Is it really ten years since Blogger - an arm of the Google empire - invited me to launch the world's most prestigious blogging awards? But the archives do not lie my friends. The Laughing Horse Blog Awards really are ten years old as this happy year draws to a close.
All sub-awards are naturally cherished by recipients but the greatest joy and pride is always experienced by the overall Laughing Horse Blogger of the Year. Just to remind visitors old and new, here's a list of past winners. Cue orchestral music:-
2008 – Arthur Clewley for “Arthur Clewley”
2009 – Daphne Franks for “My Dad’s a Communist”
2010 – John Gray for “Going Gently”
2011 – Ian Rhodes for “Shooting Parrots”
2012 – Kate Steeds for "The Last Visible Dog"
2013 – Tom Gowans for “A Hippo on the Lawn”
2014 – Meike Riley for “From My Mental Library”
2015 – Lee George for “Kitchen Connection”
2016 – Steve Reed for “Shadows and Light”
2017 - Keith Kline for "Hiawatha House"
Every year The Awards Committee commission a special Laughing Horse widget from an up and coming designer. This year that honour was embraced by none other than Rufus de Pudin who said, "I wanted to create something special to mark the tenth anniversary of these famous awards. The design idea came to me in a dream."
Revealed for the first time, here's Rufus's special widget design for 2018:-
But who will be the overall winner? You will have to wait till Monday to find out.