One voice among the brilliance
I think I should quit blogging right now…
Why? Because this week has been quite a momentous one. I think we should take these in reverse order of momentous magnitude…
Number three: today is the “official” first birthday of The Blog Up North!
14th January 2010 saw the first published post of the all new, relaunched, revitalised BUN. I had a few stuttering mutterings to my name prior to that day, but these have been quite rightly locked in a room and the room set on fire. January 14th 2010 is day one, from which day forth I have blogged consistently (in effort if not in quality) for one whole year. Wow. These milestones are important, of course. Kerry at And Then All I Thought About Was You… is also celebrating one year of blogging so congrats to her and anyone else who has a blogoversary!
Number two: I had a guest post featured on the British Mummy Bloggers blog!
It had taken me almost a whole year to join this community of nearly 2,000 parent bloggers. Truth be known, I like to play hard to get. I’m joking, of course. If you read my guest post on the subject of being a dad blogger in a mummy-centric blogoverse, you’ll gather I considered myself a tentative, fringe member of the parent blogger community. It is great to be a member of BMB, and I was honoured to be asked by founders Jennifer and Susanna to contribute a post. If you want to know what me being honoured looked like it was: “oh my god, f*ck, f*ck, f*ck! What am I going to write??”
Number one: My blog won a Brilliance in Blogging Award!
I was suprised to find I had been nominated. I was then shocked to learn people were actually voting for me. I was therefore stunned when I found out I was one of five Fresh Voice of 2010 winners out of a field of 21. And it was a heck of a good field too. To be considered worthy of inclusion alongside all my fellow nominees knocks my socks off. This award is so special because it comes from bloggers like me, who know what it’s like to externalise ourselves to a fond but distant readership. For such a resounding echo of approval to come back is truly an amazing and humbling experience.
So there you have it. What better way to cap a year of serious blogging? My only disappointment was the lack of a physical awards ceremony. I would have hired a tux. I look good in a tux. Okay, every bloke looks good in a tux, but I don’t get to dress up any more, yanno…?
But seriously, I’m incredibly chuffed that so many of you have taken to The Blog Up North in the past year. As fresh as it is, my voice in the blogosphere is but one among thousands of brilliant, funny, erudite, captivating and creative online enthusiasts. Brilliant bloggers all.