Photo by Gene Hunt

Photo by Gene Hunt

Yes, October is upon us and it’s that time of year again. Christmas decorations are on sale, Leeds United are on the cusp of their end of year blip, and the shortlist for the Manchester Blog Awards has been released.
As a copywriter, it’s the Best Writing on a Blog category that I’m most interested in – especially as a blog I nominated has made the shortlist. If you only add five more blogs to your RSS feed this year, add Unmemorable Title and any four of these.

The Manchester Blog Awards 2009 Shortlist

My Shitty Twenties

My nomination for this category was My Shitty Twenties, the blog of a  single mother, writer, librarian and travel consultant who’s probably the most engaging blogger within a thirty mile radius. Showing the stereotype of the lazy, benefit claiming Salford scrounger up for what it really is, MS20s balances the worries and trials of a working mum with genuine and incisive humour.

Santiago’s Dead Wasp

Santiago’s Dead Wasp is the blog of poet Matt Dalby. This is going to sound like a cop out, but I don’t think I can sum up just what his blog is or does. There’s some truly amazing writing on there – technically and creatively, so it’s well worth you just clicking that link and making your mind up. The photographs aren’t half bad either.

Dave Hartley’s Weblog

Dave Hartley’s Weblog may have the most boring title on this list, but it’s up there in terms of writing flair. A collection of short works, DHW can suck you in and keep you reading for hours. It also has the best opening line to anything, ever:

‘I don’t believe in fantasy,’ said the Seagull to the Potato

I Thought I Told You To Wait In The Car

The whole “acerbic captions over strange pictures” thing has been done to death, yet the quality of dark humour on show here never fails to raise a smile. Richard Vivmeister Hirst is either a comic genius, or… Well, I don’t want to consider the frankly un-nerving alternative. He does live fairly locally after all.

big city, little girl

I’ve not read enough bc,lg to make an informed judgement on the final blog on the best writing list, but there’s enough good poetry on display here to make sure that as soon as I finish this post, I’ll be settling down with a drink to get some reading done. And I suggest that you all do the same.

Don’t forget to bookmark the Manchester Blog Awards, or follow them on Twitter. And while you’re there, add me too.

Share your thoughts on the MBA Shortlist in the comments section.

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