The MAD Blog Awards 2016

I can barely believe it but I’m a finalist again in this years MAD blog awards. I really thought I didn’t stand a chance as the standards in the blogging world have risen and there are so many great new blogs out there. I almost feel as though I’m in a blogging rut, I don’t have an interesting twist, I’ve never even found my niche. I’m not actually sure where I fit in, but I do know that I love blogging and I’m not ready to give up yet. And that is why I blog, purely out of the love of it. I have my own little space here on the internet and whether anyone comes to read it or not I’ll still keep going.

I’ve been a finalist three times now, the competition is tough and I’ve never expected to win but the more I go on the more I covet that trophy, just to say I did it. Of course it’s a popularity contest, most of blogging is, there are so many blogs out there how could it be anything else. I’ve never really been popular though so how come I get this far? I guess there must be some people out there kind enough to nominate me. Maybe there will be some out there kind enough to vote for me too?

So, the voting is open for about four weeks and you can find the voting form here: Vote in the MAD blog awards 2016
Before you make your choices you can see a whole list of finalists here: 2016 – The Finalists
There are some fabulous blogs there so do take a few minutes to click through.

And if you’ve clicked through that list and come to my blog for the first time, then a big hello, I’m Anne and I’ve been here since 2011. I have three school aged children which is why you find me in the school days category. I blog about our family life, our life with autism and EDS, my crippling condition Transverse Myelitis, our fun times (because nothing stops us) and quite a bit of cooking too.

My little blog, Raisie Bay, can be found in the schooldays category if you would like to give me your vote.

Thank you to everyone who helped me to get this far.

I’ve put together this little montage of photos from Raisie Bay from the last year, there have been some good times and so much cake!

This year started badly, but despite what has happened I’m determined to make it as good as last year, in fact even better! Getting to be a finalist in MAD blog awards is just the beginning.

Thank you once again to anyone who takes a minute to nominate and/or vote for every single blog, it really does mean a lot.


  1. April 25, 2016 / 8:38 pm

    Huge well done on getting to the finals!! I've only just discovered your blog but shall be reading from now on!

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A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

A little Note About Positive Reviews on Raisie Bay

Some people only write reviews when things go wrong with products, which is good because it lets people know that there could be potential problems. I’ve also seen negative feedback with say things like, I had to return this item because the colour did not suit me…is this useful?

I write reviews on most items I buy because I like to give genuine feedback. If I have a genuine problem with a product I will write my review in the appropriate place.

I write reviews on my blog too, but they are mostly positive. Why? Because I only write reviews for the things I’ve loved. If I don’t love them I let the person who sent me them know with details why and then let them decided if they would rather me write a negative review or not write one at all. It’s always the latter.

This is my blog, my place and I’ll let you know about the things I love. If you want to find out what other people have hated about the product then you will need to look elsewhere.

My reviews may all be positive, but they are still genuine.