Well, the news is out now: I am pleased to announce ANZ LitLovers has won the 2012 Best Australian Blogs competition in the ‘Words’ category. I still can’t quite believe it!
When in 2008 I started this blog, I had no idea how rewarding it would become. Reading is no longer a solitary occupation: with every book I read I now happily anticipate chatting about it here with my friends. I love that.
But I also love the opportunity this blog presents for me to share my love of Australian literature, to promote our authors and to introduce the best in our books to readers from all over the world. This award isn’t just a win for me, it’s a win for Australian books and writing, and the authors, editors and publishers who bring our unique stories to life.
The Best Blog Overall winner was
- Edenland by Eden Riley
The other category winners are:
- Business: The Story of Telling by Bernadette Jiwa
- Lifestyle/ Personal: Edenland by Eden Riley
- Commentary: Feeding the Chooks by Martin McKenzie-Murray
- Parenting: Caro and Co by Caro Webster
- Tv Tonight by David Knox
- Outstanding funny blog post: Ben Pobjie
- Outstanding advocacy blog post (fundraising or an issue): Mr Denmore
- Best new blog (under 6 months old): Anna Spargo-Ryan
- Best young blogger: Alexander Virgo
To read the judges comments, visit the Sydney Writers’ Best Blogs Competition website. Congratulations to all the winners!
Thank you to my guest bloggers; to visitors and contributors to the conversation on the blog; to fellow Shadow jurors; to my behind-the-scenes mentors and support team, Kevin from Canada and Sue from Whispering Gums; to authors who contribute to Meet an Aussie Author and to the publicists who have supported this blog in a variety of ways. If you’d like to read more about these wonderful supporters, please see my previous post where I expressed my gratitude in more detail.
Thank you to my dear friend Jenny who nominated me, to all of you who have sent lovely messages of support here, on Twitter and on Facebook and of course f2f; to the judge of the Words category Angela Meyer, and to everyone at the Sydney Writers Centre, especially Rose Powell who rang me with the exciting news! And a big (yes, mushy) thank you to The Spouse, who kick-started my writing from the time we first met and encouraged my first forays into publication.
I also want to congratulate again the other four finalists. If you have visited their blogs, you know just how good they are. I am especially pleased that this competition has enabled my new friendship with Katy McDevitt – who just yesterday generously contributed a guest post to ANZ LitLovers about the editing process. This is what’s best about this Best Australian Blogs competition: it brings attention to blogs that will become part of your reading life on the web so make sure you visit:
- Just Add Story by Wade Bowmer;
- Kill Your Darlings edited by Estelle Tang;
- PublishEd Adelaide by Katy McDevitt; and
- The Book Post by Tara Moss.
PS: There has been a small downside to making the finals. It will come as no surprise to anyone that I follow Angela Meyer’s Literary Minded blog but because she was the judge of the competition, it was obviously inappropriate for me to comment on her blog for the duration of the competition. So I wasn’t able to post congratulations on the five-year anniversary of her blog earlier this week. Sorry Angela, please accept my belated congratulations now!