Who gets your vote for the People’s Choice Award?

The finalists have been announced and now it’s your chance to have your say at the Wales Blog Awards 2014.

Voting has now opened for the People’s Choice Award and will close at 5pm on Wednesday 30 April.

The winner will be announced at the ceremony on Thursday 15 May.

Here’s a reminder of this year’s shortlisted finalists.

Vote for your favourite here

We are Cardiff

Wales Blog Awards 2014 finalists are announced

The Wales Blog Awards 2014 judging panel has announced the shortlist of finalists for the fourth annual celebration of amateur writing talent.

Over 300 entries were received for the competition from across the country and the judges have now whittled these down to a shortlist of 32 blogs.

This year, the judges have included an ‘honourable mention’ for some outstanding blogs that didn’t make the shortlist, but deserved special recognition.

The Wales Blog Awards aim to highlight creative and interesting writing on a range of subjects, including food and drink, sport and entrants’ local communities.

All of the finalists will now be put forward for the People’s Choice Award and members of the public will be able to vote for their favourite, through the Wales Blog Awards website www.walesblogawards.co.uk

Voting will open on Monday 14 April and close on Wednesday 30 April.
The shortlisted blogs for the Wales Blog Awards 2014 are:

‘Onion Custard Publishing’ Best Writing on a Blog
Alice Morgan
What’s the Pont
Neverending List

‘Warwick Emanuel PR’ Best Political Blog
Blog Menai
Oggy Bloggy Ogwr
Carmarthen Planning

Best Community Blog
Cwmbran life
Roath Cardiff
Tongwynlais

Best Lifestyle Blog
Walking the Blog
Fit as a Flea
The Lady is a Revamp

‘Stills’ Best Technology Blog
Social Bull
SEOno
Computing: The Science of Nearly Everything

‘Sporting Wales’ Best Sports Blog
Run my own Way
The Swansea Way
Girl on the River

Honourable mention to Snowed In

‘Rockadove’ Best Multimedia Blog
Drowning Dogs
Blakeson Mash up
Hello Telegramme

Honourable mention to Gwead

‘Carrick Creative’ Best Music and Entertainment Blog
Dylan Thomas News
Cat on the Wall
Wales in the Movies

‘Mercure Holland House Hotel and Spa’ Best Food & Drink Blog
Hungry City Hippy
Gourmet Gorro
Easy Teas

‘Chapter Arts Centre’ Best New Blog
Learner Mother
Fit as a Flea
The Lady is a Revamp
Hungry City Hippy
Alice Roythorne

The Wales Blog Awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 15 May at Chapter Arts Centre, Canton. Tickets will be available from the box office for £12, which includes a welcome drink and food reception.

Abi Williams, Wales Blog Awards judge said: “Once again we have received an exceptionally high standard of entries and I was overwhelmed by the quality of writing talent that we have here in Wales. It’s never easy making the decision about who should make the shortlist, and this year was even tougher. All those mentioned above should be incredibly proud as they stood out as the very best blogs in Wales.

“Unfortunately we are not able to reward everyone, and this year we felt that there were some blogs who just missed out on the shortlist that we thoroughly enjoyed reading. As a team we decided to recognise these with an honourable mention, which just goes to show how the standard of blogs we’re seeing keeps getting higher!”

Warwick Emanuel PR set up the Wales Blog Awards in 2010 and organises them in conjunction with Media Wales. The company sees the event as a way to support and encourage everyone who wants to write and publish online the things about which they feel passionate.

Cardiff-based Warwick Emanuel PR was set up in 2001 by business partners Elizabeth Warwick and Wynford Emanuel. The company specialises in the energy, utility, social housing and business to business sectors.

We Are Cardiff - winner of Best blog2012

Wales Blog Awards announce prestigious prize for the People’s Choice

As the Wales Blog Awards enters its last week of nominations, the competition has announced a prestigious new prize for the winner of this year’s ‘People’s Choice Award’.

The winner of the category will receive national media exposure across Wales as a guest blogger for WalesOnline.

The winning blog, as voted by the public, will have four columns published on the lifestyle opinion section of the website, as recognition of their outstanding work.

The People’s Choice Award is voted for by members of the public from a shortlist of finalists across all of the Wales Blog Awards categories, as selected by the judging panel.

To be eligible to win the award and have your blog featured on WalesOnline you can enter here

The deadline for entries is 5pm on Friday 28th February.

MediaWales’ Online Correspondent Lorna Doran said: “We’re incredibly pleased to be able to offer this prize for the winner of the People’s Choice award. It’s a fantastic category because it lets members of the public chose the one blog in Wales that they love to read above all others, and you can’t get a better recommendation than that.

“The awards have grown so much over the last four years that it seems really fitting for us to showcase the ‘People’s Choice’ blog and give them the recognition they deserve.”

Warwick Emanuel PR set up the Wales Blog Awards in 2010 and organises them in conjunction with Media Wales. The company sees the event as a way to support and encourage everyone who wants to write and publish online the things about which they feel passionate.

Cardiff-based Warwick Emanuel PR was set up in 2001 by business partners Elizabeth Warwick and Wynford Emanuel. The company specialises in the energy, utility, social housing and business to business sectors.

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Mae Gwobrau Blogio Cymru yn cyhoeddi gwobr fawreddog ar gyfer Dewis y Bobl

Wrth i Wobrau Blogio Cymru ddechrau ar ei hwythnos olaf o enwebiadau, mae’r gystadleuaeth wedi cyhoeddi gwobr newydd fawreddog i enillydd ‘Gwobr Dewis y Bobl’ eleni.

Bydd enillydd y categori yn derbyn cyhoeddusrwydd cenedlaethol yn y cyfryngau ledled Cymru fel blogiwr gwadd i Cymru Ar-lein.

Bydd y blog buddugol, fel y pleidleisiwyd arno gan y cyhoedd, yn cael pedair colofn wedi’u cyhoeddi yn adran ‘barn am ffordd o fyw’ y wefan, fel cydnabyddiaeth o’i (g)waith arbennig.

Aelodau’r cyhoedd sy’n pleidleisio dros Wobr Dewis y Bobl, o restr fer o ymgeiswyr sydd wedi cyrraedd cylch terfynol y gystadleuaeth ledled holl gategorïau Gwobrau Blogio Cymru, fel a ddewiswyd gan y panel dyfarnu.

I fod yn gymwys i ennill y wobr a chael eich blog wedi’i gynnwys ar Cymru Ar-lein, gallwch roi’ch enw gerbron i ymgeisio yma www.walesblogawards.co.uk

Y dyddiad cau ar gyfer cynigion yn y gystadleuaeth yw 5yp ddydd Gwener, yr 28ain o Chwefror.

Dywedodd Gohebydd Cyfryngau Cymru Ar-lein, Lorna Doran: “Rydym yn hynod falch o fod yn gallu cynnig y wobr hon i enillydd gwobr Dewis y Bobl. Mae’n gategori rhagorol oherwydd ei fod yn gadael i aelodau’r cyhoedd ddewis y blog yng Nghymru y maent wrth eu boddau’n ei ddarllen yn anad unrhyw flog arall, ac ni allwch gael gwell cymeradwyaeth na hynny.

“Mae’r gwobrau wedi tyfu cymaint dros y pedair blynedd diwethaf fel ei fod yn ymddangos yn wirioneddol addas inni roi lle amlwg a theilwng i flog ‘Dewis y Bobl’ a rhoi’r gydnabyddiaeth iddynt y maent yn ei haeddu.”

Cwmni Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus Warwick Emanuel PR a sefydlodd Wobrau Blogio Cymru yn 2010 a hwy sydd yn eu trefnu ar y cyd â Cyfryngau Cymru. Gwêl y cwmni y digwyddiad fel ffordd o gefnogi ac o annog pawb y mae arno/arni eisiau ysgrifennu a chyhoeddi ar-lein y pethau y maent yn teimlo’n angerddol drostynt.

Sefydlwyd Cwmni Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus Warwick Emanuel PR, a leolir yng Nghaerdydd, yn 2001 gan y partneriaid busnes Elizabeth Warwick a Wynford Emanuel. Mae’r cwmni’n arbenigo yn y sectorau ynni, cyfleustodau, tai cymdeithasol a’r sector busnes i fusnes.

Do not go gently in to that good night winner of Best Writing on a Blog

Patric Morgan offers his advice to budding bloggers.

Entries for the Wales Blog Awards 2014 have been flying in since nominations opened on the 16th January.

The competition has received over 100 entries in its first two weeks, and is on target to beat last year’s total of 300 blogs.

Patric Morgan won the ‘Best Writing on a Blog’ category in 2012 with his touching blog ‘Do not go Gently’. He is a freelance writer working in Cardiff and has offered his advice to any bloggers who are considering entering this year’s Wales Blog Awards.

Patric said: “The best thing about winning the ‘Best Writing on a Blog’ Award at the 2012 Wales Blog Awards was that it gave me a massive confidence boost. My blog ‘Do Not Go Gently’ was not originally intended for public reading – I was simply using the process of a blog to get the thoughts about my father’s illness down on record. I showed it to a couple of friends before eventually having the guts to announce it publicly. Winning the award woke me up to the fact that people actually liked what I was doing.

“I won the ‘Best Writing On a Blog’ award in October 2012. As a writer, it was the award I was hoping to win. At the time, I had been toying with the idea of publishing my own book but wasn’t sure which of my rough ideas I should work on. Then I had the idea that to self-publish the blog as a book as it was more or less completely written. Sales of the book did ok, but I soon got hooked on self-publishing.

“Aside from ‘Do Not Go Gently’, I’ve written and published six other books, both in paperback and Kindle versions, and have sold several thousand copies. You won’t find my name on them though as I wrote them under a pen-name.

“Now that I’ve cut my teeth in self-publishing circles, I’m now returning to the storylines I was originally going to work on and I’m looking to publish my first novel this summer.

“As for blogging – well you hear lots of stories of people making money from them. In my experience, that is a rarity but taking care about your blog, and building up a following from scratch can lead you to almost anywhere.

“You really do need to find a niche – don’t try and keep everyone happy because it’ll never happen. I do run another blog anonymously, which has gained a huge following, not only in Wales, but across the world. Social media really can be your friend so use it wisely!

“As for my writing, winning my Wales Blog Award now allows me to market myself as an ‘award-winning author’, which is always a great selling point. That’s something that I know my Dad was proud of before he passed away so that makes me happy.”

Entries for the Wales Blog Awards are now open and more information can be found on the website www.walesblogawards.co.uk

Nominations are being accepted until 5pm on Friday 28 February. The Wales Blog Awards will be held at Chapter Arts Centre, Canton on Thursday 15th May.

Warwick Emanuel PR set up the Wales Blog Awards in 2010 and organises them in conjunction with Media Wales. The company sees the event as a way to support and encourage everyone who wants to write and publish online the things about which they feel passionate.

Cardiff-based Warwick Emanuel PR was set up in 2001 by business partners Elizabeth Warwick and Wynford Emanuel. The company specialises in the energy, utility, social housing and business to business sectors.

More information about Patric’s work can be found on his website www.patricmorgan.co.uk.

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Mae cynigion ar gyfer Gwobrau Blogio Cymru 2014 wedi llifo i mewn ers i’r gystadleuaeth agor ar gyfer enwebiadau ar yr 16eg o Ionawr.

Mae’r gystadleuaeth wedi derbyn dros 100 o gynigion yn ystod ei phythefnos gyntaf, ac mae curo cyfanswm y llynedd o 300 o flogiau i weld ar y gweill.

Enillodd Patric Morgan gategori ‘Ysgrifennu Gorau ar Flog’ yn 2012 gyda’i flog teimladwy, ‘Do not go Gently’. Mae’n ysgrifennwr llawrydd sy’n gweithio yng Nghaerdydd ac mae wedi cynnig ei gyngor i unrhyw flogiwr sy’n ystyried cystadlu yng Ngwobrau Blogio Cymru eleni.

Meddai Patric: “Y peth gorau am ennill y Wobr ‘Ysgrifennu Gorau ar Flog’ yng Ngwobrau Blogio Cymru 2012 oedd ei fod wedi rhoi hwb aruthrol fawr i fy hyder. Ni fwriadwyd fy mlog ‘Do Not Go Gently’ yn wreiddiol ar gyfer ei ddarllen gan y cyhoedd – roeddwn ond yn defnyddio’r broses o flog i roi’r meddyliau am waeledd fy nhad ar gof a chadw. Fe wnes ei ddangos i gwpwl o gyfeillion cyn imi fagu’r asgwrn cefn yn y diwedd i’w gyhoeddi yn gyhoeddus. Gwnaeth ennill y wobr fy neffro i’r ffaith bod pobl mewn gwirionedd yn hoffi beth oeddwn yn ei wneud.

“Enillais y wobr ‘Ysgrifennu Gorau ar Flog’ ym mis Hydref 2012. Fel ysgrifennwr, y hi oedd y wobr roeddwn yn gobeithio’i hennill. Ar y pryd, roeddwn wedi bod yn lled- ymhél â’r syniad o gyhoeddi fy llyfr fy hun ond nid oeddwn yn sicr ar ba un o’m bras syniadau y dylwn weithio arno. Yna, cefais y syniad o hunan-gyhoeddi’r blog fel llyfr gan ei fod fwy neu lai wedi’i lwyr ysgrifennu. Roedd gwerthiant y llyfr yn iawn, ond buan iawn y cefais fy machu ar hunan-gyhoeddi.

“Ar wahân i ‘Do Not Go Gently’, rwyf wedi ysgrifennu a chyhoeddi chwe llyfr arall, mewn clawr papur ac mewn fersiynau Kindle, fel ei gilydd, ac rwyf wedi gwerthu miloedd lawer o gopïau. Ni welwch fy enw arnynt, serch hynny, gan fy mod wedi’u hysgrifennu o dan ffugenw.

“Bellach, gan fy mod wedi bwrw fy mhrentisiaeth mewn cylchoedd hunan-gyhoeddi, rwyf yn awr yn dychwelyd at y plotiau roeddwn am weithio arnynt yn wreiddiol, ac rwyf yn bwriadu cyhoeddi fy nofel gyntaf yr haf hwn.

“O ran blogio – wel, rydych yn clywed llawer o hanesion am bobl yn gwneud arian ohonynt. Yn fy mhrofiad i, peth anghyffredin yw hynny, ond gall cymryd gofal o’ch blog, ac ennill dilynwyr wrth ichi ddechrau o’r dechrau eich arwain chi i unrhyw le bron iawn.

“Mae arnoch angen canfod yn wir eich lle bach eich hun – peidiwch â cheisio cadw pawb yn hapus oherwydd na wna hynny byth ddigwydd. Rwyf yn rhedeg blog arall yn ddienw, sydd wedi denu nifer enfawr o ddilynwyr, nid dim ond yng Nghymru, ond ledled y byd. Gall cyfryngau cymdeithasu fod yn gyfaill gwirioneddol ichi, ac felly defnyddiwch nhw yn ddoeth!

“O ran fy ysgrifennu, mae ennill fy Ngwobr Blogio Cymru yn awr yn caniatáu imi farchnata fy hun fel ‘awdur gwobr-fuddugol’, sydd bob amser yn ffordd wych o werthu. Dyna rywbeth y gwn fod fy Nhad yn falch ohono cyn iddo farw, ac mae hynny yn fy ngwneud i’n hapus.”

Mae’r gystadleuaeth yn agored yn awr ar gyfer cynigion ar gyfer Gwobrau Blogio Cymru, a gellir canfod mwy o wybodaeth ar y wefan www.walesblogawards.co.uk

Derbynnir enwebiadau tan 5 o’r gloch y pnawn ddydd Gwener, yr 28ain o Chwefror. Cynhelir Gwobrau Blogio Cymru yng Nghanolfan Gelfyddydau’r Chapter, Treganna ddydd Iau, y 15fed o Fai.

Cwmni Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus Warwick Emanuel a sefydlodd Wobrau Blogio Cymru yn 2010 ac maent yn eu trefnu ar y cyd â Cyfryngau Cymru. Mae’r cwmni yn gweld y digwyddiad yn ffordd o gefnogi ac o annog pawb sy’n dymuno ysgrifennu a chyhoeddi ar-lein y pethau y maent yn teimlo’n angerddol drostynt.

Sefydlwyd Cwmni Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus Warwick Emanuel, sydd â’i leoliad yng Nghaerdydd, yn 2001 gan y partneriaid busnes Elizabeth Warwick a Wynford Emanuel. Mae’r cwmni yn arbenigo yn y sectorau ynni, cyfleustodau, tai cymdeithasol a’r sector busnes i fusnes.

Gellir canfod mwy o wybodaeth am waith Patric ar ei wefan www.patricmorgan.co.uk.

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Wales Blog Awards 2014 opens for entries

Amateur bloggers in Wales are being invited to enter the 2014 Wales Blog Awards, which is now open for entries.

Nominations for the competition are open for six weeks from today, and will close at 5pm on Friday 28 February.

Entries to the Wales Blog Awards can be made via the website www.walesblogawards.co.uk and the competition is open to anyone who runs a non-professional blog and lives in, or writes about, Wales.

Bloggers are able to enter their own work, or readers can nominate the blogs they enjoy. The Wales Blog Awards aim to highlight creative and interesting writing on a range of subjects, including food and drink, sport and entrants’ local communities.

All categories in the 2014 Wales Blog Awards are completely bilingual – meaning that Welsh language blogs will be judged alongside English language entries.

The categories for the Wales Blog Awards 2014 are:

- Best Blog (people’s choice – voted for by the public)
- Best Writing on a Blog
- Best Political Blog
- Best Community Blog
- Best Lifestyle Blog
- Best Technology Blog
- Best Sports Blog
- Best Multimedia Blog
- Best New Blog
- Best Music and Entertainment Blog
- Best Food & Drink Blog

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 15 May at Chapter Arts Centre, Canton.

Wynford Emanuel, Director of Warwick Emanuel PR, said: “There have been some fantastic entries over the past couple of years, which have covered many topics. It just goes to show what a high standard of writing talent we have here in Wales, and these awards are all about showing that off. We look forward to seeing what exciting new blogs will be coming through this year.”

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Mae Gwobrau Blogio Cymru 2014 yn agor ar gyfer cynigion

Mae blogwyr amatur yng Nghymru yn cael eu gwahodd i gynnig eu henwau ar gyfer Gwobrau Blogio Cymru 2014, sydd yn awr yn agored ar gyfer cynigion i gystadlu.

Mae enwebiadau ar gyfer y gystadleuaeth yn agored am chwe wythnos o heddiw ymlaen, ac fe fydd yn cau am 5yp ddydd Gwener, yr 28fed o Chwefror.

Fe ellir cynnig ar gyfer Gwobrau Blogio Cymru drwy’r wefan www.walesblogawards.co.uk ac mae’r gystadleuaeth yn agored i unrhyw un sy’n cynnal blog nad yw’n flog proffesiynol ac sy’n byw yng Nghymru, neu sy’n ysgrifennu am Gymru.

Mae blogwyr yn gallu cynnig eu gwaith eu hunain yn y gystadleuaeth neu fe all darllenwyr enwebu’r blogiau y maen’ nhw yn eu mwynhau.

Nod Gwobrau Blogio Cymru yw amlygu ysgrifennu creadigol a diddorol ar ystod o bynciau, yn cynnwys bwyd a diod, chwaraeon a chymunedau lleol y cystadleuwyr.

Mae pob categori yng Ngwobrau Blogio Cymru 2014 yn gyfan gwbl ddwyieithog – sy’n golygu y bydd blogiau Cymraeg eu hiaith yn cael eu beirniadu ochr yn ochr â chynigion yn y Saesneg.

Y categorïau ar gyfer Gwobrau Blogio Cymru 2014 yw:

- Blog Gorau (dewis y bobl – lle mae’r cyhoedd yn pleidleisio drosto)
- Ysgrifennu Gorau ar Flog
- Blog Gwleidyddol Gorau
- Blog Cymunedol Gorau
- Blog Ffordd o Fyw Gorau
- Blog Technoleg Gorau
- Blog Chwaraeon Gorau
- Blog Amlgyfrwng Gorau
- Blog Newydd Gorau
- Blog Cerddoriaeth ac Adloniant Gorau
- Blog Bwyd a Diod Gorau

Fe gynhelir y seremoni wobrwyo ddydd Iau, y 15fed o Fai yng Nghanolfan Gelfyddydau’r Chapter, Treganna.

Fe ddywedodd Wynford Emanuel, Cyfarwyddwr Cwmni Cysylltiadau Cyhoeddus Warwick Emanuel: “Mae yna gynigion bendigedig wedi bod dros y cwpwl o flynyddoedd diwethaf, sydd wedi ymdrin â llawer o bynciau. Mae o’n dangos ichi safon mor uchel o ddawn ysgrifennu sydd gennym yma yng Nghymru, ac mae’r gwobrau hyn yn ymwneud yn gyfan gwbl ag arddangos hynny. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at weld pa flogiau newydd cyffrous fydd yn dod i’r amlwg eleni.”