Winner or loser at Blog Awards?

I didn’t win.
So now you know.
If you’re in a hurry,
and reading this wondering how I got on,
in the Irish Blog Awards Finals,
that should allow you move on,
to whatever else you need to do.
If you’re in no hurry, here is the update. blog_awards_2013_badge_finalistsm

I didn’t win!!!!
Waaah…. I’m giving up blogging.
I’m just not good enough.
I was beaten by French foodie in Dublin.
Yes, beaten by someone who knows about food,
and lives in the place which still holds my heart.
I am devastated.
How could this be?
You all told me I was great!

Well no actually, that is not my real post.
I hope my humor successfully crosses the internet,
and that many of you,
are not now fidgeting uncomfortably on my behalf.

In truth as I arrived on Saturday night,
I was terrified.
Every bone in my body saying “walk away”.
My fear was not helped,
by the fact that my nearest and dearest,
would never make a racing driver,
hence the 200 km journey had taken quite some time!
On my arrival the place was packed,
a sea of faces, and I knew none of them.

However I didn’t run.
A lovely fellow blogger,
Sian whom I had never met before,
had kept a seat at her table for me.
I was like a child,
such was the relief I felt in that moment.

As I relaxed I was able to look around.
Here in this room,
were more than 200 fellow bloggers. small_85515856 (1)
As I looked at all the tables,
and the many individuals at each one,
I thought of all those blogs,
I had never read or heard of before.
It struck me how little I know of this world.

I write to write,
but many like to write for other reasons.
The common denominator for all in that room,
was the joy of blogging.
Writing and interacting.

The other most noteworthy thing about last night,
was the fact that it would appear,
that most bloggers,
love to write but not to talk.
There were no speeches.
A simple “Thank you”, was all that most could say.
In fact this shyness was catching,
as on the night, I was equally guilty.

There were a group of bloggers,
who had reached out to me before the event.
They were so very friendly.
As I briefly chatted with them online,
I had no inhibitions.
enjoying “meeting” each one.
However on the night,
when these online acquaintances became real people,
I could not bring myself to go look for them.
A chicken, at my age!

There were thirty two categories.
Thirty two winners,
(thirty three as there was a tie for best humor blog),
but many more losers.

How did I feel about not winning?
The winning, or in my case “not winning”,
was not really that relevant.
I was of course disappointed,
but it does not change anything.
I love my blog, and I love blogging.

So as I left, I still held my head high.
Of course I was thrilled to have made the finals,
but ultimately it was just a moment in time.
Tonight I am back to reality,
me, the laptop, and “my thoughts on a page”.

And I am so happy to be back!
As I smile and remember last night,
I am further reminded of what is real in my life.
My definitely “better” half,
insisted on driving me to the Awards.
Then for four hours he sat in a bar,
( a non drinker!)
and waited for me.

So now that I think about it, photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mtsofan/8221708017/">MTSOfan</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/">cc</a>
as I left with him last night,
wistfully looking at the actual awards,
I was not leaving empty handed.
I was going home with a great prize.
Lucky me.
Yes I am definitely a winner,
mind you so is he!

But maybe next year?

photo credit: MTSOfan via photopin cc

photo credit: Annie Mole via photopin cc

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43 thoughts on “Winner or loser at Blog Awards?

  1. Hey there, thanks for the mention and it was a pleasure to meet you. As I mentioned I love the way you write and you’re definitely a winner 🙂 Hopefully see you down this end of the country some time

    1. Thanks a million. Who knows what the future holds but sure we’ll keep writing and blogging for now anyway, and hope it is always as enjoyable as it is at the moment.

  2. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! (I have no idea what that means but people say it all over the place here). I am glad you won. What? Yes you did. You were there. People love you. You won. 😉 What a great experience.

    1. Yes. Imagine if we all got to meet? All those who comment on our blogs and who we enjoy reading. Next time I would love to know a few more of my fellow Irish bloggers so that I could meet them in person. It would be fab.
      Of course I did already promise you bed and board it you ever appeared.

      1. Hmmmm, I wonder if I can be nominated because i LOVE Ireland so much? And I hail from there in every family tree direction….. but if not, I will gladly show up to cheer. You know, if I ever get back to Ireland, we will have to have coffee together! 🙂

  3. I cheated 😳

    I didn’t wait for you to tell us how you got on – I went on the Irish Blog awards web site yesterday to check who had won what (ratty put me up to it, he too was impatient to know how you had fared) 😆

    Being serious for a moment (but only for a moment), I don’t think there were any ‘losers’ on Saturday

    Each and every one of you was a winner

    In the end, it is not the judges opinion that truly matters, it is your readers.

    You do not blog to please judges but to please readers and everyone who had their blog nominated for an award by their readers has obviously achieved that goal and should consider themselves a ‘winner’ !

    1. I cheated too, I was shamelessly stalking that site for hours tiill they finally coughed up the results… Tric, here’s to a brilliant blog that will always be a winner for me. Hic. (Mental note: 1) stop butting in on Duncan, and 2) find another excuse for drinking).

    2. Thanks Duncan. I might have known you’d have no patience.
      I do still feel thrilled to have got so far. I am slowly becoming happier in my skin as a blogger/writer. This and encouragement from bloggers like you have got me this far, where i am going who knows.
      It was also a real eyeopener to see so many bloggers together, a world I knew nothing of 9 months ago.

  4. this is a wonderful post as always, tric. i think you gained an even greater prize that evening, the understanding of the wonderful world of writers around you, the support from them, from your partner, and many others around the world. you may hold your head up high and know, out of all of the writers in the world, you were one of the few recognized and nominated for this very special honor. bravo tric!

  5. You are absolutely a winner. 🙂 I loved your description of the event– and perhaps I am an oddball out, as I talk as, erm, “prolifically” as I blog. Still, shyness is contagious– I don’t think I ever thought of it just that way before, but I understood exactly what you meant when I read your line. Beautiful insights, as always! (Is that newspaper for real, or just a picture you found? You’ve stirred my research urge today, haha.)

    1. Thanks a million. I too am normally a “prolific” talker, that is why I was so aware of the spread of shyness.
      The picture was one I found, and like you anytime I knock across it I too wonder. Isn’t it funny how commenting can sometimes spark a thought?
      Thanks again for your kind words.

  6. you made the FINALS!!!!!! sheesh that’s an accolade in it’self! as to the winner….a foodie….yuuurgh! I work in a restaurant and can tell you with no shame that foodies are universally hated by chefs all over the planet – and often with good reason. There’s nothing worse when someone who ‘dabbles’ comes in and wants to discuss new and exciting innovations with someone who spends 12 hours a day toiling over a hot stove, so baaah to the foodie! I’ll stop being a hater now, now……..hehehehe!

    1. Ha ha. Thanks so much. I did actually pick the winner when I was looking at the nominees, although they all seemed likely, so I am not too disappointed, but I do love that you hate her on my behalf! 🙂

    1. You winner you! Well done on your great humor blog being recognized. I do really hope I am still enjoying blogging next year and have got to know you all better.
      If I do go I think I’d be on for staying the night!
      At least reading my post you can kind of imagine being there.

    1. Thanks a mil. I hope he reads my post and I get a few brownie points as so far I owe him, never a good thing!
      As for making the finals, yes I was thrilled but there are loads of great blogs and posts out there. I particularly liked your post “Party of the first part”. It was so very clever.

  7. I love this post! Especially as a fellow non-winner in your category 🙂 I wish we’d managed to all meet on the night now – next year for sure, and in the meantime, plenty of space for online chat.

    1. Ha ha. Yes we could have got mean and angry together, or just drunk!
      Next year for sure, regardless of nomination.
      Dear God tell me your site is sorted?

        1. Yes that works but you need to link your gravatar to your new address I think because when I clicked on Christine and now office mum, I couldn’t get in, which is what anyone would do reading your comments.
          So now back to your post!

  8. tric, you are numero uno in my eyes all the time….and I am sure many of your readers and followers will agree with me. It’s a pity that the Judges could not see what we see and experience in your blog posts. As I often feel, winning a rat race is not necessarily the criterion of Truth. IMHO becoming a finalist in itself is a great honor, and I am proud and lucky to know a finalist blogger from Ireland. Have a good one! 🙂

    1. Thanks Deo. You are definitely in my corner. I so appreciate your support. You are right it was a huge honor and an achievement to make it to the final on this my first year blogging. I am still smiling even without an award.

  9. That is so awesome that you went to a blogging award ceremony! Great job! Really interesting to hear that so many were shy. We are all so uninhibited behind our computer screens but it makes sense that some would feel vulnerable in fellow blogger’s presence. I probably would too but if I were to get together with a small group of my favorite bloggers, I have a feeling it would be a different story 🙂 Congrats again on your great blog!

  10. Awwww…but you are a winner in my eyes:). Did you at least get to wear a fancy dress, and have free cocktails, and feel like you were amongst the elite? That makes it worth the trip. Also, is that a picture of you and your husband from the back view? :)… I just keep trying to get that glimpse! I’ll just pretend it is, so don’t tell me the answer! Congrats on being in the finals!

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