I haven’t only just realised this; my brain isn’t that deadened with endless nappy changes and night feeds. Not just yet, anyway. It’s just that I haven’t been able to work out exactly how I want to put this. I still don’t really know. I’m just going to go with the flow.
So the Mads blog award finalists have been announced and, despite being nominated in two categories, I am not a finalist. This means I am no longer a finalist, since I remained a finalist after not winning in my category last year… or something like that. I think I want to blog about this.
I’ve been reading comments here and there and posts like this one from Molly at Mother’s Always Right, which are questioning success in blogging. Molly asks how we define blogging success and my response to her was:
“I think it depends on WHY u blog. I started to raise awareness of birth trauma and to get my own head around what happened. I think most days I am successful.”
Others commented along similar lines and the consensus seems to be that you get out of blogging what you put into it. So how do those bloggers who used to be finalists feel now that they aren’t finalists anymore?
I have to admit that I was a little bit disappointed, but certainly not surprised. Since the winners were announced last year, life has changed immeasurably for me. I kind of had to let blogging step aside to make room for new things. Like babies and things like that. I know I didn’t put into my blog what I had been putting in. I let things go. Oh, I was still writing, but I wasn’t really blogging. To be blogging, you need to be doing a whole lot more than just writing.
I have the utmost respect for those bloggers who are once more finalists in the awards. These are the hardcore bloggers who work damn hard on their blogs and at being bloggers. They read, they comment, they interact, they take part in memes, linkys, campaigns and debates. They dedicated huge amounts of their time towards embracing the blogging community and they are ever evolving and moving their blogs onwards and upwards. I have to say that some bloggers who also did not make the final cut are also doing this. But anyway, much respect to those who are finalists. It’s blummin hard work.
*edit: Also, and this applies to ALL the finalists, each blog that has made the final cut is there due to the outstanding quality of the writing. No matter how much they read, or comment or anything else. Some of those finalists are just as busy as the rest of us and still manage to stand out from the crowd. You have to admire that.
I’ve finally found the time to read once more and I am in awe of the amount of blogs out there. My inbox is now stuffed with new blogs and my timeline is buzzing with posts I need to read. I am commenting more on posts that are springing out to me and I am starting to get myself back into the whole blogging thing again.
So I’m no longer a finalist. But I am still here. And to those of us who also are no longer finalists but are still here, well done. Life gets in the way (new babies, new jobs, new priorities) but at least we still remembered that we love writing and reading and engaging and bloggging.
This year’s finalists are all pretty awesome. Please take a moment or two to vote for your favourite here. Some of my favourites are:
Go take a look…