Yesterday was an incredible evening. Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success!
Last night we honored our peers, remembered our friend Andrew Breitbart and even tipped our glasses with Senator Ted Cruz. There is no event like Blog Bash!
Of course, Blog Bash wouldn’t be complete until all the awards were handed out. All attendees had the opportunity to vote and they selected the 2012 winners.
2012 Blogger of the Year
Lachlan Markay, Heritage Foundation Foundry Blog
Bloggers’ Choice: Non-Profit Blogger of the Year
Sean Hackbarth, Chamber’s FreeEnterprise.com
Best Activism Post of 2012
Dana Loesch, Donors offers $$ For Info Leading To Arrest Of Union Thug
Best Investigative Post of 2012
Robert Stacy McCain, ‘A Faint Whiff of Vigilante Hysteria’: Weinergate’s Kimberlin Connection
Bloggers’ Choice: Movie of the Year
Best In Show: Podcast
Fingers Malloy (Podcast)
Best In Show: Twitter
David Burge (@IowaHawkBlog)
Best In Show: Video
Scottie Hughes – “DNC County Chairman: Christians Want Jewish People to Die”
Friends of Bloggers Award
Bloggers Stand With
Black Conservatives (awarded to Kira Davis)
Best State Level Blogger
Jon Fleischman of California
Andrew Breitbart’s Changing the Narrative Award
In the mid-nineties I was lucky enough to be present and help out with the beginnings of the online conservative movement, but wasn’t able to continue with it for various reasons. Three years ago, when I found out the Blog Bash organizers needed a DJ, I jumped at the chance, because I knew firsthand all the slings and arrows bloggers take, and I wanetd to be able to give something back to them for all the hard work they do with my new business. It was an honor to finally meet people like Ed Morrissey, Michelle Malkin, and Mary Katherine Ham.
The next year, when I DJed the 2011 Blog Bash, I was able to help the producers of Atlas Shrugged Part I set up to show their movie previews. Working with them was fascinating and gave me some opportunities I would not otherwise have had.
For last year’s event, after I learned Andrew Breitbart was going to be attending, I was inspired to play the alternative-eighties music that he was known to enjoy (and who doesn’t love eighties music, anyway?) Sure enough, in the middle of the party Andrew noticed what I had been spinning and came up to the DJ booth to talk music. What fun it was to talk about something with Andrew that he was so passionate about! He mentioned that in another life he would have loved to be a DJ and told me a story about a New Order concert he once attended. I played “Crystal” for him by request. That conversation was a highlight of my life, and I wish he was going to be with us in person this year.
Also, we had the great guys with Madison Rising perform. I was happy to help them with their sound too. If you haven’t heard their music, I really encourage you to check them out!
I DJ for weddings, all kinds of parties and events, and even karaoke in the Washington, DC area. I play all genres of music, but have an affinity for eighties and lounge music. Please contact me so that I can help make your event fun and a big success! And come to me at Blog Bash and say hi!
The Left’s war of intimidation against bloggers has reached a new low, as Aaron Walker reported today that his wife was “stalked” by notorious progressive activist Brett Kimberlin.
Now, the breaking news that Aaron was able to share with me last week is public on his blog: Brett Kimberlin – who spent 17 years in federal prison after being convicted as Indiana’s infamous “Speedway Bomber” – showed up at a Maryland court house and began photographing Walker’s wife.
While Walker was attending a March 1 hearing and his wife was in their car in the parking lot outside, Kimberlin “circled the vehicle, looking into its interior and at my wife,” Walker wrote at his “Allergic to Bull” blog. Walker said Kimberlin “drove around and then parked in the space directly facing my wife … and started taking pictures or filming her.”
Final preparations are underway to make this year’s Blog Bash the best one yet. Our team has been putting the final touches on the night while securing a few surprise announcements. Stay tuned to our social media and blog to hear what we have in store for attendees this Thursday!
That being said, our blogger attendee, as well as our sponsorship opportunities have now come to a close. We would love to let everyone in to take part in the night but we unfortunately have run out of space. If we are able to free up room from invited attendees and sponsors giving up their tickets, you will receive an email and be added to the list.
We do apologize for the disappointment. We have been extremely fortunate for the support and opportunity to bring bloggers together for this very special event! We are grateful to our sponsors for helping us continue the tradition of providing free food and drinks, entertainment and good networking opportunities for bloggers at CPAC. Keep following us on Facebook and Twitter to find out the details for the next Blog Bash event.
For those who are unable to make it to CPAC, don’t forget we are livestreaming the beginning and award ceremony of Blog Bash here on blogbash.org. More details will be coming soon.
The last time many of his friends saw Andrew Breitbart was at Blog Bash 2012, where he accepted the “Changing the Narrative” award for his outstanding work in new media. This was one of his last public appearances before his untimely death, and he left bloggers and those for whom he had paved the road to new media with some encouragement that they won’t soon forget. Below is never-before-seen footage of Andrew at Blog Bash 2012.
Thanks to Ben Howe for recording!
I am proud to announce today that the National Republican Congressional Committee has committed to sponsoring Blog Bash at CPAC 2013.
The NRCC is an organization that gets it. Their team is committed to working with bloggers I encourage all our attendees to learn more about their activities for the upcoming year.
While the National Bloggers Club cannot endorse candidates we are happy to facilitate better communication between groups and individuals who recognize the importance of supporting citizen-journalists. Thank you NRCC for being on the side of bloggers.
In fact, in answering the call that organizations ramp up their blogger outreach this year the committee is hosting a blogger conference call on Monday in which National Bloggers Club President Ali Akbar will attend. All NBC bloggers are invited to attend.
Remember Brett Kimberlin? The hack who has threatened multiple people and families in the conservative movement and has destroyed so many lives? Well, he’s back, folks. This time, he and his gang of evil conspirators are threatening Blog Bash and the bloggers who will attend. The Blog Bash staff have been monitoring online chatter from Kimberlin and his buddy Neal Rauhauser for weeks; they’ve tried hacking into personal Twitter and Facebook accounts and are determined to stop Blog Bash from happening. Yesterday, the venue received a call from a man named “Neal.” Here’s a bit from a piece Ali wrote earlier today:
He called to gather information about Blog Bash, knowing that all of us will be in one room for the first time ever. He tried scaring them. This is harassment and nothing short of a threat.
Brett Kimberlin is dangerous and we’re taking the threat seriously. His nexus is directly attacking our First Amendment rights — the ability to peacefully assemble and speak the truth.
They’re trying to put pressure on our venue to drop the largest gathering of center-right bloggers and our allies. The work we all do as bloggers is groundbreaking.
You can read the rest of his article here. 7 days until Blog Bash, where we’ll continue to defy Brett Kimberlin and his cronies by continuing to make an enormous impact on Washington, the media, and the country. These threats won’t stop the good work bloggers are doing. We’re living out Winston Churchill’s famous words when he said:
“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
Last year, John Sexton won the 2012 Blogger of the Year Award. Read the interview with him.
Who will win Blogger of the Year for 2013?