This post is first of all dedicated to my readers, faithful visitors and friends out there in the Blogsphere who supported me and voted for me, and who are always touching my everyday life with their visits, comments and emails.

Click for more at PhotobucketThe Weblog Awards are the world’s largest blog competition with over 545,000 votes cast in 2007 edition, also the Blogworld’s Oscar! This year the competition grew to 933,022 votes cast in 48 categories and nearly two million votes cast in all editions since 2003.

RennyBA’s Terella was a finalist in the Best European Blog category. This is a geographical category which includes the nations of the EU, Iceland/Greenland, Norway, Russia and its former republics. Voting for the 2008 Weblog Awards is now over and this year’s turnout was simply amazing; 3.2 million page views, 2 million visitors. Thanks to all of you who came in and voted and made this years competition a smashing success!

Click for more at PhotobucketHere you can see the final results for yourself. I am proud to announce that my Terella came in 4th place, and was very happy with the turn out. I could follow along with my activity tracking tools and see that my friends, and their friends, were visiting me and voting. I really appreciate all the support I have received.

Your comments and feedback is the most important part for me. It was an honour to be among the finalists in such a great competition and it was great fun campaigning and checking the results from day to day, or okay I admit it, even from hour to hour!! (minute to minute…) It was close right up to the end between us and “An American Expat in Deutschland”. I do hope to compete again next year! I offer my congratulations to all the other finalists and do hope that you had as much fun as I did participating in the contest.

Since I still am having problems with my back I have been less active then usual, and it is especially difficult for me to write at the computer. It is great to see that you are all still coming in and visiting and I am keeping up with your blogs as often as possible. This year again, despite being a bit incapacitated, I still managed to get some press coverage for the competition. Here you can see the article in ComputerWorld’s online edition.


As the good old saying goes; ‘All press is good press’ and it’s always fun to get some attention. If you like, you may read about the outcome from last year by clicking here.

I also created an event on Facebook, which was a very fun tool to use and it was great to see many of my friends there too! I experimented on my Twitter as well of course!

I will be home this weekend getting better so that I can come out and play with you all some more in the near future. Have a lovely weekend and thank you again for your support.


  1. Congratulations Renny. Coming in fourth is awesome. I’m glad I could help out.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug to you and Diane. :)

    Thanks Sandee and thanks also for all your votes and support!
    Hugs back and have a great end to your week :)

  2. I do hope you get better! Back pain is not fun. I think a trip to a nice hot tub will suit you well also!

    Thanks for your warm thoughts and a great idea too!

  3. Congrats Renny! I wish your back was feeling better…..sending positive thoughts your way! :)

    Thanks Olga, your a great blog fellow – even with a supportive post!
    Your warm thoughts makes me feel better already :)

  4. congrats renny! i am so sorry your back is still giving you problems. i truly hope you find relief soon. i know that sort of pain is so wearying.

    Thanks Michelle! I appreciate your sympathy – it is very wearing.

  5. Congratulations again, Renny.

    Sorry you’re still having problems with an aching back. Get well soon, my friend.
    Rest that back and having a good weekend!

    Love and hugs,

    Thanks Diane and for your support too!
    I’ll try my best to get a good rest.
    Hugs back and a great end to your week.

  6. Well done, Renny. That was no mean feat coming in fourth when all those votes were made. Congratulations.

    Thanks! I’m overwhelmed by all the votes and massive support – what an encourage to keep on sharing from Norway and the Nordic countries.

  7. i say congratulations, renny! this is big and this is an achievement. good start for the year.

    hope you get better. had my experience, too, with back pains but they are minimal and do not stay that long.

    I do agree; A good start, a wonderful achievement and a great encouragement.
    Thanks for your supportive wishes regarding my bad back.

  8. Well done Renny! Get some well deserved rest and get that back in shape again. Hope it’s not too painful.

    Thanks, and also for your support and votes!
    I’ll rest the best I can.

  9. We all think you are The Best, Renny, so congratulations! :) Now, just get your back back into shape! :)

    Thanks for your votes, support, kind and encourages words Ginnie! I do the best with my back – but can’t resist cheering my faithful blog friends :)

  10. Congratulations! You know you will always be #1 in my book!!!
    Now you rest and get well soon. I simply hate it that you are suffering.

    Awwww Maribeth; how flattering!! Thanks for all your votes and support!
    I’ll try my best to recover soon.

  11. awwww, get well soon,Renny! I know how terrible it is to have a backpain…

    congratulations, anyway!! youre so famous and becoming more famous,haha!keep up the good work and take care!

    happy weekend to you and your family!

    I try the best I can ghee
    Thanks – hope this famous don’t goes to my head then, haha! I promise to keep up!
    Wishing you and yours a great one too!

  12. Congratulations, Renny! Good luck with your blog – and your back!

    Thanks Magnus – you know I love your blog about Norwegian fishing too!

  13. Renny, you know as well as me: #4 is not what we do expect. (Even the fact we are mong the less populated Nations in Europe)
    I’m a part of the fact you did not got a medal this year. I did start the Campaign 10 days after I should have. We must plan better for next award. Agree.

    PS. For the first time I do advice you to participate here: The Theme is Hat(s).
    And you have a wonderful Hat from “Down under”. Please post it, in order to obtain new voters for next years contest..

    You have the free will to ask your friends to vote on my Hat this week. It’s very special. And we did have a long trip to find it..

    My, friend, have an excellent Sunday.
    T and A

    Well, I was hoping for better too, but after all; Being a Finalist in itself is a great honour I think. To me, all the votes and support from friends in Blogsphere goes straight to my heart!
    PS. Thanks for the tip – well meant, I know. But I’m sorry: In lack of energy due to my back :-(
    Wishing you and A a great one too!

  14. Congratulations Renny. Place #4 is great, your blog deserve this 100%! And I wish you getting well soon.


    Sue’s Daily Photography

    Thanks – and for your support and votes too!

  15. Congratulations Renny! I’ve been away for a few days, so I’ve only just heard the news. I do hope your back continues to mend. It’s very draining to have that sort of pain, it never seems to let you forget about it for a minute. Take care.

    Thanks A.!
    Draining is the right word – I’m in lack of energy (but still happy for the result!)

  16. Congrat’s on winning 4th place, Renny (although I wish you got 1st place, like I mentioned on facebook). I hope this win brings more people to your wonderful blog.

    I hope your back gets well soon — sending many healing thoughts your way.

    Thanks Lisa and for those flattering words – in FB too!)
    (((Feeling your warm thoughts)))

  17. Congrats, Renny!

    I voted for you lots and lots of time!

    Thanks Teena – your always been one of my strongest supporters and also one of my first blog friends!

    Well deserved… sorry I was out for a while and didn’t know about the competition.

    Wish you a prompt recovery. Pain in the back is no joke !

  19. Well, congratulations. It´s not abut being the first one (does not mean that much) but it shows that your blog is appreciated and read. And that is what matters the most!

  20. Congratulations. I voted, I voted!

    I’ve noticed Betty – thanks so much for your support!

  21. Hey Renny hope your back is getting better and wishing you a speedy recovery.

    I must congratulate you for coming in fourth…what an achievement and yes I voted for you and feel the ‘heat is on’ :)

    Next year I bet you, all your friends would be more prepared and ready to vote for you, our best blog pal, Renny!!

  22. I’m having a poll over on
    Please come and vote! I need your opinion on this!!!

    Have been there and voted of course – you look fabulous!!

  23. Congratulations! I’m sorry I missed this, I was out in the blog world for a quite a while..of course I would have voted for you..

    Thanks – great to see you back in Blogsphere!

  24. Congrats to that great achievement in the blog awards! Well done! It’s very difficult to get on a good place there, especially if the competition has a lot of readers.

    I hope your back is getting better, I do know very well how it is. I don’t want to scare you, but my own experience is that even when the pains get chronic, the body gets used to it and make you cope with it somehow.

    I hope you don’t have to shovel any snow….!!!! (Our is only a fine powder on the ground and we have plus degrees, so it might not stay, we’ll see)

    We’re slowly recovering from the flu, slowly, no more toilet rodeos, but still awful coughing that’s exhausting. This was a tough and long one. It seem to travel around the world, so many have had something similar.

  25. Congrats my dear friend. I am so happy for you! I voted for you!

    Love and Blessings,

  26. Well done, Renny, what a great acheivement. I was checking on your progress every day:-) Hope your back is fully better soon but don’t rush things and look after yourself.

  27. Look at you, winning awards. Wonderful. Sorry to read about your back. Hope you are feeling better. Gotta tell ya, I love this blog. All the best to you and your family.

    May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

  28. Congratulation Renny!!! Sorry my friend, it’s been a while since we talked to each other last time and thanks for your recent visit to my blog as well.
    Hope your back will be recovered very soon… :)

    Oops! Happy belated New Year 2009!!

  29. Awesome! Belated congratulations my friend.

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