Best Aussie blogs
THE more blogs you read, the more you wish authors would post more often. One solution is to read more blogs but where to find blogs worth reading? Well, the Sydney Writers Centre has just announced its list of Best Australian Blogs of 2012, so there’s on
Judges this year include some online heavyweights across different specialty categories, whose blogs are worth a look too.
Business category judge was Robert Gerrish, the founder of Flying Solo, an online micro business community with more than 40,000 members.
Words and writing category judge was Angela Meyer, author of the blog Literary minded, which has been running for almost five years. She has also published short stories, reviews and articles in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Bookslut, Cordite Poetry Review, Mascara Literary Review, Australian Book Review, The Lifted Brow, Torpedo and Wet Ink.
Commentary category judge was Greg Jericho, who began blogging under the pseudonym ‘ Grog’s Gamut’ in 2008 while working as a public servant.
He currently writes for the ABC’S The Drum and has just completed a book on social media, journalism and politics which will be released by Scribe in August.
Personal and lifestyle category judge was Marina Go, publisher of Crikey, and a veteran magazine editor and publisher with Australian Good Taste, ELLE Australia, ELLE Cuisine, Sunday Life, Fashion for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers, and PINNACLE magazine.
Parenting category judge was Brenda Gaddi, creator and community manager of Digital Parents, Australia’s largest online community for blogging parents. She is the founder of Blogger’s Manifesto, The Mother Media, Digital Parents Conference, Digital Parents Blogazine and the Mummy Time blog.
There were hundreds of blogs that deserved to be finalists, and many that could have won. The challenge is comparing blogs that have very different styles, voices, content and goals. Ultimately the winners were selected based on how well they were achieving the voice and goals they were aiming for.
Feeding the Chooks by Martin MckenzieMurray, VIC, @ feed— the— chooks: feedingthechooks.com
Judges comment: The writing on this blog is just too good to ignore, it’s a fantastic looking site and he engages a lot on Twitter.
Personal/ Lifestyle winner
Edenland by Eden Riley, NSW, @ edenland: edenriley. com Judges comment: I fell in love with the writing. It’s a highly personal blog that sucks the reader right into its heart with its raw honesty and emotion. Eden Riley is a gifted writer who chronicles her personal highs and lows in a way in which we are forced to give a damn. I couldn’t stop reading her blog.
Caro & Co by Caro Webster, NSW, @ salisburydowns: caroandco. com. au
Judges comment: Caro & Co is an engaging, visually appealing and highly passionate blog. It has a warm and downto- earth tone. The author’s passion in helping our kids connect to the many wonders of the outdoors comes across quite distinctly. The site’s cleverly designed homepage makes it extremely easy for the readers to find and search for content, a major win for a time- poor reader like myself.
The Story of Telling by Bernadette Jiwa, WA, @ bernadettejiwa: thestoryoftelling.com/ blog Judges comment: Here’s a blog that succeeds brilliantly in balancing the expertise of the blogger with valuable, original, engaging content. Arresting headlines, considered imagery and a clearly nurtured and active readership make The Story of Telling a blog that’s easy to get into and hard to escape. One of the commenters on the blog likens Bernadette Jiwa to ‘ a female Seth Godin’ and I have to agree. A terrific example of a business blog that must do so much for the author’s business.
ANZ Litlovers Litblog by Lisa Hill, VIC, @ anzlitlovers: anzlitlovers. com Judges comment: This blog has a clear focus and is an easily accessible wealth of information, with a healthy community aspect. It’s the perfect mix between informal and informative, and Hill’s incredible commitment, dedication and passion for her subject, Australian and New Zealand literature, is to be admired.
TV Tonight by David Knox, Vic, @tvtonightau: tvtonight.com.au
The most popular blog is David Knox’s TV Tonight, which received 785 votes. It was a close round this year with only 16 votes separating the winner and the runner up. A total of 17,250 people voted in the awards.
Special Award winners
Funniest post went to Ben Pobjie, VIC, @ benpobjie for a post on his blog Ben Pobjie’s Wonderful World Of Objects: benpobjie. blogspot. com Outstanding advocacy post went to Waiting for the Feature by Mr Denmore, NSW, @ Mrdenmore, for The Failed Estate: the failed estate. blogspot. com. au
Best new blog went to Anna SpargoRyan, VIC, @ breakfastjudge, for Judging Your Breakfast: judgingyourbreakfast.com
Best young blogger went to Alexandra Virgo, SA, @ Alexandra— Alive, for Alive and Blogging: The Life of a Modern Day Cavemama: aliveandblogging.com.