The Five Top Blogs at the Digital Media Awards

February 9, 2008 at 12:49 am 5 comments

Waiting Game

The Waiting Game, in which Fiona ‘Feebee’ McPhillips sensitively and powerfully chronicles her experiences with infertility, won the best blog award at Thursday’s Digital Media Ireland awards. Feebee started writing the blog in 2005, after she suffered her first miscarriage. today, five more miscarriages later, she is finally expecting a new daughter in what is now officially a normal pregnancy.

Feebee also has a book out next month, called Trying to Conceive, in which she gives advice to Irish couples who are trying to cope with infertility. Coping, she says, involves about 10% of going through the motions of treatment and 90% of dealing with the emotional side of it, and this advice is reflected in one of the most emotionally engaging personal blogs that I have ever read.

Feebee won the award against some strong competition. The other four blogs on the Digital media Awards shortlist were the appropriately-titled Head Rambles by Grandad, the ironically-titled Humble Housewife by Deborah Hadley, the appetising Ice Cream Ireland by chocoholic Kieran Murphy, and the informative Limerick Blogger by Paddy, Squid and Dead Battery Entertainments.

Here are links to, and summaries of, these four blogs. >>>

Head Rambles

Head Rambles, by Grandad, is a ramble through the head of an Irish senior citizen who mixes rants about Irish politics and American culture with random thoughts about his blogging daughter K8 the Gr8 and how to get free drinks in the local pub. He first started writing it in October 2006, as a self-proclaimed grumpy old man, and the blog has since evolved into a humorous mix of provocation and fun.

Humble Housewife

The Humble Housewife, by Deborah Hadley, is a mix of cooking recipes, reviews of restaurants and food products, and an online shop called Dewdrop Deb’s where you can buy banana bread and chocolate brownies. Deborah started writing the blog in 2006, having recently returned to Ireland after fifteen years abroad, and her 101st post contains 101 things you didn’t know about her.

Ice Cream Ireland

Ice Cream Ireland, by chocoholic Kieran Murphy of Murphy’s Ice Cream, first appeared in early 2006. It unsurprisingly includes a lot of ice cream related recipes, along with tips on making confectionery and pictures of politicians caught eating ice cream. It also includes this bizarre video of Kieran’s brother and shop manager bringing some ice creams on a stomach churning reverse bungee jump.

Limerick Blogger

The Limerick Blogger, which is run by Paddy, Squid and Dead Battery Entertainments, is an excellent resource for anybody interested in Limerick life, information and people. It was started in late 2005 with a series of strong news stories, and is regularly updated with posts ranging from the Aer Lingus commitment to Shannon to the fortunes of the Limerick Gaelic football team.


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