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:
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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.
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
Other Photographers to consider
Other Video Bloggers to consider
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!