Earlier this year I was short-listed for the national parenting blog awards, the MADs (Mums and Dads), and asked you to consider voting for me. It seems that out of the 50,000 nominations and votes received throughout the awards, enough of them had my name on to push me into the top slot, and I’m absolutely over the moon to tell you that I won Best Writer.
The award ceremony was sponsored by TalkTalk and AOL’s Parentdish.co.uk, and was a pretty impressive affair packed with glamorous frocks and whizzy technology. As it had not for a second occurred to me I might actually win, I didn’t put much thought into what I might say if I did. And so when my name was called out, and I took the microphone thrust in my hands, I was for once in my life completely lost for words.
“Um… thanks,” I managed.
“Wow,” said Sally Whittle, founder of the MADs and presenter extraordinaire, when it became obvious I wasn’t going to say anything else, “you’ve got a real way with words.” Well, quite.
And so I shuffled back to my corner clutching in my sweaty hands a beautiful glass trophy which I managed to break shortly afterwards (I’ve mended it now – you’d never know). A few days later I am still completely shell-shocked that out of the thousands of parent bloggers in the UK, I’m the one with an award on my desk saying Best Writer.
Thank you so very much to everyone who took time to vote for me in the MADs, to everyone who reads my blog and comments or shares the posts with their friends. I truly appreciate it.
My dress for the award ceremony was provided for me by White Stuff.