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Is your favourite blog good enough to be a winner? The nation's most readable, edgy and entertaining bloggers will today fight it out for an exalted position in cyberspace as they compete head to head to be named the best in Wales. Here Darren Devine profiles the finalists in this year's Wales Blog Awards 2011...

Byline: Darren Devine

FROM entertainment and music to politics they cover every facet of Welsh life.

And despite being famously labelled "inadequate, pimpled and single" by journalist Andrew Marr, Wales' bloggers have an ever-growing army of followers ready to trust their judgement on everything from food to technology.

Tonight elite bloggers across 12 categories will compete at an awards evening to be named the best in Wales.

The Wales Blog Awards 2011 judges will assess the cyberspace opinion formers' writing on food and drink, entertainment and music, politics, sport and technology.

Other categories include community, lifestyle, Welsh language, best writing and photo blogs.

Presentations will also be held for a people's choice award - decided by an online public vote - and an overall award for the Best Blog.

Among the finalists for the best community blog award is rhuthun.blogspot.com, set up by Non Liquet.

Her most recent posts have centred on a stolen hanging basket and the proliferation of advertising boards in the Denbighshire town.

Non will compete to win her category against photonicanglesey.blogspot.com/ and wearecardiff.co.uk Steve Devereux's motownjunkies.wordpress.com is one of three contenders in the music and entertainment blog award.

His site, which attracts 1,200 views a day, features a track-by-track review of every US and UK Motown single released between 1959 and 1988.

Marketing officer Steve, 33, who has worked in the music industry, said he previously blogged about his entire record collection, but opted to write about Motown go give his thoughts "focus".

Steve, from Cardiff, said: "I worked in the music industry as a DJ, a concert promoter and owned my own record label for a couple of years.

"But I've always felt more enthusiastic about listening to, playing and talking about music."

Steve is up against catonthewall.net and moviewaffle.com - music and film review sites.

Best food and drinks is contested by cardiffbites.blogspot.com/, whatkatebaked.blogspot.com/ and pintof45.blogspot.com.

Written by Oliver Hurley and Phil Jones the pintof45 site is described as "a user's guide to drinking in Cardiff".

Up for the lifestyle award are dyfedwynroberts.org.uk/, wherearemyknees.blogspot.com/ and thechicandcheerful.blogspot.com/.

The photo blog sites include cardiffarcades.wordpress.com/ and circusclouds.blogspot.com/The Cardiff site, compiled by Amy Davies, documents the city's historic arcades.

The 24-year-old photographer, from Cardiff, said she set up the site after being impressed by the arcade's quirky shops and architecture.

Amy, whose site gets about 100 hits a day, said: "I sent out a few tweets saying, 'I'm thinking about doing this - does anybody have any ideas or thoughts?' "A few people got back to me saying it would be a good idea and within a few hours I went from nothing to an actual project idea and setting about creating the website."

Up for the political award are caredig.blogspot.com/ , carmarthenplanning.blogspot.com and radicalwales.org/.

Run by community councillor Jacqui Thompson the carmarthenplanning site proudly boasts it has been sued for libel by the county council.

The sporting bloggers hoping to be named best in Wales include ffwtbol.com/, thefootdown.co.uk/ and cardiffskateboardclub.com.

The cyber space experts contesting the technology award are apptacious.com, techbeast.net, and thisismyjoystick.com.

Up for the best Welsh language blog award are henrechflin.blogspot.com/and siondafydd.wordpress.com/Gareth Davies' isawelvisinthewoods.blogspot.com, Matt Morden's mordenhaikupoetry.blogspot.com/ and Mike Jenkins' www.mikejenkins.net/will fight it out for the best writing award.

The bloggers were deemed worthy of a place among the finalists by judges who included last year's overall winner, Ruth Davies, public relations expert Wynford Emanuel and Media Wales' Alison Gow and Lorna Doran.

They will discover their fate at tonight's awards evening in Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

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Date:Oct 27, 2011
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