Kevin & I are just ecstatic to have been nominated by many of you as a top 10 blog in Cincinnati. Out of 62 nominated blogs (and over 150 submissions), the Top 10 regional blogs were chosen by a panel of judges. My Wine Education is officially a Top 10 Cincinnati Blog! This is fantastic, and I’m really proud.
No, we don’t get anything out of this but bragging rights and hopefully, a whole bunch of new eyeballs on the site. Hello! We love new visitors! There’s a slight chance (as in a million to 1) I can win a coveted iPhone out of this, but the competition is quite stiff, and includes a couple of blogs I read on a regular basis. Good luck, and more importantly, congratulations to the 9 other blogs on the list!
Here’s the article from today’s Enquirer, which has the dates wrong, and the correct full press release, with links to all 10 blogs, is after the jump.
UPDATE 8/2: We won? Wow! Many thanks, and no worries. We already have an AT&T data contract for my Blackberry and the iPhone contract is already cheaper.
Wow! And many congrats to the other 2 winners (it was a tie!).
Chamber and CincyTech USA Name Region’s Top 10 Blogs
it comes to determining the best blogs in Cincinnati USA, the clear
consensus among the judges: A Top 10 list is not nearly enough.
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and the region’s high tech initiative
— CincyTechUSA — received 154 nominations for 62 unique blog entries
in Cincinnati USA’s Best Blog Competition over the past seven days on
Cincinnati.com in a quest to name the best blog authored in Cincinnati
USA and the best blog authored by a Chamber member.
amazed by the quality, the passion and the diversity of the blogs
nominated," said Bob Coy, president of CincyTechUSA. "Sadly, too many
top-quality blogs can’t be squeezed into one Top 10 list. And
determining the final two winners — who will receive iPhones — will
require yet another round of judging before we can make a tough, tough
decision and our announcement of the winners on Aug. 2."
to Coy, the judges favored blogs created by a single author over blogs
written or produced by a collaboration or an organization. "We felt it
only fair to judge individual bloggers rather than pit a solitary
blogger against an entire organization with much greater resources,"
Coy said. "Even still, it was incredibly difficult to arrive at a short
list. It’s quite evident we have a vibrant and growing blogging
community in Cincinnati USA."
Because the nomination process was
hosted and promoted by Cincinnati.com, bloggers who are employed by
Cincinnati.com, The Cincinnati Enquirer, CiN Weekly and The Cincinnati
Post could not be considered.
The top winners in the two
respective categories will be announced Thursday, Aug. 2, at the
conclusion of a Web 2.0 Bootcamp in the Chamber’s Learning Center,
Suite 300 of the Carew Tower, 441 Vine St.. They will receive the
hottest Internet gadget going: Apple iPhones. AT&T service is not
included. Pete Blackshaw — chief marketing officer of Nielsen
BuzzMetrics and a national authority on blogging, podcasts and online
video — will present "Consumer Generated Media: Blogs and Streaming
Video," a comprehensive workshop that will cover the latest wave of
Internet business models, and how companies can leverage these
cost-effective tools to promote their products. Only four seats remain
for the Aug. 2 presentation and can be reserved by calling
513.579.3111. Cost is $175 for Chamber members; $300 for nonmembers.
The Top 10 Best Blogs In Cincinnati USA As Named By The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber And CincyTechUSA
"Building Cincinnati," blogger Kevin LeMaster, coverage of Cincinnati development news, http://buildingcincinnati.blogspot.com
"Cincinnati Blog," blogger Brian Griffin, political and progressive news and opinion in Cincinnati, http://cincinnati.blogspot.com/
"DesignCincinnati," blogger Drew Steinbrecher, design and architecture highlights around the region, http://www.drew-o-rama.com/designcincinnati
Cancer Sux", blogger Melissa McLaughlin, Melissa’s (Fort’s) inspiring
journal of her quest to beat stage-four breast cancer, http://fortscancersux.blogspot.com
Photo," blogger Melissa Speelman, outstanding photo journal by a local
art teacher documenting her family, friends, and classroom activities, http://www.frecklephoto.com
Note Secure," blogger Joe Long, WOXY.com staffer who has his finger
directly on the pulse of the music world in Cincinnati USA and beyond, http://www.eachnotesecure.com
McAlister," blogger Lance McAlister, arguably the premier overall
sports blog in Cincinnati USA and the No. 1 fan site of
Pittsburgh-bound lightning bolt Valerie Abati, http://1530homer.com/pages/lancesBlog.html
"My Wine Education," blogger Michelle Lentz, very tasty site about the local and worldwide wine scene, http://www.wine-girl.net
"Patent Baristas," blogger Stephen Albainy-Jenie, provides pertinent information about intellectual property topics, http://patentbaristas.com
"Strategic Public Relations," blogger Kevin Dugan, insights on the latest in PR developments and issues locally and globally, http://prblog.typepad.com
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