The Sydney Writers' Centre is pleased to announce the Winners in the Best Australian Blogs 2011 Competition. Full details here.
You might be blogging to keep you focused on your writing dreams, or perhaps you're blogging to promote your business. You might hope your blog will lead to a book deal or maybe it's just a way to share your life and connect with others. Whatever your reason to blog, we want to celebrate all the wonderful writing that is happening in the blogosphere.
UPDATE: The Best Australian Blogs Competition for 2011 is now closed. We'll be updating you soon with details about next year competition which will be even bigger and better.
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Here's a link to coverage by The Australian and Dynamic Business.
There will be a shortlist of finalists, followed by the announcement of one winner for each of the blog categories.
Finalists and winners will win prizes with a total value of $7500. Category winners, and winner of the People's Choice award will receive $1000 worth of online or face-to-face courses from the Sydney Writers' Centre. The winning blogs will be featured in our newsletter and on our blog.
Finalists will receive a $100 prize voucher to use towards any course at the Sydney Writers' Centre. We will be blogging about the finalist blogs, and promoting the finalists as outstanding examples of blogs in our regular newsletter that goes out to our huge national community of writers and readers each week.
The overall winner of Best Australian Blogs 2011 will be selected by the judging panel from among the finalists. The winning blog will receive $1500 worth of online or face-to-face courses from the Sydney Writers' Centre and featured on our website, blog and newsletter as the best blog of 2011.
The Best Australian Blogs 2011 Competition, run by the Sydney Writers' Centre, has proven that the Australian blogging community is insightful, engaged and very active.
With so many quality blogs entered, the judges had a difficult job. However, we are pleased to announce the winners of the competition.
The overall winner was the blog that scored the highest score of any of the category winner blogs, as marked by the whole judging panel.
The 2011 winner of the Best Australian Blogs competition is Queensland blogger Nikki Parkinson for her blog Styling You.
Styling You was a stand out as a regularly updated blog rich in good writing, quality multimedia content and social media engagement. Not only is the blog visually attractive and an engaging read, Nikki also has a
strong community of supporters.
VIDEO: Interview with the winner Nikki Parkinson
Thank you to all the finalists who made picking winners so hard, and all the entrants who made short-listing such a challenge.
We're proud to announce the following category winners:
Business category judge Joel Norton, chief strategy officer of Boost Marketing, on Styling You:
"Nikki's blog has a great variety of content combining images, copy and video to entertain and engage readers. It has a high level of interaction and comments from readers and excellent integration with social media. YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter were all clearly visible and easy for readers to connect with."
Kim has no relation to Rose Powell, who is coordinating the competition.
Commentary category judge Valerie Khoo, founder and managing director of the Sydney Writers' Centre, on News with Nipples:
"Kim's writing is insightful, informed and topical. She also has an acerbic wit and is not afraid to criticise the media in Australia."
Personal/Lifestyle category judge Brenda Gaddi, founder of the Australian Bloggers Conference, on Random Ramblings of a Stay at Home Mum:
"I chose Random Ramblings of a Stay at Home Mum as the overall winner for this category for the simple reason that her writing is brilliant. It's painfully raw and brutally honest. Lori is fearless in her writing. She's been through hell and back and her writing is her truth. And I respect that a lot."
Words category judge Angela Meyer, LiteraryMinded blogger, on Bothersome Words:
"Abigail blogs not only as an editor but as a reader. Her posts are informative, passionate and insightful, and never didactic. They are tightly written, with their own little quirks, like entertaining footnotes. She has a welcoming and generous tone and plenty of knowledge to impart. There is both variety and consistency, and the blog should be enjoyed widely by editors, writers and the general reader."
The most popular blog is Chris Hunter's Bike EXIF, which received 2,583 votes. This was at least a 1000 more votes then any other blog. A total of 13,355 people voted in the People's Choice Awards.
Kim has no relation to Rose Powell who is coordinating the competition.
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