Winning the award really made me consider blogging as a career and gave me the final push I needed to reason with myself that I could actually do this! A few months later I registered as self employed and have never looked back. I've worked on high profile campaigns ranging from #BlackpoolsBack and DFDS Seaways to days out with npower and The Calvert Trust. I have travelled all over the Country with my family enjoying amazing opportunities and I honestly don't believe I would be in the position I am today if it wasn't for the North East Blogger Awards. It's not easy making a career from blogging and it takes a lot of dedication and sheer hard work but it is amazing being able to work flexibly around my children doing something I am 100% passionate about and I think I must pinch myself at least twice every day.
Another achievement I am extremely proud of is running the North East Network of Brilliant Bloggers with Karen who blogs over at Adventures of a MonkeyFooted Mummy. If I hadn't have won a North East Blogger Award I doubt I would have had the confidence to do this but we now have over 250 members and it is so rewarding being able to facilitate a supportive group which holds lively discussions and debates and shares advice and knowledge in the way we do. We even held our first NEbloggers picnic at the beginning of August and are planning more meet ups in the future.
Clearly, the North East Blogger Awards were career changing for me last year and I was absolutely delighted to be asked to sit on the judging panel this year. O PR would like a blogger's input and I will happily step into that persons shoes. I know first hand the work that goes into creating a blog post and promise to read and consider every single nomination carefully. As there are 250+ members in our blogger's network (and more North East bloggers that aren't) this is going to be a difficult task but it really is such an honour and I promise to remain completely impartial.
How to Nominate - Key Facts
- You can nominate your favourite bloggers or nominate yourself here (scroll to the bottom of page):- http://www.nebloggerawards.co.uk/
- There are 11 categories to choose from, you can enter as many or little categories as you like, just make sure you read the rules of entry first.
- A shortlist will be announced mid-October with the winner being announced on the evening (10th November 2015 at Bonbar - tickets on sale soon. All welcome - it is set to be a wonderful evening celebrating all of our region's bloggers).
Tips for entering
- You only need to be nominated once for your blog to be considered, however I would personally write a post explaining the awards to my readers and let them know how to vote for their favourite bloggers (a bit like this one I published last year). Many of your readers may love to nominate your blog but they can't do that unless they know about the awards.
- You can download a 'nominate me' pin from the North East Blogger Award website to help spread the word and make sure you use #Nebloggerawards to join in the conversation on social media.
- You might feel shy or embarrassed about putting yourself forward for North East Blogger of the year. There are specific criteria you must fill if you wish to be considered.
Personally I think ALL bloggers should put themselves forward for this award. Most of us will have been to Intu Metrocentre in the last 6 months and if not, it's only up the road. The opportunities I've received from simply having 'North East Blogger of the Year' in my profile far outweigh any embarrassment I may have felt about entering. My advice is to give it a go - if you think about it you have nothing to loose but everything to gain. Even the smallest blogs are eligible to win this award if they fill the criteria - now is the time to have confidence in yourself and just go for it!
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Please email all enquiries to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember, nominations will close on 25th September 2015 and the ceremony will be held at Bonbar in Newcastle on Tuesday 10th November - I hope to see a lot of you there.