The MAD Blog Awards 2014

A newbie at the MAD Blog Awards 2014

A few months ago blogging wasn’t even on my radar. I had never heard of anyone and didn’t know anything of this world. My days were repetitive and I had lost myself somewhere along the line.

In May ‘What Katy Said’ became my new little baby and now it is a massive part of my life! I wish I had started years ago as becoming part of the blogging world has made me feel ‘me’ again. Last week I got the chance to go along to the MAD Blog Awards 2014- little old me!

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Me and the ‘Ranj Rover’  -Tom Arber Photography

I decided to drive into London as late night tubes frighten me! Besides driving through the Royal Palace Gardens with a police escort I think I did rather well!! HA!

I arrived early and suddenly became very nervous- I didn’t know anyone! I mean, I know people on Twitter, I know their Twitter handles but not many go by their real names and the thumbnails are far too small to be able to recognise anyone!!

The first question anyone ever asks is ‘What’s your blog?’. Honestly I just want to hide when people ask as I am so new I know nobody will have heard of me. Sure enough a couple looked blank but some people did know me from Twitter or amazingly still- had read my blog! Such a weird feeling having a stranger ‘know’ you.

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Tom Arber Photography

As more people arrived I looked around to see if I recognised anyone. Honestly nobody looks like they do in photos! I have since looked back at pictures and realised I actually saw people I ‘know’ and didn’t say hello! Sorry about that!

I don’t know what I was expecting numbers wise but it was very intimate, a bit like a wedding. I felt even more privileged to have a ticket knowing that I was one of a hundred or so.

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Tom Arber Photography

Many of you will know Dr Ranj from Cbeebies presented the awards. What a nut! I don’t know if he was a bit tipsy, nervous or generally a bit mad but he certainly was entertaining! The ladies love him! He is a good sport and at one point he got a bit fondled on stage- think he loved it really!

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Tom Arber Photography

My table won 2 awards- Team Honk for the outstanding contribution award and Little Button Diaries for best craft blog. Gourmet mum and Along came Cherry were also nominees at our table and all very deserving. I hadn’t heard of their blogs beforehand (shame on me!) but they are great so go take a look if you haven’t already.

The awards themselves left me feeling very overwhelmed. There are so many amazing bloggers out there! I don’t know that I will ever be inspiring or the best in my field but all of the wonderful mums and dads I met have definitely inspired me to carry on with my blog and who knows, maybe one day that could be me!

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The finalists for the outstanding contribution award.

A massive thank you to Sally for my ticket! I had a great evening, a far cry from my normal Friday evening! Thank you to Parentdish and all of the other sponsors – I do love a goodie bag and there were some very cool things in there (although we are now loom band crazy after successfully avoiding them up until now- thanks for that 🙂 )

 

12 Comments

  • Reply
    Joanne
    September 24, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    What a fab night all round! As you have found out, there’s no need to be nervous – we’re all as nuts as each other. Keep up the blogging. 🙂

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      Katy
      September 25, 2014 at 8:54 am

      Yeh everyone was crazy! I felt at home 😉 x

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    Jenna Richards
    September 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Oh, looks like such a fun night – I’m glad you had a good time. I’ll be checking out the blogs you mentioned! xx

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      Katy
      September 25, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      It was fun, I didn’t stay the whole night as it was running late and I am far too old haha!

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    Mummy Morkus
    September 27, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Hello,

    I to am a newbie, although blog is over a year old now, and I would have been too shy to attend the awards. I’ve been to one blogger event, a Mothercare store opening, and was so shy I took my mum along as support!!

    It’s great to see amazing bloggers in real life and yes they are inspiring.

    #pocolo

    • Reply
      Katy
      September 27, 2014 at 6:34 pm

      I am shy too and was too scared to say hi to loads of people but it was a great evening!

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    Emma T
    September 27, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Sounds like it was a great night. Handy having a smaller audience as there’s more chance of getting to know people better. #pocolo

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      Katy
      September 28, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Yeah was very small, not what I expected. Got to meet some fab bloggers 🙂

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    Verily Victoria Vocalises
    September 28, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    I am so sorry we didn’t get a chance to say hello to each other, I would have loved to have met you. I am so glad you had such a great time and I see you were sitting with the girls from the Little Button diaries. I hope that next time we are at an event together that we get to say hi. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo 🙂 x

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      Katy
      September 29, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      I will be at Britmums next year so will hopefully see you there! I get so shy though- must snap out of it! x

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    Kat | Beau Twins
    November 10, 2014 at 10:12 am

    You didn’t tell me I was rubbing shoulders with a celeb on Saturday! Check you out gorgeous lady. I would love to go to a MADS Awards. Amazing. Xxx

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      Katy
      November 10, 2014 at 5:08 pm

      Haha oh yes- except you don’t watch cbeebies so you can’t even appreciate Dr Ranj! haha!!

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