As you may or may not have noticed, I am a finalist in the Brilliance in Blogging (BiB) Awards (huge thanks to everyone who nominated me). These are the annual awards run by Britmums to recognise bloggers. As a new blog (under 18 months old) Me, Them and the Others has been nominated in the “Fresh Voice” category.
Finding out I was a Finalist
I can’t tell you how excited I was when I saw that I was a finalist. I was having a rubbish evening. Boy Child had no interest in sleeping. Girl Child was beside herself because she had seen a picture of people being sick on the titanic and couldn’t stop thinking about it (no, I have no idea why that was so traumatic either). Chris and I had been tag teaming between them and when we eventually came downstairs, the cat immediately threw up. Then I opened my emails, and suddenly none of it mattered. I would have been quite happy to clear up cat sick all evening, nothing could have ruined my day after that.
Why I Started this Blog
I didn’t really have much of an idea where I was going when I started this blog. I had had a very niche blog in the past but I really wanted somewhere I could write more general parenting stuff. Over the years I had ended up with a lot of posts half written in my head and really wanted to get them down. I knew I wanted to share my experience of not loving every minute, or more accurately, hating more than I loved in the first few years. I also wanted to share my exploration of free range parenting, which has involved giving my children more freedom and taking a more hands off approach to keeping them entertained.
These are both things I’d love to have a wider audience for (which winning a prestigious National Blogging award could help with, hint hint). Society now seems to expect all parents to love all of parenting when, the truth is, we will all find some of it tedious/stressful/irritating/down right miserable. I want mums, particularly new mums, to know that’s ok We also seem to have developed the idea that children need our input in their every waking moment. I really don’t believe that’s the case and I want to empower parents to give their kids more freedom and independence.
Why I love Blogging
When I started, I had absolutely no idea the blog was going to be funny. I just started writing and what came out was quite often mildly amusing. I’m not particularly funny when you first meet me in real life, you have to know me quite well before I’m likely to make you laugh, so I’ve loved sharing my sense of humour with people.
The other thing I’m really enjoying about blogging is how much there is to learn. I have a bit of an addiction to education. I love learning in all its forms but actually, I’ve learnt as much in a year of blogging as I would have on a years university course. I’m also loving getting to know the blogging community, both through social media and reading other people’s blogs.
The bit where I beg for votes!
So, now is the bit where I beg. If you’ve enjoyed anything I’ve written, here, on Facebook or Instagram, I’d love it if you could go and vote for me. I’m up against 4 other great blogs so not really expecting to win but I know I’ll regret it I don’t ask people to vote for me. If you fancy voting in some other categories while you’re there, I highly recommend Whinge Whinge Wine in the Facebook category, Me, Annie Bee in the lifestyle category, Katy Kicker in The Best of Stories and Twins, Tantrums and Cold Coffee in Readers Choice. Voting closes on 4th October 2019.