Forget the Oscars and the Baftas, right now it is all about the BiBs. Yes, it is award season in the blogging world.
The Brilliance in Blogging awards, or the BiBs for short, is a parenting blog awards from Britmums, and with over 200,000 votes last year it is one of the largest blogger awards in the UK.
Last year I was a new blogger when the nomination stage began, and I watched on with awe and wonder as bloggers began asking for nominations and exchanging tips on who to vote for. ‘Wow’, I thought, ‘this looks amazing, I can’t wait for next year!’. And so, like every other blogger I agonised over who I was going to nominate, and I dreamed about a time when I too would be good enough to be up for an award.
Fast forward a year. The time has come again to start nominating your favourite bloggers in one of 12 categories, and the blogging world is buzzing with excitement once again.
There is so much going on. My twitter feed is full of people asking/ begging for nominations. People sharing with the world who they have nominated, in hopes that some may be thankful and return the favour. For some, there is a massive excitement in the air, but for others there is a sense of desperation, which I find very sad.
After a year of dreaming about receiving an award, it feels strange now that the nominations have began, and I don’t even know where to start. I have put out my plea on my personal Facebook account in hopes that I will get some love from my family and friends, and I have added the ‘nominate me’ buttons to the side of my blog so that if someone enjoys reading what I have to say they can vote, but that is about as far as I have gone. I haven’t made a big plea to the world because I just don’t think it would work.
I have to admit, when the award season started I couldn’t help but feel a little bit deflated. Last year I loved the idea of being nominated for best newcomer, and felt a bit rubbish that I hadn’t made enough of a name for myself to achieve that… But then I stopped myself, and had a good think about think about it. There are thousands of parenting blogs across the UK, but only ten places on the shortlist of each category. When the Shortlist is announced on April 28th there are going to be a lot of disappointed people thinking they aren’t good enough because they didn’t make it.
There are some amazing blogs out there. Bloggers with amazing talent, who put in a lot of hard work, and they deserve to be recognised for that. I will be casting my vote, and cheering on some of my favourites at this years ceremony. But there are so, so many, which makes it difficult to choose. And there are lots of bloggers I love who I won’t be able to nominate because I only have one vote.
So to all of those lesser known bloggers out there who won’t get the nomination they were hoping for, please don’t beat yourself up about it. It doesn’t make you any less of a blogger. Your blog is amazing in it’s own unique way, and not getting an award doesn’t mean that your blog isn’t fabulous!