In two days time I will be going to the Irish Parenting Blog Awards. I am a finalist in four categories, but having been to awards before I am ready to come home empty handed, although I can’t promise I’ll not burst into tears. I have practised my Oscar ‘you won feck all’ face, and all I can say is, I’m not a great actor.
The great thing about the awards is that I am going to get the chance to meet so many of the bloggers I converse with online everyday, either via my posts or facebook. Some of them I feel I know so well and I’m looking forward to having a real chat with no typing involved. Others I’m a bit blurry about, as in who is who, who has what blog, and who has which children, so that should make the night interesting.
We are kicking off lovely and early, as in six o clock early, with drinks, a meal and then the awards. Chances are with such an early start, I just might have over indulged by the time the awards are announced, and I suspect I will not be alone. I mean a bunch of bloggers, many of them out for the first night in weeks without a baby in tow, having drinks at 6pm, surely that equals trouble.
There has been much talk online about fashion and nails, hair dos and fake tans, none of which I’ve been able to join in with. There has also been the very serious side of all this, the judging of blogs.
I am very conscious that many deride parenting bloggers. They are often belittled and dismissed as ‘mummy bloggers’. Having spent a huge amount of my time over the past few weeks reading many blogs, some personal, some parenting, some crafty and others all of the above, I have been taken aback by the quality of the blogs and the variety of posts.
To demonstrate this I’d like to share with you links to the top twelve posts in the final for best blog post.
Some will make you cry, others laugh and others will inspire you.
1.A Modern Mummys World. Our NICU experience.
2.At the Clothesline. The time I bought a life size giraffe.
3.Awfully Chipper. Just Dance.
4.Bumbles of rice. Celebrating the day we became parents.
5.Dr How’s Science Wows:Moments.
6.Kate Takes 5: A Seismic Shift
7.Life on Hushabye Farm: A Letter to a First Time Mother
8.Looking for Blue Sky: After I Die
9.Minis and Mum: A Mini Tale About Down Syndrome
10.Office Mum: The Once a Week Mum
11.Where Wishes Come From: A Taste of What Might Have Been
And finally my own post, selected by my readers.
12. My life in words.
Even if you only read the titles you can see, there is a lot more to parenting blogs than you might have thought.