Last night I went along to the #MADBlogAwards as a finalist in the Best New Blog Category.
It was fabulous fun; the wine flowed, the food was good and the company was acceptable (calm down, I'm just kidding). Seriously though, bloggers are a fantastic bunch of people and man can they drink. The hangover is strong today my friends.
I called this early on - the guy has a lot of followers and has gone viral a bunch of times - but this story kind of cemented it in my mind that I was playing with the big boys and I was actually really bloody lucky to be nominated!
A month or so after the nominations were announced, I was invited to a job interview.
It was an all day affair for a very high-pressure, serious, senior job and I very quickly realised that it probably wasn't compatible with my desire to work part time and around my kids. During the interview stage at the end (by which time I had, sadly, realised it was not for me) they commented on the little bit at the end of my CV that said I was a MADBlog Award finalist.
I was in two minds about whether I should include it to be honest. On the one hand, it's actually an achievement I'm bloody proud of and showed that I had been doing something while I'd been on maternity leave to keep my mind semi-active.
On the other, it probably doesn't present me in the most professional light and I swear a lot. But you can't deny that it is me.
Anyway, I decided to roll with it, thinking that no one would even read it. But read it they did, and they asked me about it, so cringing massively I explained what my blog was about. I've got to say, the panel did not look hugely impressed.
One lovely lady could probably sense my embarrassment and to throw me a bone perhaps, mentioned that although she didn't read parenting blogs, there was this hilarious guy on Facebook and in the paper who writes about his twins.
|With my #chucklemums bestie Mumzilla and winners Sam Avery and Jamie from A Day in the Life|
Congrats Sam, well deserved.
|With Mumzilla and Franca|
Making the final absolutely made my day; I am so very, very chuffed to have been there. Having the awards to look forward to has helped me to keep going; it would be a bit embarrassing to turn up to a blogging awards having jacked it in months ago. Whether that's a good or a bad thing... Well I'll leave that to you to judge!
|With Mumzilla (again!) and Eilidh from Mummy and Monkeys|
|Me with Sam from Mouse Moo and Me Too|