You may think this is a post about blogging, but it’s not. Read on.
For several (many) months I have been working on the 2012 Brilliance in Blogging Awards. I’ve been writing articles, collating votes and lists of blogs, emailing (hundreds and hundreds of emails), researching the best way to do different aspects of the awards process, writing a script for the hostess of the Awards evening, Katy Hill and generally trying my best to Get It Right. And over all I think I’ve done ok. And I have really enjoyed it.
I’ve enjoyed discussing blog awards with some bloggers who initially thought ‘what a waste of time’ and then through our chat realised that actually, blog awards and being a part of them is pretty cool. (You know who you are!)
I’ve enjoyed showing the lists of finalists to people who don’t normally read blogs, giving them an example of what really good blogs are all about…and then seeing them return again and again to those new discoveries.
And I’ve enjoyed clicking through all the nominations and eventually the finalists, reading through them in order to write different promotional material and realising how much I really, really love reading these blogs. Some I am already a fan of, but many are new discoveries for me. And this is why I can’t wait until the Brilliance in Blogging Awards are over.
I want to spend a lot more time really reading what these clever, creative, interesting, witty, informative people have to say.
Blogging awards are a great way to discover new blogs you haven’t come across before as well as a great way to let the world know about the fantastic bloggers we already know about.
Major blogging awards such as the Brilliance in Blogging Awards (BiBs), the MADS and the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards are an excellent tool for increasing awareness of blogging, bringing this creative form to the mainstream.
The benefits of bringing parent blogging into the mainstream include more opportunities for parent bloggers who would like to monestise their blogs or use their blogs to promote their products (such as books or tutorials), or simply making it easier to justify the time we spend on the blog to those around us!
And above all else, the awards are a fantastic way for readers and other bloggers to show recognition and appreciation of effort and talent.
So readers, if you would like a brilliant list of blogs to read, have a look at the finalists in the various blog awards, and you can start with the 2012 Brilliance in Blogging Awards!
Winners announced Friday 22 June, from 7-8PM, for a live Twitter stream, follow @BritMums.