I’ve received several messages from attentive readers in relation to the Blog Awards Ireland 2015, which are now open for nominations, asking whether An Sionnach Fionn will be participating in the competition. As some of you may know, ASF was previously nominated in the categories dedicated to politics, news and current affairs – as well as best blog post – in 2013 and 2014 (thanks to the support of some proactive Sionnacha). Unfortunately no political categories exist in the awards this time around, as far as I can see, and the whole nomination process looks a bit intrusive. For instance, as the owner of the website, to nominate my own blog for consideration I have to give an email address (which is ok), my phone number (which is not ok) and agree to attend the awards’ ceremony itself (which is a bit much for the publicity-shy or otherwise committed. If you are up to win a category and you decline to attend the event does someone else take your place purely on the basis that they wish to bask in the limelight – or can get the day off from work?). I suspect those requirements will discourage only the most fame-seeking authors out there. Those and the larger, commercial websites looking for a PR bump (most of which, as in previous years, certainly don’t qualify as a “blog”).
However if you wish to put forward ASF for consideration in the general competition for 2015 please do so by nominating An Sionnach Fionn (the full web address for easy copy-and-paste is, http://ansionnachfionn.com) through the link here. Only a name and email is required from the nominator (which I presume can be real or invented). For the category of best blog post, which can be nominated here, can I suggest my brief article, “Irish Is Not Dying, Irish Is Being Killed”? (the full web address for copy-and-paste is, https://ansionnachfionn.com/2015/06/24/irish-is-not-dying-irish-is-being-killed). I’m sure others will have their favourites from the last year. In any case, good luck to all who enter the competition, and thank you to anyone who takes the time to nominate me.