Yes it’s been a long time coming, having been to two previous blog awards only to come home with my hands hanging, but at last my genius has been recognised. On Saturday night I won ‘Best writer’ and ‘Best Personal Blog’ at the first Irish Parenting Blog Awards.
I must admit I had no clue who would win, as in every category the competition was very high. I was more than prepared to once again return with only a smile, to my ‘barely supporting’ family, who look at my blogging in a ‘God love her she’s a bit demented‘ sort of way. However luck was smiling in my direction Saturday night, and wow was I delighted. So delighted that for one night only I’ll post a photo of me, being perhaps a little too happy!
The night itself was perfect in just about every way. The welcome on arrival, plus the glass of bubbly set us up, as we gathered and stared around us, wondering who the blazes was who. I decided to grab a sticker and wrote my name and blog on it, and thankfully so too did many others.
It was a real joy to meet so many who I ‘know’ online. The only downside is, it is not possible to speak to everyone for any real length, and today I am left a little bit regretful that I missed so many and had only moments with others. However overall I can’t begin to tell you what a craic we had, but there are many photos of the madness to be viewed on the here if anyone is interested.
After a few drinks (just a few) and a beautiful meal (interspersed with some games I was miserable at) we went upstairs to the perfect venue, the rooftop of the Odessa, for the awards, and on two occasions my name was called out. As I heard my blog name I can tell you, all I felt was relief and gratitude; everyone in the finals puts their heart into their blog, all deserved to win.
We had been asked to prepare speeches. I was all for this, as I believe when organisers go to the trouble of getting sponsors and working so hard, the least we can do is thank them and speak for a moment. However, no matter how hard I thought about it, I just couldn’t believe I would win anything, so I prepared nothing. Well you know the saying ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’, sadly I lived it. I did say a few words on each occasion. I barely remember what they were, but I don’t think I thanked the sponsors of my awards, mykidstime for best writer, and Bear for best personal post, nor did I speak very well. I do know, that despite my lack of preparation I did remember to refer to two very special people who are close to me every day while I blog, my dad and young Daniel, and I also remember that mentioning them nearly broke me, but I got my act together again quickly…I think.
The rest of the night flew by and I returned home at the reasonably respectful hour of 1.30am, but if you take into account the night beginning at 5.30pm it was a lengthy enough evening. The following morning I awoke to discover that only one of my beautiful award tea pots, hand painted by the very talented colourines wonderful, had made it home.
Feck, I wait two years to win an award and instantly lose one.
Luckily I located the missing one relatively quickly, thanks to social media, but my family believe my misplacing it to have occurred due to an excessive consumption of alcohol. Can you believe they would think that of me? (Can you believe that mind the baby, who may or may not have had it ‘resting in her account’).
So here I am today, back home in Cork, all the excitment over. How do I feel? I feel over the moon, but I remain hugely grateful. For without readers there is less joy in writing, and without the comments of those readers, such as yourselves, I would feel much more alone here on my blog. So today I wish to say a big thank you, to those of you who have ever read my posts or commented. To those who took the time to nominate me and who continues to be a very real part of my online world. Thank you, each and every one of you, you have encouraged me in my writing every step of the way, and that encouragement has made all the difference to my confidence and compositions.
When I look at my tea pots I will be thinking of you all.
To the amazing organisers of the event well done, every last detail was covered to perfection.
Lastly a mention goes to Kate from Kate takes 5. Late in the night kate ,who is in the photo above looking just as overly happy as myself, said, ‘At last you will have respect from your kids’. I looked at her incredulously and said, “Are you for real? Can you imagine what my kids will say when they ask me what I won and I say, two teapots!”. Quick as a flash Kate took a card out of her pocket and handed it to me. “Here you can have my free netflix subscription I won in the game earlier, as I have it already”. I was stunned, but not too stunned to quickly grab and pocket it.
So thank you Kate for your kindness, and for at last giving my blog some kudos among my family.
** Photo credit to the very talented A modern mommys world.