The search is on for Wales’ Best Blogger… amateur blogger that is. Yes, the Wales Blog Awards are back. The categories this year include:
- Best Blog (people’s choice – voted for by the public)
- Best Writing on a Blog
- Best Political Blog
- Best Community Blog
- Best Lifestyle Blog
- Best Technology Blog
- Best Sports Blog
- Best Multimedia Blog (New category for 2012)
- Best New Blog (New category for 2012)
- Best Music and Entertainment Blog
- Best Food & Drink Blog
That’s right, there’s no arts category as was spotted by @WeAreCardiff. Apparently arts blogs might be eligible for the Multimedia or Lifestyle categories. Having read the remit of the multimedia category I find myself rather disgusted by this suggestion. It would indicate that the organisers of the Wales Blog Awards think that an arts blog would be nothing more than a stream of pictures.
There is a glimmer of hope though in that there is a possibility that an Arts category might be included in future if enough entries are received. However, with there being no clear category for the Arts I can’t imagine that many entries will be received at all. The current format doesn’t exactly encourage participation from those interested or involved in the arts now does it? Even a Miscellaneous category would have been better than none at all. I’m sure there are many other bloggers writing outside the remit of this list that will feel that they have been excluded.
It’s shocking really given the reach of the arts in Wales.We have renowned galleries dotted up the length of the country (G39, Oriel Davies, Mostyn, et al) and our capital city hosts the largest contemporary art prize in the UK; Artes Mundi. And that’s Just the visual arts.
The interest and participation in the arts in Wales is huge.
Having said all that it will not stop me entering this blog into the awards. I think ‘Best New Blog‘ might be the category for me.
Of course there’s not a kittens chance in hell of me getting a look in as the Wales Blog Awards are organised by Media Wales and their PR company friends. It’s just wouldn’t be good PR to support such a negative and vitriolic blog like this.
But, if you don’t ask you don’t get and so it is into the mouth of hell I march.