I can haz a MAD Award?

NS April 5th, 2010

My lovely friend Josie is part of a small group of bloggers who have put together some fantastic awards for sites written by UK mums and dads, aptly called the MADS. Now, I’ve never won an award for anything in my adult life, least of all for my writing, so I was surprised at how nice it felt to learn I’d been nominated in three categories: MAD Blogger of the Year (“For the blog that has most amazed and entertained you over the past year”), Most Inspiring MAD Blogger (“For the blogger who inspires you with their courage, humour and insight”) and Best MAD Blog Writer (“To celebrate the blogger who deserves a place on the best-seller lists”).

As lovely as it was to be nominated, I was a bit embarrassed and unsure how to react at first. I thought, “There’s no way I’m going to ask for votes and get embroiled in a competition,” but I snapped out of that pretty quickly and told myself to stop being so bloody British about it. I’m American, for god’s sake! I should be making up t-shirts, slapping bumper stickers on my car and throwing a ticker-tape parade in my own honour. Maybe I could even get hats for my family to wear that say, ‘My mama got nominated for three blog awards. Your mama can SUCK IT.’ I’m sure it’d go down a treat at the pre-school gates.

Kidding aside, I am actually very flattered to have been put forward and decided that, you know what, I’m NOT going to just sit here and be all humble about it and hope that a few people throw some votes my way via osmosis. I work damn hard on this site and have been at it for five years; I’m not a real old-timer like Dooce (NOT ENOUGH USE OF CAPS FOR THAT) and I may have grown a bit cynical after having been around the bloggy block a few times, but I’m still a person. A person with feelings. A person who feels things deeply.

Um, yeah.

What I’m trying to awkwardly say is that if you like what I have to say and/or think I’m a competent writer, I’d be honoured and grateful if you wanted to vote for me here, in any of the three categories I’ve already been nominated in. You can also get to the nomination page by clicking on the MADS badge in my sidebar.

The winner of the Blogger of the Year award gets a new iPhone, laptop and digital camcorder. I could use the latter two items desperately but since I already have an iPhone I would probably give it away in a contest held on this here blog, for my dear, sweet readers. Just sayin’.

All right, I think that’s it. I’ll go eat a big slice of humble pie now.

11 Responses to “I can haz a MAD Award?”

  1. Emily O says:

    Well done on getting nominated! Good for you and good luck. I’m still being terribly British about it. I can’t bring myself to ask anyone to vote for me, it makes me too embarrassed and uneasy. But, it’s lovely to know someone has. I don’t expect other people to be like me so you GO GIRL!
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    NS Reply:

    @Emily O, You said, ‘You go girl!’ Surely that means you can’t be THAT British? ;)

  2. It does feel good, doesn’t it? I lost the piece of paper on which I wrote my nominations. D’oh. So, I don’t remember whether I actually voted for you, but I know for sure that you were on my list for Most inspiring, because your posts almost never fail to make me think and sometimes even act (though my lazy-ass means the latter is less frequent that it should be).

    Congratulations and good luck.
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    NS Reply:

    @Tasha (Coding Mamma), Aw, thank you, that’s very kind of you to say.

  3. cartside says:

    Congrats on the very deserved nominations. I’m a non Brit who hasn’t asked anyone to vote for her – at least I’ve blogged about my nomination. Maybe we’ve all been very aculturised (did I make that word up? Possibly).
    Good luck!
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    NS Reply:

    @cartside, It was either that or quit blogging altogether. I thought, why not, maybe it would be nice to toot my own horn for once. It’s tiring being a miserable, angry cynic sometimes. :D

  4. monkey girl says:

    well done NS. you’ve got my vote – hope you win!

    NS Reply:

    @monkey girl, Thanks!

  5. Abby says:

    You’ve already got my vote, good luck! When you make the short list, I’ll vote again!
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  6. Its totally deserved – I love your blog and I hope that these awards work out to be a look people admire and enjoy reading you thing rather than a popularity fight to the death!

  7. Erin says:

    Voted, and well deserved! Best of luck!!!

    E xx
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