15 September 2010

Fifty Go MAD in Bognor

I attended the first ever MAD blog awards on Monday. It is now Wednesday and I'm still nursing a hangover!

Let me set the scene for you. There were about fifty bloggers (plus judges and sponsors), most of them without children, on a night out away from home. There was wine on the table. On my table I was the only one drinking white wine. It would, of course, have been churlish not to drink it all.

I had a ball. I love the fact that you can meet someone for the first time (in real life) and yet you know all about them through blogging. So you act like you've been friends for years and you end up at a disco in a Butlins bowling alley at 1am dancing the Macarena.

My highlights would have to include:

Spending the best part of two days in a car with Lindy from Squidgyboo. Seriously, if you're going to spend hours and hours in a confined space with someone, you need to get on with them. And, boy, did we get on. I don't think there was more than 30 seconds silence at any point on our road trip.

Meeting beautiful baby soa from Making it up and her mum too of course.

Collecting the Best Baby Blog Award on behalf of Babyrambles. I still have her award. I may post it to her. Possibly.

Cheering the winner of my category, Most Inspirational Blog, Strange & Beautiful. Rachel is really lovely and a thoroughly deserving winner. Well, I cheered until I realised I hadn't won and I had to text my husband, my mum and my best friend to tell them I was a loser!

Seeing Tim from Bringing Up Charlie totally overwhelmed to win Best Blog Writer and Blogger of the Year. Well done, Tim.

Spending time with lovely old friends and making new ones.

Sharing another bottle of wine with New Mummy, when really we should have moved on to water - or gone to bed.

I could go on, my apologies if I've missed you out of my round-up. I have a headache!

Oh and finally being able to say I have been to Butlins!

Huge congratulations to all the winners and runners up and massive thanks to the organiser extraordinaire, Sally, and all of the sponsors. There will be video and photographic evidence of the ceremony and more on The MADs website soon.

Now, where did I put the Nurofen?



  1. Overwhelmed just doesn't get near it... not even with 'totally' in front of it! It's still not sunk in...

    Fab to meet you (and everyone else) again too.

  2. It was such a shame to miss it, sounds like everyone had a great time. And thank you for collecting my award! I can imagine the postage on it would be hefty.

  3. I still feel poorly! It was so lovely to see you again and I had an fantastic time thank you x

  4. Ya light weights!

    Tee hee!

    It was lovely to see you again Sandy, hope my drunken self wasn't too disgraceful and loud!

  5. Sounds like it was another fantastic bloggy event!!

  6. It sounds completely awesome! Gutted I couldn't be there!!! xx

  7. Lovely to see you again Sandy!! We totally rocked that dance floor didnt we!! Hope the head starts to feel better soon! :D x

    @photopuddle Look forward to seeing you at one sometime soon! :)

  8. It was a wonderful experiance and an amazing uplifting evemt

  9. Had a great time, so good to meet fellow bloggers!

  10. So glad you had such a fab time. It sounded like a blast from all the tweets, blogs and piccies.

    Sorry you didn't win but I'm still made up my friend won Funniest Blog. I think it's just sunk in for her.

  11. that free wine just kept being replenished, huh? lol. It was wonderful to meet you xxx

  12. Sounds so much fun!!! Can't wait to see pictures!
    Oh and you're still a winner! Like I was told at a recent award thing; you're all winners, even if you don't win (puke!).

  13. Chuffed to have had you on my table. Can't understand why we didn't win the quiz though! We rocked. Let's do again soon. You make me laugh x

  14. Sounds like it was fab glad you all had a good time xx

  15. It was so lovely to meet you Sandy and to find out what a really nice person you are, I really expected you to win and you were unbelievably generous-hearted over it :)

  16. The Dotterel, it was fab to see you again too :-)

    Emily, it was a shame you couldn't make it. Next time, next time :-)

    New Mummy, it was lovely to see you too, I just wish we lived closer to each other x

    20 Something Mum, you know, I thought I was the only one who got drunk, clearly not ;-) x

    Photopuddle, it was. Hopefully we can meet at the next one x

  17. Emma B, me too! We must catch up at the next bloggy event x

    Emma S, my memory is patchy, but I think we rocked! Lovely to see you again x

    The Mad House, it was so warm and friendly x

    Good bye Pert Breasts, sorry we didn't get chance to chat. Maybe next time! :-)

    Kate, aw, thanks. I tell you what, this world gets smaller by the minute! x

  18. Heather, what can you do?! Lovely to meet you too x

    Baby Genie, haha, yes, we're all winners dahling! :-) x

    Maternal Tales, me too. I have a sneaking suspicion that our table was disqualified from the quiz cheating! Yes, we must do it again SOON! x

    Kerry, I think just about everyone had a ball! :-) x

    Rachel, what a lovely thing to say :-) It was a pleasure to meet you too x


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