Matildas Musings is a finalist in UK Blog Awards 2016

UKBA finalist_facebookGreat excitement at Matildas Rest and I am bouncing on my tyres with some amazing news! I can proudly reveal that my blog has become a finalist in the UK Blog Awards 2016.

I will say that again – as it sounds good – Matildas Musings is a finalist in the blogging Oscars!

So firstly a huge thanks to each and everyone of you who is a believer, and who took the time to vote to ensure I came out tops in the public vote. And to those who doubted I would become a finalist – well obviously you were outnumbered!

I can’t quite believe that out of more than 2,000 blogs who were nominated by the blogging community and entered into the awards, that my blog – the only blog to be written by a classic Jack Taylor tandem – has become one of the select final 10 receive such recognition in my category.

And I am more than chuffed to reveal that the category in which Matildas Musings is a finalist is the Most Innovative – which probably comes down to the fact that not many blog are written by a tandem!

I of course have to thank my esteemed ‘Team Tandem Ecosse’ crew for helping me achieve this sought after accolade – as I simply couldn’t have done it without my dynamic duo of the “old git” and “the old gal.”

You see, they give me so much opportunity and ammunition to use in my quest to be amusing! But they are secretly delighted at being listed as a finalist!

Particularly the “old git” who has been known to write a thing or two of his own in his work-life, and who I think is just a tad jealous! And the “old gal” is basking in the fame!

So what happens now I hear you ask?

Well the “old git” got an email telling us that the finalists are now all considered by a judging panel – specialists in each category.

It seems judging starts immediately and will be carried out remotely until Friday 19 February.

And the UK Blog Awards 2016 are encouraging finalists to connect with the judges via social media – on Twitter and Facebook – during the judging process. In the meantime I can wear my badge with pride across my social media channels.

For those who are interested in the competition I face to win the coveted award, you can read a synopsis of all ten finalists in the Most Innovative category here.

I have had a look and I am among a real cross-section of innovative blogs to reach the final. Others include blogs in the final include subjects such as guinea pigs, wildlife gadgets, duff Christmas films, heavy metal music, how to be thrifty, and even a blog about the adventures of a travelling mouse!

Just what the judges will make of all the finalists will be – to say the least – interesting!

After the judging process, the results will be revealed at the glitzy UK Blog Awards 2016 presentation evening being held at the end of April at the Park Plaza Hotel in Westminster, London.

The good news, no matter what happens at the awards evening, is that I can now proudly refer to Matildas Musings as a UK Blog Award finalist – quite an honour indeed.

I just wonder if the “old git” can get a special tandem badge made up so people would know my fame when they see me!

You’ll excuse me if we all go now and have a wee glass of fizz to celebrate!

Thanks again for all your support!

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Vote for Matildas Musings in the UK Blog Awards 2016!

votenow_odeon_facebookThe start of a New Year and lots of excitement at Matildas Rest as voting is now open for the UK Blog Awards 2016.

You may remember in December this “old lady” was delighted when the “old git” received an email saying that my blog – yes Matildas Musings – had received recognition from the blogging community and had been nominated in the UK Blog Awards 2016.

And believe it or not it has been nominated in two separate categories – travel and most innovative. (Not sure what is innovative about the blog … other than the fact that a tandem is writing it … but I suppose that is fairly unusual in itself!)

So now that voting is open, I need to encourage all you lovely readers of my musings – fellow tandemers or just friends and interested parties – to vote for my blog! We need as many votes as we can!

I have just been reading over all the rules and to vote all you do is simply click here to record your vote in the blog awards

That takes you direct to the Matildas Musings page on the UK Blog Awards 2016 website where you can read all about the blog and why it is nominated.

Click on the “vote now” image and you will be directed to a short form where you will be asked for your name and email address.

In the select category section there is a drop down arrow which reveals the categories that Matildas Musings is nominated under. Please click on the one which says Travel + Most Innovative as that means you vote in both categories at the same time!

You will receive a confirmation email once your vote has been registered.

The rules state that you can vote once every day until the closing date of Monday 25 January. Therefore, you may vote using the same email address more than once, but on separate days.

So please get voting – simply click here to record your vote in the blog awards.

And feel free to vote for Matildas Musings as many times as you can! Put in your daily planners until Monday 25 January. Remember every vote counts!

You will be making this “old lady” classic Jack Taylor tandem – and my crew of the “old git” and the “old gal” – very happy as we see all the votes being registered.

Thanks for your support!