Hundreds Nominated in Grafton Media Blog Awards

With 1400 nominations in so far for hundreds of blogs and with Grafton Media as the headline sponsor, the organisers of Blog Awards Ireland are delighted that so many share their enthusiasm and passion for good blogging. The Blog Awards will become an important event in the social media and awards calendars playing its part in celebrating the best in Irish blogging and bringing online communities together in its gala event on 13th October 2012 at the Osprey in Naas.

The headline sponsors, Grafton Media, are an award-winning, full-service, creative digital agency, ranked 24/100 in the recommended agencies register. With offices in Dublin, Manchester and London, they are proving to be a dynamic and growing company with their finger on the pulse for all things web and digital related.

‘At Grafton Media we believe passionately in blogging and reaching new audiences. As a communications agency at the forefront of many technologies, blogging is an integral part of sharing ideas and thoughts between communities, and building new relationships between others that would not have been made otherwise. We feel that sponsoring the Blog Awards 2012 is a great opportunity to promote the efforts of the blogging community and to encourage others who haven’t blogged before to get started. The night should be fantastic and we’re very excited to be involved’. Dave Antrobus, Managing Director – Grafton Media

Lorna Sixsmith, Amanda Webb and Beatrice Whelan use blogging and other social media platforms to promote their businesses and those they work for. (Garrendenny Lane and Write on Track, Spiderworking, and Sage Ireland). They see blogging as not just about writing or SEO or driving traffic to a website but also about creating communities. Blogging can offer as much to the individual and personal blogger as to the business blogger and a Blog Awards recognises and rewards the efforts involved in creating excellent blogs.

The organisers are delighted that Grafton Media have come on board as the headline sponsors. “We’re absolutely thrilled that Grafton Media have joined us as headline sponsors of Blog Awards Ireland. After meeting them we were very excited that they wanted to become involved. They are a dynamic and innovative company and are also great bloggers. Working together, we are going to create a wonderful celebration of the best of Irish blogging.” Amanda Webb, Spiderworking/ Blog Awards Ireland.

The Grafton Media Blog Awards Ireland’s event will bring online communities together, celebrate the best of Irish blogging, and offer businesses and bloggers an opportunity to iincrease their visibility and prominence in social media circles. With more people being guided in their buying decisions by bloggers rather than friends’ opinions, blogging is a considerably influential tool in word of mouth marketing. The organisers expect 250 people to attend the event on 13th October with hundreds more following the event on twitter from their armchairs at home.

Nominations are open at until 31st July. There are 30 categories to choose from with a diverse range of themes. Bloggers can nominate their own blogs and it is free to nominate. 1400 nominations have been received to date with the most popular categories being lifestyle, food/drink, personal, photography and health/wellbeing. Best Newcomer (new blogs started since June 2011) is one of the most popular with over 350 nominations, showing the growth in Irish blogging.

Categories sponsored include Best Food/Drink blog by Glenisk, Best Photography Blog by Cearbhuil Studios, Best Blog of an SME by Sage and Best Corporate Blog by Media box. Sponsorship opportunities are available for any business who would like to be connected with such a lively and exciting event by emailing

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