I was delighted when I got an email a few weeks ago to say my blog had been nominated for The Blog Awards, Ireland. I’m not so delighted today when I found out that the Early Bird tickets are €75! This price is meant to be a ‘special offer’ for those who purchase tickets early. As I live in Sligo I would have to travel to Dublin for the event so that’s €40-€50 on travel. The last train leaves Dublin for Sligo at 7pm so I’d also have to pay for accommodation. So I would be looking at a minimum of €200 for one night.
I’m aware that some people make an income from their blogs but I don’t. Mine is purely a hobby and this ticket price is just outrageous. I went to the blog awards a few years ago, it was €30 for a ticket and we got a four course meal for that price. It’s run by a new crowd this year who just seem to be out to make a quick buck. I enjoy writing my blog regardless of whether it wins an award. So I’m withdrawing my blog from the awards, apologies if someone has already spent their time judging it.
I hope other bloggers join me in boycotting the blog awards this year.