Blogger navel gazing

Jan 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Personal Columns

Grannymar yesterday suggested naming five bloggers one might like to meet if one were attending the Irish Blog Awards in February, which I am not; it being in Cork, at a weekend, and Sunday being the only day I work.

Until two years ago, I was hardly aware of other bloggers.  I would write the stuff for the six people who might read it, (and some days there were none at all), without much consciousness of what others might be writing.  An RTE television feature on blogging brought me the biggest number of readers I ever had in a day (I broke into double figures), but more importantly, it led me to discovering lots of stuff.

So, five Irish bloggers, who are complete strangers, but whom I would like to talk to, were I to be in Cork next month, in alphabetical order:

Bock the Robber is an enigma.  Endeavouring to offend everybody, (mainly with foul language), there is a passion for truth and justice in what he writes.  His post on a visit to Auschwitz in December 2008 is a profound piece.  I have no idea who he is, but he gets sixty times as many visitors as I get, so for that reason alone, he would be worth talking to.

The Church of Ireland is a very small church, but I don’t know my colleague Daniel Owen.  His photography on his blog Imprints of Light seems sublime, particularly the black and white shots.  Should he decide to change careers, he would not be long without work

Darragh Doyle writes posts longer than essays I would have written at university.  His former vocation to the priesthood would make intriguing stuff for conversation.

I nearly met Kate Macapaloo once (I am suspicious about that name – perhaps it is an Irish spelling of something).  There are not many women driving taxis; the stories must be fascinating.

The list would not be complete without Red Mum whose camera shots  can make a dull and mundane world seem a different place.

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  1. Thank you Ian.

    I am a little ahead of you since I already met the last three people on your list.

    Bock won’t escape me this year and I am on my way over now to check out Daniel Owen.

  2. Darragh Doyle writes posts longer than essays I would have written at university.

    Oh dear, I hope that’s an okay thing (sometimes)

    Thanks for the nod 😀 Do please get in touch if you’re ever in Dublin. I’m not that wordy in real life… erm… maybe I can be. But I’m nice too!

    I’m beating GM there by one, I met Bock at the last blog awards and asked him if he was Twenty :-/

    Off to check out Daniel as well. Thanks again 🙂

  3. There’s the secret, Ian. Start cursing and they’ll flock to your web-site.

    (Speaking of which, do you know what the priest said when his church caught fire? I’d better get the flock out of here).

  4. I wrote some very short essays – I told them all I knew on the subject, along with a few things that had nothing to do with it in order to fill out the space.

  5. I initially read ‘flock’ as ‘frock’. Mind you with some of the camp outfits in churches costing thousands, it might have been a frock that gave rise to the pun.

    Our daughter regarded the Dutch-built aircraft on which we travelled last Saturday as having a name that could be misconstrued.

  6. Ian,

    I see that you have also been nominated for the “Best Specialist Blog” category at the IBA’s.

    The name of this category makes me think of Mastermind where contestants are nervously awaiting their turn…

    “and your speciality is…you have 2 minutes starting NOW!”

    Better get practising! 😉

  7. I saw that. I’m not sure from whom the nomination came. ‘Specialist what?’ I thought. Someone who read the blog last year though it was a political blog.

  8. I assume my blog will be eliminated when it comes to the shortlisting, it not conforming to the category.

  9. Maybe not. Religion is a bit of a specialised subject these days.

  10. As anticipated – it didn’t make the long list, let alone the shortlist!

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