Created in Birmingham has been officially announced as the winner of the Best UK Blog in the 2008 Weblog Awards.

A HUGE thanks

I’d first like to congratulate the other finalists who took part (list here) and say thanks to the organisers for making things run surprisingly smoothly. I’d like to thank everyone who supported us and made this happen – ‘us’ being Pete Ashton, Julia Gilbert, Danny Smith, Frankie Ward, Stef Lewandowski, Kate Spragg and myself, Chris Unitt.

There are so many of you but I’ve tried to keep track of everyone who spread the word for us (especially online, which is easy enough to track if you know how) and have listed as many as I could find below. However, I know there are many who I’ll have missed – feel free to take a bow in the comments.

The important bit

What this means for CiB can be discussed elsewhere.  In fact a few blogs, linked to below, have already started chewing the fat and drawing lessons from this.

For me, what’s immediately apparent is that to foster a loyal community of people who will go out of their way to support you, you must first of all be generous. Give freely and give often. Expect nothing and you’ll be surprised how many times over you will be repaid.

In that spirit I’d like to quickly mention Baldy’s Blog. Written by Adrian Sudbury until his death, this blog was another of the finalists in the Best UK Blog category and has been described briefly as:

Young local journalist/web editor gets ill. Complex leukaemia. Starts Blog to describe and explain the disease and treatment. Bone marrow transplant is successful. Post transplant complications set in. Proposes on Christmas eve to long term girlfriend. She accepts. Wedding plans begin in earnest. Fiancee leaves him. Broken heart. Leukaemia comes screaming back. Terminal prognosis. Campaign begins to teach all 17/18 year olds about how simple it is to be a bone marrow donor. Huge petition presented to Downing Street. Support from Gordon Brown, Alan Johnson, Ed Balls. Many media appearances nationally to push campaign. Dies 20 August aged 27. Campaign continues…..and succeeds

Please read the blog. It’s quite amazing.

As a result of our win, and in Adrian’s memory, I’ve donated £50 to Leukaemia Research. What’s more, as soon as I can arrange it, I’m going to do something I’ve always told myself I couldn’t and give blood. I can’t tell you how much I’m not looking forward to that.

Right, that dealt with…

On with the thank yous!

The following good people used their Twitter accounts to spread the word. Apologies to anyone using Twitter who got hacked off with the number of messages flying around.

7breaths_ abbycorfan AdFundAl AlbertoNardelli AlexBermingham Alfie alncl anamilgram Andy383 andylockran annettenaudin anthonyherron Azeem_A b33god benga benjaminbrum BenjaminEllis benrmatthews bhampostjoanna bigdaddymerk BirminghamJazz blacklooks boofie BostinBloke bounder brianfitfriends brucel brumcityuni brumeastside campbellX CapsuleFilms carocharlton CathElliott catherinepope catnip chrisunitt citizensheep ClareWhite cmbainbridge coupde craig_fots createdinbrum crispeater crowdSPRING cyberwebmedia DanielBigCat danux davebriggs daveharte davidjstringer DavidLouisDsign davidnikel deplorableword digibrum_si digitalyw dilyan_damyanov discodrive Documentally dougald dracos dstrawberrygirl dubber duncautumnstore Ed_Hart editorialgirl edrussell ellielovell Enduring Essitam eunice007 ExpatBama exsanguinator FionaHandscomb foodiesarah frontrowphotos gabysslave garymuircroft gavinwray gecal genzaichi getgood giagia graphiquillan gtoss hackneye hanuman HarryJA helenbyrne hmobius Ianhlhm ianshepherd ihatemornings iheartjoan InBlogs jacksunday jaynehowarth jezs joannageary john383 johnbradford johnmostyn johnpopham jonhickman josiefraser kanter karenstrunks karlbinder karmadillo katchoo KatieSpragg kcorrick kerryfused kincowbag kristianc laurenceexigent lee_jordan leekemp leight leonardomorgado lexiconmark LightHouseMedia Lil_asha lisibo LittleLaura Lizlxer LloydDavis lowcarbondiary lylebignon m4rcuk marcreeves markmedia marksteadman martinwake martinxo matgb mediaczar MerseyMal midge_uk mikedunn Mizgrimalkin msemaj MyJQ mykitchenstore neil_raygun nickcarson NinaGleams Nosemonkey parboo paulbradshaw paulhenderson peteashton pezholio pigsonthewing podnosh politicspenguin practicaleq procrastinatrix puffrichie qwghlm regengirl ReTweetTrends rhubarbradio RichBatsford richpayne88 robotvsdinosaur RussL sambeckwith SamShepherd shanitomorrow sharl shuckle SickTrumpet sidlangley simonhowes sixball Sizemore sleepydog SoullaStylianou star_one stef stevechapman141 stevebridger stevegerrard SteveKubrick StevenTuck strix_aluco stuartfowkes sue_atkins supercoolkp taratomes TessyBritton theaardvark thestage tom_watson tombeardshaw Tweejay twofootedtackle urbancomms urbanfly Viscount_one winkysmileyface Yak101 yiannopoulos zurichstudios

Blogs (and other sites) that supported us:

Birmingham: it’s Not Shit
Pete Ashton
Podnosh and an earlier links round-up
Spaghetti Gazetti
The Deplorable Word
Joanna Geary
White Like Milk
Chris Unitt
I So Wish (and again)
Digbeth is Good
Daily Mail Watch
Bob Piper
Dougald Hine
Blue Gal
John Mostyn
The Sharpener
Pickled Politics
Film Forum West Midlands
The Stirrer
Medialens forum
Peter Bacon
Who Needs The Sea
Karen Strunks
Anthony Herron
Daniel Davies
Indymedia Ireland
Indymedia UK
The Birmingham Post
Liberal Conspiracy
Ógra Shinn Féin
Ordo Paginarum
Paul Henderson (great pic)
Never Trust A Hippy
‘I’m Voting for Created in Birmingham’ Facebook group
Ewan Spence
Laura Whitehead
Local Democracy
Skyscraper City
Democratic Underground
Moseley Free
Amortize (another good pic)
Drum & Bass Arena
Rachel Gillies
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst
Stumpy Moose
Clare Edwards
John Popham

By the way, CiB doesn’t necessarily endorse or condone the views espoused on a few of those blogs.

Thanks also to the Birmingham City Council webteam (screenshot), everyone at Culturedeluxe, the Birmingham Bloggers, Birmingham Social Media Cafe, Fierce, 4Talent, THSH, 7 Inch Cinema/Flatpack Festival, Creative Republic, Bostin, Gigbeth, BBC Birmingham and everyone who voted.

In case you’re interested, here’s some post-award discussion:

Pete Ashton
The Daily Dust
The Exile
Enduring America
Neil Clark


  • Shona
    posted Jan 15th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    The ‘congratulations’ from me goes without saying, but I think it’s absolutely wonderful that you’ve donated to Leukaemia Research in recognition of Adrian’s blog. You’re a star, Chris, and the award is thoroughly well deserved for all of the CiB team.

  • Matthew
    posted Jan 15th, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    Congratulations :) I did get a whole room full of people to vote for you: :-)

  • Christine Jones
    posted Jan 15th, 2009 at 10:59 pm

    Hi, I am a supporter and avid follower of Baldy’s Blog. I just wanted to thank you for, in your hour of victory, taking the time to mention Adrians campaign and your donation to Leukaemia research. You obviously have a huge following and it is great that you have highlighted this very important cause. To all of your readers I would like to say….please read Baldy’s blog and please support the campaign. Congratulations on your win.

  • Mark Steadman
    posted Jan 16th, 2009 at 1:03 am

    Congrats to all involved in CiB. Top win. And Chris you’re a top man and a gracious victor.


  • Louis Hudson
    posted Jan 16th, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Well done. Before you have the blood taken out, have a good breakfast or lunch. Although not to close to ‘job’ as it might come up again.

  • Frankie
    posted Jan 16th, 2009 at 9:21 am


  • Angela Slater
    posted Jan 16th, 2009 at 11:28 am

    Congrats guys – well deserved!

  • kate
    posted Jan 16th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Fantastic! Well done Chris, and giving blood? You are a braver man than me.

  • Russ L
    posted Jan 16th, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Congratulations to all.

    Ignore ’em, Chris; giving blood is easy as pie. Eat something beforehand and you’ll be fine.

  • Happy Giraffe
    posted Jan 16th, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Official congratulations! Love that you’re still thinking about others (Adrian) in the midst of your victory. Good luck with the giving blood – I keep trying to give them mine and they won’t take it! Take a packet of sweets for after to keep the blood sugar levels up :)

  • Steve Chapman
    posted Jan 16th, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Congratulations! Great win, not just for CiB and Birmingham, but also for honest and truthful blogging and journalism.

  • Amy
    posted Jan 17th, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Very big congrats to the CIB team, and fantasic to have the other Birmingham based blogs in the running too. I am a Welsh outsider, but have lived in Brum for a few years now and this really impacts on the sense of a creative community, something to be very proud of!
    Well done!
    Should we have a party?

  • rich batsford
    posted Jan 17th, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    wonderful and very well deserved.

  • susi oneill
    posted Jan 18th, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Congrats again to the CiB team – incoming, outgoing and historic. Prove again that solution to connect the creative industries don’t have to be heavy handed, difficult or expensive. Less is more. Keep on simpliying and connecting together in your own inimicable style!

  • Trav
    posted Jan 19th, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Well done on the win, thanks for posting a link to me :)


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