3 Reasons Why You Should Vote For Us In The UK Blog Awards
If you have been anywhere near our social media recently then you will be aware that we have been shortlisted in the ‘Wedding and Events’ category of the UK Blog Awards. As a ‘baby blog’, in the sense that we have been typing up our wedding ramblings for less than a year, this is a very exciting time for us. The first round is the public vote, and relies on our readers / anyone who finds this blog useful and entertaining to vote us through to the Judging round. I thought I could keep on spamming Facebook and Twitter with pleas for votes, or I could actually provide you with some sound reasons why you might want to give your vote to us. Only seems fair right? If it works for PM's then it might just work for me!
Okay, so reason numero uno:
I JUST FLIPPIN’ LOVE WRITING THIS BLOG!
I can’t write a post everyday because I simply do not have the time, and thus have to dedicate a time of the week to writing. And boy do i cherish that time! I have always wanted to be like Carrie from “Sex and the City” (I mean, hello who hasn’t?) And it’s never going to happen because food will always feed me more than Vogue does, unlike Miss Bradshaw. I’m also not a serial dater or the owner of many a tutu. However, I do hope that one day I will be able to write books on love and until that point, this is the closest I will get.
I get excited when I think up a topic which I think which genuinely provide some sound advice to anyone attending a wedding. I look forward to opening up a blank document and filling it with too many brackets and not enough commas. And I love hearing the responses and feedback.
Since starting this blog I have been overwhelmed by the people who have messaged me to tell me that they love my writing, and swear they read everything I write. I would carry on typing away even if I did not have a few loyal readers out there, but it makes it all the more worthwhile that people take enjoyment from setting down with my blog, in the same way that I do with other people’s.
I go to great lengths to ensure that I am writing about what brides / wedding guests care about.
This may seem like common sense, but it’s harder work than it sounds and some people just don’t have the time to do the market research and find out. I’m not going to slag anyone else’s business off like that Windows advert on tv does (you know the one… “I couldn’t do that on a Mac”) because I think if you have to win votes based on trashing someone else, then you probably don’t deserve to win in the first place. Having said that, I know that some of the bigger blogs get paid commission to write about certain things. That means that they may be writing about products or services that you’re not necessarily bothered about. Commission brings in the money and it is very important. Bloggers need to eat too. But it can sometimes mean that the blog doesn’t remain solely about the readers’ needs and wants. I’m lucky in the sense that I’m just starting out on my business journey and have more time on my hands to do some research. Also I’m a Law graduate and I think a love of research is just in our blood or something.
I ask brides what they would like to read about / the common problems that they are stressing over. My best friend is a bride-to-be and she always tells me what she would like to read about. She’s pretty normal (-ish) and so I know that without realising it, she is speaking on behalf of a lot of brides. So kudos to her, she helps all of you guys too. Secondly, I frequent a lot of wedding forums and find out what is causing them the most ‘agg’. It can be anything from the fact that their suppliers are being unresponsive via email, to the fact that their mother has pulled out of their hen do at the last minute. It’s good to know what they are worrying about so that I can provide some helpful tips to others who are in the same position. And I always leave them some advice on the forum too, because they’ve helped a lot of other people out without realising it, just by sharing their troubles.
Finally, I listen to everything anyone ever tells me about weddings. They are fantastic events, but so many things can and do go wrong. I listen to the stories that my friends relay and I think about what, as a wedding planner, I would have advised in that situation, and I write it up into a blog post. I might not have been able to prevent in from happening in that case, but perhaps I can prevent it happening to another couple.
Because a vote would ensure that I can keep writing and making this blog bigger and better. The reason that anyone enters any type of award process is to achieve recognition. You get to say you are an award-winner and it makes people sit up and take notice of what you are doing. The platform for exposure increases, and as great as this is for a blogger and their career, it is also good for the reader. Winning means that the blogger gets to spend more time writing down the thoughts in their heads, they get to share their work with more people, and they get to write about more subject matter.
If a blog never gets recognition, or it doesn’t really go anywhere then often the blogger has to give up. We all have bills to pay, and if the blog is distracting from other forms of work which bring in the money then it’s the blog that has to be dropped. As a reader of many blogs, the feeling of a writer packing it in is the same feeling you get when a designer discontinues your favourite and only shade of lipstick.
If I am your favourite shade of lipstick then please send a vote Redamancy’s way. We will appreciate it to the ends of the earth. And equally, I think it’s important to point out that we will be okay if we don’t win. We are completely aware of the insane amount of talent there is in the blogosphere (always wanted to use that word) and we’re just honoured to be a part of the awards at this stage. At the end of the day, Leonardo DiCaprio was an Oscar nominee 5 times before he actually won, and he still did pretty well for himself.
To vote just click this link here: http://blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2017/entries/redamancy-wedding-planning-blog
Thank you for the continual support, it really does mean the world.