I am over the moon to let you know that I am a finalist in the Brilliance in Blogging Awards in the Change Category.
It has given me joy in my heart and reminds me that my late Mum was a wise woman as she was the one who advised me to start a blog in the first place.
Having seen the very wonderful other blogs in the category, I think I am best advised to give my thank you speech now.
Thank you to my Mum for having faith in me and my ability to write. Thanks for showing me that one person can make a difference in their community. Even with terminal cancer, you carried on helping to raise funds for good causes. Some folks say I am inspirational but they should have met you. In your final year, you got me on the absolute right track for me and I thank you for that.
Thank you to my Dad who asks so many questions every day about blogging and social media so that he can get to grips with it and understand what I keep banging on about. He is 84 now and I love every single day with him.
Thanks to my husband who is never surprised when I hear news like this. He reckons it is just people waking up to how wonderful I am. His words, not mine.
Thank you to my children who make me eligible for the awards in the first place and provide a ready stream of ideas for blog posts.
Thank you to old school-friends C, H and L who encourage me far more than I think they realise.
Thanks to college peer, R, who makes me think which has to be a very good thing.
Thank you to all the people who have supported my blogging by reading, commenting, taking part in blog hops and so on. Even those who are not officially groovy mums are very groovy to me.
Obviously, a huge shout-out goes to those who took time out of their busy days to nominate me and vote for me. It really touches me that people would do that.
Thanks for all the advice received from more expert bloggers than myself. The ones who taught me about the technology bits and the bells and whistles even though I acknowedge I still have huge amounts to learn. Kat and Nickie spring to mind but there are loads more too.
Thanks to BritMums for setting up the network and the awards in the first place.
Remember if you are a blogger who shares your joys, sadnesses and passions with the world, you are a winner already no matter what your statistics or profile are like. It is a journey this whole blogging lark and a fascinating one at that.
For a long time, I blogged with tiny statistics, did not promote actively and just relished every single comment I received. I imagine many of the finalists on the Brilliance in Blogging list can give a similar story.
Finally, it seems appropriate to celebrate in some way so I am offering free slots for charities on my blog throughout June 2012. I will be looking for around 500 words on who the charity it, where they are based, what they do, who they help together with a weblink if possible and a charity registration number if possible. Contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org if this is of interest.
Well done to all the other finalists. See you in June.