Conversationblog voted "Best European PR Blog"

To my complete surprise I learned yesterday evening (via Twitter - of course) that my blog had been chosen as Best European PR Blog by the readers of Communication Director Magazine.

I couldn't believe it at first and had to check the tweet by Kristien Vermoesen from Finn PR several times. Kristien and her fab team came in second so that makes two "Belgians" in the list !

The European Listing of Best PR Blogs 

The European Listing of Best PR Blogs 

This news took me back - on a rather nostalgic road - to a time when blogging was considered "dangerous" and PR professionals were not supposed to have a personal "voice" on the web. 

Web logs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective. Their potent allies in this pursuit include Google and Yahoo. (from Attack of the blogs - Forbes Magazine in 2005

I remember we used to have rather lengthy discussions via comment sections about our profession, the impact of what was then called "new media" etc...

Above all we all understood the tremendous impact blogging - and thus online publishing - would have on corporate communications.

Have a look at the PR Blogging Timeline and discover the early trailblazers who influenced, coached and inspired me to start my own blog and document my projects and ideas about PR. 

For me it all started with a book (yep, a paper one)...

When Shel Holtz wrote Public Relations on the Net in 2002 it confirmed a feeling I had about the impact of the internet on business communications. Later I started my own blog (on Typepad if I remember well) somewhere in 2003 and just kept blogging... 

I don't want to sound too "Oscar winner" here but I do need to thank other PR bloggers like Constantin Basturea, Shel Holtz, Neville Hobson and Stuart Bruce (among many others) for leading the way and being an inspiration.

And of course a big thank you to you, my readers new and old !

In fact, yesterday evening was one of those perfect days:

I managed to convince a Belgian CEO to open up the social web access for his employees and embed online communications where it makes sense and I received this great news about my blog via Twitter... 

Couldn't get better. Keep on Blogging !