The local website we do in Rochford District, www.onlinefocus.org , is in the running for one of the New Statesman New Media awards.
There's no distinction in being there , as anyone can nominate you and I certainly don't expect us to win. But it's just fun to be there, and to compare what we do with other councillors' blogs (not to mention some distinguished MPs and MEPs!) One of the useful features of the New Statesman competition is that it gives 'the public' a chance to leave comments about any of the sites. Frustratingly though, apart from the original nomination, there haven't been any for our site yet.