A word of praise must be mentioned to everyone who was shortlisted in the 2013 Brilliance in Blogging awards
A round of applause must go to the six who made the Finalist stage voted by their readers and their blogging peers, they are the shining blogs of 2013.
And a massive congratulations must be shouted out to the winners of our 16 categories in the Brilliance in Blogging 2013 awards.
Different areas go into making up a winning BiB blog and the judges paid special attention to the aesthetics, the quality of the content, the voice of the blog as well as exceptional quality in each category.
BiBs 2013 Categories:
This award celebrates the newbies in the blogging world. The blogger’s actual age doesn’t figure; rather it’s their fresh approach to blogging and social media – with content, pictures, video and voice that makes the rest of us take notice. Blog should be less than 18 months old, or recently relaunched.
WINNER: Life as a widower Benjamin Brooks-Dutton @lifeasawidower
The award for blogs good enough to eat. These nominees have a knack for writing about food, recipes and the rituals of eating. Yum!
WINNER: Delicieux Anneli Faiers @Delicieux_fr
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 through the community.
WINNER: Anecdotes of a Manic Mum Tamsyn Wood @manicmum4
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. Heck, you may not even have a blog, but the Internet knows who you are.
WINNER: Mummy Barrow Mummy Barrow (or T) @mummybarrow
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.
WINNER: That Spencer Bloke @ADadCalledSpen
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.
WINNER: Geekmummy Ruth Arnold @geekmummy
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.
WINNER: Family Adventure Project Kirstie Pelling and Stuart Wickes @familyonabike
These bloggers combine classic photography skills with an eye for creativity and an interest in harnessing the latest photo blogging tools.
WINNER: Chocolate, Cookies and Candy Marlene Lee @cookiesncandies
Blogging is cheaper than therapy (not that we would know). And sometimes sharing (over sharing?) family life stories can be a very satisfying process. These bloggers let it rip when it comes to writing about family life.
WINNER: Mum in the South Erika Walker @ErickaWaller1
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.
WINNER: Vintage Folly Rachel Palmer @TheRachelPalmer
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.
WINNER: Actually Mummy Helen Wills @actuallymummy
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.
WINNER: Knackered Mother’s Wine Club Helen McGinn @knackeredmutha
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.
WINNER: My little 3 and me Emma @mylittle3andme
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.
WINNER: The Syders Mama Syder @mamamakes
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.
WINNER: Mammasaurus Annie Spratt @Mammasaurusblog
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.
WINNER: Team Honk Annie Spratt, T Barrow and Penny Alexander