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The timing of the event was chosen because (I presume, as today marks the final day to submit nominations for the Manchester Blog Awards) it was the perfect opportunity to encourage Manchester's bloggers to nominate their favourite blogs, discover some new ones before the closing date and get to know each other before the big night.
I've been blogging for long enough to remember the first year of the Blog Awards and the days when 7 people was a good turnout for a Blogmeet and I am happy to say that the number of people blogging locally appears to be growing - despite a number of naysayers suggesting that blogging is on the decline.
Although a lot of familiar faces from the local bloggerati were missing last night, it was great to discover some new blogs - some started only within the last few weeks - on ever new and unusual subjects. I was particularly impressed by Liam and Marie from Manchester Zedders and their quest to explore and describe every corner of Manchester, based on grid squares in their A to Z and Kath's Parklover blog which is a guide to the best parks in the greater Manchester area for parents and kids, or people who just like parks.
I am always amazed by the diversity and sense of community amongst Manchester's bloggers. This time, even some of the political bloggers made their way down (in the past it was mostly the arts and culture types), including Richard from The Asparagus.
I even spoke with another SEO blogger, Tom.
To me, this represents the crux of what social media is about - people sharing their thoughts and ideas online and getting feedback from people around them. It's about building relationships and discovering things you didn't know were out there.
If you haven't already made your nominations for the Blog Awards this year, then get across to the website and get nominating and then show your support for Manchester's contribution to the blogosphere by coming down to Band on the Wall on 21st October for the awards.