Brilliance in…Blogging?

Brilliance. It’s not generally a word I associate with myself…you know, ‘what three words best describe you?’. Yes, well funnily enough brilliant, brilliance, brill are just not on the list. ‘Brr’ could sneak on at a push…I’m a cold type, but the ‘illiant’ doesn’t make the cut.

So where’s this going? Well today the shortlists were announced for the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards…the BiBs for ease. Oh it was lovely to see so many of my favourites on the lists…and then I saw my blog name. My actual blog, brackets and all, right there in the Readers’ Choice category.

I’m super flattered and excited, and thankful to everyone who voted for me (the first time, just wait!) but it got me thinking. Maybe, just maybe, I should stop being so English about the whole thing and I should start bandying around ‘brilliant’ a bit more in my head when thinking about myself!?

So, hey ho, in for a penny and all that…here are some shortlists of brilliance that I’m sure I’d be a shoo-in for:

Brilliance in the runaway metaphor

Brilliance in responses to unwanted advice and unwanted pregnancy comments

Brilliance in being grumpy before 7am. Wake me at your peril small one

Brilliance in imaginary marathon running

Brilliance in crafts…if crafts consist of monster snowmen and ‘hungry caterpillars’

um. cotton wool covered toilet roll with arms and scary smile
Yes, THIS adorned the top of our Christmas tree

Brilliance in redefining ambition

Brilliance in turning legs into fireman’s poles for toddler to slide down (I’m getting less brilliant at this as the toddler gets heavier mind you!)

Brilliance in singing. A lot and badly

Brilliance in turning into the terrifying Tunnel Tickle Monster
me in tunnel bending over. Toddler head just visible

Brilliance in Lazy Parenting

Brilliance in navigating nap-free days

Brilliance in surviving hotel-based toddler endurance tests

Brilliance in clock cakes, well one clock cake. Once. And yes I’m sharing this photo again…regular readers could start playing drinking bingo with it
Round chocolate cake with white icing on top and black clock numbers. Clock hands pointing to two
Apparently none of these shortlists exist and so now I need to do the bit in this post I’ve been putting off…the terribly uncomfortable, I’ve-already-asked-you-once-and-now-I’m-asking-again bit…

If you think it’s sad I won’t be a finalist in any of the made up awards above then never fear, with your help I could, possibly, maybe (probably not) be a finalist in the Brilliance in Blogging Readers’ Choice category! All you have to do is vote before May 18th here.

It goes without saying, but then nothing does really when we’re bloggers, how very grateful I’d be. Ultimately I enjoy blogging, not for awards (which is lucky!) but because I really love writing and I have really loved getting to know you all over the last year through your comments and your blog posts. It’s a rambly plea I know, but I am just incredibly excited to be listed in these shortlists alongside some actual real-life examples of blogging brilliance.

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday
Petite Pudding

75 thoughts on “Brilliance in…Blogging?

  1. Congratulations! This is awesome. I think your clock cake is pretty wonderful and the snowman is genius! I’ve been following you the past couple of months. It’s always an engaging and thoughtful read. You have my vote x

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  2. Yaaaaaay you made it, you did it!!! Well done lovely. I am super duper thrilled for you. Also if I had made that clock cake I would have taken a photo and I would be keeping it in my purse to show randoms because it is bloody awesome! 🙂 x


  3. If you can do the tunnel tickle monster then you’ve got my vote! Joking aside lovely – making the finalists is so so well deserved. I love the way you write, the way you engage the reader and make them feel like you are just talking to them – you’re funny, articulate and you write like a friend – it’s lovely to read so huge congratulations from me and I will be voting for you without a doubt xx


  4. Loving the tunnel tickle monster 🙂 Congratulations and well deserved! Good luck with the awards! xx #fortheloveofBLOG


  5. Love this post, especially the terrible tickle monster photo – yes you definitely deserve the award in that one. I think I would be a serious contender in the grumpy before 7am award though. Wishing you all the best of luck with reaching the finals of the #BiBs and congratulations on making the shortlist – very well deserved! 🙂


    1. Yes I think I’d have stiff competition from a number of people for the grumpy in the morning award. I’m simply going to have to work harder at turning it into a fine art! Thank you Louise, and the same luck and congratulations to you xx

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    1. Oh I’ll fight you for the craft award!! Thank you…I am overly proud of that cake. I can’t make cake look nice usually so I’m flogging this one for all it’s worth!
      And biggest thank you for the vote lovely, that’s really kind x


  6. Ha Ha! That snowman, or should I say Snowman vs Alien (or isn’t that meant to be something bursting out of its stomach). Great blog post, I had a good chuckle. I haven’t visited you before but I will be back! #KCACOLS


  7. Haha! Although this made me laugh a lot I want to say one serious thing – your nomination is totally deserved and I will be voting for you! Well done 🙂 Thanks for linking with #KCACOLS. I hope you come back next Sunday.


  8. Well done Lucy! A huge CONGRATULATIONS to you – I know I’ve already said on the #tribalchat DM, but you so deserve it. Your blog is fab! I love the picture of you with a tunnel over your head, and I like your pop-up tent too, we nearly bought that a the weekend. I will sure be voting for you, and I’m looking forward to meeting my Cardiff Uni buddy in person at BritMums. Thanks so much for joining us at #fortheloveofBLOG, hope you join the party next week. Claire x


    1. Thank you so much, that’s really really kind, I hugely appreciate your support. The tent was a great purchase, we don’t have it up all the time but he has loved it for ages! Yay, can’t wait to meet you in June…I wonder if we’ll find we recognise each other, ooo! Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG. Well done on a fabby first week x


  9. Congratulations:) btw the snowman is bloomin special, I love it. Good good luck with the awards, you deserve a medal xxx

    mainy – myrealfairy



  10. Ha ha. Love your list. I think a lot of people would relate to the brilliance at being grumpy before 7am. And the brilliance at redefining ambition really resonated with me. Well done on your nomination. #puddinglove


  11. Voted! That clock cake is ace and I think you list represented a lot us perfectly. Good luck lovely #stayclassy


  12. This post is brilliant! Love what you have done here, and that clock cake must have been tough (I’m not being sarcastic, it looks difficult!). Congrats on being a finalist and good luck! Thanks so much for linking up with #StayClassy!


    1. Thank you so much. And, well yes, for me the clock was really hard!! It was very time consuming cutting the numbers out and being all neat and stuff. I am so rubbish at cake decorating so I imagine a different person would have blinked and ta da!!! I was so proud that I stuck my son’s candle in a tomato for him to blow out so it wouldn’t spoil the decoration! Thanks for hosting #stayclassy xx


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