What being shortlisted for a UK Blog Award means to me

I wrote a post recently about the nomination for a UK Blog Award and what it meant to me.  So, I thought it was only appropriate to write a post about what it means to be shortlisted in the Individual Travel Blog category with nine inspiring and interesting travel blogs.

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Woo hoo! Shortlisted 🙂

When I found out I’d made it to the shortlist on Monday morning I was so excited, I still am.  I really didn’t expect to be shortlisted and for all those who voted for me, thank you very much, I really appreciate it.  This blog is still very much in its infancy and I’m learning something every day about the technical aspects of blogging and also the promotion of it.  I’ve worked in marketing for years but apart from the usual online campaigns with banner ads, usually bought by the media agency as an ‘add on’ to a higher spend above the line campaign I haven’t got lots of online experience.  So, despite knowing what SEO is and learning all the jargon that every clientside marketer knows doing it for yourself is a learning curve.  A curve I am still climbing without a media agency to answer the more difficult questions.

But, unlike some workplaces, the support that you get from the ‘blogosphere’ and blogging community is immense.  The creators of the National UK Blog Awards run a weekly #BlogHour on Twitter where you can send in questions in advance and other bloggers answer them.  I’ve ‘met’ so many helpful, inspiring people during this hour a week, all happy to share their own experiences and give advice as to how to make your blog better or promote it more effectively.  As ever I can’t get involved with something without being honest and during this week’s #BlogHour got a response from @TheCupidBow (thecupidbow.com) telling me I’m ‘very honest’ when I admitted to getting blog envy when I read other people’s blogs.

Being a Twitter addict helps and I’m always surprised by how supportive successful bloggers are in responding to your innocent, slightly inane questions in response to their tweets, hoping you might get an answer.  One of those tweeters is @mummyblogger who writes a successful blog, slummysinglemummy.com as well as running workshops for blogging beginners.  It was great to realise we had similar insecurities about technology and she even tweeted to say I’d inspired her to make the final additions to her latest course in taking your blog to the next level.

I’m incredibly lucky to be able to dedicate one weekday to blogging and other marketing related stuff I do and I dithered for awhile about the decision to do that as it meant leaving a comfortable and reasonably well paid three day a week marketing job with colleagues that I mostly liked in a fun industry.  Was I mad?  Possibly.  I still have days where I regret it but I also know that if I didn’t do it I would never find the time to do this as two days a week are spent with Master ATWWAH doing all the fun things you get to do with toddlers before they start school full time and the other two days are in a job which isn’t quite right but means I only work for a company two days a week, albeit a very exciting company, and in the attractions industry, where I learnt lots about marketing in the first few years of my career.

So, being shortlisted also makes me think taking a different tack career wise may just be worth it.  I doubt I’ll ever make tons of money through blogging but I’m excited to see where it is going to lead and what other opportunities it might open up to me.

All that is left to say is thanks again to those who voted for me and fingers crossed I get through this next judging stage to the last six.  Thanks for reading.



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