Swanny & JamesAnd so, last night I took myself off to Shoreditch House for the *Computer Weekly *IT Blog Awards. This is the second year that we’ve run these, and the first that we’ve actually had an awards night at the end, I believe. And what good fun it was. Drinks, chat, CW web editor James Garner in full-on Bruce Forsyth mode, and Leila Gilley, our newly-appointed community manager for Estates Gazette (pictured above with Brucie James), snagging one of the awards for her site Girls’n’Gadgets.

I think it was particularly satisfying for me, because for the first time I really saw the multi-pronged blog strategy in, as it were, the flesh. We had CW journalists [who](http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/witsend/) [blog](http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/inspect-a-gadget/) there, alongside industry experts who [we got blogging](http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/david_lacey/) for the first time on the site, along with skilled existing bloggers who have come into the fold, including social technologist [Suw Charman-Anderson](http://suw.org.uk/), who has taken over [The Social Enterprise blog](http://www.computerweekly.com/blogs/enterprise-social-software/) (as per my [rather cryptic post](http://www.onemanandhisblog.com/archives/2009/11/valedictory_post_but_not_here.html)) and [Hermione Way](http://techfluff.tv/), who’s using her video skills on the new [Computer Geekly videos](http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/11/24/239416/Video-Computer-Geekly-Weekly-IT-News-roundup.htm).
Only took us three years to get there… 
There’s [a full list of winners](http://www.computerweekly.com/Articles/2009/11/26/239467/the-it-blog-awards-2009-winners.htm) on the site, along with [photos of them all](http://www.computerweekly.com/galleries/239464-1/Computer-Weekly-IT-Blog-Awards-2009-The-winners.htm).