Oh my goodness! Yesterday was the 4th Annual Bloggers Bash Awards and I can’t believe it but Linda’s Book Bag actually won best overall blog! I mean really – I genuinely had no expectation of winning and was completely thrilled and delighted to have done so.
If you were one of the people who either nominated me, or voted, may I just thank you from the bottom of my heart. I honestly feel a little bit emotional at and incredibly humbled by this win.
All the winners received a certificate and a wonderful stone notebook from OurGreenStory. I’m looking forward to receiving my award winner’s Amazon voucher too as I’m sure there’s a book or two I don’t yet have on my TBR!
I have been attempting to attend the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards for a while. Having begun blogging in 2015 I was nominated for, and won, the Best Book Review Blog in 2016. I’d have loved to be at the awards that day but I had already booked tickets to see Bryan Ferry at Burghley House and you all know my obsession with him!
(I know you’re all sick of this photo but I just couldn’t resist adding it in again!)
Last year I was nominated again and had intended to go. I bought my ticket and was all set. Then came whatever it was that had me passing out and hallucinating at the drop of a hat and I didn’t leave the house for six weeks. Sadly I didn’t make it to the awards.
This year I thought ‘third time lucky’ – and how lucky it was. I hardly knew anyone there and it was a brilliant opportunity to meet bloggers and make new friends.
Having lunch with fellow bloggers
There were some excellent presentations, particularly from Sacha Black who came up with the idea of the Awards in the first place and spoke about targeting readers through mailing lists. Sacha has a full list of all this year’s nominees and winners here. Do take a look as there are some smashing blogs to follow and it was thrilling to see so many bloggers I know both online and personally recognised for their efforts.
Last year’s Overall Best Blog winner and this year’s runner up Ritu of But I Smile Anyway gave a smashing talk about managing time as a blogger – a commodity we could all do with increasing!
The day concluded with an excellent panel discussion before lots of lovely informal chat around the courtyard and bar. I was disappointed I had to dash off for my train as I’d have loved to stay longer. At least I made it this year!
If you’re a blogger and haven’t yet become part of the Blogger’s Bash, do get involved. There’s a Facebook group here you can join and it doesn’t matter whether you are nominated for an award, win or just enjoy blogging – it’s a wonderful community to belong to.
My enormous thanks to all the committee who work so hard to put this all together. Roll on 2019!