Having followed The MAD blog awards for years and read many of the blogs, I have held the bloggers in high regard. The best in the business are on that list.
The awards are run by Tots 100 and, in February, I entered the chart at #1228. This might not seem very high – and it isn’t – nevertheless I was really pleased. With over 8,000 bloggers signed up for the leaderboard, I thought my debut position was fairly respectable. I expected to be a lot further down the list!!!
Before I start pleading for you to nominate me (that is coming don’t worry!), I thought I should say a little bit about me for anyone that is new to my blog.
I have been writing for years, just for me. I previously wrote a different blog but it never felt like something I wanted to push onto the world. It was more like a diary, just for me. Some people, by which I mean friends and family, read it. I never expected anything more.
I always wondered though… how do you get into the blogging world? I didn’t know where to start and, to be honest, I didn’t have the confidence.
In the summer of 2015, I went back to work after being a stay-at-home-mum for three years. This job happened to be writing for a newspaper; features and community stories. I also edit pages as part of my new job. Oh, and I talk on the radio once a week, which is pretty cool. As the months progressed, my confidence grew. And people began to tell me they enjoyed reading my articles. I was pretty shocked!
Christmas 2015 was suddenly here and I started to wonder…could I make a go at blogging? I mean a proper go at it??
I thought about what I had to offer. Did I have interesting material to write about? Most definitely. Could I write? Apparently so. Did I have the time? Erm…debatable…
I spoke to some friends who knew their stuff and they said that I had to pick a niche. So I pondered on what that could be… as I watched my kids play and listened to the funny things they had to say… what could it be?
Anyway, it didn’t take a rocket scientist to work out what was staring me right in the face. Parent blogging was the way to go and boy did I have a story to tell about how they entered into this world and everything that has happened since.
Then I created my blog, got my name and started writing. Double the Monkey Business was born.
It has taken me a while to work out how to promote my blog but I am slowly getting there… it is a steep learning curve.
I have found some great Facebook groups along the way: Blogger Club UK; UK Awesome Bloggers; and Bloggers Friends/Followers. I have ‘met’ some amazing bloggers in my two month journey (sorry The Unmumsy Mum, I know you hate that word). I have been welcomed into the blogger community with ease and never once have I felt like a bothersome newbie! Thank you for that!
So let’s get down to the detail. Nominations for The MAD blog awards opened yesterday, they are held annually and all the best blogs are recognised and nominated in their respective categories.
I would be so happy if I got nominated, even once. You would really make my day/month/year/lifetime! There is a ‘Best New Blog’ category, which celebrates blogs that are 12 months old or less. As my blog is on its third month, I would love to be nominated in this category.
How do you nominate?
Firstly, anyone can nominate. You don’t have to be registered with Tots 100 or even a blogger.
You need a fill out a short form, which can be found here. You will need to pick your all time favourite blog first (go on vote for The Unmumsy Mum, you know you want to!), before moving onto the next step where you can pick blogs for the set categories. This is where I would love it if you could vote for the following:
Best New Blog
There are so many amazing new bloggers out there, whom I have met along the way and follow. So in the spirit of goodwill I am going to ask you to also check out these blogs. If you don’t vote for me, vote for them. 🙂
Finally I have a few things I want to say:
I want to thank everyone who has read, commented on and liked my blog. Thank you to the people who have given me feedback along the way, I have really appreciated it and have taken it on board.
Thank you to the blogging community for welcoming me with open arms. You have all been amazingly supportive and I have been so fortunate to meet you.
Thank you to two little monkeys, Bob L and Bob D. Thank you for entering my life and making it brighter and a good deal funnier, albeit with a lot less sleep and free-time!
Last, but not least, thanks to the hubby for all his amazing support as I spend hours every evening writing and promoting my blog. Oh, and for correcting my grammar, of course!
Good luck to everyone hoping to be nominated!!