The best blogs in the IT industry, as voted for by Computer Weekly readers
Following months of anticipation since our quest to find the best IT industry blogs in the UK kicked off in May, it's finally time to reveal the results.
From your nominations, our panel of judges whittled down the list of about 300 blogs into 10 category shortlists. These were then put back to your vote to determine the overall winner in each category.
Congratulations to: Jason Langridge (Mr Mobile) Andy Mulholland and the rest of the team at Capgemini's CTO Blog Elizabeth Harrin's A Girl's Guide to Managing Projects Jeremy Philips and all the IPKittens at the IPKat law blog Steve Clayton: Geek in Disguise Mike Taulty's Bits and Bytes TechCrunch UK Fired Up by Firebox.com View from the Bunker by Guy Bunker of Symantec and Microsoft UK Schools News Blog.
The winners provide a real spread of insight into the IT industry in the UK. The bloggers' backgrounds range from senior IT management to intellectual property law and technical development, while the topics they cover include everything from specialist software for schools to the latest in gadgets and online fun.
Best of the Best
Our judges, including Head of Blog Development for Reed Business Information, Adam Tinworth, then selected one blog to be named the 'Best of the Best'. The judges decided Steve Clayton: Geek in Disguise was a worthy winner: entertaining and informative with a strong voice, regularly updated, and with good use of the blog form. The judges also noted the loyalty of Steve's readers, many of whom sent in personal testimonies of how much they enjoyed the blog.
Results in full
See the table on this page for the full list of the winners and runners-up, or go to www.computerweekly.com/blogawards.htm, where you can follow the links directly to the blogs.
Special mention should also be made of those blogs that didn't make the league table, but nevertheless received a large number of votes. Plaudits, then, to: Confused of Calcutta Schneier on Security Racing Snake pda: the Guardian's digital content blog the OddIT blog from BCS and blogs by Eileen Brown, PlusNet and David Overton.
And as the full shortlists from this year's contests will remain available on the site, there's plenty of time to check out the other blogs nominated by your peers.
Carrying on the conversation
Next year the ComputerWeekly.com IT Blog Awards promise to be even bigger and better, so keep an eye on the site in 2009 for more news. In the meantime, we'd still love to know about the best blogs you come across in the IT industry. Email us at ITblogs@computerweekly.com. And if you're feeling inspired, why not start your own blog, for a chance to be in the running for next year's awards?
The winners and runners-up
Category Winner Runner-up
CIO and IT director blogs CTO Blog from Capgemini CIO Blog by Peter Birley
Company blogs Steve Clayton: Geek in Disguise Capping IT Off from Capgemini
IT law and governance IPKat RFID Law Blog
IT project management A Girl's Guide to Managing Projects The Cranky Product Manager
IT lifestyle Fired Up by Firebox.com Gizmodo UK
IT security View from the Bunker by Guy Bunker, Symantec Security Matters by Steve Lamb
Programming and technical Bits and Bytes by Mike Taulty Giorgio Sardo's Blog on MSDN
Public sector Microsoft UK Schools News Blog Ewan McIntosh's edu.blogs.com
Web 2.0 and business TechCrunch UK DRM blog by Jude Umeh
Wireless and mobile Mr Mobile by Jason Langridge on MSDN Tracy and Matt's blog
This was first published in August 2008