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2010 December 29

Phew…it was kinda nice to sleep in. Sorry I kept y’all waiting ;)

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Austin Bleet-up last night to help us celebrate the Austin blogging community. Meeting so many of y’all for the first time only increased my love of this great city. And who could have asked for better weather?

One of my favorite things about last night was how much love was present. I loved hearing the crowd cheer when their favorite blog won. And even after the winners had been announced, people were smiling and happy; there were no hard feelings. In the end, it truly is about the community.

Mad love to Austin Eavesdropper’s Tolly Moseley and Ultra8201′s Richard Gonzalez for letting me throw these little awards at their big event. Both of them received massive amounts of nominations-but because we had partnered together for this event, they were sadly not allowed to win. Both of them, however, are winners in my book.

Also, gotta give shoutouts to the sponsors who provided the gift bags for our winners. Please help me thank: Girls Rock Camp AustinAustin MonthlySnap KitchenMy Fit FoodsKohana CoffeeMalverde AustinSimple MachinesKuhmillionWonder Craft. Without them, our winners would be getting nothing but a hug and this super dope Austin Blogger Awards blogger badge (nominees have one, too. Check it out!).

Maestro, can I have a drum flare, please? Almost 1,000 readers submitted their nominations for each of the categories. From those nominations we chose the top 5 and set it up for voting. With 7,996 votes, the winners of the 2010 Austin Blogger Awards are:

Blog of the Year:

Blogger of the Year

Best New Blog

Best-Designed Blog

Best Blog to Find Comments and Discussion

Nomtastic…

Best Overall Food

Best Food Blog for Restaurant Reviews

Best Food Blog for Recipes

Best Specialty Food Blog

Best Cocktail/Beverage Blog

Best Blog for Entertaining Tips

Bring the noise…

Best Overall Music Blog

Best Blog to Find Local Music

Best Party/Events Blog

Best Nightlife/Concert Photoblogger

Living the life…

Best Entertainment Blog

Best Art/Design Blog

Best Craft Blog

Best Style Blog

Bicycle Culture Blog

Best Local Politics Blog

It’s like whatevs…

Best Hyperlocal Blog

Best Blog from a Traditional Media Outlet

Best Photoblog or flickr feed

Best Company Blog

Best Tumblr

Best Twitter

Much love to everyone who voted. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Blogger Awards. Based on a lot of feedback from y’all, we’ll be creating more categories. Until then, Keep Austin Bloggy, y’all!