So something REALLY exciting has happened…
My blog, this one right here, has only gone and been nominated for an AWARD!
And not just any award, the Amara Interior Blog Awards which are the Oscars of the interior blogging world.
Let me just make it clear if you hadn’t already guessed it…I am EXCITED about this!
I know you probably aren’t as excited as I am but please stick with me on this one. (And if you don’t want to read the ‘hard sell’ but are willing to help, you can go right ahead and vote here!).
I have been writing this blog for FOUR YEARS almost to the week. It is my hobby and I love it. I love sharing my thoughts, my adventures, my love for interiors and the renovation of my home, my style and anything else that I would talk to a friend about over a glass of wine. As really, that’s what I see you as whether I have ever met you or not – a digital friend who is in to the same things as me. I love that I have learnt SO much on this blogging journey; I know about platforms, SEO, social media, photography and digital marketing all because of this blog.
But, it takes hours of my spare time. Like, all of the hours. My husband will agree!
Let me just tell you that the last time I watched TV was in January when I had Norovirus, and I couldn’t physically do anything else.
And despite there being a lot of recent press about bloggers making money and getting free stuff, I really don’t. I have had a handful of gifts sent my way (and believe me, it is exciting) but as I said, this is my hobby. I do it after my job late into the night, on the weekends. I set my alarm early on a Sunday morning.
As anyone would with any hobby, I want to grow and get better. If my hobby was golf, for example, after four years I would want to see that I had improved…. take less shots to get the ball in the hole.
But sometimes as a blogger it is hard to see yourself getting better. I know my site looks prettier than it did, I think my content is getting better (and I really hope you like it!). But being nominated for an award makes me feel like I am actually doing a good job! Being shortlisted would be AH-MAZING…and proof that all the hours I spend tapping way at my computer is being enjoyed and appreciated by someone else. Call me fickle, but that’s all I hope for.
So, why all of this heart-bearing I hear you ask? Well, to be shortlisted I need votes. I need to be in the top six in fact. And whilst this might not sound difficult, I am up against the biggies! Blogs that I read, love, admire and aspire to every day. They are amazing! There are over 80 other bloggers in my category and it is a seriously tough competition.
So, I know you are busy and I know you are asked to do so much (anyone else noticed the world is now feedback crazy) but if you have ever enjoyed my content, pictures, ideas or even just enjoyed nosing at my house reno, then I would really REALLY appreciate it if you would vote for me!
The criteria is this:
For the blogs who love travel, fashion and beauty as much as they love interiors, the Best Lifestyle Interior Blog Award is dedicated to those that love to cover all lifestyle topics. Always impeccably stylish no matter the content.
Agree? Then please vote. It’ll take a seconds, and I would be SO grateful.
I have pondered long and hard whether to write a post like this because 1. the competition is so hard, why should I waste my time asking you to do something that might amount to nothing and 2. if I don’t get through, well that will be a bit embarrassing.
But, if I am not in it, then I can’t win it so I am giving it my best shot!
And to be honest, I really would like the opportunity to wear an amazing dress (how about this one or this one?) and clink glasses with the best interior bloggers out there. I can barely contain myself at the idea!
Thank you SO MUCH if you have already voted. I can’t tell you how great that makes me feel, and thank you in advance if you are thinking you will vote.
Just one more thing before I leave you to it for the day – I have a scheduling update.
I am about to go on holiday! Woohoo!
And taking in to account what I said above, for one of the first times in years I am going to take a much needed full-on break; a blogging-free holiday! Which I am afraid means two weeks with no blog posts.
Taking the time to recharge my batteries, spend some quality time with my husband and dream up some awesome new content is going to be good for me, and for this blog!
You can expect an exciting, new blog post back here on Sunday 17 September. In the meantime, you can keep up with our adventures on Instagram.
I am wishing you an amazing few weeks and please don’t forget about this little slice of the internet in the meantime!
Photography by Marlene Lee