I learned earlier today that www.GannsDeen.com is a finalist in the Entertainment (National) category of the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards.
My mind is officially blown.
GannsDeen.com has existed since 2003, bringing the best and brightest in Contemporary Christian music to its local and international readers. This is the first time the website has been recognized by any award-giving body of a national scale, and while the site has always existed to glorify God through the music created by His people, I am humbled and honored by this rare and welcome recognition.
To even be mentioned in the same breath as local entertainment luminaries Starmometer and Darla Sauler, who are my personal predictions to win this category, is, well, a real treat in itself. And wow, the other finalists – AUDITOIRE, Da Couch Tomato, JayL’s Movie Blog+, Mykiru Isyusero, Pinoy Movie Blog, Pop Reviews Now, Reel Advice Movie Reviews, The Dam Nation, and Without Wang2, are equally worthy, new additions to my RSS Reader, so it’s a joy to be in such esteemed company.
I won’t lie to you: I’m very, very, very happy. And I’ll tell you why. For years, I’ve brought the latest and best in Contemporary Christian music in the hopes that more and more people would be able to have access to Christian music and see that, musically, this is music that is just as good as a lot of the music that you would listen to. If this nomination translates in more people gaining exposure to Christian music, then I would feel very much gratified.
So, if you’re here as a result of the Philippine Blog Awards, welcome. I hope you enjoy what you see and hear, and that I get to see you again soon. Many happy returns, and thank you to the Philippine Blog Awards for this very welcome honor.