I am beaming.
The judges for the Society of Professional Journalists 2012 Excellence in Journalism awards recognized what I already know-- maintaining All Hawaii News day in and day out is a lot of work:
"This site represents an impressive amount of work for a single blogger. And it's incredibly informative. Nice job."All Hawaii News, which will celebrate its 5th anniversary later this year, has become for me a labor of love. That's a good thing, as it certainly hasn't made me a millionaire.
This blog is how I read the day's news each morning. It's a way for me to share my passion for government and political news with the world.
All Hawaii News is a boutique blog. It appeals to a small but steadily growing group of decision-makers and media types. It attracts readers from across the state, the Mainland U.S., China, the South Pacific and Russia.
This blog will never get as many Google hits as someone's obese cat. It will never embrace the "If it bleeds, it leads" mentality.
But if one person is better informed about government and politics across our tiny island chain in the middle of the Pacific, my mission has been accomplished.
Don't let that stop you from dropping a buck or two in the collection box to the right, however.