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Finalists announced for next weekend’s Blog Awards Ireland

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Almost 150 finalists for this year’s Blog Awards Ireland have been announced, with the categories Best Newcomer, Best Personal and Best Fashion/Beauty amongst the most popular.

In fact, Best Newcomer category, exclusively for blogs started after June 2011, received over 350 nominations, showing that blogging in Ireland is stronger than ever. Overall, 2,000 nominations were received.

One of the event’s organisers, Amanda Webb, spoke of the calibre of nominations received and the award’s ability to recognise the efforts of the Irish blogging community,

“The strength and diversity of this year’s nominations highlights the wealth of quality blogs in Ireland in a range of different categories from politics to the Irish language, craft and eco/green issues. We hope that the awards will not only recognise the efforts of the blogging community, but also encourage others who have not blogged before to give it a try.”

Blog Awards Ireland takes place in the Osprey Hotel, Naas on October 13. We’ll be there tweeting live updates with the hashtag #blogfestIrl.

The finalists in all of the award’s 30 categories are;

Best Technology Blog

  • The Digital Hub – Hub News
  • Gaumina Digital Advice Blog
  • Glen Mulcahy’s VJ Technology Blog
  • Seo, web design and Internet marketing tips
  • Simply Zesty

Best Beauty/Fashion Blog

  • Dirty Fabulous Blog
  • Fashion Fetishism
  • Fluff and Fripperies
  • Helpmystyle.ie
  • Makeup Monster
  • Rangoli Jewellery
  • Style Me Curvy

Best Blog Of A Journalist

  • The Style Accountant
  • Wise Words
  • Kate Katharina
  • Nialler9
  • I Blog Fashion

Best Political Blog

  • East Belfast Diary
  • It’s A Political World
  • The Mire

Best Personal Blog

  • Head Rambles
  • Looking for Blue Sky
  • Magnum Lady
  • Mini & Mum
  • Mollymo0
  • The Lady named C
  • The Magpie Girl

Best Food/Drink Blog

  • Edible Ireland
  • Food Belfast
  • Donal’s Kitchen
  • Wise Words
  • Bake for the Border
  • Like Mam Used to Bake
  • Nessa’s Family Kitchen

Best Popculture Blog

  • A Year of Festivals in Ireland
  • Table Quiz
  • The Cart Driver
  • Gutter Candy
  • The Movie Blog

Best Science/Education Blog

  • 21stcenturynaturalist
  • Bantry Geography
  • Picture S
  • SCC English
  • Science Calling
  • University Diary

Best Music Blog

  • Drop D
  • Swear I’m Not Paul
  • The Clink
  • The Ultimate Playlist
  • Golden Plec

Best Lifestyle Blog

  • Mum of All Trades
  • Style Serendipity
  • Positivity Pimp
  • Mind the Baby
  • Greenside Up
  • A Year in Redwood
  • Deborah Watkins Paintings
  • Martine Brennan – My Small Granny and Other Stories

Best Photography Blog

  • City of Blackbirds
  • Wise Words
  • Foxglove Lane
  • The Allegria Blog
  • Brian Cooney Photography
  • Greig Houghton Photography

Best Eco/Green Blog

  • Green Jam Jar
  • Selffficiency
  • Fiona Grows Food
  • Greenside Up
  • Patent Pending Projects

Best Health/Wellbeing Blog

  • Optimal Chiro
  • Inside the Brain
  • Ciara Conlon
  • Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer
  • Reach Out

Best Humour Blog

  • Head Rambles
  • Honest to blog
  • Mark Walsh’s blog
  • The Mire
  • Worth Doing Badly

Best Blog in the Irish Language

  • Smaointe fanacha Aonghusa
  • Cursai Staire
  • Gra faoi ghruaim
  • Turas Ailse
  • Faoi Cheilt

Best News/Current Affairs Blog

  • Bachelor Magazine
  • Krank.ie
  • Waterford Whispers News

Best Video Blog

  • Adoreabubbles
  • Picture S
  • The Make Up Chair

Best Craft Blog

  • La Creature and you
  • Mollymoo
  • Nice Day Designs
  • Stitchlily
  • This is Knit

Best Arts/Culture Blog

  • Year of Festivals in Ireland
  • Built Dublin
  • Moon Under Water
  • Emeralds 82
  • Deborah Watkins Paintings
  • Come Here to Me

Best Designed Blog

  • Inanity and the Girl
  • Bachelor Magazine
  • MollyMoo
  • The Movie Bit
  • The Arcade

Best Corporate Blog

  • Access Legal
  • The Peninsula Ireland Blog
  • The Reluctant Speakers Club
  • Pearse Trust
  • Railway Lines

Best Blog Of An SME

  • Secret Garden
  • STAR TS Translation Services Blog
  • Digital Advice Blog
  • Persona Branding & Design: Hot & Happening
  • Peter Donegan Landscaping Ltd
  • Why Weight Ireland
  • Meetmums Blog

Best Group Blog

  • Donegal Dollop
  • Eclectic Micks
  • Seas Suas
  • Come Here To Me
  • Playstationer.net

Best Newcomer Blog

  • PollyBeans
  • La Creature and You
  • Food born and bred
  • One Man’s Meat
  • Brian Cooney Photography
  • The Seasonal Kitchen
  • B&B Ireland

Best Mobile Compatible Blog

  • Hunters Lodge Living
  • Simply Zesty
  • Holly’s Pantry
  • Wardrobe Resurrection
  • Cigar Loving Doorman
  • Got Ireland

Best Podcast Blog

  • The Sod Show
  • The Movie Bit
  • The World’s Talking

Best Sport/Recreation Blog

  • Green Scene
  • Running in Cork
  • Action 81
  • Lone Swimmer

Best Youth Blog

  • aKisforKate
  • Elly Belly Bay Bee
  • FASHION PHILOSOPHY
  • Honest to Blog
  • There’s Always Light at the End of the Tunnel

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Darren McCarra
Darren McCarra is co-editor of The Sociable. He has a keen interest in photography, all things mobile, and writing about technology and social media. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.