Why I won’t be entering into any blogging awards this year

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I’ll start this by saying….no, I am not bitter….or twisted or anything like that.

But for the humble two and a half years I’ve been blogging, I’ve seen the various rounds of different blogging awards unfold before me. And while I do think it’s fantastic that there are such platforms in place to celebrate my fellow awesome bloggers….I have seen a few things along the way that have made me think….nahhhh….think I’ll skip on this this year.

The long and short of it is….I’m not sure whether all these awards bring out the best of a lot of people. Some get all green eyed….some plain vindictive…..others out and out desperate then there’s those who feel absolutely defeated thinking they should jack the whole thing in….and a few have been to known to lose their entire blogging mojo at the behest of the whole rigmarole.

I know they are a lot of hard work to organise….and hats off to all those amazing organisations – Britmums, Tots 100, Mumsnet, UK Blog Awards – to name but a few that put in so much effort into doing it.

But I don’t know…something just doesn’t sit right with me in being graded in this way. We all , as bloggers, face the ups and downs of the Tots ranking each month, and to be honest with you….that’s about as much as I can take with being ranked against my peers, as lovely as they all are.

Even if you don’t want to get caught up in the whole shenanigans, the rise of the hope when the nominations start flooding in and then the crush of the fall  at shortlisting time is more than I can bear.

So please, all you lovely people who want to nominate me this year…really, I’m so very honoured that you would like to throw my name into the hat, but I won’t be showing up to the starting line for the race I’m afraid. Doesn’t mean I appreciate your nominations any less though.

Peace & love,

Talya xoxox


  1. THIS! All of this.

    We are enough. Our readers are enough. I don’t need an award to tell me I’m good enough. If I’m still enjoying it then that’s good enough. For others, if you’re still making an income then that’s enough! An award won’t change any of that.

    Like you, I dislike the award season. It’s nice to be in someone’s thoughts and get nominated but that’s it. I can’t stand the thought of ASKING for nominations let alone competing with my colleagues, my friends. No way.

    Great post. Thank you for standing up and writing this.

  2. Thank you for posting this! I have put myself forward for the BiBs but the second I did it I felt a bit….. funny. I am setting myself up for a fall, I don’t want to feel shit about my blog. I am proud of it and I know if I get to a point where I am not nominated, which is looking increasingly likely, I am going to feel like I’ve failed. So I fully get this post and if I’m honest, I regret putting myself out there. All a learning curve eh x #coolmumclub

  3. It’s interesting that yours isn’t the first post like this that I have read, I love to hear from people who’s passion with blogging lies in the writing. But, of course, had you been entered I would definitely have voted for you! Cringing over… #coolmumclub

  4. I have such mixed feelings about this. It would feel great to get the recognition but I know this is unlikely for me. There are so many fab blogs out there that won’t get awards and recognition and that’s a shame. I completely understand why you are sitting this one out x

  5. I love this and very much agree. Of course if I was nominated and won I’d probably change my tune but it all seems too much of a competition to beg votes and not sure it’s about the content but the popularity and social media plugging and followings. Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub x

  6. Great post, lovely. I have so much respect for you and for your honesty. I guess it’s about figuring out for ourselves what validation means for us, whether we would benefit from that recognition and understanding why there’s a need for validation when it comes from many sources every single day through our work and readers. If we can ask ourselves those questions and decide that going for the awards for the right and healthy reasons is right for us, then good luck to every single nominee. But none of us should ever need any award to know that we’re on the right track. You are ace and thank you for hosting the #coolmumclub Xxxx

  7. It’s all very interesting. If it’s who can get the most votes, that might not necessarily mean the person who deserves to win. I’ve seen lots of asks to vote but it would be nice to have an independent panel. #coolmumclub

  8. Much as I’d love to win something, the thought of asking people to nominate me makes me feel really uncomfortable. It connects with almost every insecurity I have. I also think it’s pointless. Most people have already decided who they’re nominating. A pick me post is unlikely to change that.

    So if I get nominated, then great. But if I don’t, then that’s great too. I’m still the best at what I do. :p

    Great post as always 🙂

  9. This is an interesting post. It’s my first year of awards this year, as last year I didn’t feel confident enough to even consider I could win an award for my blog. However, this year I feel different. I don’t see it as begging for votes as such, but I’m proud of my blog and where I have got to, and it would be nice to see the effort I put in rewarded in some way. Deep down I don’t really think I could even be shortlisted, let alone win, but it’s nice to have a bit of excitement about it and even nicer if I was shortlisted….but I also know that I won’t be upset if I’m not, and as there are so many amazing bloggers out there, I will be so happy for whoever does make it to the finals and eventually win. I do totally get where you are coming from though, and it can seem like a popularity contest sometimes! It’s a tough one I think #coolmumclub

  10. Winning the BiBs last year was a brilliant feeling, but I did feel that it was a bit at the expense of all of those other bloggers who equally deserved it. And afterwards, I did read quite a few posts from all of those bloggers who felt absolutely defeated by the whole thing, which is a real shame. I think the awards are great for recognising bloggers as a whole and celebrating the hard work that we all put in…but I do understand why people prefer to swerve. Personally I didn’t have many followers (and pretty sure not many votes) at the time so it didn’t feel like a popularity vote. Pretty sure it was the judges who selected me – I don’t think I would’ve stood a chance otherwise! So I do think that everyone should give it a punt xx #coolmumclub

  11. Thanks for a great article, made me feel a whole lot better!!! I’ve only been going since November but am seeing all these other relative new bloggers with the vote for me badge and I’ve been thinking arrgghhh I’m no way good enough! besides who would vote for me when I dont even have a real following. Knowing how good & how popular you are yet you feel like this makes me feel good, thank you 🙂 #coolmumsclub

  12. I have actually just entered the BiB Awards for the first time ever! I totally respect your position, though. I’ll keep all your points in mind throughout the season, and hopefully not get caught up in all the pitfalls you mentioned. #coolmumclub

  13. I have to say I agree with you. I have managed to let go of the numbers recently and it has been so refreshing. So much so that I saw Tots had updated online but I never checked, I just didn’t feel I needed to. It was only when I was updating my own blog I saw I had made progress. I was chuffed but it didn’t change my day. But that is the point isn’t it. In the grand scheme of things numbers, awards and recognition are great and make us feel good. But none of it matters. #coolmumclub

  14. I am married to a blogger and blog a little myself, so I completely understand what you are saying… I on the other hand also think popularity has a lot to do it… There could be really good blogs out there without a big following so wont get recognised… Then you have the big bloggers begging for people to nominate and vote for them to their thousands of followers.

    It might sound like I am bitter, but I am really not… I know I create good content and know my wife does too, but with the lack of fans we wont be big, but thats ok.

    We crete content for ourselves and for memories of what we do, not for someone to say well done for doing things with your family… Really liked this post a lot 🙂 Xx

  15. I think it is a real shame that people will quit their blogs if they fail at these awards. We are all unique and we should celebrating our differences. #coolmumclub

  16. I like this attitude to it – I’m new and so haven’t been involved in any awards yet, but I can imagine the pressure is immense and can probably detract from the enjoyment #coolmumclub

  17. Talya, I could not agree more!! Doesn’t it just turn everyone into crazies?! The idea is lovely, and I’m happy for the winners. I’m just not into the competitive side of blogging- I even came off tots100. Too. Much. Pressure. And talk about a knock to the confidence if you don’t move up/get nominated. The follow/unfollow insta is enough for me haha. #coolmumclub

  18. This is the first year I have ever put myself forward. I am not expecting anything – at all. I just thought it would be nice to give myself a chance. I won’t be disappointed as I know there are sooooo many others who are in with a better chance. I love the honesty in this post. #CoolMumClub

  19. I think blogging awards have become popularity contests farmore than a recognition for good writing these days. This is shown in the categories of the BIBs this year where the cateogory for good writer has been droped but they have a category for topsocial media presence.
    If people chose to nominate me I will be chuffed but I dont think for a moment I am of the calibre either as a writer or as a popular blogger to be shortlisted. #coolmumsclub

  20. I think blog awards are nothing more than a popularity contest, although it’s still lovely to be nominated by those who genuinely give you their vote. That said, when you’re pitted against a very successful blogger with a huge following, it’s a no brainer who will win! #coolmumclub

  21. I’ve only ever entered the MADS which is not on this year. But I’ve been a finalist three times and it is the most amazing feeling…even if you don’t win in the end.
    They are popularity contests, but I think if you realise just how many blogs are out there and how slim your chances are then you shouldn’t feel too bad about it.

  22. Love this, i havent written a nomination post, but like you; if anyone is wanting to put my name in the hat I will not complain! i’ve only been blogging 8 months so feel relatively new to this therefore feel until at least a year; i dont want to put myself forward for awards… I know what im like with losing so im saving myself a heartache haha! #coolmumclub

  23. I agree! For me, it’s all about the writing and the community. I’ve seen how the awards can do very funny things to bloggers in the past and it’s not great. Thanks for hosting #CoolMumClub xx

  24. I can absolutely relate to this Talya. It is such an amazing thing to think that you have been someone’s choice for a nomination and I think it’s brilliant to recognise the fantastic work out there. I have to admit that the whole thing has me feeling like teeny tiny tadpole in a huge (and incredibly talented) pond though. You’re a winning choice in my opinion. Just saying xx Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

  25. I know just what you mean, however I am putting myself out there for the second year running thanks to my daughter’s ‘have a go hippo’ mantra. Because if you don’t try you don’t get, right?! #coolmumclub

  26. I’ve read every single one of the comments and I really do see both sides of it. There really does seem to be an anti awards feeling this year big time and I’ve noticed (or maybe that’s just cos I’ve barely had a nomination lol) it is very quiet on twitter too. I think Nat of mum in brum sums it up perfectly. I know a few bloggers who were crushed by the whole experience last year and almost a year on I don’t look at my award with the pride I once did (which is also a shame but the reverse way). We get validation in so many other ways. Awards are just one way but maybe in hindsight not the right way #coolmumclub

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