Announcing the BiBs finalists!

Brilliance in BloggingThe 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!

Fresh Voice

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.

  1. Gannet and Parrot
  2. Gin and Cornflakes
  3. Life as a Widower
  4. Mummy Never Sleeps
  5. My Two Mums
  6. The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock’nRoll Mum

Food

These blogs get our tummies rumbling and whet our appetites with their fantastic photography, excellent presentation and innovative recipes.

  1. A Mummy Too
  2. Delicieux
  3. English Mum
  4. Feeding Boys and a Firefighter
  5. Gourmet Mum
  6. The Crazy Kitchen

Inspire

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.

  1. A Year without Supermarkets
  2. Anecdotes of a Manic Mum
  3. Crazy with Twins
  4. Downs Side Up
  5. Edspire
  6. Our Life with Leukemia

Social Media

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.

  1. Coombe Mill
  2. Country Wives
  3. Domestic Goddesque
  4. Kiddy Charts
  5. Mummy Barrow
  6. One Dad 3 Girls

Writer

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.

  1. Adventures of a Middle Aged Matron
  2. Belgian Waffle
  3. Mammy Woo
  4. Supper and Syntax
  5. That Spencer Bloke
  6. The American Resident

Video

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.

  1. Alexander Residence
  2. Geekmummy
  3. Honest Mum
  4. Juggle Mum
  5. Just Bring the Chocolate
  6. Verily Victoria Vocalises

Travel

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.

  1. A Bavarian Sojourn
  2. Family Adventure Project
  3. Mums do Travel
  4. Mums gone to
  5. Oh, The Places We Will Go
  6. The Mum Blog

Photo

These bloggers combine classic photography skills with an eye for creativity and an interest in harnessing the latest photo blogging tools.

  1. A Party of Seven
  2. Capture by Lucy
  3. Chocolate, Cookies and Candies
  4. Mummy Daddy and Me
  5. Shutterflies
  6. The Start Up Wife

Family

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.

  1. 3 Children and It
  2. A Strong Coffee
  3. Chelsea Mamma
  4. Dad Etc
  5. Mum in the South
  6. Thirty Mummy

Style

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.

  1. Does my bum look 40 in this?
  2. Love Chic Living
  3. School Gate Style
  4. The Baby Wears Prada
  5. Transatlantic Blonde
  6. Vintage Folly

Laugh

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.

  1. Actually Mummy
  2. Best Dad I Can Be
  3. Goodbye Pert Breasts
  4. Northern Mum
  5. Not a Notting Hill Mum
  6. The Kraken Wakes

Crafts

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.

  1. Flossie Teacakes
  2. Me and My Shadow
  3. My Little 3 and Me
  4. Rainy Day Mum
  5. Red Ted Art
  6. The Imagination Tree

Lifestyle

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.

  1. Family Affairs and Other Matters
  2. Margot Tries the Good Life
  3. More Than Toast
  4. The Secret Life of an Unknown Housewife
  5. The Syders
  6. What Sam Saw Today

Innovate

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.

  1. A Child Like You
  2. A Modern Military Mother
  3. Family in Spain
  4. Mammasaurus
  5. Mummy vs Daddy
  6. Science Sparks

Commentary

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.

  1. Dorky Mum
  2. Glosswatch
  3. Mummy from the Heart
  4. My Make Do and Mend Year
  5. Team Honk
  6. Thinly Spread

Outstanding

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.

  1. Best Dad I Can be
  2. English Can Cook
  3. Knackered Mother’s Wine Club
  4. Mammasaurus
  5. Red Ted Art
  6. Thinly Spread
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BritMums is the UK's largest parent blogger collective. We offer bloggers the latest support, advice and how-tos as well as feature great content on food, travel, relationships, health, charities, crafting and much more. Our social network is free to join and helps bloggers connect with others; our BritMums Pro programme connects bloggers with brands on our high-quality projects and our annual conference, BritMums Live, is the blogging event of the year.

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57 Responses to Announcing the BiBs finalists!

  1. Jeannette @autismmumma 22 May 2013 at 13:01 #

    Congrats everyone!

  2. @ADadCalledSpen 22 May 2013 at 13:08 #

    Well blow me! Thanks for the votes, and congratulations and good luck to everyone.

  3. Filipa 22 May 2013 at 13:09 #

    Actually cannot believe it. I went to BritMums Live last year, it was a turning point for my blog. To be a finalist this year is really a huge honour and I’m happy beyond belief. Thank you so much, looking forward to BritMums Live 2013 even more! Filipa xx

  4. Aly 22 May 2013 at 13:21 #

    What a great final it’s going to be!

  5. Emma 22 May 2013 at 13:32 #

    I am so chuffed to reach the final, thanks so much! :)

  6. Verily Victoria Vocalises 22 May 2013 at 13:33 #

    Absolutely over the moon to have made the finals in Video. Thank you so much. Look forward to meeting you all :))

    • a field somewhere 23 May 2013 at 09:46 #

      Congratulations! Thanks for your guest post at KalliKids. We are honored to have a guest finalist! Best of luck.

  7. Liz 22 May 2013 at 13:47 #

    Thrilled to be a finalist, thank you so much to everyone who voted for me! *blows kisses*

  8. My Two Mums 22 May 2013 at 13:47 #

    We are so excited. Thanks so much. Well done to everyone who has made it to the finals.

  9. Mammasaurus 22 May 2013 at 13:48 #

    As my teenagers would say: OH MY DAYS!
    As I word say: OH MY WORD!
    As my mother would say: OH MY!

    Congratulations everyone – roll on June and being able to enjoy it all together :D

  10. Sam 22 May 2013 at 14:09 #

    Very excited to be amongst such brilliant bloggers :)

  11. Emma Day (Crazy With Twins) 22 May 2013 at 14:21 #

    OH MY GOSH! I missed this as I was busy swallowing radiation! Thrilled! Thanking you from my hospital bed!

  12. Lisa 22 May 2013 at 14:22 #

    Woo hoo! ¡Muchas gracias! Well done everybody.
    We are so passionate about our Family Life in Spain and are over the moon to be a part of this great blogging community.
    Very disappointed to not be able to attend the finals in the UK this year but we will look out for all the blog posts and photos and will hope to see everyone next year.
    Sending you sunshine and smiles from southern Spain :D

  13. Pinkoddy 22 May 2013 at 14:36 #

    Congratulations everyone – such amazing blogs in the list, there was very tough competition this year. Looking forward to the finals.

  14. Hayley Goleniowska 22 May 2013 at 15:11 #

    Congratulations everyone. So many of my faves and those I voted for in their. And MONSTROUSLY proud to be in the finals of INSPIRE. Thank you thank you thank you xxx

  15. Mama Syder 22 May 2013 at 15:26 #

    Well Done Everyone! I’m so thrilled to be a finalist, Thanks so much to anyone who voted x

  16. Sonya Cisco 22 May 2013 at 15:32 #

    WOOP WOOP! SO delighted!

  17. Sarah Pellew 22 May 2013 at 16:09 #

    Oh my goodness!! I cannot tell you how excited I am to be in the finals in the Lifestyle category!! So thrilled!! Thank you everyone who voted. I feel so honoured!

  18. 7hippopotamus 22 May 2013 at 16:31 #

    Some great blogs there, well done everyone.

  19. Suzanne 22 May 2013 at 16:58 #

    I am absolutely over the moon! Thank you so much for to anyone who voted. Chuffed to bits!! X

  20. Coombemill 22 May 2013 at 17:51 #

    Blown away, proof I spend my life on line when I am not running the business. Thank God for Country Kids which ensures I have some out with the family too. Thank you everyone and thank you BritMums. Can’t wait to meet you all in June.

  21. Jeremy 22 May 2013 at 18:14 #

    Wow – thankyou everybody who voted – I am so excited and so looking forward to my first ever blogging event.
    Congratulations everybody – see you next month.

  22. onedad3girls 22 May 2013 at 18:19 #

    Wow totally amazed.

    Thank you to everyone who voted for me.

    See you all in 4 weeks time

  23. Michelle 22 May 2013 at 18:53 #

    Well done to all the finalists! Looking forward to the BiBs!

  24. Nadine Hill, Juggle Mum 22 May 2013 at 18:56 #

    Wowsers! Thank you for announcing that my blog is a Video finalist!

    Congratulations to all the Finalists…. should be a good night!!

  25. Cassie | MMSpark 22 May 2013 at 19:03 #

    Congrats to everyone! All amazing blogs and well worth the nominations. Good luck to you all and thanks for sharing your amazing recipes, stories, photos and your lives!

  26. Sarah & Stuart (Mummy VS Daddy) 22 May 2013 at 20:22 #

    Aww, lil’ ole us in the finals? Really? You’re too kind :) Well done to everyone else who has made it this far.

  27. Jen-My Make Do and Mend Year 22 May 2013 at 21:06 #

    Wowzers! I am stunned and amazed. I’m in the finals!! Thankyou so much to everyone who voted, and HUGE congratulations to everyone involved :)

  28. Well done everybody! Can’t wait for the party! :))

  29. Sarah Miles 22 May 2013 at 21:40 #

    I am so thrilled, a HUGE thank you for everybody’s support and votes! Means the world…

  30. HPMcQ 22 May 2013 at 21:55 #

    yay, well done all can’t wait for june to rock on!

  31. Team Pugh 22 May 2013 at 22:57 #

    Wow – thank you so much – we are really excited and humbled xx

  32. Chloe King 23 May 2013 at 06:01 #

    Delighted to be a finalist, if somewhat surprised! Good luck everyone and well done! X

  33. Michelle | The American Resident 23 May 2013 at 06:50 #

    Very worthy blogs on this list, congratulations everyone! I am very honoured to be on the list with you!! xx

  34. Kara 23 May 2013 at 06:57 #

    Still in shock……congratulations to everyone and WOW, WOW, WOW!!!

  35. HELEN 23 May 2013 at 11:53 #

    thanks so much for everyone that voted for me…I’m thrilled! :-)

  36. Anneli (Delicieux) 23 May 2013 at 13:18 #

    Completely blown away to have made the final 6. And such an awesome 6 they are! I am honoured to be amongst them. Thanks everyone who voted! x

  37. Rebecca E. Parsons 24 May 2013 at 15:13 #

    How thrilling. Congrats and good luck!!!

  38. Rebecca 24 May 2013 at 21:04 #

    Blimey I’m amazed to be included. Thank you.

  39. Hayley | Shutterflies 26 May 2013 at 16:26 #

    I’m so thrilled! Congratulations everyone, can’t wait to meet you all at BritMums Live!

  40. Cat Williams 28 May 2013 at 17:04 #

    Wow, so inspirational to see such a long list of incredible people. I am only just discovering blogs and blogging, I feel very behind! I am hoping to add my voice little by little to the blogging world, I have found inspiration from several on this list already and will return to check out more. Soon I am going to wonder what I did before reading blogs, or writing my own! Cat x @catstaycalm

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