Dec 09 2008
The newswire is buzzing in the final hours of the campaign to win Vancouver’s Best of 604 Blog Award for Best Politics Site or Blog. Here’s the latest reporting I’ve found:
Politics Bloggers in Race to the Finish
10 December 2008 (VANCOUVER) – With less than 24 hours to go in the campaign, Vancouver’s politics bloggers are pushing hard to get every last vote.
The competition is fierce for the title of Best Politics Site or Blog at the Best of 604 Blogging Awards in Vancouver. Some observers argue its even stealing attention away from the larger political crisis happening in Ottawa. “Who cares what the Governor General has to say about that sweater-wearing dude or the coalition when we’ve got a bare-knuckles political showdown right here?” says Biff Toledo, author of the non-partisan political blog, BiffingtonPost.com.
Vancouver politics blogger Jonathon Narvey is Twittering and blogging like mad to get the vote out for his blog, Currents (www.jnarvey.com). “I’m in to win,” Narvey explains. “You know the old saying, when you’re in a blogging contest, you have to Tweet and Facebook-spam all of your friends and contacts to beat the competition? Well, it’s exactly like that.”
Narvey has big plans if he wins the contest. “Let’s face it, this is just one step away from being the mayor of Vancouver. Watch your back, Gregor.”
None of the other politics blog authors would go on record by press time, but one anonymous campaign representative actually denied there were any other campaigns operating. “I have no knowledge of any politics blog contest campaign, nor can I understand why anyone would waste their time with such an inconsequential endeavor,” the source explained.
It’s hard to say who’s in the lead for the competition, says Fraser Institute analyst Bikbik McGillicutty. “Some nominees in the category such as musical performer Matthew Good or the online newspaper the Tyee probably have a natural edge,” McGillicutty notes. “But when it comes to this kind of contest, can star power or a team of professional writers compete with a tenacious and unbalanced guerilla marketer? Hard to say.”
The Best of 604 Awards Reception happens in downtown Vancouver on Thursday, Dec. 11, hosted by 2008 Tech Woman to Watch Rebecca Bollwitt, better known under her famous blogging persona of Miss604. Voting at www.bestof604.com/category/best-political-site closes at midnight, Dec. 10