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