It's not very often I write a post and publish it the same day any more. As a blogger who loves organisation and planning, if you look at everything I have scheduled you'll see they go all the way up to the end of October. Yes, that really is the case. I love knowing that if anything goes pear-shaped in my life, my little corner of the internet will continue on. For a little while at least.
Now I am not much of a magazine reader, in fact I hadn't bought a magazine since I was 16 until I saw the Zoella issue of Blogosphere Magazine. I wanted to read her interview so badly I bought myself a subscription and to be completely honest, it's the best thing I ever did. Not only is the magazine TWICE the size I thought it would be, it's also jam-packed with amazing articles and show casing awesome bloggers in all sorts of niche's. It's bloody fantastic.
One day, while I was sitting at my desk in work, my phone buzzed with a tweet from Jenny In Neverland. She was asking me if I had seen this tweet where I had been shortlisted for a blog award. Earlier in the year I had the honour of being one of the ten bloggers show cased in Blogosphere's #InTheSpotlight for issue 12, and while I had nominated myself for the Book Blogger of the Year category of the Awards, never in a million years did I think I would ever get shortlisted. But I did.
Especially when I found out the total nominee's across ALL categories was 6050. It's just insane to me.
So, I went into my managers office and booked two days off of work, because I knew I would need it. Total travelling time there and back was 5 hours, and getting up ay 5am the next day to go to work just wasn't going to work.
Thursday came around and my boyfriend (who I told was coming with me, he didn't get a choice after I bought a ticket for him) drove us down to Iris Studios and we parked up. An hour and a half early.
After finding another blogger who had turned up early, Nigel from DIY Daddy Blog, we decided to have a drink in the local pub before wandering down at 6pm.
Naturally, as I walked down the red carpet (first time ever) I got my boyfriend to snap a little photo of me. Excuse the jacket, the wind was a little cold.
I met Albertine on the door and then Alice inside who instantly made me feel welcome. She introduced me to Kyle Galvin, who was up for Photography Blogger of the Year, and then whisked us away upstairs to the winners lounge to see all the beautiful prizes that the sponsors had put up.
The layout, although a little cramped, was breathtakingly beautiful. There pink and blue lighting as well as the flowers on the table were amazing. I met up with Katie, from What Katie Did Now, and Anna, from Farewell May and was up for Community Blogger of the Year. Loved meeting new bloggers and hopefully we shall be seeing more of each other a future events.
I had been speaking to another Nominee in my category called Amber and we had a bit of fun when I tweeted saying "Are you here?" and got a response "Yeah, by the stage". I looked around me like a crazy lady, all confused, because that's exactly where I was sitting. Turned out this lovely lady was siting behind me.
Food was provided by Social Pantry. I had the terrines and the sweet pea and mint cheese bites. Which I have to say, I could have eaten a whole plateful of. Then the awarding began with the first six categories, shortly followed by an incredible performance by Andrea Di Giovanni. The final six included my category and when they started I was getting ready to clap for another nominee who had one, so when my name was called I was shocked.
Yes, I was crowned Blogosphere Book Blogger of the Year. Alice decided that we now had to give speeches. I didn't think I would win, I didn't prepare. I'd hoped other bloggers would give speeches so I could think of something to say.
I totally botched my speech, as you'll probably see in the footage of the night. I was in shock, shaking and on the verge of seriously happy tears. (Or see the end of it here in Katie's Vlog) *runs and hides*
This is what I wish I could have said;
Thank you so much to everyone that nominated, and voted for me. I really did not think I was going to win. Sitting down there at the table nerves flooding through my body, I geared myself up to congratulate another nominee who I thought would win. So, this has come as a bit of a shock. Thank you again.
Short sweet and no crying involved. It was just such an honour to have been nominated and I hope all the others in all the categories know that and feel the same way. We are a incredible bunch of people.
After the event, as we were leaving I was asked to say a few words about the evening and how it feels to win.
The event was incredible and winning is literally like a dream. My award is currently up on a shelf away from tiny kitten paws and when I come down the stairs and see it, it still doesn't feel real.
The Goody Bag
This was my first event, first awards and first meet up. I have to say I will be doing these again as they were so much fun.
Congratulations to all winners and nominee's. Here's to another fantastic blogging year!