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Thursday 15 September 2011

An Honour Just to be Nominated!

Those of you who are regular readers will know that as of late I've been involved in the NL political scene in a pretty serious way. It has been, and will continue to be, a whirlwind experience that has brought a raft of surprises, both pleasant and other wise. Yet it was a message today that really gave me a moment to pause. The Rural Lens has been nominated for the top political and commentary blog in NL. WOW.

When I began writing here back in February it was because I felt I had something to say and I needed a place to say it. I have been writing articles in one form or another for about 10 years, including a stint on the Community Editorial Board with The Telegram. The funny thing is that when I started this blog it was as a side project while my main idea got off the ground. I wanted to make a film about rural NL. I had collected all the materials I needed, started to arrange interviews and was on the way to filming a documentary on the issues of rural NL. Unfortunately I couldn't secure the required funding to cover the operational costs and so the project went on hold. I started The Rural Lens as an outlet for some of the ideas germinating in my brain for quite a while, and it's been full steam ahead ever since.

Shortly after I got started a friend suggested I send my address over to the NL Blog Roll where you'll find over 325 blogs focused on or written from Newfoundland and Labrador. Over time I could see my traffic increasing from links from the Blog Roll and I've been glad to be part of such a fantastic blogging community ever since.

So today I find out that along with The Sir Robert Bond Papers and The Fighting Newfoundlander, The Rural Lens has been nominated for the top political and commentary blog. If you don't already read the other two blogs then you certainly should. We are merely three of many blogs of folks who speak out on many community and political issues in NL. So go read the other two blogs and then head over to here and vote for your favorite.

While your over at the NL Blog Roll check out the Science and Technology category as well. And if you have any interest in the tech sector check out I Code By The Sea and if you like what you read go to the Vote Page and throw a vote his way.

On a final note we all owe a huge thanks to Stephen Harris at the NL Blog Roll for providing us a way to keep in touch and share our thoughts.


  1. Thanks for the kind words. The work put into the Blogroll is all my pleasure. I probably wouldn't have found you all without it.

    Good luck in the vote. You're one of the few newbies I selected, so ya know. :)

  2. Nicely said, Ryan! Good luck with this and with the election!! :)

  3. Oh, and hey, I was on the Community Editorial Board too, in 1999-2000, it's 2nd year. I was a wee youngster of 20 then!