I am so honored and excited to announce that my Blog recently won the category for "Best Wisdom Giver" in the 2017 SA Mommy Blogger Awards!
One minute I was trying to follow the live Twitter announcements while making braai broodjies and the next thing I know, my Blog's name pops up!
I was so excited, not only had I won something, someone had actually Tweeted me! Is that how you say it? Tweeted me?
You see, I haven't figured out Twitter yet, so I was pretty nervous for two reasons. 1. I had to figure out Twitter to follow the awards. 2. What if I actually win something?
Now that the nerves have settled, I am just on such a Blogging high that I am pumping out blog posts left and right. Winning has really inspired me and motivated me to get up at 23:30 after my little one is fast asleep and actually go blog.
About the awards:
The SA Mommy Blogger Awards is a fairly new award, with 2017 being its first year. It was started by Jacqui Bester, mom of 5 and fellow blogger at One Messy Mama.
Here is what she has to say about this brain child of hers;
"On returning to South Africa from Michigan, USA. I decided to jump into the South African Mommy Blogger community and soon realized that there was no platform that celebrated these phenomenal women!
That first thought set in motion what can only be described as a wild and exciting roller-coaster of conversations, meetings, experiments, and decisions… a roller-coaster that finally turned a corner and headed straight towards what is now called:
The SA Mommy Blogger Awards!
The concept is pretty simple… bloggers enter into three categories of their choice (out of a total of 19 categories), and submit links to two of their posts for each category. Unlike the other awards that are around, the winners of these awards will be determined by a panel of independent judges.
It is not a popularity contest. It doesn’t matter how many likes and shares you’re able to generate. The winners are chosen by the judges based on the quality of content they are producing.
So even if you’re a new blogger with a small readership, if you write a good quality post, you stand a good chance of winning. The entrant for Best Blog 2017 needed to submit the STATS of her blog, as well as 2 posts that she believed was the best she had written.
The judges carefully read through every post submitted. Analyzing the bloggers' writing, creativity, and enthusiasm for their brand.
There were 19 categories to enter and even tho this was the first year that these awards were running, we had 74 bloggers enter (an amazing number considering the time frame!)"
The 2017 winners & their categories:
- Best Foodie - Mama Chef Jozi
- Best Travel - 3 Kids, 2 Dogs, and 1 Old House
- Best Writer - ChevsLife
- Best Tear-Jerker - Disney Mom Blog
- Best Wisdom Giver - Baby Guide For The Modern Mother
- Best Social Media - Choose A Row
- Best Rising Star - My Daily Cake
- Best Inspiration - A Million Beautiful Pieces
- Best Comedian - Tonic and Tiaras
- Best Parenting - Modern Zulu Mom
- Best New Voice - Mommy Explores
- Best Photography - Rose and Thorns
- Best Business - Generally Social
- Best Beauty - For The Beauty Of It
- Best Craft - In These Stilleto's
- Best Education - Heart Mama Blog
- BEST BLOG 2017 - Caffeine and Fairy Dust
This years judging panel consisted of:
Pabi Moloi - Pabi is a mother, radio presenter and award winning TV talk show host.
Brent Lindeque - Good Things Guy - Brent is the overall winner of the South African Blog Awards 2017, winner of Best Lifestyle Blog 2017, as well as a radio presenter at Cliffcentral.
Bailey Schneider - Vanilla Blonde - Bailey is a mother, radio presenter, TV presenter, fellow mom blogger and YouTuber.
The sponsors of the 2017 awards are:
- Muppie Lounge
- Blue Media Edit
- Backsberg Wines
- Yolane Bayards Photography in collaboration with Melissa Glam Bam
- SFP Financial Planning
- Makeup By Ryno Mulder
- Norman Goodfellows
- Hamley’s South Africa
- Baby Eats
- Living and Loving Magazine
- Siso Toys
You can follow the SA Mommy Blogger Awards here:
- Website - https://samommybloggerawards.wordpress.com/
- Twitter - https://twitter.com/samblogawards
- Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/samommybloggerawards/
Congratulations to all my fellow mommy bloggers, as well as all mommy bloggers that dedicate their time to writing and sharing with the world. It takes a lot of dedication and hard work. I am proud of all of us.