Announcing the 2012 Brilliance in Blogging Award Winners!

Congratulations to all the 2012 Brilliance in Blogging Winners!

For a list of the winners along with links to their winning blogs, a description of the category and a comment from the judge, see below.

If you have won your category and would like to add a BiBs winners’ badge to your site, you can find it here.





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 – with content, pictures, video and voice that makes the rest of us take notice.

“This blog was highly readable and the blogger has made a big effort to be part of and cement the community.”


Annie Spratt




Have you ever read a blog and wanted to eat it? These bloggers have a knack for writing about food and love to share the knowledge.

“I remember a couple of years ago Maison Cupcake’s absolute dedication to getting macarons just right, i.e. with the elusive ‘feet’. She continues to impress with her baking and photographs the results beautifully.”

Maison Cupcake

Sarah Trivuncic




Many bloggers have discovered they can use their voices and blogs for 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.

“The contents are well focussed and relevant. I see this blog being actually a useful communication tool for parents who face such difficult circumstances.”

Special Needs Jungle

Tania Tirraoro

@TaniaLT, @SpcialNdsJungle



These bloggers have a healthy attitude toward life and their enthusiasm encourages everyone around them. They are seen as leaders in their field and their inspiration is felt through the community.

“I loved reading this blog and it proved, if proof is needed, the key to a brilliant blog can be as simple as engaging, heartfelt and funny updates. Packed with personality, it is laugh-out-loud funny, which combined with great navigation and an enticing design, makes it a real winner.”

The Mummy Whisperer Blog

Lisa Pearson




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.

“What I loved about Hello it’s Gemma is the breezy honesty of the blog, it’s personal and engaging but makes the reader feel that she is actually writing about their life, or experiences that are universal and thereby as much about them, rather than simply about herself. I think she uses the medium very well to let the reader wander between posts and different types of media and doesn’t make it too text heavy. And most importantly makes you want to sign up and come back for more.”






The pen is mightier than the sword, but for some bloggers, the video camera rules. These bloggers make must-watch videos, sharing their opinions and innovating in of the blogging’s fastest expanding frontiers.

“She is very natural to the camera and she has quickly developed a nice style that is her own and consistently posts well framed and creative videos. She has a good sense of editing as well.”

Alexander Residence

Penny Alexander




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.

“What I really liked about this blog was the balance struck when writing about her kids and herself. She writes in an intelligent way, rather than slavishly reporting the foibles and funny remarks of her offspring.Take the most recent post on Whistler’s mother: she talks art but draws her son in and works the angle of how art can work with kids. Other travel blogs are equally well written, but she doesn’t shout or show off, and each post has something too say. Really enjoyed the post about music and guitars – and so, clearly, did the readers. It really struck a chord…. boom boom!”

Mum’s Gone To…

Trish Burgess




These days you can shoot pictures for your blog on a DSLR, a point-and-shoot and your phone. In this category, it doesn’t matter which. What counts is the ability combine classic photography skills with an eye for creativity and an interest in harnessing the latest photo blogging tools.

This blog got top marks from the judges for Quality of Photographs, Continuity and Aesthetics.

The StartUp Wife

Emily Quinton




They’re a small but growing group of XYs among a sea of XXs, asking why should women have all the fun? Their perspective on parenting and life as a father reflects the larger societal shifts for men. These bloggers make that shift real, personal and compelling.

“Mutterings of a Fool — If awards could be presented for the title of a blog – then this would be right up there with the best of them. In all seriousness though, the most endearing quality of Benjamin Tipping’s blog is, as he states, “This blog is a commentary on life as I see it, the ups and downs of raising a family…”. It was a pleasure to read with honest accounts of life from a dad’s point of view. Benjamin’s fathering experiences may differ from yours but I can guarantee one or two of his posts will relate to every dad out there!”

Mutterings of a Fool

Ben Tipping




To paraphrase Coco Chanel, a fashion blogger’s site should be two things: classy and fabulous. Bloggers in this category have no problem with either of those criteria. We believe being a parent adds an interesting dimension to fashion and beauty coverage – combining a world view with a catwalk view.

“This is most definitely a style blog written by a fashionable woman who happens to be a mother. The display ads and social networking buttons work nicely in the layout, the content is updated often and it is an overall great read.”

The Online Stylist





Some posts makes you laugh out loud. Some make you smile wryly to yourself. This award celebrates humour and wit whatever form it takes. The best of these surprise the reader with a novel take on the trials of life or an unusual viewpoint, and not much is out of bounds.

“Fabulous writing, clean and simple lay out, no visual gags, but like the ‘Vlog’ as has great potential! Takes that humorous voice to the next stage, which I think is brave too.”

Ministry of Mum

Claire Smith




This blogger stands out with entertaining, thought-provoking and heartfelt posts, hitting on all cylinders. Tone, engagement, reach, design…this blog grabs your attention and won’t let go.

“I LOVE this blog. Ben is an uber talented blogger who will appeal as much to men as women. I also like his use of illustrations, and photographs, and now want to read his books! Ben’s writing made me realise I need to do more kegels!! VERY funny. He’s now got a new follower! (two actually – I instantly sent a link to my man 😉 ”

Goodbye Pert Breasts

Ben Wakeling



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About Michelle Garrett

Michelle Garrett is the author of The American Resident, where she blogs about making a life overseas, raising a blended family, herding cats, chasing chickens and attempting the Good Life in Essex. Michelle is a freelance writer.


  1. 23 June 2012 / 00:26

    I’m still high as a kite and can’t sleep yet so came over to remind myself that I really did win the travel category. Thanks so much for including the judge’s comments.
    Have had a great day and looking forward to more tomorrow.
    Congratulations to all the winners and finalists x

  2. 23 June 2012 / 07:33

    I’m so thrilled and happy to have won the snap category. Congratulations to all the winners, finalists and wonderful bloggers! Enjoy another great day today! x

  3. Tania Tirraoro
    23 June 2012 / 08:05

    Woke up smiling. Thanks to everyone at BritMums. Special Needs Jungle is a real labour of love and I’m so happy the judges chose it as the Change winner!

  4. 23 June 2012 / 21:08

    Congratulations to all the winners and finalists. It’s great to see some fantastic blogs recognised

  5. 24 June 2012 / 16:18

    Congratulations everyone!

  6. 24 June 2012 / 21:01

    Thank you so much, still can’t believe it. Glad to have returned Trish’s trophy after we mixed up ours, couldn’t have her going home without her GO! Oscar. Thanks for all the organising, for the nominations and to all the lovely sponsors for the presents too 🙂

  7. 25 June 2012 / 10:20

    congratulations to all the winners, it was a great night! Roll on next year!