Of course, I always knew that I wouldn’t really win the MAD Blog Award for Best Family Fun.
Just as I had also known that I wouldn’t win the Brilliance in Blogging award that I was up for earlier this year.
But, I was chuffed to bits to even be nominated, let alone make to the finals of both.
I felt incredibly proud to see my blog up there in lights, holding its own… and some!
‘I’m just here for the wine!’ I guffawed as I clinked glasses with everyone.
Although, that didn’t stop me from holding my breath for a short moment, just as they introduced the finalists.
For that split second before the winner was announced, I thought to myself what if it IS me…?
But, it wasn’t.
The award went to the brilliant Multiple Mummy blog, definitely the most deserving winner and I was genuinely thrilled to bits for Kerry and her family.
Leaving me to return to the incredibly important task of dividing the contents of a red wine bottle between mine and Anya’s (Older Single Mum) glasses.
It is always nerve-wracking turning up to big glitzy events like this, not really knowing a soul and relying on your twitter avatar photo to be recognised.
I don’t hang out regularly enough online, or offline for that matter, to have aligned myself with any particular blogging circle so I stayed within my comfort zone for the most part; chatted to people I have met before and who I was fairly confident would recognise me again.
Luckily, I spotted the lovely Ruth from Dorky Mum as soon as I arrived.
I’ve met Ruth on a few occasions before, have chatted on twitter and Facebook and her friendly face was all I needed to ease any nerves I was feeling.
It was not long before I located Alice (More than Toast)… well, near the drinks was a good place to start… and enjoyed catching up with her a lot.
I had a mild panic when I realised that I would not be sitting at a table with any of these familiar faces, but needn’t have worried as a quick glance down the table plan and I saw that I was seated next to Older Single Mum, Anya, and knew instantly that it was going to be a fun night.
As my blood alcohol levels grew, so did my confidence and with only a slight stagger in my step, I sauntered over to the legendary Jane from Northern Mum and said hello.
Now, let me be clear on this. Jane’s blog is one of my very favourite reads – she can have me in stitches one day and sobbing into my porridge the next.
I think she is brilliant.
She is FAMOUS.
We have never met before.
Luckily, she did not seem to mind the intrusion at all and pulled up a chair for me next to hers.
Say something funny, say something funny! I instructed myself.
“I hope you win” was I think all I managed.
Damn you comedy gods, damn you.
Then, I drank more wine.
In a fortuitous twist, there were two hardly touched bottles of red being pointed out in front of me.
Fortuitous that is, for Northern Mum, in that what goes down must eventually come out and an urgent call of nature called an abrupt end to our time together.
The rest of the night is a bit of a blur if I’m be honest.
But I captured a few moments on my camera phone.
I retired to the bar with Dorky Mum and Older Single Mum until 2am (!) with my heart bursting full of love for the wonderful company I had kept all evening; with being all dressed up and out in Central London on a Friday night; with blogging, my blog, with being a blogger, with other bloggers, with being a finalist (O.M.G. doesn’t quite cover that!!!!) but most of all, probably with wine.
Thank you to everyone on the MAD Blog Awards team for having me as a finalist this year.
You can read posts by other bloggers about the awards here
You can view the official photos from the awards here
Have you ever been nominated for an award? Did you win?