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Tuesday, 29/Dec/2009

Two Islay Blogs in For Argyll Awards

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With only two days to go in the ForArgyll 2009 Awards votes and the Voting update: For Argyll Awards 2009 showing some interesting patterns I thought I'd try to boost the votes for the two Islay blogs in the competition. Obviously I've already mentioned them in the Islay Finalists at For Argyll Awards, they are the Islay Birds blog and the Islay Shipping Blog:

The Islay Birds blog isn't a new blog, it's first entry going back to the 1st of May 2007. As the name (and description) indicate its purpose is to ‘provide information about the birds of Islay.’ Which is exactly what it does, although on occasion there's more than just birds. The blog is coordinated and run by Ian Brooke (who in his day job together with Margaret runs Kilchoman House Cottages), with input coming from a variety of contributors. They range from the RSPB, other Islay residents to visiting birders. The updates are mainly about birds, ranging from the regular to in particular the rare sightings. Not daily, but probably on average every 2-3 days a picture illustrates the entries. On occasion there is information about other wildlife, on a monthly basis Ian also publishes his weather statistics.

I hope Ian is going to forgive me for mentioning this, but if you thought blogging is only for the young and trendy, think again. He recently became eligible for his bus pass. The other blog takes us to the other end of the spectrum, for its owner only just turned 18 recently:

Elliott Bowman from Port Ellen (where he works on a variety of things) runs the Islay Shipping blog, where he provides updates on the ship movements around Islay, in particular Port Ellen. His blog is slightly younger, started in March 2008 with a picture of the M.V Hebridean Isles. His updates focus on the Calmac ferries and the barley boat, but other ships visiting Islay also receive frequent mentions, in words and pictures. Oh, and Elliott a few days ago joined Twitter, where he can be found under islayshipping.

If you think their work justifies your vote then please go to the ForArgyll 2009 Awards voting page and vote for them!

Disclosures: Think I better mention this, I know Ian (and most of his contributors) and Elliott personally. When on Islay I usually stay at Kilchoman House cottages. Age wise I'm almost exactly in the middle between Ian and Elliott. Think that's about it.

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