What an amazing year for the BiBs! Thousands of votes were cast in March and April for each of the 16 categories. Everyone shortlisted in the 2014 Brilliance in Blogging awards was noted for their innovative and highly engaging blogging and social media by their readers and peers.
The shortlists of 16 bloggers in each category were then whittled down to 6 finalists partly by public vote and by the BritMums team. These blogs represent the best in their niches and BritMums applauds them all for the heart and effort they put into the blogging and social media they do. But there can only be one winner.
The winners are chosen by judges based on selective criteria: aesthetics, the quality of the content, voice as well as exceptional quality in each category. The awards were announced at the BiBs ceremony on Friday 20 June at BritMums Live.
BiBs 2014 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.
The award for blogs good enough to eat. These nominees have a knack for writing about food, recipes and the rituals of eating, often accompanied by mouth-watering images. Yum!
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.
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.
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.
These bloggers combine classic photography skills with an eye for creativity and an interest in harnessing the latest photo blogging tools.
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.
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.
These blogs that share the laughter and tears of family life, telling stories that elicit a-ha’s and understanding from all of us. They are honest and open about the realities of family life and we love them for it.
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.
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.
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 focus on healthy living, mental health and happiness, however it’s pursued.
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.
Commentary & Campaigns
For blogs that grab your attention and won’t let go, with great design, great writing, great images — the entire package. Once we find these blogs, we fall in love.