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Best Australian Blog 2012 overall winner

2012 overall winner Selecting the winners for the Best Australian Blogs Competition 2012 was a very difficult task for the judging panel and the team at the Sydney Writers' Centre in Milsons Point. There were hundreds of blogs that deserved to be finalists, and many that could have won. The challenge is comparing blogs that have very different styles, voices, content and goals. Ultimately the winners were selected based on how well they were achieving the voice and goals they were aiming for.

The overall winner of the 2012 competition is Eden Riley for her blog Edenland. Eden was the winner of the Personal/Lifestyle category which had 526 entries.

Eden's blog was a stand-out because of her moving writing, fearless honesty and her ability to forge and sustain connections with her readers. Eden's blog shares insights and experiences in a way that only a blog can. We're thrilled to announce a winner who is pushing the boundaries of blogging and writing in Australia.

"Blogging is extraordinary. Some see it as a business, an outlet, a diary, or a piece of art. The beauty is, it can be whatever you want it to be. Blogging has changed for me, over the past five years. My blog has actually helped shape my identity.

"I write about my ridiculous childhood, being a mother, a stepmother, a recovering alcoholic and drug addict, my stepfather's suicide .. all of it. I'm not afraid of telling the truth. It's liberating beyond belief .. and I see that people are responding to that. I have some of the most wonderful, caring, REAL blog readers in the world. Blown away by their words and wisdom. It's like we've built Edenland up together. It's the coolest thing I've ever done.

"We live in such an airbrushed, politically correct and "safe" world. I'm completely comfortable writing on the internet about the dark side to life. People respond fiercely. So I make an effort to keep pushing myself and my boundaries, asking questions and punching the world."

2012 category winners

We're proud to announce the following category winners:


Commentary Category winner

Feeding the chooks

Martin McKenzie-Murray, VIC
Follow on Twitter @feed_the_chooks
www.feedingthechooks.com


Click here to go to this blog.


Commentary category judge Greg Jericho on Feeding the chooks:
"The writing on this blog is just too good to ignore, it's a fantastic
looking site and he engages a lot on Twitter."



Personal/Lifestyle Category winner

Edenland

Eden Riley, NSW
Follow on Twitter @edenland
www.edenriley.com


Click here to go to this blog.


Personal/Lifestyle category judge Marina Go on Edenland:
"I fell in love with the writing. It's a highly personal blog that sucks
the reader right into its heart with its raw honesty and emotion.
Eden Riley is a gifted writer who chronicles her personal highs
and lows in a way in which we are forced to give a damn.
I couldn't stop reading her blog."



Parenting Category winner

Caro & Co

Caro Webster, NSW
Follow on Twitter @salisburydowns
www.caroandco.com.au


Click here to go to this blog.


Parenting category judge Brenda Gaddi on Caro & Co:
"Caro & Co is an engaging, visually appealing and highly
passionate blog. It has a warm and down to earth tone. The
author's passion in helping our kids connect to the many
wonders of the outdoors comes across quite distinctly. The
site's cleverly designed homepage makes it extremely easy
for the readers to find and search for content, a major
win for a time-poor reader like myself."



Business Category winner

Styling YouThe Story of Telling

Bernadette Jiwa, WA
Follow on Twitter @bernadettejiwa
www.thestoryoftelling.com/blog


Click here to go to this blog.


Business category judge Robert Gerrish on The Story of Telling:
"Here's a blog that succeeds brilliantly in balancing the
expertise of the blogger with valuable, original, engaging
content. Arresting headlines, considered imagery and a
clearly nurtured and active readership make The Story of
Telling a blog that's easy to get into and hard to escape.

One of the commenters on the blog likens Bernadette Jiwa to 'a female Seth Godin' and I have to agree. A terrific example of a business blog that must do so much for the author's business. "



Words Category winner

ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

Lisa Hill, VIC
Follow on Twitter @anzlitlovers
www.anzlitlovers.com


Click here to go to this blog.


Words category judge Angela Meyer, LiteraryMinded blogger, on ANZ LitLovers LitBlog:
"This blog has a clear focus and is an easily accessible
wealth of information, with a healthy community aspect. It's
the perfect mix between informal and informative, and Hill's
incredible commitment, dedication and passion for her
subject—Australian and New Zealand literature—is to be admired."



People's Choice Award

TV Tonight

David Knox, VIC
www.tvtonight.com.au

Follow on Twitter @tvtonightau

Click here to go to this blog.

The most popular blog is David Knox's TV Tonight, which received 785 votes. It was a close round this year with only 16 votes separating the winner and the runner up. A total of
17,250 people voted in the People's Choice Awards.

Congratulations David!



Special Award winners

Funniest post

Ben Pobjie, VIC
Follow on Twitter @benpobjie
Ben Pobjie's Wonderful World Of Objects
www.benpobjie.blogspot.com

Funniest post:
"What is to be done about these facts or possibly not?"

Click here to read the post.


Outstanding advocacy post

Mr Denmore, NSW
Follow on Twitter @MrDenmore
The Failed Estate
www.thefailedestate.blogspot.com.au/

Advocacy post:
"Waiting for the Feature"

Click here to read the post.


Best new blog

Anna Spargo-Ryan, VIC
Follow on Twitter @breakfastjudge
Judging Your Breakfast
www.judgingyourbreakfast.com

Best new blog for a blog that was created less than 6 months ago:
Anna's first post was 13 December 2011.

Click here to read the blog.


Best young blogger

Alexandra Virgo, SA
Follow on Twitter @Alexandra_Alive
Alive and Blogging: The Life of a Modern Day Cave-mama
www.aliveandblogging.com

Best young blogger (under 26 years of age):
Alexandra is 24 years old.

Click here to read the blog.



2012 Finalists

Congratulations also to all the finalists in the Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition.

Here are the category finalists.




Commentary Category finalists

Ben Pobjie's Wonderful World of Objects

Ben Pobjie
Follow on Twitter @benpobjie
www.benpobjie.blogspot.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Café Whispers

Michael Taylor
Follow on Twitter @MigloCW
www.cafewhispers.wordpress.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Feeding the Chooks

Martin McKenzie-Murray
Follow on Twitter @feed_the_chooks
www.feedingthechooks.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Mike Stuchbery

Mike Stuchbery
Follow on Twitter @mikestuchbery
www.mike-stuchbery.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Mumbrella

Tim Burrowes
Follow on Twitter @mumbrella
www.mumbrella.com.au

To go to this blog, click here.


Only the Depth Varies

Sally Piracha
Follow on Twitter @SalPiracha
www.onlythedepthvaries.blogspot.com

To go to this blog, click here.


The Failed Estate

Mr Denmore
Follow on Twitter @MrDenmore
www.thefailedestate.blogspot.com.au/

To go to this blog, click here.




Personal/Lifestyle Category finalists

All Consuming

Kim Berry
Follow on Twitter @allconsuming
www.allconsuming.com.au

To go to this blog, click here.


Edenland

Eden Riley
Follow on Twitter @edenland
www.edenriley.com

To go to this blog, click here.


In Search of a Life Less Ordinary

Russell Ward
Follow on Twitter @russellvjward
www.insearchofalifelessordinary.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Interiors Addict

Jen Bishop
Follow on Twitter @InteriorsAddict
www.theinteriorsaddict.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Magneto Bold too!

Kelley Harris
Follow on Twitter @magnetoboldtoo
www.magnetoboldtoo.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Not Quite Nigella

Lorraine Elliot
Follow on Twitter @NotQuiteNigella
www.notquitenigella.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Taste Explorer

Jeremy Bowell
Follow on Twitter @tasteexplorer
www.tasteexplorer.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Tune Into Radio Carly

Carly Findlay
Follow on Twitter @carlyfindlay
www.carlyfindlay.blogspot.com.au

To go to this blog, click here.



Parenting Category finalists

We're aware that all finalists in this category are female.
97% of the entrants in this category were female.

Alive and Blogging: The Life of a Modern Day Cave-Mama

Alexandra Virgo
Follow on Twitter @Alexandra_Alive
www.aliveandblogging.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Caro and Co

Caro Webster
Follow on Twitter @salisburydowns
www.caroandco.com.au

To go to this blog, click here.


miscellaneous mum

Karen Andrews
Follow on Twitter @miscmum
www.miscmum.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Planning with Kids

Nicole Avery
Follow on Twitter @planningqueen
www.planningwithkids.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Woogsworld

Mrs Woog
Follow on Twitter @woogsworld
www.woogsworld.com

To go to this blog, click here.



Business Category finalists

Declutter HomeDeclutter Home

Tanya Lea
Follow on Twitter @declutterhome
www.declutterhome.com.au

To go to this blog, click here.


Decoding the New Economy

Paul Wallbank
Follow on Twitter @paulwallbank
www.paulwallbank.com

To go to this blog, click here.


For the Riders

Michael Geale
Follow on Twitter @fortheriders
www.news.fortheriders.com.au

To go to this blog, click here.


herBusiness: The Australian Business Women's Network

Suzi Dafnis
Follow on Twitter @suzidafnis
http://blog.abn.org.au

To go to this blog, click here.


Respectfully Disobedient

Jackie Purnell
Follow on Twitter @JackiePurnell
www.jackiepurnell.com

To go to this blog, click here.


The Story of Telling

Bernadette Jiwa
Follow on Twitter @bernadettejiwa
www.thestoryoftelling.com/blog

To go to this blog, click here.




Words Category finalists

ANZ LitLovers LitBlog

Lisa Hill
Follow on Twitter @anzlitlovers
www.anzlitlovers.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Just Add Story

Wade Bowmer
Follow on Twitter @staticsan
www.justaddstory.wordpress.com

To go to this blog, click here.


Killings: The Kill Your Darlings blog

Editor: Estelle Tang
Follow on Twitter @kyd_journal
www.killyourdarlingsjournal.com/blog

To go to this blog, click here.


PublishEd Adelaide

Katy McDevitt
Follow on Twitter @katymcdevitt
www.publishedadelaide.com.au

To go to this blog, click here.


The Book Post

Tara Moss
Follow on Twitter @Tara_Moss
http://blog.taramoss.com

To go to this blog, click here.


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