Sunday 15 September 2013

Strange to be blog of the year

Embedded image permalinkWould you believe it.  I can’t quite believe it myself, but you are now reading the Lib Dem Blog of the Year 2013.

I feel slightly embarrassed to admit this, because I have only been blogging seriously since February, and I was among a number of really brilliant fellow nominees, any of whom could have won.  So I am ever so grateful to those who nominated me – and very grateful to my fellow nominees who I have read to learn how to do it.

I have run this blog since 2007, but in rather a fitful way – and gave up entirely while I was at the Cabinet Office organising an independent review.  It didn’t seem to fit very comfortably with being independent.

Then, earlier this year, in a desperate attempt to sell a few of my books, I started doing in every day.  Soon I couldn’t stop.  Goodness knows where all this will end.

So there I was at the Lib Dem Voice awards last night in the Crown Plaza hotel in Glasgow, which – like the conference centre – is a bit like Hampton Court maze, minding my own business, having been assured that I was quite safe and I didn’t have a cat in hell’s chance of winning.

What was I to say?  Well, blogs are an effective protection for people who don’t think very well on their feet.  Of course I hadn’t the foggiest idea what to say then.

So I’m just going to devote this post to a few more expressions of gratitude . . .

. . . to everyone who has been reading what I write, and who devote those minutes from their precious days to visiting my mind, however briefly.  Even if they don’t agree.  Especially if they don't agree.

. . . to everyone who sends me links to things they think will interest me.

. . . to everyone who has encouraged me by tweeting or telling me that they enjoyed reading the blog, and that the ideas I’ve struggled to express are worth struggling to express.

. . . to everyone who has taken the irrevocable step of actually buying one of my books as a result.  You’ve made a middle-aged man very happy.

. . . to all my fellow bloggers who are dedicated to the grand cause that conversation about ideas, with ideas, for ideas, shall not perish from the Lib Dems.


Dora Burns said...

Many congratulations!

juliandobson said...

Well done :)

Anonymous said...

Whoo hoo! One of the lib Dems' really sound decisions ( unlike the nuclear one!) Many well deserved congratulations to a Master Blogger