Blog Awards, Why They Matter and Some Blog Suggestions

Blog Awards, Why They Matter and Some Blog Suggestions

With the announcement of both the MAD Blog Awards and the BiB Awards this past week, a sudden influx of these types of post(!) and numerous Facebook status updates have appeared – and for good reason. Blogging is hard work. Of course, you get out what you put in but I am sure that I speak for others when I say that as you hit publish or schedule a post you wonder how it will be received, if any one will actually read and, if there are no comments, have you done or said something wrong! 

The Blogging Awards are a way of recognising that we are not alone. That people do read and share and comment and recognise what you are doing. I, for one, am always full of self-doubt BUT, after four and a half years, I have settled into a routine and become much more comfortable in my blog. 

I now look upon the awards as a bit of healthy competition. I have learned not to take it too seriously and understand that it is certainly nothing personal if I don’t get nominated/make the finals/win. As long as I am happy with what I am doing then. surely, this trumps any award?! 

At the end of last year I finally changed my blog theme, and style, to one that suits me. I changed my tagline and it now speaks volumes on what I want to achieve in my corner of the internet. I love creativity in all kinds of ways. I still love writing poetry and I am really getting to grips in becoming more inventive with my photography. I also started a series of vlogs called ‘The Conception Diaries’ at the beginning of the year so that I could share my journey – especially with other people who may also have difficulty in trying to conceive.

Why I Would Like to be considered for Photography

My love for photography has really taken off in the past year and I don’t think I have had a passion for learning anything as much I have this! I adore my DSLR and was thrilled to find out that I had won my first small photography competition just before I went off to Cyprus with the Patterns with Pencils photograph. Here is a gallery of some of my favourite photographs from the past year (click on any image to view a larger gallery):

Why I would Like to be considered for Writer

The main reason I started my blog was because I wrote song lyrics and poetry and wanted a place where I could share them. Since starting my Poetry linky, Prose for Thought, back on 17th January 2013, I have written a poem almost every single week. This regular practice, as well as reading the poems written by others, has helped to improve my writing. I have also been one of the BritMums Poetry and Prose Round-Up Editors since July 2013. Here are just a few of my poems:

The Ticking Clock

The Journey

Milestone

Do Angels Paint…

Every Day is New

Why I would Like to be considered for Video

Last week I hit my first blogging milestone of the year – over 1,000 YouTube subscribers. I was thrilled! At the beginning of the year I started a new vlogging series, The Conception Diaries, and I now publish a new video every Saturday morning. I find this not only supportive to me, but I am also aware that it helps some of the other ladies who I am in touch with who are in a similar position to me.

Other Bloggers you might like to consider for nomination

(Please note that this list is not exhaustive and these are just some recommendations. There are plenty of wonderful bloggers out there who deserve to be considered)

New Blogger/Fresh Voice

This is not so much blogger as bloggers! Meet The Parents Podcast began as a new venture at the start of the year, Formed by Tim at Slouching Towards Thatcham, other broadcasters include Hannah, Amie, Dave, Julian, Mark and me! 

Pregnancy Blogger

Hannah at Budding Smiles is a wonderful person and great blogger. Because of my own circumstances I have found it very hard to read about any one being pregnant over the past year or so but I had to include her. She is a great person and has just had the most beautiful pregnancy shoot done.

Baby Blogger

I would like to make two suggestions in this category. Firstly Tas at Not My Year Off had her longed-for second baby last year. She has also been a massive support to me which I really appreciate. Despite our differences, I know how hard Jaime at The Olivers Madhouse has always worked on her blog. She started her blog not long after mine and I am so happy for her that she got the third baby that she wanted. She is regularly near the top of the Tots100 charts.

Food Blogger

Vicki at The Free From Fairy has always been one of my favourites and when I found out recently that Holland and Barrett are going to stock the multipurpose (rice-free) wholegrain gluten-free flour blend she has invented, I was so pleased for her. She works very hard. I would also like to recommend Mel at Le Coin De Mel whose recipes are well-photographed and easy to follow.

Blog of the Year

Helen at Actually Mummy was one of the first bloggers that I looked up to and started to follow. With her daughter being diagnosed as diabetic she has been put through more challenges than I care to mention but she has campaigned hard, fought an uphill battle and still writes a great blog.

Social Media Blogger

Aby at You Baby Me Mummy is full of advice and support for so many bloggers and her knowledge of social media is easy to see as she constantly ranks at around a score of 80 over on Klout! 

Family Blogger

I know that she asked for us not to vote for her this year but there is no getting away from a quality writer. Suzanne at 3 Children and It always writes engaging, relevant content and she is one of those people where I start reading a post and have to finish it! Alternatively, as Suzanne may be out of the running, then I would definitely consider Sarah at MumofThree World, another great Family blogger.

Craft Blogger

Sarah at Craft Invaders is one of the lesser known craft blogs. Her content is interesting, varied and her blog is well-presented. Lots of great things to make and bake.

Thrifty Blogger

Emma at Emma’s Savvy Savings writes a great thrifty blog full of tips and advice. She is an engaging writer (and I really should take more of what she says on board!).

Travel Blogger 

Again, this is more ‘bloggers’ than blogger! The ladies at Space in Your Case write a wonderful travel blog full of wonderful photographs, interesting content and a variety of different trips and holidays. If you are looking for a lesser known, individual travel blogger then I would recommend Orli at A Few More Steps. I love reading about her family and their travels.

Lifestyle Blogger

Steph at Life at 139a has been a favourite lifestyle blogger of mine for a while now. In fact, this was one of the reasons I chose her to co-host Post Comment Love when I gave it up at the end of last year.

Inspirational Blogger

This was a no-brainer for me. Leigh at Headspace Perspective persistently writes about #HugosLegacy. She is a brave, engaging writer who shares her feelings on a regular basis. She also recently won Mum’s Voice Award at the Tommy’s Awards.

Readers Choice

Steph at Steph’s Two Girls has written a blog for longer than I and works very hard – especially at raising awareness of PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) which affects her youngest daughter.

Other Writers to consider

Sara at Mum Turned Mom, Renee at Mummy Tries, Maddy at Writing Bubble.

Other Photographers to consider

Lisa at Lisa’s Life, Kriss at Wild About Here, Charly at PODcast 

Other Video Bloggers to consider

Sian at Helpful Mum, Lisa at Hollybobs, Kara at Chelseamamma.

If I have missed you off this list, please don’t take offence! It doesn’t mean that I don’t love your blog or read it any less! 

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32 Comments

  1. April 28, 2016 / 10:46 am

    I found some great new blogs here so thanks for the round-up! Also just subscribed to your YouTube channel πŸ™‚

  2. March 23, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    Thanks so much for including my blog in this list of fabulous ones – I’m really thrilled! I think your photography is great and what I particularly love is how much you’ve experimented and shared and improved – it’s so impressive and inspirational! xxx
    Maddy@writingbubble recently posted..What I’m Writing – week sixty-nineMy Profile

    • March 24, 2016 / 1:44 pm

      A pleasure Maddy. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments about my photography – you have no idea what that means to me xx
      Victoria recently posted..All the Feelings of a MiscarriageMy Profile

  3. March 21, 2016 / 5:13 pm

    Thank you so much for including me Vicky, and in your list of Writers – that means the absolute world to me, especially coming from you. For me this year, it really is about showing support for other bloggers – that’s what makes blogging such a brilliant thing to do. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of my favourites on the lists πŸ™‚
    Sara | mumturnedmom recently posted..On shopping lists, parties and snowMy Profile

    • March 24, 2016 / 1:43 pm

      You are so welcome Sara. I think your writing is beautiful and eloquent. I totally agree with you, so much. This is what it should be about – celebrating each other xx
      Victoria recently posted..All the Feelings of a MiscarriageMy Profile

  4. March 21, 2016 / 11:50 am

    What a lovely list Vic, and how proud I am to be in there! Thank you for all your support over the years. I often feel like I have lost my way since Maddie’s diagnosis – it’s bloody hard just getting through life without fitting in great writing so I just don’t do as much with the blog as I would like to. So to get such a lovely vote of confidence is wonderful.

    I feel rather guilty that I didn’t know how far you’d come with your photography – you have some stunning pictures there! I’m quite envious. Really must get back to using my camera a bit more. Good luck in the awards – it doesn’t matter how much I play it down, I still get excited every year!
    Helen @actuallymummy recently posted..Helping Kids to Make Healthy FriendshipsMy Profile

    • March 21, 2016 / 1:46 pm

      It is a complete pleasure Helen – thank you for continuing to be a great blogger. I think you still do a fabulous job.

      Thanks for the wonderful compliment on my photography, I really do appreciate it. This means so much to me as it really is my favourite thing now πŸ™‚

      Good luck to you too xx
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  5. March 20, 2016 / 10:00 pm

    Awww, thank you so much for mentioning me. I’m not at all competitive but I would appreciate the chance of even greater awareness so maybe I should ‘up my game’ – if only I could find some more hours in the day! But blogging has meant more to me than that, it’s been great to meet gorgeous people like you and be allowed to share important bits of lives. I appreciate all the time people take – especially you, writing this post! Lots of great blogs here who I’m sure (apart from me πŸ˜‰ ) are all likely to make the finals – I wish everyone luck but especially you xx
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  6. March 20, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    Such a brilliant list of bloggers! Some great names here. Thank you so much for mentioning Space In Your Case. Lots of love xxx

  7. March 20, 2016 / 4:29 pm

    Oh my goodness, thank you so much. This has made my day more than any win would. So lovely to be thought of. Your photography is wonderful and just keeps getting better. Thinking of you lots right now lovely lady xx

  8. March 20, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    Vicky this post means so much to me, thank you. I’ve been so aware of friends and peers who are having difficulties conceiving and trying to strike the balance between being open and honest about my pregnancy and the troubles with SPD etc, but also make it very clear that I know what an absolute blessing and a miracle this baby it, has been at the forefront of my mind. Best of luck with the awards, I think your blog and you are both exceptional and you’re one of the bloggers who I hold in the highest of esteem xx

  9. March 20, 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Good luck, Vicky!

    I’m with you. The one big thing I took out of seeing all the finalists last year was a healthy reminder not to get complacent and that I need to up my game if I ever want to be considered anywhere near the very best. That appeals to my competitive nature and it has pushed me out of my comfort zone, hosting the podcast and writing and performing parody songs. I probably did need a bit of a shake-up, and seeing how high the bar is set by the award winners is a good way of raising everyone’s standard. Plus I discovered some new blogs that I might never otherwise have come across.

    • March 20, 2016 / 10:20 pm

      I totally see where you are coming from here Tim. I have to say that there is a fine balance between upping your game and then over-stretching yourself and worrying too much about what others are doing. Since I have written my blog more from the perspective of what I love more than what I thought others would what to see I am a much happier person. I try not to get caught up in the competitiveness of it all these days and just enjoy the ride.
      Victoria recently posted..Blog Awards, Why They Matter and Some Blog SuggestionsMy Profile

      • March 21, 2016 / 7:34 am

        I agree. I’m always talking about the importance of knowing and following your own voice, not others. My biggest take-away from last year’s awards, though, was just how many brilliant blogs there are out there. Given that my two key aims as a blogger are to capture stories of my kids growing up and to improve myself as a writer, I had probably become a bit complacent, so it was good to take a step-back and re-evaluate. I hope no one would think that what and how I write is anything but 100% me. (Sadly, the way I sing *is* 100% me …)

        • March 21, 2016 / 10:06 am

          So totally with you on all fronts here Tim. I do feel that the awards keep us on our toes – plus it also opens my eyes to other great bloggers out there who I might not have known about otherwise. I think you are one of the most authentic voices out there (as is your singing! Which incidentally is not that bad!).
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  10. March 20, 2016 / 2:28 pm

    Your creativity and blog definitely should be awarded! I must have a read of some of your blog suggestions and thank you so much for including me in the photography list xxx
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  11. March 20, 2016 / 2:04 pm

    Thanks very much for the mention, I really appreciate that! There’s also some good suggestions here for the categories I’m struggling with. I’m totally with you on Tas for baby blogger! She is one of my absolute favourite bloggers.
    And how fabulous are your photos?! They really are amazing! x

  12. March 20, 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Good luck in both awards. Thanks so much for the mention, I am flattered to be included xx

  13. March 20, 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Thank you for mentioning me in your list. I agree, we don’t often get recognition for the hours we put in but these awards are a little celebration of what we do. I am so hoping for a Dr Ranj squeeze this year!

  14. March 20, 2016 / 1:37 pm

    Thank you so much Vic, I really appreciate the verbal pay on the back and that’s all I need to make me feel good! I’ve decided to opt out this year for many reasons. Not because of sour grapes but because I’m not as good as you at being lighthearted about it. Having got to the finals for three years (which I was totally surprised about every time) I just don’t think I can take the not winning any more! Competition doesn’t always bring out the best in me so I would rather leave the opportunity to others. You absolutely deserve your place there and I will be voting for you. Best of luck. X

    • March 20, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      It’s a pleasure. I completely understand your reasoning – I have felt the same in the past. I think I have had so much disappointment in lots of other areas of my life that this is nothing in comparison! What a really lovely thing to say and a great compliment. Thank you so much xx
      Victoria recently posted..Blog Awards, Why They Matter and Some Blog SuggestionsMy Profile

  15. March 20, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    I could not agree more with everything you’ve said: it’s all a bit of healthy competition and it’s nice to support each other, show that we care about other blogs and not just our own. Thanks a lot for mentioning me alongside my lovely friend Vicki. You’ve mentioned quite a few of my favourite blogs here πŸ˜‰ xxx

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