Interesting Irish Blog Awards shortlistee

This year’s Irish Blog Awards shortlists were posted yesterday. I maintain the Irish Blogs Technorati Top 100 list, so good sources of Irish blog URLs are always welcome; I took the shortlisted blogs and added them all.

Interestingly, straight in at number 2 went (warning: not worksafe!). It has a staggering Technorati rank of 1074 — way ahead of Donncha’s 5831 or Mulley’s 8678. I was pretty curious as to how an Irish blog could hit those heights without me having heard of it, so I took a look.

Let’s just say the content isn’t quite what you’d expect to find in a blog shortlisted for ‘Best News/Current Affairs Blog’ — a little bit short on Irish news, but heavy on pictures of naked guys getting off with each other. ;)

I took a quick glance, and I couldn’t spot any Irish content. WHOIS says the the publisher is LA-based. so I’m curious as to what qualified it as an “Irish blog”…

(by the way, I tried to leave a comment on the blog entry, but it appears Akismet is marking my comments as spam on a number of Wordpress-based blogs at the moment. Yes, I am aware of the irony. No, if SpamAssassin was a blog-spam filter, it wouldn’t do that ;)

Update: it’s sorted — they’re now gone. Also, it appears I’ve been removed from the Akismet blacklist, yay.

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  1. Posted February 12, 2008 at 13:06 | Permalink

    Yeah, that’s being deleted as we speak! To think 5 judges got to review the site too! Oh and looking for your comment too on askimet. There’s gotta be an irony there somewhere.

  2. Posted February 12, 2008 at 13:19 | Permalink

    and I gotta read the end of blog posts confirming the irony before I comment about the possibility of high irony content.

  3. Posted February 12, 2008 at 15:11 | Permalink

    I notice is no longer in the list. Is that correct? It is listed at but I can’t find OPML there?

  4. Posted February 12, 2008 at 15:27 | Permalink

    @Damien: reddener for the judges!

    @Padraig: something’s up there. The data claims that pixelbeat is listed by Technorati as unregistered, but it clearly isn’t. I’ve used up my API key queries for the day, so I’ll take a look tomorrow…

  5. Posted February 22, 2008 at 19:35 | Permalink

    An interesting post. Technorati is worth joining in order to organize favourite blogs into categories.