Last night I was feeling tired, overwhelmingly tired. I’d gone for a 10 mile run in the morning and then got straight on with my day. I’d spent the day outside watching my son doing sport (more on that tomorrow) and it had hit me. I rarely feel tired, but running 10 miles takes it out of me (most people reading this will not be surprised at that!). I can run eight miles with no effect whatsoever, but 10 tips me over the age. I never rest afterwards, I just get on with whatever life throws at me.
Anyway… I’m often up until nearly midnight, but at only 9.15 last night I knew I couldn’t do anything but go to bed. I was just reading in bed when my phone started going crazy. Tweets coming in thick and fast from lovely people like Sonya Cisco 3childrenandit Actually Mummy and Mummy Glitzer and a Facebook message from Uley Girl They were all saying the same thing – I was a finalist in the MAD Blog awards! Me? Little old me and my little blog? A finalist?
I literally couldn’t believe it. The tweets were coming in at a rate of knots and I couldn’t get my head round it. I was confused and overwhelmed. I hadn’t even looked at the list – I didn’t have time to, what with all the tweets coming in saying such nice things. So Uley Girl and 3Childrenandit started to nag me, in the nicest possible way, to just look at the damn list.
I looked at the list. And there I was in the finalists for best schooldays blog along with, I’ll be honest, some people I’ve never heard of and the awesome, blog royalty that is Actually Mummy
Yes, I’d written a begging post asking for nominations, but I didn’t pimp it much, I didn’t want to get on people’s nerves. I just wanted to be nominated. Never in a million years did I expect to get to the finals. Seeing my name on the list of nominations was thrilling enough. I thought I’d been nominated in four categories, but in the last few days I’d discovered it was five, which was awesome in itself.
The schooldays category was always going to be ‘my’ category because that’s what I write about. I always felt parent blogging is very much about babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and I started my blog because I wanted to share the fact that bigger kids can be funny too. This became so much more, but at the heart of it is always my bigger kids – the sport, the arguments, the fussy eaters and, yes, the pride.
I’ve never held back about what I write. I’m honest and open about the good and the bad. I don’t generally write about big issues, I just write about my family and everything that affects us. I have my rules I follow – I won’t publish a recognisable photo of my kids, I’m careful about mentioning my wider family except in passing and I won’t swear. I guess I must be doing something right.
After being so tired last night, I couldn’t sleep. I am just too excited, too grateful and too humbled. I can’t believe that people have nominated my blog, that, with all the amazing blogs out there, that they like mine. I am so grateful to everyone who nominated me.
Thank you all very much.