It’s that time of year again, nominations are open, it’s the Oscars and the BAFTA’s of the blogging world. That’s right Blogging Awards season is in full swing with both the MAD Blog Awards and the BiB Awards opening simultaneously.
Last year my little corner of the internet was very, very new, so new that I didn’t even qualify to be nominated for the BiB’s. This year? This year my little corner of the internet is older, wiser and eligible.
It’s exciting to be eligible, but also terrifying. Do you put yourself forward? Do you go all Hilary on the blogosphere and canvas for votes? Or do you sit back and watch it all unfold?
Well, I am of the opinion if you don’t ask you don’t get. After all, just because these awards are MASSIVE amongst the parenting blogosphere it doesn’t mean everyone will know. I mean, how else will my mum know how to vote for me??
The MAD Blog Awards
From the excellent Tots100 team come the Mum And Dad Awards (get it? It took me a while, I blame the Baby for my chronic case of Baby Brain) last year saw over 350,000 votes and over 7,000 parenting blogs up for consideration. This year they are already off to a flying start with thousands of votes rolling in already – and I would love your vote in Best Baby Blog or indeed in any category you see fit.
To nominate you have to first select your “Blog of the Year” and then the categories will be open for you to nominate under a variety of categories; Food, Photography, Pregnancy, Baby, Pre-School, Travel, Craft, Thrifty, School Days, Lifestyle, Video and New Blog. I suppose I could fit in a variety but it was the Baby category that caught my eye.
Best Baby Blog
From first smiles to sleepless nights, UK parent bloggers are the place to go for advice, support and inspiration when you’re a parent to a new baby. This award category recognises our very favourite bloggers with babies under one.
My blog began when I was in my second trimester of pregnancy, it has seen the birth of the Baby, the battle through the sleepless nights, the guilt of having a second child, realisations on how I parent differently, honesty in how sometimes I’m tired being an attachment parent, a gritted teeth attempt at humour now I have to do nappy changes with a Baby on the move (and my poor rug has not recovered from poo-gate) and above all a realisation in the form of an open letter to the Baby that although my second baby may not have all the new shizzle the Big One did, but he gets so much more.
Besides, look at that face – he is super cute! If you did want to nominate us simply head to the nomination form and pop in our URL; http://www.lifewithbabykicks.com.
Brilliance in Blogging Awards
The Brilliance in Blogging, or more affectionately known, BiBs are the brainchild of BritMums with the awards ceremony taking place on the evening of iconic blogging conference BritMums Live (or as it is known as of 2016 #BML16).
Nominations once again take place across a variety of categories; Fresh Voice, Food, Inspire, Social Media, Writer, Photo, Video, Travel, Beauty & Fashion, Arts & Crafts, Family and Readers Choice.
Again, it was Family that caught my eye, with my blog being about the boys in my life, big and small.
These blogs share the laughter and tears of family life, telling stories that elicit a-ha’s and understanding from all of us. They are honest and open about the realities of family life and we love them for it.
Without my husband and my boys I wouldn’t have much to write about, they inspire me, they build me up, they are the lifeblood of my blog. From the invaluable support my husband gives me both breastfeeding and with the boys to his irritating habits. From the Big Ones sleeping problems to his various craft projects to dealing with the threenager years and temper tantrums to the times he makes me want to fall through the ground; Mummy is that a monkey springs to mind…. Then there is the Baby, the youngest member of our family; from the pregnancy scares he gave us to embarking on my second breastfeeding journey with him, from sleepless nights to nap refusals, from entering our family and changing the dynamic from a family of three to a family of four.
You can nominate here with the following information:
Blog Name: Life with Baby Kicks
Blog URL: http://www.lifewithbabykicks.com
Twitter Name: @Laura_BabyKicks
Blog Email: email@example.com
Reasons Why: Whyever you think!
Favourite Blog Post: You tell me, but I’ve listed a few of my favourites above
And My Nominees
Well it wouldn’t be a very good awards ceremony without other nominations now would it? I spent a lovely evening going through some of my very favourite blogs, re-reading old posts and thoroughly enjoying myself while the Husband was busy watching the Manchester Derby (Utd won – I think – he was happy any road.) So if you are looking for some fabulous bloggers to nominate here are just a small selection of my favourites.
Claire from Life, Love and Dirty Dishes never fails to either make me laugh or cry, her writing is so empathetic and real you can’t help but feel that a little bit of her soul has poured our from her fingertips into the keyboard. One of my favourites has been her response to the smug new mum on Facebook who didn’t understand why some of us were more slummy than yummy.
Becky from Cuddle Fairy, I find it nearly impossible to believe that Cuddle Fairy is yet to turn one! I love that Becky is happy to share her social media success strategy with everyone and massive congratulations for hitting the 10k mark on Twitter this week.
Debbie from My Random Musings for throwing herself into the world of parenting bloggers without having children, for every supportive and thoughtful comment she’s made and for sharing her tips on how to make a success from your blog.