A huge thank you to everyone who voted for me for the overall top mommy blogger of Vancouver. Congratulations to Tamara Goyette from Discovering Parenthood for winning!! Her blog is incredible and she is very deserving of this honour. I didn’t win overall top blogger,however I was stunned when I saw that I came in THIRD place out of thirty other fabulous mommy bloggers.
I was especially stunned because I recently started blogging in the new year, with the intent to some how inspire others through sharing my life experiences. And part of my life experience as a new blogger is not knowing what the hell I’m doing! The truth is, most of my blog posts have been done from my iPhone. I consider myself a dinosaur when it comes to technology and my 11-year-old daughter is much more tech savvy than I am. I admit, I’m getting better, but there are times when I just want to throw my laptop across the room and quit blogging because I can’t figure out how to add a photo as a header or change a font, so I go back to what I know how to use best, my phone. It’s funny how we can become such creatures of habit.
Being honoured as one of Vancouver’s top 30 mom bloggers and then coming in third place was never an outcome that I expected from any of this blogging business. I didn’t even know that these types of nominations existed!
When the voting period started, I have to admit my competitive juices starting flowing.There was something about campaigning for votes that made me a little bit uncomfortable, so I asked my closest friends if they thought it was weird to ask for votes. They assured me that I should campaign and that I would be crazy not too. So it began, and as soon as it began, so did a competitive side of me that I probably haven’t felt since elementary school. The first week that voting began I wanted to win it more than I’ve ever wanted anything. It’s all I could think about. The second week,however, I took a step back and didn’t campaign as hard as I did the first week. I just started to feel like I didn’t want to bother anyone and asking once was good enough. I guess I kind of just wanted to see what would happen. But then when I found out that I didn’t win and saw how many votes I actually received(which was pretty substantial,thank you!) I was a little bit disappointed that I didn’t campaign the second week. My thoughts were, if I got that many votes, my god, I would’ve won! But, it is what it is, and I’m still in shock that I made it this far.
I wouldn’t even be in this situation right now if it wasn’t for the wonderful Salma Dinani from The Write Balance . I met her a few months back when I started blogging. We met at a parent/preschool play group ,and being the chatty extrovert that I am, we started chatting and connected instantly. Our daughters are the same age and we live in the same neighbourhood. I complimented Salma on her scarf and Salma replied with a thanks and mentioned that it was something she was wearing for a thirty-day outfit challenge on her blog. And right there we had another thing in common! I mentioned that I started blogging recently too. We connected through social media afterwards and she checked out some of the content on my blog and told me that it was really good. This was a huge compliment,especially because she is a professional blogger. Salma is the person who nominated my blog, because she says, it is amazing and loves the message. When she told me she nominated me, I was honoured, and really didn’t think I would make the top 30. But I did! And this whole experience has really taught me to stop second guessing myself so much. I don’t know how to thank Salma for all of her support, but the thought crosses my mind every single day. I truly believe that we meet people for a reason and I feel so blessed to have met such a selfless, amazing mommy blogger like her! Be sure to check out her blog too! And thank you again to everyone who voted for me, I really appreciate your support ❤️