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Blog Awards 09 – Sponsorship Opportunities

Friday, February 6th, 2009

The Blog Awards are around the corner and many companies have made enquries about what they can sponsor or cover. So what’s left?

The Grand Prix “Best Blog” prize is open for sponsorship. Final award of the night. Biggest award etc.

Champagne:
Every winner gets a bottle of champagne. Sponsors of these get their name on the bottle with the Blog Awards logo. Get their pic taken with all the winners.

Goody bags:
Every year we do goody bags. Your gear or that of your client. Given about 15 people broke their melt last year packing these bag for people, if you want to have items put in the bags you can either pack them yourself or pay 100 euros to have someone pack them for you. A minimum of 350 pieces need to be supplied for the bags. No flyers. No discounts.

Raffles:
We have a raffle midway through the event. If you have something substantial for a raffle then we might raffle it off. Sorry, but if you are going to offer Manky Toys, we have a sponsor for them.

Other opportunities:
Perhaps something we didn’t think of. Let us know.

Email contact < at > awards.ie if you want to get involved. Not my personal email, please.

Also, please see more details about sponsorship and what sponsors get in return. The event at the end of the day is not very commercial and is run at cost with all door takings going to charity.

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Fluffy Links – Friday February 6th 2009

Friday, February 6th, 2009

Want to create a mosiac of all those who follow you on Twitter? Twitter Mosiac.

Brilliant. An API to search New York Times articles.


Garda Dongdong.

Ireland’s first Data Protection Conference.

Winter driving tips for us inexperienced Irish.

Via Conor. Customers choose the price of the menu. Interesting idea. I hope it works. He’s got the press attention at least.

Tough Guy challenge. In pictures. Oh my.

Get your face printed on M&Ms.

Fun with still pics.

Google makes the music die?

Woah.

Yeah.

Jimmy Eat World – The Middle

Tree attacks bus in Dublin, rips off the roof

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Picture of it.

Update: And here.

Fluffy Links – Thursday February 5th 2009

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

PR work experence tips from Bespoke Comms.

Love this, music using printers.

Gartenberg’s 3 laws of tech consumer gear.

Ughh puketastic. T for Two. Special t-shirts that when combined make a heart.

The future of news.

Over 35,000 people sent us stills and video of the heavy snow across much of the UK. This was a record both for the sheer number of pictures and almost certainly for the size of the audience response to a news event in the UK.

Love this wedding cake.

Get all your data out of the Google Cloud.

Stephen Fry gets stuck in a lift. He tells Twitter, world goes mad. I like this from the article though:

He also said Twitter gave celebrities a direct link with their fans – a thought that “terrified newspapers”.

Think about the power of blogs and Twitter and all the yaddyaddas and then add celebs or well known people to the mix. 100,000 people follow Stephen Fry on Twitter. When he has a bad customer experience 100,000 of the most connected people on the planet now know about it. If they tell their networks, whether that’s 8 people or 1000, you can bet that a million people will know about it soon after.

New Villagers video.

Via Alexia: Florence and the Machine cover Beirut’s Postcards from Italy

Fluffy Links – Wednesday February 4th 2009

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Champions of Equality. Niall Crowley who got shafted in no uncertain terms by Dermot Ahern and the Department of Justice is giving a lecture.

Going to the ladies tea party on the day of the Blog Awards?

A good number of people have regged for BizCamp Dublin now. March 7th it’s on. I may be working, if not I’ll be along.

Half-price foods and goods in Supervalu.

Eoin suggests freedom of speech doesn’t mean let the hecklers win.

Good blog post from Aodhán Ó Ríordáin on 10% salary cuts from Councillors while their expenses still go unchecked.

Alan from Toddle on the Tellyweb.

Congrats to Salim on Singularity University.

50 reasons why people aren’t using you website.

Elbow sings grounds for divorce with the BBC Orchestra.

Via You Ain’t No Picasso Jeff Tweedy sings Fake Plastic Trees

I love how the whooping and laughing audience shut the hell up once he gets going. They seem mesmerised. The power of music eh?

Fluffy Links – Tuesday February 3rd 2009

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Johnny calls for a new Irish Music Chart. Good idea.

Rick has badge envy. I have a special badge for Rick which he’ll get soon.

Nice chart from Joe on Irish Incubator programmes.

Last few days to get cheap nosh from some of the best eateries in Dublin.

Task Forces. Aren’t they the things that go along and shoot at people? A huge line-up of people who have no idea of what being redundant and scared is all about.

Vote for Rick at the Meteors and also vote for Vic (Barry) and Joe says vote for Mick too.

Yay. Now get prints of Eolai’s work.

Amazing illustration for an interesting company.

Maire Claire McKenna in Sligo who has just started a lovely little coffee company called Monster Cafe. She’s using a great little van called The Megavan which is rechargeable and fitted out with a fancy coffee machine.

Via TrendSpot: The Muppets do Peaches (Crude language and sexual references ahoy)

So maybe I didn’t answer this already – How I write

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

At TeenCamp Darragh asked something like how do I write for this site. It was something I was wondering myself. I’ve not really stood back and observed or done analysis of how I do these things. I actually searched the archive in case I wrote this before as the lines between thoughts in my head, comments on another blog, Twitter messages and previous blog posts are blurred. But here goes:

It starts with a line, sometimes a phrase and even just a word. Lots of times the killer punch is what goes down first and then I stretch that punch and twist it and then build around it. Without being all philosophically bullshitty about it, what I write is an entanglement of emotions and feelings and imagery and I try and turn that into text. The energy from these decreases in the conversion though.

I find that the outro is written first and as I write that, the foundation or the start of the post then comes into view. The message to me as I said, is a type of emotion or feeling and so I try and describe that first in the post and then move on to the parts around it. This message or takeaway is a blurry image in my mind and I find that I have to think about the words that best try and describe it and sometimes I get it right and sometimes what comes out on a blog post is a rough description of what is in my mind.

Then I take the lines I’ve just written and I move them around on the page. 6th line becomes 2nd line. No, it’s merged with the first line. No, it’s moved back into the 3rd. Things are chopped and changed until they “feel” right to me. As this is happening there is still back of the brain thinking and those new thoughts or sentences get thrown into the mix too and the line might go up top or down the bottom or in the middle.

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Then I walk away from it all. I go read something totally unrelated or watch a video or do something else. I then come back after getting some “external” stimuli and start adding to what I just wrote or add some new thoughts. This walking away can be minutes or hours though I find hours and days take away what really is a high at putting characters together to form words that express the images and emotions that my brain relates to the topic.

Towards the end of the writing comes the rhythm. It’s the internal rhythm in my mind but I find that when I read i want to read something that has a beat to it which keeps me driving through a piece. It’s the background beat to when you jog or dance or talk. Get this wrong and your brain trips on the text and you have to restart.

Then comes the rereading. I might read a blog post I’ve just written about twenty times, checking it over, looking for somethings to tweak. I rarely get external feedback. I never spellcheck using a machine. If I miss it, I miss it. This is me. I find external feedback corrupts (to a degree) the flow and what you’ve just written is no longer yours.

Yet with all of that I write some utter crap but now and then I’ve created a gem or at least something I’m proud of. It’s silly to think that what you write has to hit the mark each and every time. That just dampens the creative bits of your brain which is not good. You hit a home run now and then but you still need to swing that bat a lot to do so. Nobody starts off good and nobody will ever start off great or become so within a few posts.

RTÉ News: Immigrant Survey

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Got this and reblogging it:

In consultation with the Immigrant Council, I’ve drawn up a very short survey on which I’d like to base a TV news story.

It can be found and filled out at the following web address. http://www.rte.ie/news/immigrantsurvey.html

It asks how immigrants in Ireland are doing as the recession takes hold, how secure they feel in their employment and whether they expect to stay in Ireland or seek opportunities elsewhere.

We’ll use the results as a basis for a news story on the economic importance of immigrants to Ireland.

I’d really appreciate it if you could help me by forwarding this email to your members or if you could include the details in a newsletter. Any other suggestions you might have to distribute the details to the right people are welcome.

It’s important we get as broad a response as possible to make the results as accurate as possible.

Fluffy links – Monday February 2nd 2009

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

AchGo covered another data leak of customer details last week. This weekend the sunday Business Post covered it. What’s interesting here is that Airtricity has taken out insurance for their customers over the data loss. The banks never did this. The banks got their screwup investigated using taxpayer money and got a report written telling them what to do in future. A report the DPC woon’t make public, despite we paying for it.

Along the same lines, an interesting blog post on how the Dept. of Justice here in Ireland doesn’t seem to want to honour Freedom of Information requests.

Nice listing of car prices at an auction from Derry. Crazy prices. Sobering prices.

Suzy talks about the lack of anyone charismastic and uniting in LGBT politics in Ireland. Most of the organisations appear to be self serving to their board not even their “members”. I remember a comment from someone on the board of an org like this bemoaning the fact that they had to have AGMs and had to answer questions from their members.

iPhone Developer days in Ireland. Yay.

Nice writeup on Steve in the Irish Times.

New blog: Science Culture Bulletin.

Schizophrenia Ireland Changes Name to: Shine – Supporting People Affected by Mental Ill Health

Good coverage by TJ on the eircom and record companies deal.

UK hotels er, not quite.

Twitter were being asses methinks about the Daily Mail Twitter account.

Putin rocks. He clever.

Swan Song (for a nation) – Rae & Christian ft. Veba

Aim – The Girl Who Fell Through The Ice

Alice In Chains – No Excuses (Unplugged)

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

Happy Sunday