AccountingWEB editor John Stokdyk sets the scene for one of the most intriguing categories in the 2012 AccountingWEB Community Awards.
When we revamped AccountingWEB last year, one of the things we tried to do was to encourage more contributions to our community blogs. We made the page more promient on the site and put more effort into highlighting some of the more entertaining and useful contributors in our Featured bloggers listing.
We've been really pleased with the results. Since the beginning of the year, our blogs have attracted more than half a million reads and there are several contenders jostling to join the 16 featured blogs - we may have to keep on expanding the list if yet more bloggers come forward.
While our various topic pages cover the serious and factual side of accountancy, and technical and other issues are debated energetically in the Any Answers pages, our blog home page has become a great place to come for a more sideways look at what's happening in the profession. During the past year, old favourites such as Simon Sweetman, the CEO's Diary and the Practitioner's Diary have been joined by some entertaining newcomers, including:
An accountant in business - written by Flying Scotsman, who is full of pungent and witty opinions
The Philip Fisher column - the urbane employment tax specialist pontificates on everything from tax to theatre and nice speakers
A Mum and an Accountant - the challenges of juggling a baby and a career make compelling reading. We wish her all the best in the weeks ahead.