Skip links

Cisco Top 5 IT Blogs winners – Thankful for your support <3

Cisco Top 5 IT Blogs winners

Cisco has received hundreds of submissions from across the globe and in a multitude of languages. With the help of community votes, they selected  the top IT blogs, podcasts and videos of 2021. And I am extremally proud to announce that my blog made it to the TOP 5 IT blogs Globally. This would not happen with out your support. Thank you very much for everyone who has voted, as I always say, BETTER TOGETHER <3

Dr Erdal Ozkaya

Here is the full list of winners

IT Blog Awards, hosted by Cisco

Blogs – Top 5

  2. The Network DNA @networksbaselin
  3. Cemal Taner @tanel_cemal
  4. Dr. Erdal Ozkaya @Erdal_Ozkaya
  5. Practical Networking @ed_pracnet

Podcast and videos: Top 5

  1. David Bombal @davidbombal
  2. Network Chuck @networkchuck
  3. The Art of Network Engineering @artofneteng
  4. CertBros @certbros
  5. Clear to Send @cleartosend

Please don’t forget to visit and subscribe to my YouTube Chanel too , right from here 

You can view the full list of winners from this URL 

Cisco Champion
Cisco Champion

Process and judging by Cisco

Every year, the IT Blog Awards, hosted by Cisco, sets out to uncover and celebrate all of the passionate technology content creators around the globe. Over the past several years, we’ve run several successful contests—receiving hundreds of submissions, garnering thousands of votes and, ultimately, crowning our final winners. It is a very exciting time of the year.

As we gear up to launch our 2021 competition, I wanted to share some insider information that you might find helpful as you prepare your blogs, vlogs and podcasts for the virtual stage.

What’s new to the competition?

In past years, we offered multiple categories for participants to submit their blog, vlog or podcast under. What we learned is that blogs often fell into multiple categories. (See previous year’s winners at

This year, in an aim to simplify, we are eliminating the categories altogether. This means entries will not be assessed for their relevancy to a specific category but rather categorized based on medium (i.e., blog, vlog, or podcast). All eligible submissions will move into the finalist round for public voting. Winners will be determined by a point system. More details will be available in the Official Rules when we open for submissions.

What do judges look for when reviewing submissions?

There are several criteria our judges consider, and while I can’t share them all, these are some of the most important. Keep these in mind as you prepare to submit your blog, vlog or podcast for consideration.

Consistency of releases

Are you releasing a regular cadence of content? At minimum, one piece of blog, vlog or podcast content should be released on a quarterly basis between the months of October 2020 and September 2021 for a minimum of four entries within the 12-month period.

Relevancy of topics

The IT Blog Awards, hosted by Cisco, supports content relevant to the field of IT. So here are some questions you should ask yourself: Are you writing about the trends shaping networks and how business is changing? Are you talking about studying for your CCNA or CCIE? Do you noodle on the latest routers, switches, servers, or wireless access points? Do security topics make you feel safe? Do collaboration solutions bring you joy? Have you pontificated on the future of hybrid work enabled by all the above? This list isn’t exhaustive, but hopefully it gives you an idea of what we’re looking for.

Originality of work

We are looking for original content. We realize using credible resources to support a claim is common practice and we totally support that. If someone else’s work is referenced or used, we’d like to see the proper citations. Seeing folks receive credit for their hard work brings us joy, which is exactly why we host the IT Blog Awards.

Overall design 

And lastly, while poor design won’t get you eliminated from moving into the finalist round, it may make it harder for our judges to quickly assess 1) how often you publish content, 2) if the topics are relevant and 3) if what they’re reviewing is your original work. So while it isn’t official scoring criteria, it is an important consideration.

The IT Blog Awards will officially open for submissions next week. If you’d like to receive updates, follow us on Twitter at @CiscoChampion and bookmark our page at

Good luck and happy creating!

You can see my other awards via this link here :


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 the trends shaping networks and how business is changing?  Do you noodle on the latest routers, switches, servers, or wireless access points?   Are you thinking about programmability, data centers, NOCs, or SOCs? Does collaboration bring you joy? You’re in the right place.

How are winners selected?

See terms and conditions.

I’m a Cisco employee.  Can I apply?

Cisco employees are not eligible to apply.  However, if you’re interested in participating as an internal judge, please contact us with subject line “IT Blog Awards Judge Application Request.”

CISCO IT Blog Awards
CISCO IT Blog Awards