I had a very enjoyable weekend at the Irish Blog Awards, meeting bloggers from every walk of life and putting faces to names and indeed pseudonyms in some cases. This year my participation was more than just a wannabe blogger and longlistee, I also got involved as a judge, offering my services in particular for the Best Use of Irish Language in a Blog. I will be writing more about the whole weekend on my personal blog as I was there in a personal capacity but I thought readers of this blog would be interested in the results of the Best Blog of a Business category.
I’m delighted to report that this category, sponsored by Red Cardinal, was won by one of our longest standing members, Blacknight Solutions. I remember years ago, in my previous job, when my own blog was in its infancy, attending an IIA event about blogging and being very impressed by Michele Neylon’s revelations and tips about business blogging.
There is no question that Blacknight’s blog is a great business blog but do take some time to check out the runners up as well as each of them have very different approaches to their business blogging.
If you are planning to start blogging for business or indeed going through an uninspired February hump, I would stronly recommend subscribing through your reader or by email to business blogs but also to blogs where you have a personal interest in the category. Inpsiration comes from all sorts of sources for all these people, so why not for you too!
Also if you like statistics and analysis, you will love IIA Member Cathal Garvey’s analysis of the software and hosting used by Ireland’s top bloggers. It might help you decide which platform is best suited to your blog.