One week after writing this, I was lucky enough to be shortlisted in the Best Writer category for the Brilliance in Blogging Awards as well. There are simple instructions at the end of this post if you’d like to vote for me in those. Thank you. x
Oh my very goodness! By some miracle, I’m a MAD Blog Awards finalist!
Disclaimer: I am in no way to be blamed for the over-indulgent use of exclamation marks that are about to feature in this post.
Yep, out of the 8000 blogs nominated, Absolutely Prabulous is one of six that have been shortlisted for the Best Writer category, the very category I had my heart set on. #DreamComeTrue. Five terribly good finalists A Day in the Life Dad, My Milo and Me, Rainbeau Belle, Storm in a Tit Cup, Write Like No One’s Watching and little old me (seriously, I’m rather little and very old)!
I didn’t even know awards season was here til the amazing Life Love and Dirty Dishes and Motherhood The Real Deal nominated me. (As a sporadic blogger a year ago, I wasn’t really aware of the awards.) I checked Twitter and sure enough, people were excitedly talking about the MADs and BiBs. Not only that, I was seeing myself being nominated and being mentioned in posts such as this thoroughly gorgeous clever one by Single Swan about her fantasy blogger dinner party. What was happening?!
I quickly slapped a begging post together listing some of my best posts, joking about wearing a fancy dress and standing on a podium and stuck it on my site.
(I was only half joking about the podium moment.) I knew it was a mathematical improbabality I’d get shortlisted because there are thousands of stonking blogs out there and frankly, I don’t have a huge social media following enabling my post to get seen enough. But as I exercise my eyeballs daily, rolling them when my preteen says she can’t do something, I thought Heck, I’ve got to practise what I preach and at least try.
Then a few days ago, Life With Baby Kicks told me Tots100 were announcing the shortlist.
I didn’t even realise! #AlwaysTheLastToKnow. I started checking the site but nothing…hour after hour. I gave up; I mean it’s not like I was going to one of the finalists… Just as I sat down to get on with essential linky reading, I started seeing tweets mentioning @abprabulous and ‘congratulations’. Again, what was happening?! It was Joy of Five who broke the news to confused old me:
Lovely Emma! I’ll remember that forever! (And can’t repeat what I said next.)
I was dumbfounded, almost shaking in astonishment as tweet after tweet flooded my screen. I was also alone: the kids were in bed and Hubster was out. I called him in a state of shock; he thought someone had died. He was obviously delighted about my news (and probably equally delighted nobody had died) and the excitement started setting in… A little bit of wee may have come out actually #ThreePregnancies. The blog reading was shelved as I spent ages responding to wonderful tweets from the utterly awesome blogging community. Such blogger goodwill from them; such repeated “I can’t believe it” mutterings from me. In fact, my brain had so turned to mush by the shock of it all, that I only realised I should write this post two days later when I saw others doing theirs! So here comes the second begging bit:
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL WHO NOMINATED ME. IT WOULD MAKE MY YEAR IF I WON THE BEST WRITER AWARD!
Please would you vote for me? (Pretty please with sugar, and anything you want on top my lovely.) Here is how. Simply 1) Click on this image.
2) Scroll to Best Writer 3) Select Absolutely Prabulous 4) Click on submit. Voilà!
I mean all the night blogging til daft o’clock, the house that looks like it’s not been cleaned since the last Olympics, the number of times my family have had to go commando because there was no clean underwear… Surely the sacrifice has to be worth something?! JOKE. Of course, I know making it to finalist level is already ‘worth it’ enough. It is mind blogglingly (see what I did there) surreal and amazing.
And yes, I have celebrated getting this far and am so grateful.
But I would like to wear a sparkly dress.
And stand on a podium. Yep, wasn’t joking.
AND IF YOU’D ALSO LIKE TO VOTE FOR ME TO WIN THE BRILLIANCE IN BLOGGING BEST WRITER AWARD PLEASE CLICK HERE and then
1) pop in your name
2) scroll to Best Writer
3) select Absolutely Prabulous
4) hit Done.