Wow, well what can we say?
Firstly, thank you to all that attended the awards, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! Becki and I tried our best to speak to as many of you wonderful bloggers as we could and it was a delight to put a name to a face (or blog!).
In the lead up to the awards there was a lot of detailed planning that went into the awards and we hope this showed on the evening. It was important that the winning award were as great as the certificates recognising great talent. That is why we ran a competition to design the certificates to make them personal to our finalists, highly commended and winning bloggers. The poster like design we felt stood out more than just a certificate but a poster to display the great achievements of the Finalists and we hope you agree!
The two most important parts of the evening to us, as identified by the survey of everyone that entered, was networking and the awards ceremony itself. Therefore we chose not to have a sit down meal to enable everyone to make as many connections as possible, along with having the festival style lanyards that would make networking that little bit easier. It seemed that the This is Luma products went down a storm and a lot of people were even too busy to eat at the beginning of the evening!
The awards were put on to recognise the best in UK industry Blogging and from the feedback received so far it seems there has been lots of great connections developed from the evening.
It must be noted in our eyes that everyone are winners. Your blog is your personal brand and each and everyone one has its own uniqueness which makes them truly great!
900 bloggers entered the awards so to reach the final alone is a great achievement of your talent, passion, dedication and commitment. You are all truly inspirational.
We did however love announcing the highly commended and winners of each category. It was a true delight to see everyone’s reactions and great smiles (and in some cases tears) across the room!
However, recognising all finalists was also a big priority to us, as getting into the top 10 in each category was a fantastic achievement in itself. The judge’s scores were so close; we really wanted to award everyone!
During the evening it was important to us to connect with the virtual world and we were live tweeting the highly commended and winners from each category, however Twitter restrictions got in our way and we were thrown into Twitter Jail and told not to pass go for two hours, no doubt leaving many people on tenterhooks so apologies for that!
For the past 6-8months of leading up to the awards, we have received some insightful emails as to how the awards have helped gain recognition and awareness for not individual blogs but also company blogs. This is why I founded the awards and we will continue to work hard to ensure people’s great content is recognised and perhaps some Bloggers may even make a career out of Blogging if they wish to!
Best of luck everyone with the remainder of 2014; please do keep in touch with us by networking during #BlogHour every Tuesday and we hope to see you at the conference in October!
We certainly believe that Friday 25th April 2014 marked a day when Blogging was celebrated and celebrated in style!