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‘Traditional' media sweeps SA Blog Awards

The fourth annual South African Blog Awards were held last night, Wednesday, 2 April 2008, in Cape Town and for the first time, traditional media - albeit those publishers embracing new media - pretty much swept the board. Dominating eight of the 22 categories were East Coast Radio and the Mail & Guardian Online. [Video]
Comments Matthew Buckland, GM of the M&G Online, "We are honoured to have picked up four awards, including the coveted 'SA Blog of the year' for Thought Leader. It's an award for all our very special Thought Leader contributors and readers who have contributed more than 3 million words to the site over the past six months of the site's short existence. It is certainly a sign that Thought Leader has become accepted as a premier destination for opinion and comment in this country.

"Personally, I'm honoured to have picked up the best business blog award for my namesake blog, matthewbuckland.com. It makes all the hard work and effort, especially those late night blogging sessions, all the more worthwhile."

"We are just so proud of our talent," says Trish Taylor, MD of East Coast Radio. "They continue to demonstrate that radio has new relevancy and new life in this multimedia world we are living in and rather than preach about theory, East Coast Radio people are putting it into practice and being recognised for it, and winning audience as a result.

"Our blogs and podcasting over the last year and half have added a whole new level of interaction and accessibility to our audience. When we had the big waves that pounded our coastline last year, residents turned to our website and blogs to keep them up-to-date hour by hour. Traditional media like print and even traditional radio for that matter, hard a hard time keeping pace with the story - but our team managed it with ease, offering reporting, photos (many from residents) and video from the scene."

Anice Hassim, head strategist of immedia, the consultancy responsible for ECR's digital strategy adds, "It is really obvious in hindsight that radio and online synergise so well together, given their complementary nature and immediacy of both media. It wasn't at all obvious when ECR embarked on this journey several years ago."

The winners are:

South African Weblog of the Year


The Best of the Best from South Africa
Winner: www.thoughtleader.co.za [an M&G Online product]

Most Humorous South African Blog


Witty, comical and written to induce uncontrollable laughter
Winner: http://blog.ecr.co.za/breakfast

Best Overseas South African Blog


Best blog written by a South African in any foreign country
Winner: http://cooksister.typepad.com

Best SA Blog about Politics


The best SA blog featuring mainly a political theme
Winner: www.thoughtleader.co.za [an M&G Online product]

Best New Blog


Best blog which was started during the year of 2007
Winner: http://blog.ecr.co.za/newswatch

Best SA Blog about Technology / Computers / Web Development


Best South African technology focused weblog
Winner: http://imod.co.za

Best SA Blog about Design


Best overall design and layout of a weblog page
Winner:www.skinnylaminx.com

Best SA Business Blog


Best blog about business
Winner: www.matthewbuckland.com [GM of the M&G Online]
Runner up: Bizcommunity.com Breaking News blog

Best Website Promoting Blogging


Best South African blog content promotion service or blogging platform
Winner: www.amatomu.com [an M&G Online product]

Best Green Blog


Weblog covering mainly environmental, organic or enviro-friendly related content
Winner: http://urbansprout.co.za

Best Undiscovered Blog


Due to these blogs being 'undiscovered' with limited readership, last year's winners will make a selection from the unknown blogs nominated for this category. The selected top ten with then go through to the final voting stage as per normal.
Winner: http://livinglifebreathlessly.blogspot.com

Best SA Entertainment Blog


Weblogs about movies, television, celebrities, theatre and topical issues with entertainment value
Winner: http://blog.ecr.co.za/breakfast

Best Post on a South African Blog


The one post which stood out in 2007
Winner: http://mushypeasontoast.blogspot.com/2007/10/how-not-to-buy-condoms.html

Best Original Writing on a South African Blog


Composition, attention to detail, advanced levels of subject investigation
Winner: http://mushypeasontoast.blogspot.com

Best SA Photographic Blog


The best SA blog featuring original photographic content
Winner: http://jenty-mylifeinpics.blogspot.com

Best SA Blog about Food and Wine


The best blog written primarily about food or drink
Winner: http://cooksister.com

Best SA Music Blog


Best weblog about news of a musical nature
Winner: http://peakperformances.co.za

Best SA Podcast


Best independently produced video or audio podcast in SA
Winner: http://blog.ecr.co.za/justplain

Best Group Blog


Best blog with more than one contributor
Winner: http://blog.ecr.co.za/breakfast

Best Sports Blog


A weblog written exclusively about any recognised sport
Winner: http://keo.co.za

Best Travel Blog


The best South African blog featuring travel related content.
Winner: http://capetowndailyphoto.com

Best South African Personal Blog


Covers diary type blogs of a personal lifestory nature
Winner: http://tertia.org


For the full list of winners and runners up, go to www.sablogawards.com/2008/.



The awards ceremony itself last night was short and sweet, punctuated with humour - the controversial Sunday Times columnist David Bullard was initially announced as the winner of the blog best promoting blogging in SA.

Winners walked off with a potted indigenous sapling from Stodels Nursery (promoting Green-consciousness) and a bottle of Warwick Estate wine. Cerebra sponsored an iPod Nano, Dell certain categories with four flat screen monitors and the overall winner scooped 2008 cents and an Xbox 360 from Microsoft (since that was Thought Leader, one wonders how the team consisting of Buckland, strategist Vincent Maher and online editor Riaan Wolmarans are going to divvy up the spoils with their contributors...)

For the latest blog posts concerning the awards, see the SA Blog Awards widget on the Bizcommunity.com Breaking News blog, http://blog.bizcommunity.com.
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About Simone Puterman

Simone Puterman (@SimoneAtLarge) is currently editor-at-large at Marklives.com and deputy chair of the Sanef online editors subcommittee. After majoring in psychology and linguistics at Rhodes University, and then completing her honours in psychology, she has been in the world of B2B publishing since 1997, with 7.5 year stints at both WriteStuff Publishing and Bizcommunity.com (March 2006-August 2013). Email her at .
Comment
J Man
Well Done - Blogs are Hard work-
Congratulations to all concerned especially East Coast radio. Blogs are incredibly time consuming and hard work to maintain, and to ensure that the details and information is constantly updated. There is nothing worse than logging on or googling information on a blog that was last updated in 2002!!! Well done to everyone for all their hard work, dedication and time to make sure content is up-to-date and relevant.
Posted on 4 Apr 2008 15:41

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