Last Saturday, I went to the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards. And I think I found my mothership.
A few weeks ago, I was chatting over email with Sacha Black and she invited me. As well as the author of the brilliant 13 Steps to Evil (which I reviewed here on my blog), she also a blogger and the chief organiser of the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.
I was hesitant. I’ve only been blogging for a month and I’d be walking into a room with people who’d been at it for years. Some I’ve been following for ages – I was worried I’d be star struck! It was pretty intimidating. But Sasha is nothing but convincing.
So on Saturday, I got to the Grange Wellington Hotel in London with plans to sit at the back, learn and absorb as much blogging wisdom as I could, then sneak out at the end.
Hey, I don’t write and blog, hiding at my desk, because I’m the life of the party.
I was blown away at how warm and welcoming everyone was. I met Ritu and ate too many of the amazing cakes she had baked en masse for the event. I met Allie, whose book The Fair & Foul is now on my (ever growing) reading pile!
I met Icy, whose blog I was already following. If you’re a folklore fan, this is definitely the one for you. And Lucy, who runs Blonde Write More, which has some of the best and funniest blogs about writing I’ve ever read. And Shelley, another amazing blogger I’d already been following.
I was also a joy to meet Sacha in person. A smart, savvy woman who’s so supportive of the blogger community.
There were nine different awards, including Hidden Gem, Funniest, Best Book Reviews, Services to Blogging and Best Overall Blog, which was won by Ritu’s blog But I Smile Anyway, a well-deserved victory. You can visit the rest of the blog winners here and you should, because they’re all wonderful.
There were talks as well, all fascinating but especially so was Suzie’s who runs the blog Suzie Speaks. Guys, what this woman doesn’t know about blogging isn’t worth knowing. I was both inspired and a little intimidated! But it really drove it home to me that blogging can be a real path.
The whole event was actually a little emotional for me! And this post has taken me a while to write because I feel like I’m just gushing, but it’s all genuine. I’m so surprised because I honestly wasn’t expecting it. I’m not a social butterfly and these sorts of events are usually a little overwhelming for me. But everyone was a similar type of person; all a little introverted, but with a passion for communication and the written world. And everyone has something to say, some area which they feel is important enough to blog about which made everyone incredibly interesting.
But everyone was a similar type of person; all a little introverted, but with a passion for communication and the written world. And everyone has something to say, some area which they feel is important enough to blog about which made everyone incredibly interesting. And there was no one I met who wasn’t just an honestly lovely person.
ABBA this year was an international event, with attendees from the Great Britain, the US and Canada. This is it’s their third year now, and with over 6,000 votes cast for the various awards, it’s a swiftly growing date in the calendar for bloggers. The next ABBA will be on 8th June 2018. I already can’t wait!