Well, that wasn't quite what I was expecting! I mentioned last week that I felt somewhat indifferent towards the Asia Blog Awards, and one reason was that I felt fairly sure who the top five or so would be, and reasonably confident that I would be somewhere around the bottom of the top ten. Nothing to get excited about, right?
Well, Simon has now announced the ten blogs that have been shortlisted for 'Best Hong Kong blog', and I am mildly perplexed to find that only two (Gweilo Diaries and Shaky Kaiser) of that "top five" are included!
No BWG, no Flying Chair, and no Simon World. Also missing is Chase me ladies, I'm in the cavalry, which is certainly the funniest blog I read regularly (in Hong Kong or anywhere). However, the latter two have been shortlisted in other categories, presumably because of the limitation of ten for each shortlist. Nevertheless, the absence of the first two is surprising, as they have both been around a long time and have each built up a loyal following (not to mention appearing on TV to frighten the children).
I'm pleased (but slightly surprised) to see Discombobulated Mia in the list, and Spirit Fingers is an impressive piece of work that deserves to be there. I can't argue with the inclusion of Hemlock's Diary (if you treat is as a blog), and Ordinary Gweilo seems to have scraped in as well.
It's amusing to see Glutter there next to the Gweilo Diaries. Not company that Yan would wish to keep, I think. I read and enjoy Glutter, but Yan has deliberately estranged herself from the "circle" of Gweilo blogs because she disapproves of Conrad and others, and feels that the rest of us are guilty by association because we link to them. I have to admit that I don't read Yoga Yuga so I can't comment on it. I think it used to be a Taiwan blog but the author has just moved to Hong Kong.
The shortlist is as follows:
- Discombobulated Mia
- Gweilo Diaries
- Ordinary Gweilo
- Shaky Kaiser
- Sweet Chariots
- Yoga Yuga
and you can vote here
[post updated because Simon has added EastSouthWestNorth]