The Irish Blog Awards shortlists have been announced.
Congratulations to one and all.
However, congratulations also due to Damien Mulley, who thought the shindig up and has done the runnning on it. Not just congratulations, I think. I think he’s also due a token of thanks.
Ireland is a funny place. We don’t usually rush at strangers and embrace them as our friends. Go to any conference, gathering etc and you’ll see people in small clumps of two or three, talking to the people they already know and all looking out suspiciously at everyone else.
These blog awards, along with the Planet of the Blogs and Irishblogs aggregators, have done a great deal to turn lots of little island nations into some kind of coherent whole. Looking at the longlist, I have a flavour of what Ireland’s online community is like.
Bonkers mostly. Well, ok, smart, funny, truthful,excited, and bonkers. But it undoubtedly is a community now- in a way it wasn’t before. And that change is going to be important, in a way I can’t really put my finger on yet. I even like Rick O’Shea now, a task I would have thought beyond the power of even Mortal Ken.
Damien can take a great deal of the credit for all of that.
So, simply, what I’m going to do when I’m going along for the night, is pay €10 instead of €5 at the door. If everyone does the same it will cover Damien’s hotel and travel costs, as he outlined them here. And if he has something left over he can buy himself a hat. Or some kind of talking orange. We’ll leave those details up to him.
And if I’m the only one doing it, he can buy himself most of a drink with the fiver.