I know it would be a lot cooler if I was all sassy and confident about being nominated. But that would be a lie.
Last year, I was nominated for Best Longstanding Lifestyle blog. I wrote about it here. I wasn’t expecting to be shortlisted last year as there are so many blogs out there, but so proud that I was!
This year I was sure I wouldn’t make the cut. A few people said they had nominated me for pro blogger, but I was also seeing a lot of other bloggers getting Tweeted saying they had been nominated.
These awards were twice the size of last years. 490 voted last year. This year, a massive 981 people nominated their favourite bloggers. That’s a lot of people. I was seeing loads of people on the hashtag talking about it, a lot of bloggers I don’t know.
It’s easy to feel known in your bubble of blogging friends. But I’m very aware that there are groups of bloggers all over the UK that are grouped together based on niche and location. Bloggers that have never heard of me and I’ve not heard of them. Even in Leeds, there are bloggers at events I’ve never heard of before! It’s mad.
Being shortlisted last was such a nice surprise and when I didn’t win, I was mostly happy to not have to get up and do a speech! I wasn’t expecting for my name to come up, especially as I was up against some big names. I thought there might be a small chance I’d be shortlisted for pro blogger as a handful of people had nominated me for it. But a handful amongst almost 1000 votes cast, is that enough?
I grabbed myself a beer and sat at my computer when the announcement was about to start. I had put my oven on the wrong setting because I’m a massive dickhead. This meant I was eating during the announcement.
It all happened so fast. I saw my name for a split second and then a million Tweets followed.
Then I got an e-mail saying I had been shortlisted for not one, but TWO awards.
I had to put my dinner plate on the floor and I cried.
Yup. I actually cried.
That might sound pathetic to some of you, but I’m an emotional person, OKAY.
I get overwhelmed very easy and when I’m overwhelmed, the pressure inside my chest and heart comes out of my eyes. So leave me alone. It’s how I am, so don’t try and change me.
It’s just that I work SO HARD on this blog. I know, I know, everyone says that. But it is the number one priority in my life.
I put a lot of love, time and energy into building not only this site, but my other two sites, into something I can be proud of. I’ve over 1000 blog posts on this site alone.
That’s a lot of blog posts.
When something means a lot to you, it’s amazing to get the recognition for it. For someone to be like ‘hey, we see you work hard and we like what you do’.
That’s the stuff that motivates me to carry on.
So thank you so much to everyone that voted for me and everyone that reads my blog.
I’m shortlisted in:
- Best Blogging Pro
- Best Lifestyle Blog
I’d love it if you would vote for me here.
Thank you and good luck to everyone else shortlisted! Also WELL DONE TO HAYLEY for creating something amazing. Again. What a hero.