A person who writes a blog (or weblog). Bloggers are not a homogenous group. They have a variety of personal and professional motivations for blogging and they come from a variety of political, economic and social backgrounds. – Wikipedia
Mr Gadget (Best Geek Blog), me and Lady Melbourne (Best Fashion Blog)
I must admit that I am still coming back to earth after the shock of winning Best Parenting Blog at Friday’s Nuffnang Asia Pacific Blog Awards. Yesterday I was photographed for an interview that will (hopefully) run in Western Australia’s Sunday Times newspaper. It was interesting talking to the interviewing journalist about my blogging experiences; causing me to reflect and put into words this blogging journey I am on and especially the wonderful experience of travelling to Singapore and hanging out with so many great bloggers.
Bloggers are great people. Interesting, fun, kind, helpful, unique, creative, glamorous. And they take A LOT of photos!
Seriously though, it was so nice to have the opportunity to chat with other bloggers and find them willing to share their experiences and advice. I was fortunate to hang out with and learn from some great blogging women – Erica from G.W.A.S., Candice aka SuperKawaiiMama, Nicki aka Violet LeBeaux and Nicole of Planning With Kids, in particular. I just wish that I had had more time to get to know all of the Aussie finalists a little better, instead I was often busy attending to the needs of a certain 20 month old toddler!
I can honestly say that I had no idea before the trip how big blogging is in Asia. There are bloggers who are like ‘celebrities’ (as well as some who actually are celebrities who also blog). It was so unusual at the Awards to have people come up and request photos with me and Immy.
And the ceremony was HUGE. Over 400 people walked the red carpet into a beautifully decorated ballroom at the Pan Pacific amidst 100s of camera flashes! The emcee for the night was host of the Asian version of The Amazing Race, actor Allan Wu. There was entertainment and a wonderful meal. Corsages and buttonholes for the finalists and jars of cute ‘I ♥ blogging’ candies for everyone. Nuffnang did an amazing job.
And if you haven’t seen the completely embarrassing video of my acceptance speech yet (be kind, I was overwhelmed and trying not to cry), I have posted a link on Childhood 101’s new Facebook fan page (thank you to the gorgeous Jessica for the video link).
So if you are thinking of starting a blog, you will be in great company. There are thousands of interesting people roaming the blogosphere, each with a story to tell. I can personally say that many of the bloggers I have met online and IRL, I would add to the list of people I call friends. And who wouldn’t like to have more people they could call a ‘friend’?