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


The Judges

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.

The win­ners

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.

Com­men­tary win­ner

Feed­ing the Chooks by Martin Mcken­zieMur­ray, VIC, @ feed— the— chooks: feed­ingth­e­

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.

Par­ent­ing win­ner

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.

Busi­ness win­ner

The Story of Telling by Ber­nadette Jiwa, WA, @ bernadet­te­jiwa: thesto­ry­ 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.

Words win­ner

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.

Peo­ple’s choice

TV Tonight by David Knox, Vic, @tv­tonigh­tau: tv­

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: judg­ingy­our­break­

Best young blog­ger went to Alexan­dra Virgo, SA, @ Alexan­dra— Alive, for Alive and Blog­ging: The Life of a Mod­ern Day Cave­mama: alive­and­blog­

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