Absolutely Delighted to Be a # BiBs2017 Awards Finalist and Would Love Your Vote!

 BiBs2017 readers choice vote for me image Prabs and champagne

THIS WEEK I ALMOST FELL OVER UPON FINDING OUT I’M A FINALIST IN THE 2017 BRILLIANCE IN BLOGGING AWARDS

To say that I’m astounded to be on the BiBs2017 shortlist in the Reader’s Choice category no less (‘eek’ is not sufficient!) alongside bloggers such as Whinge Whinge Wine, Slouching Towards Thatcham, The Mum Project and a ‘certain other blogger’ is an understatement.  It’s just amazing to have got through, given the thousands of blogs that are nominated and I don’t really understand the mechanics of it (I didn’t get one single ‘I’ve nominated you’ notification from fellow bloggers…ok I literally got one single one and can only assume my mother got all our relatives to nominate me) but I shall try not to understand it and just enjoy it!  I know I sound cheesy considering words like astonished, gobsmacked etc are used a LOT during ‘finalists week’. I’m fully aware this may sound like fake modesty and you’re probably raising a sceptical eyebrow given last year’s outcome but this really is the post I was not expecting to write this year. In fact, I was SO sure I wasn’t getting within 10 miles of the shortlist that I only realised it had been announced when I received a hilarious one word message from my friend and fellow finalist (yay!) Claire of Life Love and Dirty Dishes, that certain other blogger.

This is the bit where I have to say a huge thank you to YOU my dear readers because without you, there would be no point in me blogging. I don’t think I ever truly realised how much I love writing until I launched this blogette. The outlet it’s given me for expressing myself, the opportunity it’s given me to do something beyond being a mum, the feeling I get when somebody ‘gets’ what I’m saying in a post, it’s amazing (and the path back to financial independence is not bad either). Whether it’s a new visitor messaging me to say they binge read 10 posts upon discovering my blog, comment love from a fellow blogger who’s a loyal reader or my FB followers who interact regularly with funny remarks, my heart sings every single time and I suppose one could say that this kind of engagement is all the reward one needs and awards are irrelevant. In fact…

 

I MUST ADMIT I HUMMED AND HAWED ABOUT WRITING THIS ‘I’M A BIBS2017 FINALIST SQUEAL! POST’.

…I can’t deny that I went to bed that night questioning if I should be celebrating at all, given some of the reaction I saw that day and in general. Chatter about the selection process, the voting system, the lack of dad bloggers and indeed the whole point of blog awards has been put under the microscope this year in a way I didn’t witness previously (maybe I was oblivious before?).

As I myself said in my article about the notable absence of a writer category this year, I’m fully aware that blog awards are not the be all and the end all. They don’t define what blogging is. They most certainly do not determine what/who makes a successful blogger and nobody goes into blogging (or indeed anything) to win awards.

 

NEVERTHELESS, I’M THRILLED TO BE A FINALIST AND MUST SAY A HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO NOMINATED ME AND HELPED ME GET HERE!

If this is indeed as far as I go, then I’m honoured to have done so. However, it goes without saying that winning a blog award would be extra wonderful validation for all the hours spent formulating ideas, writing, promoting on social media, spending far too much time on photoshop (and crying/swearing at the computer over tech glitches). Plus I get to fly over to London for a party. On a boat. On the Thames. I get to wear a dress and  and everything!

 

SO HERE IT COMES…!

IF YOU THINK I DESERVE TO WIN THE #BIBS2017 READER’S CHOICE AWARD, I WOULD BE SO GRATEFUL FOR YOUR VOTE. IT TAKES SECONDS!


JUST CLICK ON THIS LINK TO THE VOTING PAGE,
fill in boxes 1, 2, tick Absolutely Prabulous in box 13 and you’re done. Easy! 
Voting closes July 2nd.

Thank you again to my amazing readers for continually reminding me of why I blog.
You make it fun.

Mwah.

 

Comments

Comments

22 Comments on Absolutely Delighted to Be a # BiBs2017 Awards Finalist and Would Love Your Vote!

  1. Helen
    June 27, 2017 at 10:09 am (4 months ago)

    You shouldn’t be surprised – although it’s easier said than done to believe in yourself! You’re a superb blogger, and thoroughly deserve to be nominatied! xx #BigPinkLink

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    • prabs
      June 27, 2017 at 7:32 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks so much. How lovely of you.

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  2. Lisa Pomerantz
    June 27, 2017 at 6:59 pm (4 months ago)

    This is wonderful news! And you should be very proud! Quite an honor. Congratulations and Mazel Tov! #bigpinklink <3

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    • prabs
      June 27, 2017 at 7:32 pm (4 months ago)

      You say the loveliest things Lisa. Thank you.

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  3. Liz Deacle
    June 28, 2017 at 8:15 am (4 months ago)

    Good luck to you lovely lady! xx

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  4. Talya
    June 29, 2017 at 11:12 am (4 months ago)

    Such amazing news darling and you know you have already got my vote – can I be your camera woman again if you win? Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub xoxo

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    • prabs
      June 29, 2017 at 11:31 am (4 months ago)

      Oh I’m so honoured to have your vote wifey!! Such a tough choice again this year. And yes! lol my money is on someone else to win it but if I do you’re the best camera woman ever. xx

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  5. justsayingmum
    June 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm (4 months ago)

    Eeek so exciting and sooooo well deserved!! I missed all the controversy about the awards – oh where have I been? Actually you know fully where I’ve been. Very tricky times! But please fill me in! So excited that I get to see you again in September! xxx

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    • prabs
      June 29, 2017 at 2:46 pm (4 months ago)

      I think maybe it’s always been there and I was oblivious or maybe it’s a new thing which is not that surprising given some of our chats about the general low ebb in blogging. Congrats on your well deserved place too lovely and thank you.

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  6. Mess and Merlot
    June 29, 2017 at 5:04 pm (4 months ago)

    I’ve already voted for you but thought I’d pop over and say congratulations!!! 🙂
    #coolmumclub

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    • prabs
      June 29, 2017 at 6:17 pm (4 months ago)

      Aaaah thank you Honey re both!! That is just lovely.

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  7. Tim
    June 29, 2017 at 10:20 pm (4 months ago)

    Good luck, Prabs – even if we are competing in the same category! Look forward to sharing a bottle (or five) of wine with you on the night!

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    • prabs
      June 29, 2017 at 10:37 pm (4 months ago)

      Thanks Timbo.

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  8. This Mum's Life
    June 30, 2017 at 10:07 am (4 months ago)

    Yay!! Congratulations!! As you know, I’m totally ecstatic for you! Yours is a great category-so many amazing people! I’ve seen the negativity, I’m trying to ignore it, because I’m *cliché coming* trying to surround myself with more positivity. And it did happen last year-I happened on quite a few tweets saying ‘the only deserving winners of the finalists are yadda yadda,’ and when you’re name isn’t there, it’s a total bloody head wreck for you, and fills you with a completely uneccessary self doubt. So f**k the haters, I’m pleased for all of you-especially you obvs, who I have a massive place in my blogging heart for! Go forth to the next round and slay Prabs!
    #bigpinklink

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    • prabs
      June 30, 2017 at 10:00 pm (4 months ago)

      What an incredibly beautiful comment. Wow I’m shocked about those tweets on several levels. Amazed to get this far and thank you xxx

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  9. Rhyming with Wine
    July 1, 2017 at 9:17 am (4 months ago)

    I am not one teensy bit surprised lovely and you have my vote. So much love for your writing as you know already and I’m thrilled to see you in the final. I’m also pulling on my giddy pants as THIS MEANS YOU’LL BE AT BML and I too shall be on that there boat! There will be fizz and I will be finding you to do a big cheers! xx #coolmumclub

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    • prabs
      July 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm (4 months ago)

      lol you’re hilarious. Ha to think I wasn’t attending BML and now I may as well ha ha! Can’t wait to meet you!

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  10. Stephanie
    July 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm (4 months ago)

    Great news and a huge success. You must be very proud 🙂 It is hard to reach to this place. Best wishes!!

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    • prabs
      July 1, 2017 at 4:22 pm (4 months ago)

      Thank youuu!

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  11. Annette, 3 Little Buttons
    July 2, 2017 at 10:22 am (4 months ago)

    Yay Prabs! So not surprised to see you in the finalists at all. Keeping fingers crossed for you because great writing must win 🙂 I’m going to be at BML this year for the first time, so hopefully see you there! #DreamTeam xx

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    • prabs
      July 2, 2017 at 7:37 pm (4 months ago)

      What a lovely thing to say Annette! Yes hopefully see you later this year!

      Reply

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