Top bloggers from Birmingham and beyond are falling on their swords in a bid to push a site dedicated to the city’s creative community to the top of a national blog poll.
Created in Birmingham is a candidate for the 2008 Weblog Awards in the Best UK blog category and, at the time of writing, was running almost head-to-head with Spectator blogger Melanie Phillps for the top spot.
Another local blogger, Pete Ashton, was also nominated for the awards but has openly appealed on his site for people to cast their vote for Created in Birmingham instead.
In a posting on his blog, Mr Ashton said the award would be of more benefit to the Created In Birmingham site than to himself.
Another contender for the Weblog Awards, a blog called Nosemonkey Eutopia which is dedicated to politics and international relations, has urged people to vote for Created in Birmingham as well.
The Nosemonkey blogger put out the unusual appeal in a bid to prevent right-wing columnist Phillips from taking the top spot.
Chris Unitt, who runs the Created In Birmingham blog, is focusing on the achievements of Created in Birmingham rather than the politics of the poll.
He said: “I think that out of the blogs that are nominated, I don’t want to say Created in Birmingham is the worthiest but it’s probably the one that is trying to achieve the most.
“We are there to champion what Birmingham is doing and make people aware of what is going on in Birmingham’s creative scene and put it on the map.
“There is no other city that has been nominated like this.”
Birmingham City Council even threw its weight behind the site by putting an appeal for votes for Created in Birmingham on the front page of its website last week.
The blog, which is funded by Creative Republic, has increasingly grown in influence since it was set up in January 2007 by Ashton and multimedia entrepreneur Stef Lewandowski. It was joint winner of the Media Guardian Innovation Award in the independent blog category last January.
Mr Unitt said: “When Created In Birmingham won the Media Guardian award, it put the blog on the radar of some people who weren’t aware of it and didn’t appreciate that it was quite a big thing.
‘‘This is a continuation of that. It really does connect with a lot of people who want to support Birmingham’s creative scene.”
Other blogs in the running include the Guy Fawkes parliamentary blog and last year’s Best UK winner, an anti-war, anti-neocon blog run by Neil Clark.
The Weblog Awards are the world’s largest blog competition with over 545,000 votes cast in 2007 and nearly two million in all editions since 2003.
Last year’s overall winner was PostSecret, an ongoing community art project where people write their secrets on a postcard and send them in anonymously to the site.