Weâ€™ve all fantasized about being world-popular writers; had long conversations with ourselves in the shower; wowed the lawyer in us with the sheer wit of our arguments in the isolation of our bedrooms; calmed the storms and tsunamis of the world with Dalai Lama and Paulo Coelho.
Weâ€™ve even changed policies and agenda with our very own mass followings, photo-blogs, and online networks. In reality, this might not be the case, but in the world of the blogger, tweep, facebooker, everything is possible.
Itâ€™s a closed world, personal and sometimes defiant, but it has influenced, shaped, and motivated many. And here at BloggingGhana, we firmly believe itâ€™s about time we appreciate, honour, and award some of the personalities behind the blogs, tweets, and pages that have so motivated, informed, and affected many of us.
So join us, in March 2013, to show special honour to our silent, unknown, sometimes faceless cyber and social media motivators. Yes, you, me and she/him, at the first-ever in Ghana â€œBlog & Social Media Awards 2013â€.
If you are a blogger, tweep, facebooker, and you believe you have touched the world â€“ really, itâ€™s okay if you/person are not so up there, you should still make your nomination â€“ locate yourself in the following categories:
Best Technology Blog
Best Business & Commerce Blog
Best Citizen Journalism Blog
Best Creative, Literary Short Stories, Poetry Blog
Best Showbiz and Entertainment Blog
Best Lifestyle Blog
Best Activist Blog
Best Photo Blog
Best Organizational Blog
Best Ghanaian Blog
Other Social Media Categories
Personality with Best Social Media Presence
Organization with Best Social Media Presence
Best Original Content
BloggingGhana will open up Nominations for the above listed categories in November 2012 after which an Academy and the Public will vote for the best in each category. Voting will close in February 2013 and presentation of awards will be at the BlogCamp Ghana 2013 event scheduled for March 2013.
Visit http://blogcampghana.com/social-media-awards/ then follow @BloggingGhana on Twitter, and stay locked on for updates on â€œthe road to Blog & Social Media Awards! 2013â€. There will be daily riddles, blog quotes, personality bloggers of the week, â€˜Vim Seriesâ€™, and other events alongside the nomination period activities. Most importantly, there might be an award here with your name on it!
This event is brought to you by BloGH â€“ BloggingGhana, Ghanaâ€™s biggest organization of bloggers and social media enthusiasts. BloggingGhana (BloGh) is a group of bloggers and social media users, writing out of Ghana or the Ghanaian experience. It is also an aggregator website that collects the latest posts and tweets from our members. Since June 2011 we are a registered non-profit organization with a executive council working towards the following objectives:
1. Serving as a forum for bloggers in Ghana to network and exchange ideas
2. Building capacity among bloggers in Ghana
3. Accessing new audiences for our blogs through a mutual website (Aggregator) and other activities
4. Promoting citizen journalism in Ghana
5. Educating the general public in Ghana on the opportunities of social media
The idea of starting BloGh came out of a meet-up of bloggers on 24 July 2008.Â To that first meeting, organized by bloggers Sandra Crabbe and Kajsa Hallberg-Adu, eight bloggers were invited.
We wrote: â€œwe would like to bring the Ghanaian blog community together in real life! There is so much to sayâ€¦about our green homeland, if Blogger is better thanÂ WordPress, if labels are useful, how best to boost and count traffic,Â what Internet cafÃ©s are fast, and of course how blogging changes your lifeâ€¦â€