mashableopenwebawardslogoThe Lichfield Blog is among the front runners to scoop an online award.

Despite only being in existence since January, the site has already been put forward in the Best Local Blog category of the Mashable Open Web Awards by a number of voters.

With only a few weeks of nominations remaining, The Lichfield Blog is among the leaders so far in the category.

Supported by Motorola, the awards are split into several categories including Best FlickR photographer and Best Political Site.

Mashable – a site dedicated to social media – has now organised the awards for the past three years. A spokesperson for the competition said:

“The Open Web Awards is our international online voting competition that covers major innovations in web technology and achievements in Social Media. This year we have created some new and engaging categories for our audience to reflect the changes in web culture since 2008.”

The Lichfield Blog – which continues to be a not-for-profit organisation – will find out when the initial round of  nominations ends on November 15 whether they will make it through to the next round. Should the site be successful, it will then go into a second round of voting along with four other sites in the category from November 18 to December 13.

A spokesperson for The Lichfield Blog said:

“We’re really pleased to have been nominated. As a site created by voluntary contributors, it’s always nice to see all the hard work recognised.

“Much of the site’s early and continued development and promotion has been carried out through social networking sites, so it’s a double bonus that we’ve been recognised in a competition that actively promotes social media.

“Given how young the site is, we’re not going to be too disappointed if we don’t win – but if people want to vote for us then we certainly wouldn’t object!”

Nominations are being carried out through Twitter and Facebook accounts and users can vote once a day until the deadline. To find out more, visit the Mashable Open Web Awards website.


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