It transpires that my status as George Orwell's rightful heir is now established beyond any reasonable doubt! 'Three Thousand Versts' is on the shortlist! I'm amazed and humbled in equal measure. This is surely the equivalent of Ballymena United reaching the Champions League group stages!
The other blogs (and authors) shortlisted, congratulations to all of them:
Alix Mortimer - The People’s Republic of Mortimer
Andrew Sparrow - Guardian Politics Blog
Iain Dale - Iain Dale’s Diary
Jack Night - Night Jack
Paul Mason BBC Newsnight - Idle Scrawl
I'm sorry for being a little incoherent, but I am stunned!