Attracting more than 1,000 entries and over 70,000 votes casted in support of finalists’ blogs, Singapore Blog Awards 2011 came to a conclusion 2 Saturdays ago (23 Jul 2011) at Shanghai Dolly.
Last year, Celebrate Life Lah! won Best Lifestyle Blog. This year, it didn’t even make it into the Top 10. I also entered my newly started travel blog, Explore Life Lah!, into the Best Travel Blog category and thankfully, it qualified as one of the 10 finalists. Phew! Thanks to all who have voted and supported me in SBA 2011. Those who didn’t, please smear some butter on your buttocks and prepare to be spanked! LOL
Similar to last year, there were a total of 10 main categories with some new categories replacing previous ones. This edition, 4 merchant-linked categories were also added. A BIG THANK YOU to all the sponsors for making the Blog Awards possible for the fourth year running!
This is my second year at the awards and it was especially fun this time round because unlike last year where I was a wreck and didn’t know anybody, this year’s event was a catching up with blogger friends I’ve made in the last 12 months. Plus, I got to be one of the mascots for this year’s theme (History Gets Social!) and played emperor! It was whacked-out fun. Check out the behind-the-scenes of our photoshoot here.
If I said I wasn’t disappointed for not winning, my nose would grow very long. But there are always people better than ourselves and room for improvements. Winning depended on 70% by the judge’s decision and 30% by votes. I didn’t make it into the top 3 most voted blogs in my category so that’s a lot to reflect upon. Perhaps readers like travel blogs with big photos and minimal writing, somewhat of a vertical photo album with captions instead of detailed history and accounts of tourist attactions.
Then again, it could also be the preference of a sole judge overlooking the category. Fourteen judges were assigned to 14 categories, which meant each judge handles one category and not the case of all judges scoring each finalist’s blog to reach an average tabulation. As much as the contest is a test of each blogger’s abilities, it also depends on what topic shines with the judge and a test on their language proficiency as bilingualism is a highlight of the awards with bloggers posting in English, Traditional and Simplified Chinese. It’s tough being a judge! Kudos to them for agreeing to shoulder this task on a voluntary basis!
I would like to sincerely thank the Omy.sg team for creating a platform for Singaporean and Malaysian blogs to gain recognition and all the sponsors for supporting our individual voices!