeanne
Congratulations on being nominated in 4 categories, you really deserve it – may the sauce be with you.
Brian

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anthony February 22, 2005 at 11:35 pm

Well done and all the best for it. I’ve been impressed with how you could have just been swallowed up by the whole London thing (I’m assuming the food’s got better in the last 15 years)but instead maintained a strong South African identity.

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Jeanne February 23, 2005 at 11:52 am

Brian,
No, no, may the sauce be with YOU! I stand constantly in awe of your regular and quality posts. I can only aspire to your near-daily contributions to the blogosphere… May the best blog win! ;-)
Anthony,
A food blog being “swallowed up” – hahaha, Puns-R-Us!! Thanks for the compliment though. I think it’s important to assimilate into your country of residence, but at the same time I think that losing touch with your roots is fatal. I’m South African, first and foremost, in all my attitudes including my attitude to food. And that’s not going to change, wherever I live.

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Reid February 23, 2005 at 1:59 pm

Hi Jeanne,
CONGRATULATIONS! I’m sure you’ll do well in the awards! When’s the party? =P

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anthony February 24, 2005 at 1:41 am

nah subliminal fixation than deliberate.
“losing touch with your roots” however. Where’s that black book?

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Sally February 26, 2005 at 7:09 am

Congratulations on the nominations. I’ve just finished voting.

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