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’.
Blog nominations season this year has been…erm…different…and the day the BiBs2017 shortlist was announced was certainly interesting. Yes celebratory drinks were indeed poured by Hubster when he got home (after I dropped a hint…man he’s so fired) but…
Well it’s 11pm and I’m still stunned at making the shortlist for the Brilliance in Blogging Awards…the Readers’ Choice category. Thank you to everyone who nominated me (frankly I thought was zero people!) Yes I’m a rubbish blogger because who Instagrams during the graveyard period? And yes, you’re looking at celebratory vodka martinis made by Le Hubster and served in wine glasses because we have no chilled bubbles or cocktail glasses! Pure class. If you’d like to vote for me to win btw the link’s in the bio! – – – – #momentsofmine #myhappycapture #documentyourdays #thehappylife #simplethingsinlife #findingjoyeveryday #elevatetheeveryday #documentlife #forahappymoment #littlethingsarebigthings #parentbloggers #mblogger #blogginglife #bloggingmom #blogawards #goals #bloggoals #cocktailtime #reachforthesky #achieveyourdreams
…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.