Video: The IT Blog Awards 2009 highlights!

This was the second year that has run its IT blog awards and this year's event proved to be bigger and better than last year's.


We added new categories to reward individual IT professionals, both male and female, and we also added a category for the IT Twitter user of the year, recognising the massive impact that twitter has had on the blogging scene.


The result was more nominations, we had 400 blogs nominated as opposed to 300 last year. We also had more votes cast... 12,500 against just under 9,000 in 2008. 

Thanks to IBM's support we celebrated the UK blogging scene in style holding the awards night at the fantastic Shoreditch House.

Congratulations to last night's winners and runner-ups and those who made it on to the shortlists. If you won, you won because your peers in the industry voted for you, and for that reason you should be justly proud.

And a special congratulations to last night's overall winner, Graham Cluley, whose blog about security, took the best of the best award.

So who won? The presentation in full is on the right, but if you can't wait here's the winner's gallery.

Read the full transcript from this video below:  

Video The IT Blog Awards 2009 highlights!

Hermione Way: In association with IBM, we are here at the 2009 Computer Weekly Blog Awards, celebrating the most respected and influential voices in the tech blogosphere.
What are the awards all about?

James Garner: The IM IT Blog Awards all about recognizing the best of the technology bloggers in the UK. It is the second year we have run it, so this is the second year of the competition.

Hermione Way: Hold on a minute. Computer Weekly is mostly journalism, and you are supporting the blog world. Are you not supporting the competition?

James Garner: We would like to think that actually they are all starting to merge a little bit, and actually, there is a huge amount of great content that is written on blogs. It is just as valuable as, in fact, sometimes more valuable than the regular journalism that we do.

Hermione Way: Why do you think a celebration of blogs are important?

Rory Cellan-Jones: I think we tend to be bit cynical about blogs these days and think maybe they are on a downward path, and Twittering, Facebooking, or whatever is going to take over, but I think we have got an incredibly vibrant blogosphere, particularly here in Britain. There is a lot of good work; it needs celebrating, it needs being put in front of a wider audience, and awards like this are a good thing.

Steve Clayton: I am here because I did not come last year, and I am nominated in the IT Mail category.

Hermione Way: Did you not win last year?

Steve Clayton: I did, yes.

Hermione Way: And you did not come?

Steve Clayton: I was out of the country.

Hermione Way: Disgraceful. Absolutely disgraceful.

Jason Slater: The local press picked up the story that I had actually been nominated and shortlisted for a category. They also got wind that Steven Frye was in one of the categories against me, in the Twitter category. They actually did this big article saying, 'Small Frye Battles the Big Frye.'

Hermione Way: What technology have you brought with you today?

Adam Clatworthy: I have just got an iPod touch. I cannot quite afford . . .

Hermione Way: Whip it out, whip it out.

Adam Clatworthy: Oh, god.

Hermione Way: Should not be saying that.

Adam Clatworthy: I would say this is really sad because I got a leather case for it.

Hermione Way: Oh, no.
2010, what are we going to see?

Rory Cellan-Jones: I think we are going to see more e-books and we might . . .

Hermione Way: Boo.

Rory Cellan-Jones: No? You do not think so?

Hermione Way: I disagree.

Rory Cellan-Jones: Right. We will have a fight about that.

Sarah Burnett: I think Cloud computing will continue to be very big, and so far, I think there has been a lot of hype. Next year, we might actually see the take-up starting to happen.

Hermione Way: You are not allowed to say, Cloud computing, augmented reality, or location-based services. Everybody is saying that.

Steve Clayton: What can I say? That does not leave me a lot, does it? What are we going to see in 2010?

Hermione Way: Is there anything else?

Steve Clayton: No, that is it. That is the universe in three sentences.

Hermione Way: What have you done to win? What do you do?

Leila Gilley: Girls and Gadgets, it is a female take on tech, and, yes, we won.

Hermione Way: Can we get a kiss? Can we both kiss the award?

Leila Gilley: Yes.

Hermione Way: You won, congratulations.

Graham Cluely: Bloody hell, I cannot believe I won. Particularly beating people like Rory Cellan-Jones, and Stephen Frye, these are master Twitterers, so I am absolutely gob-smacked.

Hermione Way: We have had an awesome time here at the 2009 IT Blog Awards. It especially went well for Graham Cluley, who won three awards in total, best of the best. Luckily for him, he is not going to celebrate too hard because I nicked his bottle of champagne. Right, cameraman, you take this. I will take this.

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