I got this email from the author of the blog that won Best Technical Blog in the Irish Blog Awards…
I am emailing you in response to your comment (ccing Damien Mulley), since this is better handled through email than the web.
Here is the situation
1. I do not know who nominated the Irisheconomy blog for the awards - I was not involved.
2. The rules indicate
"To be nominated the Blog has to have been actively blogging between July 15th and December 15th 2008."
I guess that can be interpreted in two ways:
(a) to be blogging at some point between those two dates. That is, allows for a blog that may be active for a period and then stops - for example, Sarah Carey’s site finished in early Autumn. Or (as in our case) it also allows for a ‘new entrant’ blog.
(b) to be blogging throughout the two dates - which I think is your interpetation.
3. I think it is for the organisers to make the judgement as to what is allowed. All the details of our blogging activity are publicly available via the website.
To which I replied…
Thank you very much Philip. It’s good of you to reply.
As you know my view is that your blog should not have qualifed at all because it was not actively blogging between 15 July and 15 December. I’m afraid I do not agree that there is an interpretation of the rules which permits a blog to begin in December 2008 and be considered.
Of course , it is not your fault that you won. That is the responsibility of the organisers of the Awards. But I am disappointed that you have not disqualified yourself, in the spirit of the rules. You have done someone else out of the prize.
During the afternoon, I also received the following from Damien Mulley via Facebook…Damien Mulley