The rewards of blogging are varied. Some write for the pleasure of writing, some to share everyday life with family and friends, for some it’s a profession and many a hobby. What ever the reason, we bloggers take huge pride in our little corners of the internet. I started Mum in a Nutshell in an attempt to keep my early years training fresh while on maternity leave, not wanting to loose all my knowledge which I had built up and so I could return to my professional role with the same enthusiasm and confidence I had prior to the arrival of Toddler.
Little did I realise just how much I’d love writing, that I’d ignite my photography passion again and that I join a community of like-minded, super supportive and amazingly talented people. As much as I spend my days sat at a computer, photographing and keeping up with social media, it has never once felt the solitude which it might look from an outsider.
I do earn a small wage from Mum in a Nutshell but the main reward for me is the journey I’ve travelled from the person I was a year ago to a working, business owning mum of three ( I also own a childcare business) and the knowledge I’ve gained in making Mum in a Nutshell a success. Things I never once anticipated when I started typing out my days with my newborn son.
So to have the honour of being nominated for a best blogger in the Mum and Working Awards was amazing. Happy with the nomination and facing a public vote, I was under no illusion that there are bigger, better blogs out there than little old me. Then to the make the finals, well, utter disbelief springs to mind. In a ceremony sponsored by Natwest and with inspirational speeches by Caprice Bourett and Annabel Karmen to name a few, my fellow nominees gathered.
In the irony of being nominated a best blogger in an awards celebrating working mums, I had to work! For various reasons I was unable to travel up to the capital and so wasn’t in with a chance to win, grumpy at not being able to meet some of the faces behind the blogs which I have become so familiar with, I followed it all on Twitter and Facebook.
I’d just like to say what an honour it was to reach the finals, with such a talented bunch of ladies, thank you so much to all the people who took the time to vote for me and say a huge congratulations to winner Kathryn from Is It Wine O’clock Yet? as well as to all my fellow nominees;