Brilliance in Blogging 2014 winners!

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Penny Alexander, who won as part of Team Honk, applauds the efforts of all involved with the fundraising

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:

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Fresh Voice

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: Katy Hill’s Blog      Katy Hill        @katyhilltv


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!

WINNER: Super Golden Bakes     Lucy Parissi     @supergolden88

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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: Who the Hell Does He Think He Is     Eamonn and Sarah Martin     @EamonnPMartin



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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. Heck, you may not even have a blog, but the Internet knows who you are.

WINNER: One Dad 3 Girls    Darren Coleshill    @OneDad3Girls





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: Older Mum in a Muddle    Sarah Hanison    @Older_Mum

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

WINNER: Capture by Lucy    Lucy Heath    @capturebylucy



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: JuggleMum    Nadine Hill    @businessmum


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: Mums Do Travel    Gretta Scifano    @grettaschifano



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.

WINNER: Mummy Daddy Me    Katie Ellison     @mummydaddyme


Joules 210x75mm_rightThis 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: Love Chic Living    Jen Stanbrook    @lovechicliving

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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: Just a Normal Mummy    Helen Wallen    @wallymummy

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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: Along Came Cherry    Jessica Amey    @alongcamecherry

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These blogs focus on healthy living, mental health and happiness, however it’s pursued.

WINNER: My Daughter Won’t Sleep    Caroline Mentzer    @childwontsleep

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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: Love All Dads Podcast    John Arnold Darren Coleshill Lewis Ackroyd Tom Briggs   @LoveAllDads

Commentary & Campaigns

These bloggers highlight causes, raise awareness and New Scientist logo
articulately comment on the current issues. Whatever their cause, these bloggers did more than their bit, and helped us get involved too.

WINNER: Team Honk    Annie Spratt Penny Alexander Tanya Barrow    @Team_Honk

Just Eat logoOutstanding

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.

WINNER:   The English Can Cook     Kerstin Rodgers aka MsMarmiteLover      @MsMarmiteLover

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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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19 Responses to Brilliance in Blogging 2014 winners!

  1. older mum in a muddle 22 June 2014 at 20:49 #

    I still can’t believe it! Thank you sooooooooooooooo much! X

    • Jennifer Howze 23 June 2014 at 13:46 #

      Congratulations! So glad you could make it!

    • Ellie from Mush Brained Ramblings 27 June 2014 at 10:25 #

      Sarah it was so well deserved, I was so proud of you and happy for you … you’ve worked so so hard on your blog … whoooooooop whoooooop Ellie x

  2. Haven’t quite come down from the clouds yet! I am so happy with this and think my Silent Sunday this week says it all!
    Thank you so much!

  3. Jess @ Along Came Cherry 23 June 2014 at 08:27 #

    Thank you so much, I’m so happy!! x

  4. Capture by Lucy 23 June 2014 at 10:08 #

    It is AMAZING to see my name amongst such incredibly talented bloggers!!!! Thank you so much, I will treasure my award xx

    • Jennifer Howze 23 June 2014 at 13:47 #

      Lucy, thank you so much for presenting this weekend too! Congrats.

  5. Mums do travel 23 June 2014 at 11:32 #

    Congratulations to all of the winners. I’m really amazed to have won an award, thank you!

    • Jennifer Howze 23 June 2014 at 13:48 #

      Gretta, we missed you on the evening. Hope all is well with you.

  6. Tom @Ideas4Dads 23 June 2014 at 20:58 #

    Congrats to all the winners and to the runner ups too 🙂

  7. Katie @mummydaddyme 26 June 2014 at 16:17 #

    Thank you so much for choosing my blog to win. I was shaking like a leaf when I went up on stage and I am still over the moon! Thank you! xx


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