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Online writers urged to enter blog awards.

WELSH amateur bloggers are being encouraged to enter the Wales Blog Awards 2012 - the country's biggest blog awards.

Now in its third year, the event aims to award those writing creative and interesting blogs on a range of subjects, including food and drink, sport and their local community.

The 2012 awards will include two new categories - Best Multimedia Blog and Best New Blog, for those started in the past year.

Bloggers are able to enter their own work or people can nominate the blogs they enjoy reading.

The categories include Best Blog, Best Writing on a Blog, Best Political Blog and Best Community Blog.

This year's awards will also be bilingual - meaning that Welsh-language blogs will be judged alongside English-language blogs.

Last year Nicola Tudor from Cardiff won the Best Food & Drink Blog Award for her blog Cardiff Bites (www.cardiffbites.blogspot.co.uk).

She said: "My blog stats have doubled in the past six months and my twitter count has also shot up to over 3,000.

"The awards have given me more confidence in my writing and have added weight to my blog."

The award ceremony will take place in September in Cardiff.

Judging the awards will be Lorna Doran and Jessica Best, online journalists from Wales Online, publisher of the Echo, Ruth Davies, winner of best blog at the Wales Blog Awards 2010, journalist and author Ifan Morgan Jones and Katie Chappelle, head of digital media at Warwick Emanuel PR.

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.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 20, 2012
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