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Why Do You Blog And Awarding The Blogger

Why Do You Blog And Awarding The Blogger

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;

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  1. Honest mum
    23rd September 2015 / 9:09 am

    What a lovely post, it was a real honour and such an incredibly inspiring event, well done everyone x

    • 23rd September 2015 / 1:06 pm

      Thanks Vicki, it was lovely seeing it on social media although I’d rather have been there.

  2. 23rd September 2015 / 1:07 pm

    Keep going, you never know where you’ll end up. Best of luck.x

  3. 23rd September 2015 / 5:46 pm

    Huge congratulations on being nominated and being a finalist, that’s an amazing achievement. And, very well deserved x #sharewithme

    • 24th September 2015 / 8:31 pm

      thanks so much Sara, it’s lovely being recognised for your efforts.

  4. 23rd September 2015 / 6:29 pm

    Congratulations on making the final list that’s quite an achievement. These events always look amazing. Hope I can make one one day!

    • 24th September 2015 / 8:29 pm

      thank you, they do look amazing and I’d love the chance to go again one day.

  5. 23rd September 2015 / 9:20 pm

    Ah you have done ever so well and your blog and life as a business owner seem to be going from strength to strengh Ali. Also, don’t forget there’s always the MBAs 😉 X #sharewithme

    • 24th September 2015 / 8:28 pm

      It’s all going fab and heading in the right direction. I take nothing for granted though.

  6. Nichole
    24th September 2015 / 12:38 am

    Congratulations! I’d say that’s a pretty big deal. Keep the posts coming!

  7. 24th September 2015 / 7:36 pm

    Congratulations on your nomination ! It’s a shame you didn’t get to go to London 🙁


    • 24th September 2015 / 8:26 pm

      Thanks Catherine, I was just as thrilled to reach the finals to be honest.

  8. 24th September 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Such an incredible achievement hon, you’ve accomplished so much in such a short space of time. Thoroughly deserved, you work bloody hard!! Thanks for sharing with #DiffLinky

    • 24th September 2015 / 8:40 pm

      thanks Renee, it was an honour to make the finals with such accomplish bloggers

  9. 27th September 2015 / 6:30 am

    Such a huge achievement! Congratulations, it’s always a bonus and a coincidence boost to make any awards, especially the finals! #sundaystars

    • 27th September 2015 / 9:31 am

      it is isn’t it, I always presume no ones reading apart from my parents!

  10. Mackenzie Glanville
    27th September 2015 / 6:41 am

    Well deserved and a huge congrats, you should be proud of this amazing blog #sundaystars

    • 27th September 2015 / 9:32 am

      Thank you soon much Mackenzie, so, so kind of you xx

  11. 27th September 2015 / 9:00 am

    Huge well done on reaching the finals, such a shame you had to miss the ceremony – ruddy work hey?! I think we all dream about being that blogger that gets nominated, no matter whether we are a hobbyist or a pro!! #sundaystars

    • 27th September 2015 / 9:29 am

      thanks Lisa, it’s such a reward to get recognised for your efforts and yes, ruddy work!

  12. 27th September 2015 / 9:17 pm

    A very inspiring post – it’s great hearing how writing those first few posts has lead to such great things. And congratulations on being a finalist!

    • 29th September 2015 / 10:03 pm

      Thanks Emma, the rewards of blogging are great as it is, even without these awards but they sure do lift you.

  13. 28th September 2015 / 8:31 pm

    I’m a working mum too and can appreciate how tiring it is. Sometimes the last thing I want to do after a tough day at work, making dinner, cleaning up and doing the bed time routine is open the laptop and type – but by the same token it’s a creative and inspirational outlet that I enjoy.
    Well done on getting to finals x

    • 28th September 2015 / 10:33 pm

      Thanks Katie, I find it a great relaxer most days although I am quite disciplined and make sure I have a couple of nights off form anything internet based a week.

  14. Jenny
    29th September 2015 / 8:05 pm

    Ahhh your blog is amazing and what a lovely post. You are doing absolutely great hun. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me blog hop. I hope you have enjoyed reading so many fab other blog posts and to see you again tomorrow for another great round of #sharewithme

    • 29th September 2015 / 8:20 pm

      Thanks Jenny, so kind of you and I do love reading all the other blogs on Share with me!

  15. 1st October 2015 / 10:01 pm

    Awww well done, love, such a great achievement but such a bummer you couldn’t be there in person!! CAn’t beat an award ceremony 😉 xx Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

    • 1st October 2015 / 10:05 pm

      Thank you Hannah, I’m yet to experience one but here’s hoping I will someday soon.

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