Best Australian Blog 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.
Here's what Eden said:
"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
Congratulations to all the winners in the Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition.
Feeding the chooks – Martin McKenzie-Murray, VIC
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."
Edenland – Eden Riley, NSW
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."
Caro & Co – Caro Webster, NSW
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."
The Story of Telling – Bernadette Jiwa, WA
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."
ANZ LitLovers LitBlog – Lisa Hill, VIC
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
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.
Special Award winners - Funniest post
Ben Pobjie, VIC
What is to be done about these facts or possibly not?
Special Award winners - Outstanding Advocacy Post
Mr Denmore, NSW
Waiting for the Feature
Special Award winners - New Blog
Anna Spargo-Ryan, VIC
Special Award winners - Best Young Blogger
Alexandra Virgo, SA
Congratulations to all the finalists in the Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition.
Ben Pobjie's Wonderful World of Objects
Feeding the Chooks
Only the Depth Varies
The Failed Estate
In Search of a Life Less Ordinary
Magneto Bold too!
Not Quite Nigella
Tune Into Radio Carly
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
Caro and Co
Planning with Kids
Decoding the New Economy
For the Riders
herBusiness: The Australian Business Women's Network
The Story of Telling
ANZ LitLovers LitBlog
Just Add Story
Killings: The Kill Your Darlings blog
Editor: Estelle Tang
The Book Post