A bride, at last!

North East Digital Awards

It’s third time lucky. Last night, I ditched the bridesmaid tag by bagging a best blog award. In two previous award presentations I’ve been runner-up.

I was expecting the same level of bitter disappointment last night but, to my utter surprise, Quickrelease.tv was read out as the winner of the best blog in the North East Digital Awards.

The awards were created by regional development agency One NorthEast, to showcase the North East of England as a hotbed of digital innovation. 240 nominations were received across all categories for the awards, with winners including ITV, and digital campaigns for e.on and other major brands.

At previous awards ceremonies I was the bridesmaid, never the bride. In 2000, DowJones.com beat my one-man-band site in the European Online Journalism Awards. Mind-you, BikeBiz.com was joint second with BBC.co.uk so I wasn’t downbeat.

In 2004, Reed Business Information’s Personnel Today website beat BikeBiz.com in the B2B website category of the PPA Awards for Editorial and Publishing Excellence, the Oscars of the British publishing industry.

At the previous awards bashes, to my eternal shame, I took taxis to the venues. Not so last night, I was able to cycle. Here’s a panda pic of my shiny shoes and one half of my glad rags:

Carlton Reid off to awards ceremony