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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

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Smartyblogs, a Melbourne web-hosting company, has been looking for Australia's best blog. Over 500 people applied for the $10,000 first prize, including my good self, and the results are now available.

Congratulations to Singing Bridges for winning the coveted award.

I was in the Top 11, so I'm pleased with the result (and I do win a consolation prize). Funny blogs rubbed shoulders with political blogs, celebrity-news blogs with travel blogs. I would like to have seen a stronger emphasis on the political, but that's just me.

Maybe I'll be the winner next year. Thanks to Smartyblogs for organising the event. And to the judges, keep reading.

UPDATE: The Fairfax press report on the awards.

8 Comments:

Blogger Stev said...

Congrats on the ranking Ant - it's well deserved.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 4:26:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Thanks. Appreciated.
It's all a bit 'o fun, nothing too serious. Had I won, well, the money would have come in very handy!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 4:30:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Nothing against this fine blog, but what the hell were the metrics to determine the rankings? They seem ridiculously random, and even I will concede that this is far more entertaining a site than ausculture!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 4:49:00 pm  
Blogger Stev said...

In addition to looking at the content of the blog, the frequency of blogging, and how often it is updated, judges will evaluate the depth in which a blog delves into a topic.

“We’re looking at their depth of knowledge and their depth of understanding of that particular area,” said Manzoori.

“For example, if they’re covering a research area, we’ll look for the depth of research done. If it’s a blog about their sporting hero, we’ll see how far they’ve gone into the sporting history of their career.”

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 5:09:00 pm  
Blogger Darren said...

congrats fellow nominee :-)

lucky they didn't have cameras on us when the announcement came through like on the tv awards shows....

'the blog is about what? bridges you say...'

hehe

like you say - its a bit of fun.

btw - check out what judge Charles had to say - http://blogs.theage.com.au/razor/archives/blogging/001462.html

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 5:48:00 pm  
Blogger Antony Loewenstein said...

Thanks for that. Congrats to you, too. It all helps get blogging more in the public domain, and that can't be a bad thing.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 10:59:00 pm  
Blogger Wombat said...

Good question Shab,

I was thinking the same thing. This is purely subjective at best.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 12:21:00 am  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Have you guys checked out the bunyip today? I know you hate him and all his works, HOWEVER there's a real scandal a-brewing with how the prize was awarded - a nice lesson in how bloggers can commit investigative journalism as well.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 10:51:00 am  

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