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My Wine Education Named Best Cincinnati Blog

The Cincinnati Enquirer announcement article follows, as well as the original press release announcing all 10 blogs.

Blogs named contest winners
Staff Reports, Cincinnati Enquirer, 8/2/2007

A design and architecture blog and one on the local and worldwide wine scene tied for “best blog” in a Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and CincyTechUSA contest on Cincinnati.Com.

The winners were DesignCincinnati by Drew Steinbrecher, who blogs on design and architecture highlights around the region, www.drew-o-rama.com/designcincinnati;
and My Wine Education by Michelle Lentz, who delivers a very tasty site about the local and worldwide wine scene, and Cincinnati hospitality/nightlife in general, www.wine-girl.net.

The winners beat out 60 other unique blog entries and will receive iPhones.

In the chamber member category, the winning iPhone went to Strategic Public Relations by Kevin Dugan of FRCH Design Worldwide, who the chamber said offers insights on the latest in PR developments and issues locally and globally at http://prblog.typepad.com.

Chamber and CincyTech USA Name Region’s Top 10 Blogs

When it comes to determining the best blogs in Cincinnati USA, the clear consensus among the judges: A Top 10 list is not nearly enough.

The 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.

“We were 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.”

According 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

“Fort’s Cancer Sux”, blogger Melissa McLaughlin, Melissa’s (Fort’s) inspiring journal of her quest to beat stage-four breast cancer, http://fortscancersux.blogspot.com

“Freckle Photo,” blogger Melissa Speelman, outstanding photo journal by a local art teacher documenting her family, friends, and classroom activities, http://www.frecklephoto.com

“Each 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

“Lance 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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