Q: What’s the most sure-fire way to beat the winter blues, forget about your worries and walk around all day with a big grin on your face?
A: By winning not one but TWO categories in the 2008 South African Blog Awards!
Yes folks, you heard right. After you, the blog-reading public, had voted, and after two panels of judges had perused and evaluated the nominees, I was last night named Best Food & Drink Blog and also Best Overseas Blog in the fourth annual awards in Cape Town.
Thanks to each and every one of you who voted for me – you are just the best! And what makes the win even more of an honour is the fact that the competition was really stiff this year – probably the strongest field of contenders since the awards started, including some good friends. I think it is safe to say that the South African blogging scene has come out of its infancy and is now developing a remarkable depth and breadth of coverage, as well as its own unique voice. I am proud to be able to say I am part of it.
A complete list of all the winners and runners-up is available here, but for a quick overview, here are just the winners in each category:
SOUTH AFRICAN BLOG OF THE YEAR – M&G’s Thought Leader
MOST HUMOROUS BLOG – East Coast Radio’s The Big Breakfast Blog
BEST OVERSEAS SOUTH AFRICAN BLOG – Cooksister!
BEST BLOG ABOUT POLITICS – M&G’s Thought Leader
BEST NEWS BLOG – East Coast Radio’s News Watch Blog
BEST TECHNOLOGY/COMPUTERS/WEB DEVELOPMENT BLOG – imod.co.za
BEST BLOG ABOUT DESIGN – Skinny Laminx
BEST BUSINESS BLOG – Matthewbuckland.com
BEST WEBSITE PROMOTING BLOGGING – Amatomu
BEST GREEN BLOG – Urban Sprout
BEST UNDISCOVERED BLOG – Living life breathlessly
BEST ENTERTAINMENT BLOG – East Coast Radio’s The Big Breakfast Blog
BEST POST ON A SOUTH AFRICAN BLOG – Peas on Toast’s How Not To Buy Condoms
BEST ORIGINAL WRITING – Peas on Toast
BEST PHOTOGRAPHIC BLOG – Jenty’s Photo-a-Day
BEST BLOG ABOUT FOOD AND WINE – Cooksister!
BEST MUSIC BLOG – Peak Performances
BEST PODCAST – East Coast Radio’s Just Plain’s… on the Blog
BEST GROUP BLOG – East Coast Radio’s The Big Breakfast Blog
BEST SPORT BLOG – Keo.co.za
BEST TRAVEL BLOG – Cape Town Daily Photo
BEST PERSONAL BLOG – So Close
A huge thank you once again to all the organisers for their hard work in making this year’s process so smooth and efficient – and of course hearty congratulations to all the winners!