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Blog Bash 2016 Will Be In Cleveland In July, Not National Harbor In March

  • Blog Bash will not be at CPAC. We will be at the RNC Convention in Cleveland.
  • At CPAC, we plan on still doing our invite-only blogger briefings with free lunches.
  • The awards are still happening. Bloggers, go nominate your peers here!
  • We may do an all-call happy hour on Thursday night at CPAC. Watch our Twitter account, @BlogBash.
There will be no official Blog Bash held at National Harbor this March. Since our inception in 2010, we’ve held a number of Blog Bash events across the country alongside conservative events we were requested to be at or where we knew bloggers or our members would be. However, our annual Blog Bash event has always been the opening day, or Thursday, of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
In our first years, all we were trying to do was show bloggers a good time, give them a free meal, and have friends connect offline once a year. We’re so proud of the work we do.
Back then, many bloggers did blogging as a labor of love—a service to the movement and an exercise of a free press. Since the growth of non-profit and for-profit online media machines, we’ve seen a migration to more paid bloggers. This is a good. Still, many come into town for Blog Bash and then cover CPAC or set aside vacation money from the family jar to visit CPAC so they can meet friends and readers that they’ve recognized online. Blog Bash will always be for that independent blogger, first.
We’ve had an obligation to bloggers and our sponsors as we’ve grown. In addition to hosting Blog Bash on CPAC’s traditional opening evening, National Bloggers Club hosts free lunch blogger briefings each day of CPAC, we help bloggers find discounted rooms and roommates during this expensive endeavor, we’ve fought hard to credential bloggers who get left out of the loop, and we do one-on-one introductions between our sponsors and online influencers.
CPAC will remain a mainstay in the conservative movement and there will be plenty of other independent, offsite parties thrown on Friday and Saturday evening. This year however, in keeping with tradition and after feedback from our sponsors, we want to try something new.

 
We’re hosting our annual Blog Bash in Cleveland. It will be held near the Republican National Convention, but of course, remains unaffiliated with the Republican National Committee or the 2016 Convention.
We’ve done this before. In 2012, we held both our annual Blog Bash, back when was in D.C., and “Blog Bash at Tampa 2012” where we had a blast. Party conventions offer a whole new set of unique challenges, but we’re ready to tackle them. It helps that the Republican National Committee has been a major sponsor of Blog Bash over the past 3 years.
If you’ve already booked your travel for CPAC with the intention of attending both CPAC and Blog Bash, don’t you fret. We’re going to consult with our sponsors.
The annual blogger awards are still going to be held, virtually through the academy, in February. We’ll allow the traditional time for nominating at the end of this month, vote during February, announce the winners, and mail off the trophies in March. These are costs we’re able to cover due to the fierce loyalty of our sponsors.
On a personal note, I’ve fought for years to keep CPAC non-controversial. I, myself, am no stranger to controversy but CPAC has always been a place where everyone “showed up.” In 2009 and 2010, they saw a huge increase in attendance. Many points to the growth of the blogosphere, Twitter interactions, and both the libertarian and youth influx into the movement. When CPAC moved to the Gaylord at National Harbor, we faced a massive increase in the costs associated with throwing the event. Our sponsors stepped up. The National Bloggers Club has worked alongside of the ACU and CPAC staff each and every year to make sure where there were complaints about media credentialing, they were addressed. We’ve greatly appreciated this unique relationship. Each year, I’ve been a public apologist for CPAC because it is the one place, en masse, conservatives would come and plot together. My life and career would not be what it is without the ACU and CPAC. I’ve focused on the politics while my co-hosts, including co-founder Melissa Clouthier, focused on the blogger experience at Blog Bash. She’s got a big heart. And for that, we were rewarded. The sponsors that come together are unique. They include tech giants, libertarian groups, conservative groups, social conservatives, online magazines, and others pitching a product. Last year, we had Jim Beam! We’ve been the neutral ground for the movement where these organizations aren’t competing for clicks or donors, but giving bloggers what they deserve: a drink and ‘a job well done.’
I am proud of the conservative movement and the blogosphere. Times are changing and so will we.
Adapt or die.
—Ali

Blog Bash 2015 Award Winners

2015 WINNERS

 

This year, as all years, Blog Bash bloggers voted for the best and brightest blogging and journalistic work on the Right. Below, you’ll see that the winners are bolded and enlarged.

 

Thank you to Governor Rick Perry for showing up and giving the Legacy award to Erick Erickson of Redstate.

 

A couple of the award categories were very competitive. In addition, some nominees created innovative ways to advertise for votes using automated messaging on social media.

 

We are proud to present the winners below. Thank you to all who took time to nominate and vote for your peers great work!

 

Bloggers’ Choice: Blogger Advocate

  • Matt Wolking, Rep. Tim Griffin’s office
  • Raffi Williams, RNC

  • Anita MonCrief, Black Conservatives Fund
  • John Britten, Judicial Watch

Bloggers’ Choice: Journalist of the Year

  • Sean Davis, The Federalist

  • Byron York, The Washington Examiner
  • Jake Tapper, CNN
  • Sean Hannity, Fox News

Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year (Jan 2014 – Feb 2015)

Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year

  • Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA
  • Jim Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute
  • Ken Shepherd, Media Research Center

  • David French, ACLJ

Best Activism Post of 2014

Best Investigative Post of 2014

Best Sunlight Post of 2014

Best in Show: Podcast

Best in Show: Microblog

Best in Show: Video

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Panel awards:

Blogger of the Year:  Elizabeth Scalia, Patheos

Legacy Award: Erick Erickson, Redstate

Friend to Bloggers (Julie Laughridge Award): Ron Coleman, Likelihood of Confusion for legal defense of conservative bloggers

Andrew Breitbart’s Changing the Narrative Award: Americans for Prosperity

Bloggers Stand With Award: Press Freedom, Honorary Recipient Sharyl Attkisson

Best State-Level Blogger Award: Scott McKay, The Hayride

Blog Bash Award Nominations 2015

For the fourth consecutive year, an academy of political bloggers through the National Bloggers Club will vote for their peers to recognize and celebrate great work. Blog Bash organizers estimate up to 400 bloggers will qualify to vote in the only academy of its kind. This is the second year for two new awards which recognize the growth of the blogosphere wouldn’t be possible without other parties: “Journalist of the Year” and “Blogger Advocate of the Year”.  In previous years, blogger attendees voted in-person via mobile devices during the 6-hour annual event. This year, understanding that not every member can fly-in, the full academy will be able to vote through a secure online portal, administered by Danielle Saul.

National Bloggers Club members and Blog Bash 2015 attendees will receive an email giving them a unique hyperlink allowing them to vote on the nominees listed below and complete the annual Blog Bash issues survey. Club members and blogger attendees can check on their status by emailing Saul’s team at members@bloggers.org.

Voting will be open from Tuesday, February 24th, through Wednesday, February 25th.

All nominees are invited to attend a special Blog Bash pre-reception with VIP guests, where a selection of awards will be presented. The winners of the panel selected awards will also be announced at the Blog Bash and its pre-reception.

Let us celebrate good work and good people who make the blogosphere a better place. Rules allow nominees to campaign and lobby support from the academy. Happy voting bloggers!

 2015 NOMINEES

Bloggers’ Choice: Blogger Advocate

  • Matt Wolking, Rep. Tim Griffin’s office
  • Raffi Williams, RNC
  • Anita MonCrief, Black Conservatives Fund
  • John Britten, Judicial Watch

Bloggers’ Choice: Journalist of the Year

  • Sean Davis, The Federalist
  • Byron York, The Washington Examiner
  • Jake Tapper, CNN
  • Sean Hannity, Fox News

Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year (Jan 2014 – Feb 2015)

Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year

  • Charlie Kirk, Turning Point USA
  • Jim Pethokoukis, American Enterprise Institute
  • Ken Shepherd, Media Research Center
  • David French, ACLJ

Best Activism Post of 2014

Best Investigative Post of 2014

Best Sunlight Post of 2014

Best in Show: Podcast

Best in Show: Microblog

Best in Show: Video

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Panel awards: Blogger of the Year, Legacy Award, Friend to Bloggers (Julie Laughridge Award), Andrew Breitbart’s Changing the Narrative Award, Bloggers Stand With Award, and the Best State-Level Blogger Award.

Celebrate the Right to Blog on Feb. 26, 2015

Save the Date for Blog Bash 2015 | BlogBash.org

In 2010, a trio of bloggers organized Blog Bash in an effort to provide a free meal for bloggers venturing to Washington, D.C. for the Conservative Political Action Conference. Six years later, Blog Bash has evolved into one of the most anticipated events surrounding the conference.

Still Going Strong in 2015
On February 26, 2015, Blog Bash will return to National Harbor, Md. The 2015 event will bring some exciting changes that we look forward to unveiling in the coming days — including  a new location for Blog Bash and a theme for the evening, which is a subject close to the hearts of all who blog.

However, Blog Bash will still be the same great celebration and networking event that recognizes the hard work of bloggers and those who support work of the conservative blogosphere.

Still Organized by Bloggers for Bloggers
Blog Bash also remains a volunteer-driven event organized for bloggers by bloggers. Original Blog Bash co-founders, Melissa Clouthier and Ali Akbar, return this year as hosts. They are joined by two of 2014’s hosts — Julie Germany and Erik Telford — to help plan the festivities. Long-time Blog Bash volunteer and attendee, Adrienne Royer, will serve as the director. She’s been the one hovering in the background for the past few years holding a clipboard and drink tickets.

You won’t want to miss the annual blogger family reunion so make sure to save the date for the evening of Thursday, February 26, 2015! 

Congrats to the 2014 Blogger Award Winners!

The 5th annual Blog Bash was a great success! 2014 had a stellar lineup of award winners:

Blogger of the Year

Bill Jacobson, Legal Insurrection

Bloggers’ Choice: Blogger Advocate

Ericka Andersen, Heritage Foundation & Right Social Daily

Bloggers’ Choice: Journalist of the Year

James Rosen, Fox News

Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year (Jan 2013 – Feb 2014)

“Mitt”

Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year

Jeffery Dunetz, David Horowitz Freedom Center

Best Activism Post of 2013

Robert McCain, Aggravating Circumstances: Against the #FreeKate Campaign for Sexual Anarchy

Best Investigative Post of 2013

Joe Schoffstall, ‘Non-partisan’ group paid $1 million to produce positive Obamacare stories

 Best Sunlight Post of 2013

Alyssa Canobbio, Americans for Tax Reform, Obama Administration Spent $4.5 Billion on State Healthcare Websites

Best in Show: Podcast

Wayne Dupree Show

Best in Show: Microblog

SooperMexican (Twitter: @SooperMexican)

Best in Show: Video

Julie Borowski, ObamaCare Stinks for Young People

Legacy Award

Eugene Volokh

State Blogger

Cliff Sims, YellowHammer Politics

Friend of Bloggers…

Ken White, Popehat

Andrew Breitbart’s Changing the Narrative Award

Twitchy.com

Bloggers Stand With…

IRS victims

Please join us in congratulating everyone above!

Governor Rick Perry At Blog Bash 2014!

We are excited to announce today that Governor Rick Perry  will attend and be a featured speaker at Blog Bash!

Governor Perry has long be a supporter of the citizen journalist community and a practitioner of  conservative values.

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 Under Gov. Perry’s leadership, the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) was created to provide Texas with an unparalleled advantage in the research, development, and commercialization of emerging technologies, bringing the best scientists and researchers to the state, while attracting high-tech jobs and helping start-up companies get off the ground faster.

Please join Governor Perry at Blog Bash, March 6th at Bobby McKey’s!

3 Hints: Who Will Be The Featured Guest Speaker We Announce Tomorrow?

Blog Bash will be announcing a very special featured guest and speaker tomorrow. In the meantime, we bet you can guess who’ll be coming to the event.

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1) He is an alumnus of Texas A&M University

2) He recently adopted a new look, glasses

3) His state has led the nation in job growth each of the last 4 years

Can you guess who it will be?!

Be sure to tweet us your guesses using the #BlogBash hashtag. Check back here tomorrow to see who you’ll be meeting at Blog Bash 2014!

How Do I Vote For The Blogger Awards?

Yesterday, we were able to announce the nominees for the 2014 blogger awards. It’s a selection from a very talented blogosphere, submitted and voted on by peers in the blogosphere.

Hi, my name is Danielle Saul. As a young professional activist who admires so many in the blogosphere, I couldn’t be more excited about having the opportunity to administer this years awards on behalf of the National Bloggers Club and Blog Bash 2014. This year, with eligible voters having the opportunity to vote before the March 6th event itself, the academy will submit more votes than ever before. It’s a very challenging task, but my team and me are up to challenge!

We intended voting to go live today, however that won’t be the case. Academy voting won’t be able to vote until Monday, February 24th. That’s next week. Voting will stay open for only 48 hours, instead of 10 days like we had originally planned.

But that’s okay. We are credentialing voters for the academy over the next 5 days.

Click here to TWEET BLOGGERS NOW !

Who is Eligible to Vote?

Who is a part of the largest (and only) political bloggers academy? Good question. In years past, only bloggers at Blog Bash were capable of voting. Now we have four categories people all over the country can meet in order to participate!

  1. Be a National Bloggers Club member. You can check on your membership status with my team by emailing members@bloggers.org. If you’d like to become a member, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/1f5bkEN. There’s only a 12 hour wait time before you’ll hear back form us!
  2. If you are not eligible of becoming a National Bloggers Club member or choose to pass on the opportunity, you must be a 2014 CPAC credentialed blogger and a Blog Bash 2014 blogger attendee. That means that ACU should have you credentialed AND you will have to have your Blog Bash eventbrite confirmation by Sunday afternoon.
  3. For the first time ever, sponsors will have a say. Each sponsoring organization gets a single vote. That means one! Sponsors contributing at the “Company sponsor” level and above should give a single email address to the Blog Bash host (Julie, Erik, or Bill) and they’ll get that information over to my team which will be plugged into the system allowing you to securely vote online on Monday. Please email director@blogbash.org if you’re interested in becoming a new sponsor.
  4. Obviously, Nominees are allowed one vote. Please make sure we’ve emailed you already or get your contact information to us!

If you feel that you meet a different standard, please email me. Your request will be passed to the National Bloggers Club board where exceptions can be granted. We understand that some folks are in the gray area or may be a quasi-blogger-quasi-professional-journalist or maybe be larger than a label altogether. And you don’t have to support us for us to support you!

The awards belong to the blogosphere community whom support individual and economic freedom. We want as many bloggers that fit into our mission voting!

 

What’s the Process After I’m Eligible?

We’re combining our four lists based on the criteria above–that means hundreds of eligible voters. From there we will plug it into our secure online voting portal, when voters will receive an email giving them a unique token allowing them one vote. Your vote is protected too. Nominees, Blog Bash hosts, and not even myself at first glance can track how you’re voting.

Please whitelist (elections@electionbuddy.com) to ensure the email coming to you reaches your inbox and not your spam folder!

If you are among the few that is granted an exception, your votes will be manually tallied in a different system where you will not be anonymous to voting coordinators.

 

So make sure you’re a National Bloggers Club member (apply here: http://bit.ly/1f5bkEN) or that you’ve credentialed yourself into both CPAC and Blog Bash 2014. That way, come Sunday night, I’ll be plugging your name in so you can vote on the 2014 nominees!

Go find these nominees blogs, Twitter handles, and Facebook pages. They’re already campaigning for your vote!

Now click here to shoot our a tweet letting bloggers know they are eligible for this awesome opportunity.

Bloggers To #StandWithRand at Blog Bash!

On March 6, 2013, Sen. Rand Paul gave his historic filibuster on the Senate floor. #StandWithRand was ignited by citizen journalists and activists across the country.

A year to the day of that event, bloggers will again #StandWithRand at Blog Bash 2014!

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We’re excited to have Sen. Rand Paul join us and help pay tribute to bloggers in National Harbor this March 6th. Blog Bash 2014 is shaping up to be another can’t miss event!

The Blogger Awards Nominees of 2014

For the third consecutive year, an academy of political bloggers through the National Bloggers Club will vote for their peers to recognize and celebrate great work. Blog Bash organizers estimate up to 400 bloggers will qualify to vote in the only academy of its kind. This is the first year for two new awards which recognize the growth of the blogosphere wouldn’t be possible without other parties: “Journalist of the Year” and “Blogger Advocate of the Year”.  In previous years, blogger attendees voted in-person via mobile devices during the 6-hour annual event. This year, understanding that not every member can fly-in, the full academy will be able to vote through a secure online portal, administered by Danielle Saul.

National Bloggers Club members and Blog Bash 2014 attendees will receive an email giving them a unique hyperlink allowing them to vote on the nominees listed below and complete the annual Blog Bash issues survey. Club members and blogger attendees can check on their status by emailing Saul’s team at members@bloggers.org.

Voting will be open from Tuesday, February 18th, through Friday, February 28th.

All nominees are invited to attend a special Blog Bash pre-reception with VIP guests, where a selection of awards will be presented. The winners of the panel selected awards will also be announced at the Blog Bash and its pre-reception.

Let us celebrate good work and good people who make the blogosphere a better place. Rules allow nominees to campaign and lobby support from the academy. Happy voting bloggers!

 2014 NOMINEES

Bloggers’ Choice: Blogger Advocate

  • Ericka Andersen, Heritage Foundation
  • Ellen Carmichael, Rep. Tom Price’s office
  • Amelia Chassé, Hynes Communications
  • Andrew Clark, NRCC
  • Raffi Williams, RNC

Bloggers’ Choice: Journalist of the Year

  • Robert Costa, The Washington Post
  • Andrew Malcolm, Investor’s Business Daily
  • James Rosen, Fox News
  • Jake Tapper, CNN

Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year (Jan 2013 – Feb 2014)

Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year

  • Jim Antle, Daily Caller News Foundation
  • Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller News Foundation
  • Ralph Benko, The Lehrman Institute
  • Sonny Bunch, Center for American Freedom
  • Jeffery Dunetz, David Horowitz Freedom Center

Best Activism Post of 2013

Best Investigative Post of 2013

Best Sunlight Post of 2013

Best in Show: Podcast

Best in Show: Microblog

Best in Show: Video

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Panel awards: Blogger of the Year, Legacy Award, Friend to Bloggers (Julie Laughridge Award), Andrew Breitbart’s Changing the Narrative Award, Bloggers Stand With Award, and the Best State-Level Blogger Award.