As you may konw, this blog was put up on bricks on 1st May 2009 for several reasons, not least of which was that I want to concentrate on writing a book. However, if you have anything on your mind, I am still reading any e-mails that come my way and I answer most of them. I am at email@example.com I’m also sure that I will be back at some point in the future.
This post was my immediate reaction, live blogged, to winning the Orwell Prize.
I am sitting here at home with a glass of fizz at one hand and sausage, chips and beans at the other. My representative at the Orwell Prize Ceremony has just rung me with the news that I have won. It has also just been twittered on Iain Dale’s Diary so it must be true.
I couldn’t go to the ceremony but I got a friend from way, way back to go in my stead. This is what I asked him to say
When I started the Night Jack blog back in February last year, I was standing on the shoulders of others. I heard about a Police blog called Inspector Gadget at work. I read it and I agreed with it. My comments on there started to get so long that one evening I sat down with my laptop and started a blog of my own.
As I wrote more posts I found that people were coming to my site to read and leave comments. Arguments started, some of them even came close to being reasoned debates. Then people in other blogs started linking to some of my posts and saying they were worth reading. As the readership headed over 1,000 a day, I started getting the occasional e-mail from the news media asking for an interview. I even got the obligatory Police blogging book offer. I am not now, nor have I ever been, a media cop.
If anyone had told me then that I was going to make the short list for the Orwell Prize I would have asked them to stop being silly. It is still a bit of a nosebleed experience finding myself in the company of so many other blogs that I admire and follow.
I believe that as bloggers we are mostly short levers in the political world but I would like to thank the Orwell Prize for noticing us and for choosing to do so in a year that has seen political blogging become a more important part of the wider political process.
Anyway, as you may know, I am an anonymous blogger and as I do not feel able to accept the prize openly and in person, I have decided to donate any winnings to the Police Dependents’ Trust. This is a charity that assists the families of colleagues who have died in the execution of their duties.
Enjoy your night. Thanks again. Jack Night.
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