Blogging obsessives (we know who we are) are probably aware of a harmless bit of fun, The Air New Zealand Best Blog Award. Dissatisfied with the astroturf of the Qantas Media Awards 2010 blog selection, a shadowy cabal calling themselves “The NZ Bloggers Union” set out to create their own grass-roots Air NZ awards instead. (Important legal disclaimer: “Air New Zealand are not really sponsoring the award but creative license has never stopped old media making shit up either”). Apparently a bunch of blogs have entered, apparently The Standard might even be one of them, which is – hey – pretty organised for us!
However, all is not as rosy it seems. In breaking news it seems that our blogging buddy DPF is planning not to enter!
David Farrar (Kiwiblog) has yet to enter. I have contacted David personally demanding his entry and he kindly declined to enter on the general grounds that he doesn’t believe in awards.
Doesn’t believe in awards? Doesn’t believe in awards? I know – I’m as shocked and confused as you are. Because, of course, comrade DPF has been a judge for awards:
The ASPA Awards
I was one of the judges for the Best Website section of the Aotearoa Student Press Association Awards, so went along to the awards ceremony on Thursday night. Barry Soper (left) was the Awards MC and Guest Speaker. Laura McQuillan was the Awards organiser. I knew a few of the other Judges, and got to meet some I hadn’t already met, such as the Dom’s Post Greer McDonald, and Nicky Hager. …
Was a fun night. It wound down a bit before midnight when some headed into town. Thanks to Fairfax for sponsoring it, and well done to the winners and finalists.
Comrade DPF has run his own awards:
The Kiwiblog 2007 Awards Winners
Over 600 votes cast in just 24 hours. And we have some winners. Now remember this is not a scientific poll but a survey of whom Kiwiblog readers have rated the best.
Kiwiblog will write to the winners informing them of their cyber-awards
Comrade DPF has supped with the devil of the Qantas Awards:
The lovely folks at the Herald on Sunday invited me to join them at their table for the Qantas Awards in Auckland last night (as I have done a couple of pieces for them), and it was definitely the place to be as they went on to win not just Best Weekly Newspaper but the coveted Best Newspaper.
So why is DPF telling the Bloggers union that he doesn’t believe in them? What possible reason, I was asking myself, could DPF have for not wanting to enter? And then it came to me! In a flash! DPF is just too modest. The big hearted lug just doesn’t want to show the rest of us up. Or possibly there’s no more room in his trophy cabinet. Whatever. No matter the reason, this shall not stand! We can’t let DPF sacrifice himself for the common good like this!
Gentle reader, here is what we must do. If DPF is too noble to put in an entry, we must extend the big hand of Standard friendship, we must put one in on his behalf. We must choose four “defining” pieces of his work from last year, and send them in to the competition, before tomorrow Tuesday. Let’s resist the temptation to put the boot in to the sewer, and let’s focus on DPFs better work, give it an honest shot. Make your case in the comments, what four posts in 2009 best represent DPF? What is the best of Kiwiblog?