Last year, Talk Morocco, the citizen journalism site I co-founded with Hisham Khribchi in 2009, won the Deutsche Welle Best of Blogs (BOBs) Award for Best English Blog in both the jury and user categories. We were thrilled; our nascent project had received very little recognition up to that point, and the BOBs were a great jumping-off point for us. Since, we’ve seen a huge increase in both readers and contributors, and have worked our way into the fabric of the Moroccan blogosphere.
This year, I was thrilled to learn that my own blog, the one you’re reading right now, had been nominated and selected as a finalist for the same category. My blog is in amazing company, competing against the blogs of Mona Eltahawy and Juan Cole, A View from the Cave, Nairobi Nights, Rantings of a Sandmonkey, Osocio, Owen Abroad, Groundviews, MobileActive, and Gawaahi, a new project started in part by my friend Sana Saleem.
Though I would of course love your vote, I would also encourage you more generally to vote in the BOBs – there are some great contenders in every category. My votes go to Nawaat for Best Blog, Mamfakinch for Best Arabic Blog, and 3arabawy for the Reporters Without Borders award.
One reply on “The BOBs 2011”
Great news! Good for you and let’s cross fingers.