Lost again (MAD Blog Awards)

So you probably guessed from the lack of a very excited blogpost early on Saturday morning, not to mention endless photos of a trophy all over Twitter, Facebook and Instagram that I DIDN’T win the MAD Blog Award for best schooldays blog.

To be honest, I was going to forget about it and not write anything at all, but then I thought that wasn’t really fair. Because I have a lot of people to thank – all my loyal readers for nominating me to get me into the finals in the first place, the amazing team at Tots100 who organise the awards and all the lovely people I spent the evening with.

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Apparently this year there were 200,000 votes and nominations in the MAD Blog Awards, for 6,500 blogs. To make it to the finals – one of the top five schooldays blogs – is quite incredible. What I like about the MAD Blog Awards is they really do celebrate quality blogs with quality writing. You can ‘buy’ popularity in blogging with lots of giveaways of expensive items or by running linkies that loads of other bloggers all join (massive credit to people who do this, because it really is hard work!). But in the end it is the best writers who make it to the finals. I know that’s the only way I get there, because it sure isn’t my photography (or my non-existent giveaways). And that really means a lot to me because I know my blog isn’t innovative or exciting – it is what it is, a little blog about a little life.

I never expected to win the award, not for one moment. I’ll be honest, last year, I had a tiny glimmer of hope (I put myself at about third), but this year I knew it wouldn’t happen.

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I was up against one of my very best blogging friends, Suzanne from 3 Children and It for starters – who not only has a fabulous blog, but we also share a lot of readers who would have been torn between us. Of the five of us in the category, three of us were there last year and the other two had won it before, so statistically that made it my turn! But I know I don’t have loads of readers. I have a hardcore of dedicated readers, and I’m very grateful for their support.

The winner was a very worthy one – Helen from Actually Mummy – who, apart from writing a fantastic blog, has been going through a really tough time lately with her daughter’s very recent diagnosis of diabetes. Having thought I’d only want to lose to Suzanne, I was very happy to lose out to Helen. It was so important to give Helen her that boost – even though she has her mind on other things right now.

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So I didn’t win, but I got to stay the night in a posh hotel – The Royal Garden, Kensington, where the awards are held (if you share a room and save on taxis it doesn’t cost much more than the Premier Inn). I got to spend lots of time with Suzanne, I shared a table with the lovely Fiona from Coombe Mill and Emma from Emma and 3, as well as Croque Maman, who I’d never met before and was really nice to chat to. I got to catch up with Emma from Crazy with Twins, who just had to verify I hadn’t been drinking (I hadn’t, I’m teetotal) when I went off on one swearing and being inappropriate (I don’t get out much). I met Joanne from Kids Day Out Reviews , who was one of my very first blogging friends who I’ve been stalking chatting to for nearly three years now. I was so pleased when she won the travel category for her fabulous blog.

I caught up with many other blogging friends and even got to dance with an inebriated Dr Ranj of CBeebies fame. It was a good night. Thank you to everyone who made it possible!

And I must warn you that I will want to go again next year, so I’ll be back in the spring begging asking politely for nominations.

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I took some photos myself, but the photos on here are all thanks to the genius of the MADs’ official photographer – Tom Arber.

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. It looks like a really brilliant night. I wasn’t quite sure what Pikachu was doing there though. He just seemed to pop up randomly in pics! You have a very fabulous blog and I love reading it. It’s hard to write about the every day and keep it interesting and you somehow do it very very well. So huge congrats. You definitely deserved your place in that final.

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    • Thanks very much, that’s such a lovely thing to say, I really appreciate it.
      Pikachu was sponsoring one of the awards! I didn’t really ‘get’ him as this seems to be a trend which has completely passed all of my kids by.

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  2. Ah what a great post. Thanks for the mention. I’m sure that was the last year for me at the MADS. I don’t know what category I’ll fit into next year. I’d love to go again though. It’s such a fun night. X

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    • Thank you, you’re very welcome! Let’s hope it wasn’t your last MADs (and mine) – you didn’t think you’d be back this year, but you were! x

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  3. Brilliant post! You echo my sentiments entirely. What a great night. Thank you for putting up with me and now you’ve got me wanting to get next year again too! Can you believe it was a week ago? x

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    • I know, where does the time go?! There was no ‘putting up with you’ at all – it was a pleasure! x

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  4. And what a night it was! So glad we finally got the chance to meet. Was crap there had to be four disappointed people as well as a winner, but like you say, last five from 6500 blogs is bloody awesome. Besides, there’s only one way of life, and that’s your own. Your own.

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    • Yay! That is so true!
      So good to see you at last – anyone who dances to the Levellers and knows the words is a good person to know!

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  5. It’s harder than you think when you don’t win, isn’t it? I had the blues last year, and honestly I thought I’d had my turn. But thank you for your kind words, it was indeed a much needed boost x

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    • You’re very welcome! I genuinely never expected to win, so it wasn’t that hard. (Although that’s not the same as saying I wouldn’t like to win, because I would – I would love it!). x

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    • Thanks very much, it was!

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  6. I’m loving reading all about the MADS. I was sad not to be there this year but at least I can say I have been. I would have liked to have met Pikachu, even though I’ve met him before along with many other Pokemon in the last 10 years! Good luck for next year’s awards 🙂

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    • Thanks very much! Very true to say that it’s great you’ve had the opportunity to be there at least once. I feel very honoured to have made it there twice.

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  7. Congratulations on getting to the top five, to be in the top five is brilliant, well done. Sounds like you managed to have a fantastic night, even if you didn’t win 🙂

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    • Thanks very much, I certainly did!

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  8. Win or lose when it comes to the MAD’s the fun definitely seems to be in the partaking! Looking fab Sarah 🙂 #PoCoLo

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    • It certainly does! Thanks very much 🙂

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  9. Congratulations on making the finals. I love your blog and fingers crossed for next year xx #pocolo

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    • Thank you, that’s a lovely thing to say! Really appreciate that. x (I love yours too – always makes me laugh.)

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  10. The GL Gang say – Congratulations on making the final. Great post and looks like you had am amazing time. Sending you XL MEGA High-5’s 🙂 #pocolo

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  11. Huge congratulations for making it into the finals of the Mad Blog Awards, that alone is a fabulous achievement! So happy to hear that you had a wonderful time x

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    • Thanks very much, it was fab. x

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  12. You are all winners as far as I am concerned! Looks like a great night from all the pics I have seen! x

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    • It really was! Thanks very much. x

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  13. Sarah, this is a wonderful post. I have to say that I worry about why I got through to the finals and wonder whether it is just because of my linky (!) which as you rightly say is ruddy hard work! I really hope it is for my enthusiasm, thoughts, writing and ideas! I wanted to win this year even more than last and also worry that I have ‘had my time’. Not that I begrudge the very worth My Two Mums who are brilliant. I so want to be there again next year but whatever happens I am SO grateful for the fact I got there once, let alone twice. Great to see you again and well done again for making the finals. I couldn’t choose anyone in your category!! You are all brilliant. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

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    • Thanks very much, such a lovely thing to say. I’m sure your linky would have helped you get there, but your blog is so much more than that and you should be very proud of it. x

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  14. Congrats on reaching the finals….Looks like an absolutely amazing evening!
    You’re all winners x

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    • Thanks very much, it was a brilliant evening. x

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  15. From what I’ve seen, everryone involved – win or not win (there are no losers!) – had a great time. There are so many things that go into making it as a finalist, and that’s a huge achievement in itself. I’m already preparing my bribes – I mean, incentives – to persuade people to vote for me next year … 😉

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    • Good for you! Definitely worth it! I like to be a ‘not win’ rather than a ‘loser’!

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  16. You certainly ‘lost out ‘ to a worthy winner in Helen but your whoe catagory was such a brilliant collection of blogs. You’re a great writer, there is indeed always next year 🙂 for what it’s worth you got my votes! X

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    • Thank you, that’s such a lovely thing to say! I’m always so grateful and humbled when people tell me they have voted for me. There really were some great blogs in our category (as there were in all of the categories!).

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