I’m delighted to announce that I’ve made the shortlist for the 2012 Bloggies, as one of the five blogs nominated for “Best European Blog”. I know people traditionally say that it’s an honour to be nominated, partly because there’s a very strong possibility they won’t win, but it really is true.
What that means I guess is that a lot of people coming here are seeing my blog for the very first time. If that’s you then hello! Hope you like it, make yourself at home and do have a look around. There's a "best of" section in the sidebar, if you're interested. Feel free to leave a comment, if you tend to do that sort of thing (I know lots of people don’t, which is fine too).
Unlike most of the nominated blogs – in all the categories – I’ve never been clever enough or HTML-savvy enough to include an “about me” page and even if I did I’m not sure what it would say (perhaps regular readers could offer some suggestions in the comments section? Keep it clean if you do, given that I’ve got guests). Basically I live in Reading with my wife and my small but growing collection of hang-ups and I write about whatever takes my fancy. Sometimes that’s food, sometimes it’s travel, sometimes it’s office life, and often it’s just small things or minor details that take my interest. I’ve been doing it for nearly three years and eventually I hope to get the hang of it.
I thought I might do some re-posts from 2011 over the next couple of weeks; hopefully that will give people an idea what the blog is about and will also mean there’s always something new to read. I appreciate this might not be the most thrilling experience for regular readers, but hopefully you’ll bear with me (oh, and feel free to make any suggestions in the comments about any posts you’d like to see again).
Last of all, because I nearly forgot – please vote for me! The link is HERE.
I’d really appreciate it if you did, particularly because I’m reliably informed that it’s a right royal pain in the arse clicking on the voting buttons and filling out the captcha, let alone jumping through the hoop of checking your email spam filter to make sure you can verify your email and finalise your vote (in fact, a fair few people have told me that the voting process is only slightly easier to understand than “A Brief History Of Time”).
Whether you vote for me or not, thanks too to everyone who nominated me, read one of my posts, commented on it, Tweeted about it or passed it on in any way over the last twelve months. I’m really lucky to have so many people who are so kind, positive (and sometimes forgiving!) about my writing.