With the UK Blog Awards now just a mere 4 weeks away, time is being afforded to dream.
In all honesty I’ve been allowing myself to dream big, well before now.
How can you not, it’s a big deal right, the UK Blog Awards is the biggest awards night in it’s industry, it’s a recognised National Award, with over 2,400 entries this year.
Whittled down to 259 finalists, across two different entries of either individual or business, in 17 different categories.
My Kynren Blog is only 1 of 7 listed North East Finalists, and the only 1 from County Durham.
Regardless of winning, it’s already a huge achievement in itself.
But as much as you afford yourself the time to dare to dream, it’s not actually about the winning.
It’s not been the key ingredient that I’m at this point, of course, everyone wants to win, but it’s not why I entered.
Several weeks ago I returned to a question I often ask myself in regards to everything that I do.
I took the time out to remind myself of why I started, and not just on how I came to become a finalist at this year’s awards either.
I started this blog a year ago, in March of last year, I started it because in all honesty it seemed a good idea at the time, I wanted to record my journey through the Kynren process to one day look back on.
I’m not going to lie either, I didn’t find writing, over time writing found me.
I remember starting the blog, writing a couple of entries and then life took over and I slipped, on the Friday before the first show, the debut show on Saturday 2nd July 2016, I sat down and wrote and uploaded around 10 or 12 blogs to update my blog against it’s current timeline, and since then I’ve not looked back.
I’ve had the pleasure of writing a guest article for The Official Tourism Website of Durham – ‘This is Durham’ in July of last year writing a bespoke piece of what it is like to volunteer at Kynren.
And each blog entry since then has just told my story and my journey, in my own words and has captured my audience’s attention.
I have many readers, mainly across the UK but it has been read across numerous countries worldwide too.
And with that comes back to the reason why I started it.
It’s never been about the likes or the views, it’s great that so many people can and do relate to it.
But it wasn’t my drive to start it, and it’s still not my drive to continue with it.
Kynren is an ‘Epic Tale of England’, the award winning, spectacular open-air night show, run by volunteers that takes you on a captivating journey through 2,000 years of British history, myth and legend.
But like I said I started this blog as a record to look back upon, to remember so many highlights and captivating memories.
I entered the blog awards with the sole purpose of raising more awareness for our unbelievable, community project that is Kynren.
Little did I know that it would get this far.
So for me, winning would be nice, but it certainly isn’t everything, having the ability to head down to London in 4 weeks time, and share in a fantastic event and ceremony with so many amazing and inspirational writers and bloggers, covering so many topics and gaining so much insight, is what I’m most looking forward too.
With the added bonus of becoming an ‘Kynren Ambassador’ for the evening and raising the awareness and exposure of not just Kynren but the town our project lives and performs in, that is Bishop Auckland.
Anything above that is just a huge bonus.
For more information or to book your tickets for one of Kynren’s 17 shows this Summer, please visit the Eleven Arches website: http://www.elevenarches.org/
Or to learn more about the awards ceremony please visit the UK Blog Awards website: http://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk