The 2013 BiB awards have been eagerly anticipated from all corners of the blogosphere, the nominations have been pouring in and at midnight on the 12th May the shutters came down and we closed up shop to start counting votes.
The shortlists announced back in April included 16 bloggers in each category writers from all different areas, with different approaches, voices and design but each of them with that je ne sais quoi that makes them stand out from the rest, a head above, that little something that makes you stop and read.
BritMums would like to thank everyone for taking the time to vote. It’s plain to see blogging is gaining credibility as it becomes a modern phenomenon. Bloggers are publishing books, appearing on television shows, leading campaigns for causes and making waves in all areas of life. We want to celebrate the very best. Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted and well done to the finalists, listed here in alphabetical order. See you at the BiBs party!
An award to celebrate the newbies in the blogging world. Blogs should be less than 18 months old or recently relaunched and captivate with a fresh approach to blogging and social media.
- Gannet and Parrot
- Gin and Cornflakes
- Life as a Widower
- Mummy Never Sleeps
- My Two Mums
- The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock’nRoll Mum
These blogs get our tummies rumbling and whet our appetites with their fantastic photography, excellent presentation and innovative recipes.
The content, the voice, the infectious enthusiasm of these bloggers encourages everyone around them. They are seen as leaders in their field and their inspiration is felt throughout the community.
- A Year without Supermarkets
- Anecdotes of a Manic Mum
- Crazy with Twins
- Downs Side Up
- Our Life with Leukemia
It’s not just about blogging. Think of your entire social media footprint: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, G+, Pinterest with a little Vine thrown in for good measure.
Most blogs have writing at their core. But some blogs feature writing that makes it hard to stop reading. Whether a blog reads like a compelling bestseller or gorgeous poetry, this award celebrates the words on the page.
- Adventures of a Middle Aged Matron
- Belgian Waffle
- Mammy Woo
- Supper and Syntax
- That Spencer Bloke
- The American Resident
These bloggers harness the power of video and marry it with compelling viewpoints, informative how-tos or just compulsively watchable clips. At their heart, vloggers are real people having a chat with you.
- Alexander Residence
- Honest Mum
- Juggle Mum
- Just Bring the Chocolate
- Verily Victoria Vocalises
Family travel blogging runs the gamut from round-the-world travelogues to just-down-the-road outings. Blogs in this category are passionate about travel and discovery and it shows, via pictures, evocative descriptions and a realistic perspective of travelling with kids.
- A Bavarian Sojourn
- Family Adventure Project
- Mums do Travel
- Mums gone to
- Oh, The Places We Will Go
- The Mum Blog
These bloggers combine classic photography skills with an eye for creativity and an interest in harnessing the latest photo blogging tools.
- A Party of Seven
- Capture by Lucy
- Chocolate, Cookies and Candies
- Mummy Daddy and Me
- The Start Up Wife
Blogging is cheaper than therapy (not that we would know). And sometimes sharing family life stories can be a very satisfying process. These bloggers let it rip when it comes to writing about family life.
This is for all you fashion and beauty lovers. To paraphrase Coco Chanel, a fashion blogger’s site should be two things: classy and fabulous. Bloggers in this category have both. Being a parent adds an interesting dimension to fashion and beauty coverage – combining a world view with a catwalk view.
- Does my bum look 40 in this?
- Love Chic Living
- School Gate Style
- The Baby Wears Prada
- Transatlantic Blonde
- Vintage Folly
Some posts makes you laugh out loud. Some make you smile wryly to yourself. This award celebrates humour and wit whatever form it takes. Not much is out-of-bounds for these funny men and women.
- Actually Mummy
- Best Dad I Can Be
- Goodbye Pert Breasts
- Northern Mum
- Not a Notting Hill Mum
- The Kraken Wakes
They stitch, they glue and so much more, and they tell us how to do it. We marvel at the creativity of these bloggers and — along with our crafty kids — are grateful recipients of their expertise and knowledge.
These blogs are personality-driven, where bloggers share stories, anecdotes, ideas and experiences about home, personal relationships and what it’s like to be them.
- Family Affairs and Other Matters
- Margot Tries the Good Life
- More Than Toast
- The Secret Life of an Unknown Housewife
- The Syders
- What Sam Saw Today
This is all about entrepreneurship: in your blog, your life, your words. This blogger is constantly innovating: Trying new things, pushing the envelope, reaching new heights. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. What counts is you tried and because of that we have too.
A blog is a bully pulpit and a place to highlight causes, raising awareness and funds, and being a force for positive change. Their topics might be global, local or personal. Whatever their cause, these bloggers did more than their bit, and helped us get involved too.
This blog grabs your attention and won’t let go. It looks good, it reads good, and the author is an active player in the social world.