Secret Dubai Diary wins Bloggies
Popular UAE-based expat blog Secret Dubai Diary has won the Middle East and Africa prize of this year’s Bloggies 2007 Weblog Awards.
Pitted head-to-head against a shortlist spanning Iraqi, Moroccan and Jordanian blogs, Dubai Diary’s irrerevant mix of observational comment and wry humour receives as its prize the princely sum of 2007 US cents (US $20.07).
Speaking exclusively to Windows Middle East, the site's author, SD, said:
"I am very thrilled and surprised to have won, given the high standard of other regional blogs, and see this as a big win for the UAE and GCC. Previous winners have mainly been Iraq-based blogs, so it is encouraging for the whole Middle East blogging community to have some variety.
"I hope it gets more people in and around the UAE blogging," SD added. "Writing an online diary has been a hugely rich experience for me, one of the best things I have ever done in terms of learning about things and communicating with people I would never have met offline. My only regret is that there are probably a great number of Arabic-language regional blogs that get less international recognition because most blog awards focus on English language blogs. So in the future, I hope there will be some way that more non-English blogs can reach international attention. Perhaps technology will come to the rescue, through improved automatic translation services."
Other technology-related winners this year include: YouTube, which won the Best Web Application for Weblogs gong; A List Apart – the Best Web Design and Development Blog; Gizmodo, which grabbed both the Best Computers or Technology prize and Best Designed, and finally Best Group Weblog, which went to Lifehacker.
The Lifetime Achievement award this year went to geek favourite Slashdot, while the Bloggies 2007 Blog of the Year is PostSecret, an at times risque blog in which people mail in their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard.