As you might know, the MAD Blog Awards are now in their seventh year.
Back when we launched in 2010, we were the very first awards for bloggers in the UK.
The ceremony was held at Butlins in Bognor Regis and was a much simpler affair than our recent events…we kicked off with afternoon tea and cakes, and then after dinner, the awards were held in the conference room. Just 60 bloggers attended, and we handed out 10 awards.
These days, it’s an entirely different sort of event, I know.
Still, the things that we hold important about the MADS today were important then. For us, the MADS are about love, and laughter.
Love because we want to celebrate the blogs you love. They might not be the biggest, or the slickest, or the highest ranked – but if you love them, nominate them for an award and make someone’s day.
And laughter because we like to think we don’t take this stuff too seriously. Blogging is something we do because it’s fun – and we want our awards ceremony to reflect that. We make silly videos and take silly photos and we laugh – a lot.
We’ve taken a browse through the photo archives and we’ve picked out ten of the photos we think best sum up what the MAD Blog Awards are all about.
Oh, and if you haven’t nominated yet? What are you waiting for!
The One With the First Winner
Our first ever award ceremony, and the best photography award went to Deb, from Carrots and Kids. There were tears all round.
The One With the Impromptu Dance
2011, and we moved to London, where the awards were hosted by TalkTalk.
During the night, Tim from Bringing up Charlie presented the award for Most Innovative Blog, and all the finalists jumped up to bust a move together. Classic.
The One with the World’s Tiniest Celebrity
In 2012, our awards moved to the Radisson Edwardian hotel in London, and we welcomed guest host Myleene Klass, who was the tiniest human we’ve ever seen. The evening was SO much fun, and our orange sofa the setting for some awesome photos – this one, featuring the finalists in the Best Schooldays Category (Emma from Science Sparks, Jane from Northern Mum, Kate from The Five Fs, Chris from Thinly Spread and Helen from Actually Mummy) is one of our faves.
The One Where We Went to Legoland
The following year saw the MAD Bloggers head to Legoland for a family fun day complete with all our kids to celebrate reaching the finals – look closely and see how many bloggers in this photo you recognise!
The One Where we Get Emotional
Awards are by their nature competitive but this photo reminds me that, when it comes to it, bloggers are the BEST at celebrating each other, and congratulating one another on our achievements. Here are Hayley (Downs Side Up), Kate (Kate on Thin Ice) and Michelle (Mummy from the Heart) sharing a moment on stage in 2013.
The One with Dr Ranj
We love Dr Ranj. And Dr Ranj loves bloggers. Dr Ranj is also quite fond of champagne, as anyone who attended the 2014 or 2015 MAD Blog Awards can testify. Here he is early in the evening with Katie (Mummy Daddy Me) and Jenny (Let’s Talk Mommy)
The One with Props
If there’s a fun photo opportunity to be had, our finalists are ALL OVER it. And we love them for it. How many bloggers can you recognise behind the glasses?
The One About Love
A timely reminder in 2014 of what brings us all to the awards – love, for our family, for our friends, and for our blogs. It helps us achieve amazing things.
The One with Scooters
In 2015, we were so happy to welcome Micro Scooters to our sponsors – and we had SO much fun with a bunch of scooters and accessories, and our digital photo wall.
The One With Hugging
More celebrations. We love this photo from 2015 of Alison (Not Another Mummy Blog) congratulating Katie (Hurrah for Gin) on her Blog of the Year win! Congrats, Katie!
Have we captured any of your favourite MAD memories? Or is there another one you’d like to share?