Friday, 8 May 2015

MAD Blog Awards 2015

Every year you'll find me asking for nominations for the MAD blog awards. They say you don't have to be MAD to enter, but you do have to be a mum or a dad. I could possible fit both categories (I mean mum and mad, not mum and dad!)

Raisie Bay has been part of my life now for almost four years (next month!) We've been on quite a journey and the whole time I've been trying to find my niche, or my voice, or whatever it is that makes a blogger stand out from the crowd. I'm not sure I've succeeded, or that I ever will, but I'm still here and I'm still trying and I'm thankful that people do stop by to read me.

A friend said to me just before Christmas that she liked my old blog, the one where I wrote from the heart. This made me think that maybe I'd lost my way a little and I am trying to find that path again, but without being too open. My audience is a lot bigger than it was then and I'm not sure I can be so personal, but I'm trying to find a balance. That's why I started up Monday Musings (which is not always posted on a Monday.) That's my voice, my thoughts, I'm trying to let go a little more. 

I also have a weekly linky, Kids in the Kitchen. Now into the second year it's not the most popular linky on the blogverse. I don't get bloggers waiting with their posts for my linky to go live so they can drop them off first. There have been a couple of weeks with just one or two linkers. However, it was never really my intention for it to be link drop, or comment collector. What I have found is that there are some lovely bloggers out there who join in for the fun and I've made some good friends. Just in case my non-blogging readers are wondering what I'm going on about, it's the weekly post I write about a recipe that I've made with my kids and encourage others to share their recipes.

My blog is my little corner of the internet. My online diary of things I've done and places I've been. Stories of my life and my children. Raisie Bay has followed my baby boy turn into a school boy, my little girl go through the nightmare of a broken neck, a change of home and a change of school for the kids. A lot has happened in the last four years and most of it has been recorded here.

For the future of Raisie Bay my promise is to hold back less, give you more of my voice. Be a little less afraid of sharing who I am. Learn how to take better photos and share them with you. Continue to come up with great recipes to share, especially for the kids. Share with you my journey, the things I have coming up this year like my daughter's official diagnosis (hopefully) and my doing the Race for Life, plus lots of fun outings including a pilgrimage I have planned (but it's under wraps for now.) Continue to raise awareness of what it's like living with disabilities. Show you more pics of my cats (I have to put that in, everyone loves cats...and just in case you don't, we are thinking of getting a dog too!)

So if you've a minute or two to spare, I'd love it if you would take time to put your votes in for this years awards. I think my blog would fit nicely in the School days category as I have three children at school.
To vote go to
pick your blog of the year and then go on to the categories page.
my URL is

Many thanks!

Tots100 MAD Blog Awards

A few things we've been up to on the blog over the past 12 months.

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1 comment:

  1. Wishing you lots of luck with these awards, def think you deserve it x


It is so nice of you to stop by my blog, I would love for you to leave a comment too. I will reply to as many as I can and if you are a blogger you can expect a return visit from me. Many thanks, Anne xx

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