European Weblog Awards - the results
Fistful's European Weblog Awards have been announced. This blog ended up a moderately respectable third choice in both categories in which it was nominated, losing out to Slugger O'Toole in the Best Political Weblog category and to Perfect.co.uk in the Best UK one - both of which are quality stuff, so I can't really feel too hard done by.
Other categories with well-deserved winners (based on my own limited knowledge of the field) include Weblog Most Deserving of Wider Recognition, which went to the rather good Non tibi Spiro after a tough fight with the equally decent Histologion, which won the Best Southeastern European section as a well-deserved consolation in what was a tough race.
Siberian Light, named Best CIS blog (in one of the toughest categories of the lot, featuring as it did a range of superb blogs which I largely discovered during the Ukraine crisis: The Argus, Neeka's Backlog, Foreign Notes and The Russian Dilettante) and the Best Blog winner The Glory of Carniola are other particular favourites.
However, many damn fine competitors who missed out on prizes also deserve mentions and are definitely worth a look - and these are just the ones I knew about before the Awards - Brit poliblogger The Yorkshire Ranter, intriguingly eclectic culture blog Giornale Nuovo, the entertainingly eurosceptic North Sea Diaries, euroblogger Manic Net preacher, the sadly now (apparently) defunct Reflections on European Democracy, the superb EuroSavant, the rather fine East Ethnia, the insightful All About Latvia, the Metafilter spin-off Viewropa, the always good Cabalamat Journal, the somewhat intelligent EU Law, and - of course - my fellow pro-EU blogger James at Lose the Delusion.
Also, thanks to these awards I've started reading (or at least trying to read) a number of French language blogs - in particular Publius (winner of the Best Coverage of the EU category), Ceteris Paribus and Versac - all of which look pretty damn good, as do a vast number of others on the list. Plenty of good reading all round.
Congrats to all the winners etc., thanks to everyone who voted for Europhobia, and for those who didn't: you absolute bastards - I wanted to win, damn it!