Student Wins National Blog Award

March 03, 2008 - News Release

A University of Guelph student has won the Best New Blog Award in the 2007 Canadian Blog Awards competition held last month.

Danielle Takacs won for her political blog "Galloping around the Golden Horseshoe."

"I am really interested in politics and when reading blogs, I found there were very few female bloggers writing about politics," said Takacs, who is completing a masters degree in political science. "I thought this was a huge oversight so I decided to start my own blog."

Takacs began writing her blog in September, and was nominated for the national award in January.

The Canadian Blog Awards is an annual event where Canadian bloggers and readers vote online to decide which blogs are the best in two dozen categories.

Thousands of people voted, and Takacs' blog won top honours for newly-established blogs.

"I started the blog thinking that I might have five or six readers, and now I have about 300. It's been really encouraging. I have even had people recognize me because of my blog."

When she isn't studying or going to class, Takacs is blogging, averaging about four entries a week.

"Whether it's something I hear on the radio or read in the newspaper, I find I am always searching for new blog ideas. I think blogs are an important communication tool," she said. "They have changed the way people find information and get their message out."

To read Takacs' blog.

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