The UK Blog Awards were held last night at the Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge in London for nearly 600 people. What a great event to be involved with – I personally just love the diversity between all the bloggers from 18 different niche categories – so interesting to see a crowd like this merge together with one key thing in common. Mainly that most of us don’t get out that much from behind a computer screen, sitting tapping away for hours on end in our dressing gowns and slippers, so it’s just lovely to get out and meet the faces from behind the screens.
Such luxury to have been picked up by a chauffeur from my house thanks to the lovely team at BMW and driven to the event in the latest generation BMW 7-Series limousine, complete with reclinable massage seating AND with a complimentary bottle of champagne thrown in for good measure!:-
The focus for this year’s awards was around the theme of “Storytelling” so imagine my delight to find myself included in the ten finalists AND THEN to be announced in second place as “Highly Commended”. I was thrilled. The judges were from ODEON so they know a thing or two about a story. The winner of my category was a young teacher with an excellent blog called “Girl On The Piccadilly Line” all about her views around state education – it’s a very good read.
My fellow Highly Commended blogger, Laura Saudargaite was sadly not able to be with us. She had been writing a blog called “Girl On Top” all about her journey with cancer, written with honesty, humour and empathy – really brilliant. So it was devastating to be told that she had died last week. So, so sad and my heart goes out to her family and friends.
I took some dreadful photos of the evening and forgot to get a photo with me holding my award! But here are a few to give you a flavour – if you’re a blogger then you should definitely enter next year.
This was the little cinema space the ODEON created which was amazing:-
All the judges and winners on stage at the end:-
Here I am with a few of the judges and the WWF team – who are wearing eco clothes provided by Livia Firth for Marks and Spencer:-
Here I am with Duncan, the WWF blogger – the only photo of me from the night!
On arrival home, my son texted me from Barcelona, “Did you win?” he asked me. “No” I told him, “but I got Highly Commended in the Headline Category!!”
“Gutted” was his reply.
Honestly, what has a mother got to do these days to impress her children?
Anyway, I’ve included the list of all the winners in each category so you can take a look – there are some great reads out there!
Individual – Take to the Road
Company – Car Throttle
Arts and Culture
Individual – Urban Kultur Blog
Company – Honest Actors
Individual – All Sweetness Life
Company – Toyboy Warehouse
Digital and Technology
Individual – MarkITwrite
Company – The Ri Web Blog
Individual – Grange Park IT Blog
Company – Fuse Open Science Blog
Individual – Love Belfast
Company – Brite Blog
Fashion and Beauty
Individual – Eltoria
Company – The Diamond Store
Food and Drink
Individual – Hey dip your toes!
Company – Living with cow’s milk protein allergy
Green and Eco
Individual – Make Wealth History
Company – Into the Wild
Health and Social Care
Individual – Caron Cares
Company – Mynutricounter
Individual – Bella Coco
Company – SaddleDrunk
Individual – Feather Film
Company- David Griffen
PR, Media, Marketing and Communications
Individual – MatthewBarby.com
Company – Southerly Blog
Individual – Backpacker Banter
Company – Destination Wedding Directory
Vlogger and Podcast
Individual – Eltoria
Company – Ticketmaster Blog
Individual – Whisper and Blush
Company – Style & the Bride
Individual – Cassie Fairy
Company – Cancer Research UK Blog
Individual – Girl Piccadilly Line
Company – Royal Mint Blog