So I headed down to London for the ceremony of the UK Blog Awards 2017.
From my previous blog post, I spoke how winning although it would be nice, wasn’t the overall objective, the main objective of this whole experience was to raise further awareness of the Kynren project, and try and deliver as much exposure that I could.
And I’d like to say I definitely delivered in regards to that.
So onboard we went heading to London, with no expectations, just to enjoy the whole experience, getting caught up in a moment of reflection and acknowledging my own personal accomplishments.
The realisation that I’d taken a blank piece of paper with an idea of writing down my experiences and recording them to a UK individual finalist all inside 12 months.
Even thinking about it now, it still doesn’t ring quite true.
So London, our capital city, the hustle and bustle, the landmarks, the tourists, even the weather, lots going on as always.
The awards were being held in a central location, just past Westminster bridge overlooking both Big Ben and the London Eye.
Armed with suits and sparkling shoes I was here, ready to represent Kynren one final time.
The awards themselves as expected was a lavish affair, paparazzi waiting to snap as car doors opened, me just casually walking in under the radar.
I was here and I was determined to enjoy it.
I made a point of arriving on time, I wanted to take as much of the experience in as possible, and although arriving on time, several people had already arrived before me.
This wasn’t just a big opportunity to showcase and promote the Kynren project but it was a good opportunity to meet the industry’s best all under one roof, meeting new people and gaining new and valuable connections.
Amongst the many finalists, guests and judges were a number of sponsors showcasing their wares for all to see and become involved in on the evening.
The one that stood out for my blog was this;
Which resulted in a long conversation with Odeon Cinemas regarding Kynren, in which I couldn’t resist playing them the Kynren trailer from my phone and informing them that their is ‘Only one Arthur when Kynren is in town’.
With waiting staff aplenty the drinks were flowing, and quirky food samples based on a funfair theme too.
What’s not to like when you’re being offered beer, mini burgers, fish and chips, popcorn and pick and mix as just a small range of their offerings.
The awards were living up to its hype and more.
The room was a buzz of activity, hundreds of writers and bloggers coming together with hope and anticipation, that it could be them that picks up an award?
I met some truly talented and inspirational people in that room on that night, with potential collaborations to come in the future too.
So, to the main event, we got called into the main room to take our seats.
This was it, from just having a go, to here, this was it.
All the writing, all the support from readers and volunteers, all the promotional and media work I had organised and arranged, everything came down to this.
A National Award representing Kynren, representing Bishop Auckland, and most of all representing the Archers.
Win or lose, we do this together.
It was fantastic to see our project in the programme, it was fantastic just to be here.
My expectations weren’t high, I didn’t expect to win, I was the only event in an ‘Events and Weddings’ category, so the standard was high.
But it wasn’t about the winning, yeah it would be nice, of course it would, but I didn’t need my name to be called out for my own personal recognition to realise how far I’d come, how much I had already achieved, the original objectives I had well and truly smashed and delivered on.
This was the moment of truth.
The winner is…
Congratulations to Whisper and Blush
Totally deserved in my opinion, I had a look through my stiff competition within my category before attending the awards, and this particular blog stood out, well after mine of course.
I had the privilege of meeting the girls after they accepted their award, Melissa and Kate are so humble, yet so passionate about the articles they create, and are great ambassadors for the blogging community.
Whisper and Blush actually won this award last year too, but I’ve already told them that I aim to see them both again next year.
The night was an unforgettable experience, one in which will long live in my memory.
Even thinking back on it now, the images above of a blank piece of paper, and a starting idea could of ever resulted in what I have achieved.
Thank you to the UK Blog Awards for creating this event, to recognise and acknowledge the talent of writers who do blog, on a wide range of different topics and subject matters.
Thank you for accepting me into your blogging community in which likeminded people come together each week on Twitter to discuss experiences and share advice on a wide range of stimulating questions within #BlogHour which you can’t not help to become more reassured, more confident and supported.
Thank you to the wide range of different writers, bloggers and Vloggers who each share in the same passions as you do, I hope to see you again at an event soon.
My next thank you goes to every single reader, and there has been many, from the UK to around the World, I hope you have found each article interesting and has reached out and encouraged you to come along to one of the performances.
For anyone who is just stumbling across these blog articles for the first time I hope you enjoy them.
But my final thank you has to be reserved for these guys.
The Archers, the volunteers, where would we be without each other.
We all came together for the same reasons, many of us strangers, to becoming friends, best friends, but more than that now we are all a family.
We look out for and after our own, supportive and caring, we encourage our successes, and commiserate on disappointments.
But ultimately I will always be proud to have stood beside each and every one of you.
Season 2, Saturday 1st July, enjoy it as only Archers know how.
Good Luck to all, and I’ll see you on the other side.