Well, apart from me, obviously… 😉
You may remember that back in November I won an award for this blog. I was named ‘Young Christian Blogger of the Year’ by Premier Christian Media’s New Media division at their annual awards and conference day, #CNMAC13. You may not remember, but I promise you it happened.
But that was last year. This year there will be another conference, #CNMAC14, which I’ll hopefully be going to. Why mention this? Two reasons.
Maybe you should go!
Sadly I was unable to go to the full day conference last year, but I heard very good things about it, and will almost certainly be there for the full day this year. It’s on Saturday 1st November.
I believe very strongly that embracing new media and digital media for Christ and for the church is of vital importance for our mission, discipleship and ministry. So I can think of few more beneficial ways to spend a day than exploring this with people who really do know what they’re talking about.
There will be vital input about how the digital revolution can be harnessed by individual Christians and local churches, as well as practical seminars about use of social media in evangelism, personal spirituality, society, mission and discipleship. There is even the opportunity for one-to-one chats with good people who can try to help you out more specifically.
If this is starting to sound like an advert, that’s because it sort of is! I really believe this stuff is important, and this event could be of huge help as we try to take it more seriously.
This year’s theme is ‘Transformers’. Full details are here.
Maybe you could nominate someone
The window is now open for you to nominate someone for an award if you think they are a positive Christian influence in the digital world. The awards is by no means the most important part of the day, but it is good to recognise goodness where it exists.
I can’t say how much of an impact on me and on my blogging getting nominated meant to me. Even had I not won, it was an incredible affirmation of what I was doing, and a huge encouragement to keep on going and even step it up a notch. For a lot of you who read my blog, you read others’ blogs too. Whose do you really appreciate? Who has encouraged you, challenged you or blessed you with what they do.
Maybe this list of categories will help spark your thoughts:
- Blogger of the Year
- Young Blogger of the Year
- Multi-author Blog of the Year
- Up-and-coming Award
- Most Inspiring Leadership Blog
- Best Christian Organisation Website
- Best New or Redesigned Website
- Most Engaging Large Church Website
- Most Engaging Small Church Website
- Accessibility Award
New media section:
- Innovative Use of New Media In Outreach
- App of the Year
- Most Creative Use of Social Media
- Tweeter of the Year
- People’s Choice Award
- International Award
If a Christian, church or Christian organisation has blessed you with their online work, why not take a couple of minutes out of your day to head over here and bless them back with a nomination?
So, I ask again: who’s your favourite blogger?