(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – The winners of the prestigious Manchester Blog Awards have been announced for 2011. The Manchester Blog Awards were established in 2006 by Kate Feld, in response to the growing numbers of writers, artists and photographers in the city who use blogs to publish their work online. The sixth annual award ceremony recognized excellence in blogging from the cultural hub of Manchester, United Kingdom.
This year’s Manchester Blog Award winners are:
Best new blog: Screen 150 (edited by David Hartley)
Best writing: Who the fudge is Benjamin Judge? (Benjamin Judge)
Best arts and culture blog: The Shrieking Violet (edited by Natalie Bradbury)
Best city or neighbourhood blog: Skyliner (Hayley Flynn) http://hayleyflynn.tumblr.com
Best personal blog: Food Legend (David Bailey)
Blog of the year (most overall votes): Screen 150 http://screen150.wordpress.com
Among the sponsors for the blog awards were WordPress hosting company 34SP.com, the Arts Council England and the Manchester Literature Festival. Eligible blogs were submitted during the public nominating period and a shortlist in each category was created. The results of subsequent public voting on the shortlist were tallied together with the choices of a judging panel to determine the 2011 winners.
Co-founder of 34SP.com Stuart Melling commented on the award winners, ”As a proud Manchester company, born and bred, we are doubly proud to sponsor a great event like the Manchester blog awards. Manchester is a fantastic, world class city – its an honour to be able to join in on the celebrations and recognise the talent in our city.”
As an indication of the quality of the judging of the Manchester Blog Awards, five previous award winners have gone on to sign book contracts, while others have subsequently had their writing featured in national newspapers and media outlets. Each of the writers has acknowledged the profile-raising power of the Blog Awards as a benefit to their work.
To learn more about the Manchester Blog Awards please visit: www.manchesterblogawards.com.
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