Today is Blog Action Day and the topic is ‘the power of we’. Remembering this about an hour ago, I thought is was the perfect topic for the ’round up’ post from the Blog Awards event on Saturday night as the awards just wouldn’t have taken place without the help of so many people.
When Amanda and I started up the KLCK Bloggers Network just over two years ago, we envisaged it as a monthly meeting whereby bloggers could learn more about effective blogging. The fact that it has grown into such a strong community wasn’t necessarily expected and it has turned out to be a huge factor in the success of the network as people have helped each other out as well as becoming firm friends.
From KLCK Bloggers Network was borne the idea to organise the Blog Awards Ireland 2012. It would have been a much tougher challenge but for the network as we knew we could count on their help and support. The 3 of us (Beatrice, Lorna and Amanda) had been working together as organisers of the network and knew we got on well and probably more importantly, that we worked well together.
Having a team of three people worked marvellously. Occasionally one of us would have a not-so-clever idea that we thought was great, and another person might think it was okay, it took the clear sightedness of the third person to make us realise that perhaps that idea wasn’t so clever after all! What also happened often was that one of us would have an idea and the other two would build on it and make that idea even better. We all work fulltime besides running the awards so we all had weeks that were busier than others, however, there was usually one of us who was available to check the email and chase something or other. We also delegated to our strengths as well as ‘who has the most time this week’!!
That KLCK bloggers community (and a few who join in occasionally from further afield!) formed the bulk of our volunteer helpers – who helped out with countless spreadsheets, packed goodie bags, helped us set up the room, manned the registration desk, seated people, sourced spot prizes…. and much much more.
Our category sponsors also helped out marvellously – not just from a financial point of view but also from lending their support, providing items for the goodie bags, coming to the event, telling us we were doing great and much much more too.
Susan Boyle, our MC for the evening
It’s been our experience that bloggers are naturally a very convivial bunch of people willing to help out others with knowledge and experience and that conviviality was very evident on Saturday night. We know there were finalists there who were disappointed and we know exactly how that feels (we’ve each been there!). Standing on the stage, I could see the tension on finalists’ faces as they waited for the winner to be read out. However, finalists pushed disappointment aside and congratulated the winners, took part in the spot prize games and tweeted and chatted like anything.
Sage’s Social Media Butterflies!
Mona Wise of Wise Words, winner of Best Blog
Blog Awards Ireland involved a year of planning and organising by a team of people and culminated in an event on Saturday night that celebrated thirty worthy winners. Judging by the tweets, so many people had a great night meeting people they had met via twitter and blogging. Blogging has become the success it is because of the power of people writing and reading – ‘the power of we’! Well done to all.
All of the photographs were taken by our sponsor of the Best Photography Blog, Damien Carroll of Cearbhuil Studios and you can download your choice of photos by using this link. Many thanks to Damien for letting everyone avail of these.