How important is a blogging award?

Did you make the BiBs? I didn’t. I got through to the shortlist for Video and I was very excited, for a minute there I let myself think about the possibility of lifting the cup, taking some silverware home to show my family.

“Look! Look! People like my work.’ I would show them.

How many other bloggers out there are slightly disappointed that their name wasn’t called out as Finalists in this years MADS awards? Hands up guys. Are we allowed to say we’re sad we didn’t get through? Or am I shooting myself in the head?

I am truly happy for all of those who did make it especially those I voted for myself and now I shall make sure I vote them through to the finals but for the rest of us? What do we do now?

Did you, like me, have a massive insecurity pop? Am I writing crap? Should I be Tweeting more? Facebooking more? Networking more? Probably yes, that is the answer but just how much time do I have on my hands for this time consuming social media lark?

Maybe the fact I had been shortlisted twice led me to believe I was in with a chance?

Maybe I should have pushed the voting for my blog more? I did nothing but add the badge to my blog and hope, doing the British thing and not wanting to disturb anyone.

I’ve received a few emails today asking for my vote which is very clever marketing but I’m old school and hate being told what to do. It annoyed me as it’s something I wouldn’t do but maybe that’s wrong too? Maybe I should be doing that, maybe I should change?

I’ve been asked to enter other Blogging awards around the sphere but sincerely I’m not sure I can be bothered to. Will an award change my life? Probably not. It may bring exciting opportunities, a badge to display ever so proudly but other than that? Life goes on, the girls grow up and fresh opportunities will come along anyway.

So what to do? Carry on blogging that’s what. Chin up, be gracious to those who are through, VOTE for your favourites and don’t let it affect who you are and what you are blogging for.

And an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to make sure my name was on those shortlists I am very appreciative and truly flattered of all of your votes and that you thought I was worthy of your vote

Love Mari xxx




  1. May 11, 2012 / 1:37 PM

    Mari, that is exactly my philosophy on everything. I am grateful some people thought enough about my blog to nominate me but, like you, I just don’t put myself forward enough to garner enough votes to make the shortlists. Ah well, the blog will go on, and more importantly, so will our lives. :)

    • Mari
      May 11, 2012 / 1:56 PM

      Absolutely and it’s a good reminder to ground yourself as this is a very gripping community where it’s easy to get swept along with the current and find yourself far, far away from what you originally set out to do – write! Thanks for your comment :)

      • May 18, 2012 / 9:30 PM

        Mari I’m with you on this one.  I’m never really one to push myself forward and I hope that someone will love my blog enough to nominate me without my asking….. surely that would be proper recognition. For now I’ll content myself with the comments I get from people I’ve never met who say – ‘You really should read this, or I love the way you write’.
        You’ve just inspired me to write something – off to do that now.

  2. May 11, 2012 / 5:37 PM

    I feel the same as you, but its important to remember that only 5 blogs reached the finals out of 3000!!! Thats a lot of blogs…maybe next year will be our year! xx

    • May 11, 2012 / 10:25 PM

      Yes but so proud to see Science Sparks there, well deserved Emma. x

    • Mari
      May 12, 2012 / 6:58 AM

      When you read those figures it puts a different perspective on it doesn’t it? After all we can’t all be winners eh? Like you say next year…. xx

  3. May 11, 2012 / 7:33 PM

    Mari – please accept this award for being a thoroughly honest, thoughtful, kind and funny blogger who I’ve loved for years now (how frightening!) and for making me realise that I mustn’t ever wish these early years with the children away. Cheers to you Mari xxx

    • Mari
      May 12, 2012 / 6:58 AM

      Bless you KM You just made my day ;) xxx

  4. May 11, 2012 / 10:25 PM

    Ohh Mari you write such sense!  Shhh I’ll share something really sad with you, I cried yesterday. So many people had said to me I was sure to be a finalist that I really hoped I might and it was a big anti-climax/ disappointment.  I’ve had a good chat with myself and decided bloggy things effect me far too much.  Cheers Mich x

    • Mari
      May 12, 2012 / 7:00 AM

      I also think it’s good they affect us otherwise what are we doing here? Of course we’d like the recognition and the moment of fame but by not getting through we also have to take stock and gather the reins in, it’s a good moment of reflection and thought of future direction. I think you’re brilliant anyway xx

      • May 12, 2012 / 6:56 PM

        Ahh Mari, you sure do rock! I think you are fab too. Thanks again, Mich x

  5. May 13, 2012 / 11:49 AM

    I too would have loved to be in the finalists for the bibs or th mads, but just the whole scouting for nominations kinda makes me wonder, I love your blog so make sure you keep blogging, like i just said on michelles post, an award is lovely but a pat on the back from a reader just because they like your post is just as good… xx

    • Mari
      May 14, 2012 / 5:05 PM

      You’re absolutely right and it’s always good to remember this – thank you lovely for your kind words

  6. May 13, 2012 / 9:30 PM

    A fantastic post for anyone feeling a little deflated after the finalists were announced to read. You shouldn’t change, I love your writing style and your honesty x

    • Mari
      May 14, 2012 / 5:07 PM

      Thank you and no I’m not changing in fact I’m really pleased as the no nomination has opened my eyes even more and made me realise just how much I love blogging, I don’t think I could stop now if I tried! x

  7. May 14, 2012 / 10:31 AM

    Hi Mari

    Hope I’m allowed to add my 2p worth (heck, like that EVER stopped me…) 

    For me, the MAD Blog Awards are a real celebration of what we ALL do. If you were nominated, that means someone filled in a form and out of the thousands of blogs that are out there they thought of yours – isn’t that amazing? That your blog was the one they remembered, and thought was special and wanted to recognise. 

    There were over 3,000 blogs nominated this year in the awards and around 75 blogs in the 100 finalists’ spots – so you’re far from unusual if you feel a bit disappointed not to be a finalist. But I know that the vast majority of people will also be thrilled for those 75 finalists and hopefully there are a couple of your favourites in there, or some new favourites just waiting to be discovered. 

    We’ll be giving away lots of prizes and golden tickets to the ceremony over the next couple of months, and come August I will be (frankly) grovelling for volunteers to come and help out, and hopefully at the end of the whole process is just a really amazing party that celebrates what we, as bloggers and parents, achieve. Because I think it – and all of you guys – are pretty cool :) 

    • Mari
      May 14, 2012 / 5:14 PM

      Lovely to see you over here Sally, thanks for taking the time to comment.

      I think my disappointment should only be seen as a compliment to the MADS and BiBs awards, I along with the rest of the community would LOVE to have one. I reckon Man Utd felt the same way this morning.

      There are more than a couple of My Nominations up there on the lists who I congratulated whole heartedly on Saturday, they deserve it and I am very happy for them. Hence my link to the voting form reminding everyone to go and vote their favourites.

      Sometimes I can get a little bit carried away with my dreams and inspirations (I’d be on Strictly in some of them!) and when it doesn’t happen it makes you sit up and take stock. I won’t stop blogging, I’m way in over my head now but I will put more effort into quality. I recognise where I lack and I’ll do my best to be my best, can’t do more than that eh?

      I also thought it good to speak up and let other bloggers know ‘It’s ok to feel disappointed but doesn’t mean you need to stop.’ I’m sure you’ll agree with that.

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