Lifestyle my arse

I had a little bet with myself a month or so ago.

I won!

I was betting on the number of entries into the blog awards thing.

You see, they gave 18 categories, where you were either a specialised site or you weren’t.  There were categories for Automotive and for Diaspora, but none for Personal.  There was Beauty and Innovation but none for Humour.  There was nothing for the Newcomer but Youth was included.  And if you weren’t specialised, you were all lumped into Lifestyle.

Lifestyle includes [apparently] Dating, Dieting, Gardening, Eco/environmental, Interests or Hobbies, Gender Issues, Pets, Interior Design, Finance, Sport, Money Saving, Architecture, Personal Blog or Weddings.  Quite an eclectic mix?

So my little bet was that “Lifestyle” would be grossly oversubscribed, and I also had a side bet that Beauty and Fashion would also heavily outweigh the others.

The “Long List” was published yesterday and I did a quick count of the sites in each category –

  • Art & Culture – 64
  • Automotive – 3
  • Beauty – 120
  • Diaspora – 28
  • Digital & Tech – 8
  • Education & Science – 23
  • Entertainment – 35
  • Fashion – 100
  • Food & Drink – 67
  • Health & Wellbeing – 63
  • Innovation – 15
  • Irish Language – 3
  • Lifestyle – 201
  • Marketing & Comms – 8
  • Parenting – 46
  • Photography – 25
  • Travel – 30
  • Youth – 43

Or, to put them in order of numbers –

  • Lifestyle – 201
  • Beauty – 120
  • Fashion – 100
  • Food & Drink – 67
  • Art & Culture – 64
  • Health & Wellbeing – 63
  • Parenting – 46
  • Youth – 43
  • Entertainment – 35
  • Travel – 30
  • Diaspora – 28
  • Photography – 25
  • Education & Science – 23
  • Innovation – 15
  • Digital & Tech – 8
  • Marketing & Comms – 8
  • Automotive – 3
  • Irish Language – 3

So I win my little bet.

Funny how the crowded categories [apart from Lifestyle] are Beauty and Fashion?  Very pink?  Nah!  That’s misogynistic.  Just my imagination.

If anyone wants to see the long list, it’s here, but it isn’t much use because there aren’t any links.  Someone ought to tell them that the Interweb is all about links?

I don’t kid myself.  I won’t win and that doesn’t bother me in the slightest.  There are more important things in life like regular readers and maybe giving the odd chuckle from time to time. Apart from anything else, this post would have sunk any chance I might have had!  I couldn’t afford to go anyway at €75 a seat.

But from now on I will be writing exclusively about cars.

In Irish, of course.

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Lifestyle my arse — 8 Comments

    • The problem is that you will only see the titles, which is sort of pointless.  You would have to do an individual search for each one which is more than a small pain in the arse?

  1. So what category are you Grandad? They'll automatically, on ideological grounds, rule you out of Health & Wellbeing. They'll cut you out of Youth, on physical grounds. Beauty and Fashion? I'll delicately leave judgement on that to Herself. Education & Science? They won't tolerate your astute questioning of 'scientific' surveys, especially on tobacco and life style issues. That kind of leaves Lifestyle, Entertainment and Travel. But they probably have, once again on ideological grounds, ruled out any website that extols the joys and virtues of pipe smoking and strong beverages. Frankly I think this competition plays with loaded dice. Best ignored. Light up your pipe and think about positive things.

    • Apparently I'm classed as Lifestyle [along with Pets, Sports and Gender Issues].  I do get the distinct impression of loaded dice all right.  As I said – my only interest is to see how far I get before they realise I'm taking the piss and chuck me out!

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