Archive for the ‘irishblogs’ Category

Please register for the Blog Awards

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Damn you success! It seems there might be a LOT more people coming to the awards than initially expected so can anyone that wants to go register their attendance as soon as possible. I’ll be booking a new location judging by these numbers by end of week. Yikes. Not like I had enough to stress me!

I am not the child from Oliver but I thank you

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

So yes, I’m not that child who, as it happens, was also called Oliver. There have been a few posts, most recently Simon’s suggesting that there should be a whip-around of some sort for me. No need. My hotel stay is now being paid for by Microsoft Ireland and I am hugely grateful. A big thank you to Clare Dillon for making the no-strings attached offer. But have I told you how I’d prefer all my readers to use Internet Explorer to view my site and … 😉 Nope, Microsoft just like us bloggers so they have asked for nothing in return, like many other people who have kindly offered to paypal me money and so forth. Thank you everyone.

Just to be clear, my transparency post was not me with cap in hand, more me just being upfront with costs and what it takes to run an event like this. I have talked to other people who look like they are going to run some other interesting award events and hopefully my post helped them out.

Thanks for all the offers of financial assitance but I should be ok. However the best thing to do to help me is just tell as many friends of yours about the event and if you personally know people in the press, try and encourage them to do a story on blogging. You could also try and get more people to blog especially if you think their voice would bring something new and different to the community.

Speaking of sponsors, I’m toying with the idea that I’ll only accept sponsorship next year from companies that have a blog or employees that blog. That’ll make things interesting. 😉

Wavehunt is looking for sponsors

Monday, February 20th, 2006

My friend Charlie is running an event called Wavehunt and is currently looking for sponsors. Anyone want to sponsor this “exercise a nerd” event? 🙂


WaveHunt is a high-tech manhunt using a moving wireless computer network on the streets of Dublin, Ireland.

Inspired by the DefCon Running Man competition, WaveHunt is a fun event for Ireland’s technical community that will test your network and direction finding skills, and possibly even win you some prizes!

Thanks for the book

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Thanks for the book whoever sent it to me. Interesting choice.

Regulatory Craft

The sad fact is that I’ll probably enjoy reading this book on regulation. As an aside, anyone else think the cover is slightly Goatse-esque?

Irish Blog Awards Short List

Monday, February 20th, 2006

Short List is here.

Can’t blog me love – Via Steven – Excellent

Friday, February 17th, 2006

The Richard and Fiona show. A love song.

I knew I’d infect someone else with the blogging/song mashups.

Nice one Steven.

Find me a hotel room on March 10th and 11th

Friday, February 17th, 2006

UPDATE: Booked a place. Thanks for your help!

Just checked Buswells. They have one room left at €240 a night. Eh no. Anyone recommend a cheaper hotel? I didn’t realise that was the Ireland v Scotland match weekend. Lordy.

Boost a blogger

Friday, February 17th, 2006

TechCrunch talks about the new Rojo idea known as Feedshare. Basically you stick some code on your page and it advertises a blog and an ad. In turn your blog will be advertised on someoneelse’s blog. So for every block of ads you show (2 in a block) your ad will be displayed on another website. Rojo makes money from the second ad. I like the fact that the ad also has a direct link to your feed so you can subscribe to it.

It’s a good idea but I wonder will it get eclipsed by a service that just allows you to display one ad and you get an ad in return (we are back in the bubble with companies giving you something for free) or one ad and a share in the second ad?

This could be done for the Irish Bloggersphere. Simple javascript you stick on your sidebar that randomly chooses a blog from a list on IrishBlogs or Planet of the Blogs. If you wanted to be ultra-generous you could specify in the code to weight towards new blogs where new is defined as being less than 2 months old.

The person that builds this blog network would have access to a lot of Irish blogs then and would have the opportunity to then offer revenue share on ads in the future. So have the reciprocal ads to start with and then when people trust you enough you could give them the opportunity to display a second ad which they’d revenue share in.

Another lazyweb idea from Damien. Someone steal this idea.

Pre-Blog Awards Dinner anyone?

Friday, February 17th, 2006

See subjectline. March 11th. Unknown location as of yet.

An experiment in transparency

Thursday, February 16th, 2006

Sooo, the blog awards are almost here and voting ends in 24 hours time. I’ll lock the voting system then and sort out the shortlists. Some are going to be very very close. I’d like to go through the costs behind the event now and at the end of this post I’m asking for suggestions on some things.

  • The room is costing me €220 ex vat and I hope the fiver fee I’m charging as an entrance fee will cover that.
  • All prizes are sponsored and all sponsors are paying €50 per category except for Blacknight who are sponsoring a 2gb iPod Nano for the Best Blog prize. Blacknight are also hosting this site for free.
  • The domain cost €40 ex vat.
  • Spolitchild did the logo for free.
  • Rick O’Shea is doing the MC gig for free which is fantastic for someone of his calibre.
  • Bitbuzz as well as sponsoring a category are also sponsoring Internet Access.
  • o2 are sponsoring some i-mode phones as spotprizes and for a draw for voters.
  • Bifsniff are giving me a t-shirt with one of their surreal cartoons as a spotprize.
  • A cool guy named John Greene is donating two bottles of wine as spot prizes.

I am not getting anything extra from any of the sponsors. I will apparently have one PR company buy me lunch though. I’m a fan of the Mermaid Café by the way. 🙂 I’m paying for two nights in the Hotel myself and the train/plane. I must also get some trophies made this weekend, which for now will come out of my pocket. I have no issues paying these costs myself.

What I want to ask though is that I got a good few enquiries from companies and PR people wanting to sponsor the overall event this year. As in they wanted “Irish Blog Awards – Sponsored by Widget Limited” but I turned them down as I thought it unfair to the category sponsors and that they’d be overshadowed. Plus almost all costs were covered. So, next year do you think it would be ok to have an overall sponsor as well as category sponsors?

And now for the most important question: Should I personally profit from this next year? I’m sure I can ask much more for category sponsorship and overall sponsorship and with that comes a bigger venue, maybe better prizes and I want to pay the MC next year (and I’d hope it’d be Rick) but even then I’m thinking there would be money left over. Should I expense my hotel stay and trip and put any spare cash into my wallet? Or what should I do?

I am already profiting from it in a way as my traffic to my site has jumped and I seem to be getting to know PR people a bit more and may work with them on other blog related events. So I will be clear in that I am making something already from it. Anyway, I want the community to decide on this as this is your event and without you I wouldn’t be doing this and having so much fun. And to note, whatever you suggest I will honour it because I really don’t give that much of a damn about money. So, over to you…