Inside The Blogosphere
- 2 Mar 08, 07:37 PM
Saturday night finds us at the Alexander Hotel in Dublin to witness the Irish Blog Awards. For this, their third year, it’s a family reunion and the chance to share a real-time experience with Twenty Major, Grannymar, Ice Cream Ireland, Little Bird Eats and Gingerpixel.
While there are several nordies in the room (goodonpaper, Phil O’ Kane, ulstermusic.com), the trophies are staying down south. It’s nice that I’ve been nominated in the Best Music Blog category, but as predicted, the honour goes to nialler9. Here’s a photo of the guy with Aoife from indiehour and myself, swapping thoughts.
While the tone isn’t anti-corporate, much of the energy is coming from individuals outside the traditional media. In time, the best of the talent will be absorbed by the mainstream, just as David Fanning went from pirate broadcasting to establishment. But for now, it’s enough to witness the adventure, the camaraderie and the barmpot humour. It doesn’t always amount to great writing, some of it is merely daft, but it’s a talent funnel, a deal of self-expression and it keeps some rather deviant souls off the streets.
Stu Bailie presents The Late show on Radio Ulster, every Friday from 10pm until midnight. See his playlist here.
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