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Recognizing independent tech bloggers

The first-ever IT Blog Awards, hosted by Cisco, is our way of recognizing the great community of independent tech bloggers for the passion, creativity, and expertise shared throughout the year. We appreciate your impact on the tech community. Let us recognize your great work. Apply by November 2.


Independent bloggers, submit your blog for consideration in up to three different categories. The seven categories are:

  1. Best Analysis
  2. Best Cert Study Journey
  3. Best Group Effort
  4. Best Podcast or Video Series
  5. Most Educational
  6. Most Entertaining
  7. Most Inspirational

Process and judging

What happens after you submit?  Our panel of judges will review entries and select finalists for each category. 

Once finalists are announced, voting will open to the community. Based on those votes, the judging panel will select winners from the top two blogs in each category. Winners will be announced in January 2019.


The application period is now closed. Finalists will be announced soon. Please check back for updates.


Which blogs are eligible?

Active, independent blogs (please do not submit vendor blogs).

If I write on a platform like Cisco Learning Network, LinkedIn, Medium, or Spiceworks, can I enter my blog?

Yes, as long as our judges can view it.

What do you mean by independent blogs?

We’re not in the business of judging other vendors’ or partners’ blogs. The content you write should reflect your own thoughts.

What subject matter is acceptable?

Are you writing about routers, switches, servers, wireless, programmability? Are you thinking about data centers, NOCs, or SOCs? Does collaboration bring you joy? You’re in the right place.

How are winners selected?

  1. Finalists in each category will be chosen by a panel of judges.
  2. Voting for the top blogs in each category will then open to the broader community.
  3. The final winner will be chosen by the judging panel from the top two finalists in each category.

What can I win?

Finalists and winners will receive a badge for their blog. Winners will also receive a pass to Cisco Live or a comparable prize.

Have questions?

Email us and we’ll do our best to get you a good answer.