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Don’t Miss Out; 2017 Blogger Bash Award Nominations – Voting Now Open


Blogger Bash Awards 2017


It’s not very often one wakes up to discover that some kind soul has nominated you for an award at the upcoming Annual #BloggersBash. However, yesterday this mysteriously happened to me. Just in case anyone wasn’t aware of the Bash itself (and it happens; I have been blogging for just over a year and only became aware of it quite recently, my bad!) in a nutshell its a real live event held at a London venue where bloggers from all over meet up in the real and get to know each other in person. All very exciting so here are the links to learn more:

About the 2017 Bash

Get your tickets here

Award nominations and GET voting here


Back to the mysterious. It seems, upon visiting the voting link (above), there I was, sitting in the BEST PAL BLOG AWARD 2017 nominations list.


“The criteria is: Which blogger do you want to go to the pub with? Or maybe have dinner with? Who never fails to reply to comments, and has thoughtful things to say. Maybe they encourage the community through weekly challenges or blog parties. Who wouldn’t the blogging world be the same without?”


No idea who I can hold responsible for this alleged similarity to the criteria, pub aside, I can do that rather well; but the rest? seriously? A mere sixteen months after joining the blogosphere and a dearth of regular posts this very year (reasons undisclosed; to be corrected shortly) and some generous soul has secretly put my name forwards.

Whoever you are, I will hunt you down and share your posts all over; be warned. Either that or write you into an upcoming book wearing the sort of coloured top that Star Trek away teams used to dread. Actually, I have a novel in mind already and a certain fellow blogger reading this might even hazard a guess as to what it might be about.

I digress, I am seriously honoured to have been nominated amongst such fine fellow bloggers. Just getting onto the list in the first place is #awesome and a privilege. I have one thing to say…




Now get over to the voting link and get involved; even if you aren’t going. Its your blogosphere and anyone connected to it can cast a vote; even it you don’t then there are some awesome blogs listed that are well worth a looksee.

And my final words are…

Best Blogging Pal… just saying !








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Former research scientist the became the primary stay at home Dad for two children. Writing has always been factual in the previous life but always had a fascination with fiction but never been brave enough to develop it further. A comfort zone thing. Science writing is familiar, fiction is not. Hopefully the blog will provide more confidence and lead to a change in career writing from home around children!


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    • Well, in truth it is an open event for bloggers and some do fly in from other countries to participate in the event. If you ever felt up to it for next year then hop over to the event organisers and I bet they will give you details of when and how and even hotels that are close by 🙂 Although I believe at the moment they are somewhat on downtime after this years lol

        • The first link at the top of the post is to Sacha Blacks blog post on this years Bash. If you subscribe to the Bash newsletter it will give you a heads up about next years event when they start organising it. Comments on her post get replied to but if you are on Facebook there is also a Bloggers Bash group page where anything I’ve ever asked on the page has been answered really quickly. There the whole community gets involved and they are really friendly

    • OMG, it’s….you….OK, had a bad start to the year so had a bit of an absence. But, trying to get back into the doing things thing! Really must pop over and check out the new things in purple 😊 Thank you so much Melinda xx

      • Hi!! Hope I didn’t give u a heart attack there, commenting outta the blue!! lol
        C’mon down!!
        Since you’re in England, will you be going to Bash in person?
        You’re very welcome, Gary.

        • Not quite, but it’s wonderful to see you after my terrible hiatus! Sadly I’m not going to said bash having only recently become aware of it. Can’t rush an introvert !! This nomination was entirely unexpected and amidst such long standing bloggers I feel rather out of place. Maybe next year!

            • Most kind of you Melinda! Maybe next year I might even go and see what its all about!!! I rather think I need one of those Janice clones here now too lol

              • No problem, Gary. That would be cool, send me a pix, standing beside Geoffle, if he has purple hair again!
                Oh yes, those would come in so handy!!
                I’m working on the process, in a secret underground laboratory- ssshhh!!

                • LOL, you mean go AND take selfies??? and breathe!!! Good show; I am of the opinion its clones or time turners, or both! Keeping up is proper hard when the sun is out !!

  2. Well deserved…you are as kind and loyal as you are gifted…I voted for you–and will freak right out if you don’t win! haha 🙂

    • Thank you so much Truly! In truth I’m happy just getting nominated; even that was totally out of the blue!! 🙂

  3. Mega congrats, dear man! Needless to say, I’ve already voted for you, and I have the sneaking suspicion that the person who nominated you is someone who also nominated me. If I’m correct, it means they didn’t make the ballot, something I plan to remedy next year…

    Speaking of, have you any idea how they determine the final nominations? I’ve heard tell that there were hundreds they had to cull through, but I was curious – if one person nominated a blog, would that be enough to make the cut, or does it need to be multiple?

    • Thank you dear lady and most kind of you indeed! It seems you have a better suspicion than me. I have no idea who, or even why!!

      Interesting question and I have also pondered it. If hundreds are nominated then I can’t see it being random who makes the cut as that might be a tad unfair. Might be something to ask Sacha methinks

      • I’ll whisper in your ear via FB with my suspicion. I considered asking Sacha, but I’m guessing she’s rather swamped at the moment getting ready for the big shindig, and I hate to bother her.

        • Interesting thought now I’ve thought about it too! What about Hugh; he’s in the FB group too I think 🙂

    • Ooh, thank you so much Daisy. Still not sure who or why I’ve been nominated amongst such established bloggers mind. To me just getting on the list is flipping amazing 😊🙃😊

      • Gary ket me inform you why you’ve been nominated 😉 well, why I voted for you. If We do go to the pub with you. Interesting conversations. Good luck.

        • Lol, apparently I engage other bloggers, help and support and share their posts loads!!! Judging by conversations on your blog they would certainly be more than interesting too. Thanks for the vote too x

  4. If only London were closer to Missouri! I will be casting my vote now for you, Gary! Rock on!

    • Thank you so much Melanie 🙂 Do they have an equivalent bash over there at all?

        • Thank you and yes, everything I hear about them is good. Faces to blogs and friendships growing out of the screens. Maybe get a holiday overseas out of it too at some point!

    • Thank you so much Patty 🙂 Not that I feel I deserve to be amongst such fine bloggers given the short length of time I’ve been blogging!!! Must catch up soon too x

      • Don’t debate me 😛 Whoever nominated you, was right to do so! Looking forward to that, but no pressure. Take all the time you need 😉

        • LOL, wouldn’t dream of it!!!! I feel I’m getting back into the swing of things; slow start this year, but getting better. One thing that has baffled me though is I didn’t appear to be following your blog! I was, because I’ve seen your post notifications…not sure what happened, but rectified it just now 🙂

          • I noticed that and baffled me too! Maybe because I migrated the followers of Mimosa to Dreampack? I hope not, because I don’t know how to undo it 🙁

            • It might be that. not that I’m a guru when it comes to migrating followers. I know I didn’t unfollow you if that helps. Although it might have just got you reaching for the anxiety shelf instead. Any support people you can e-mail to find out?

              • Well, I definitely going to look into this…thanks for informing me, best pal 😉

                • Funny as ever 😉 Mind you mentioning it was probably a good thing. Not knowing and having a problem is worse than knowing and working out how to fix it x

                  • I already found out…all my lovely followers are indeed transferred to Dreampack. And I can’t reverse it (if I understood correct). Well, going to have to write a post about that, so people can decide what they want to do. Ok, ok…I will beat you to it ‘women and technique’….hihi

                    • I saw the post 😊 However, after liking it I tried to comment and it seems to have disappeared! (The comment that is, not the post). Not hit a spam filter has it? If not will try again later x

                    • Nothing in the spam filter…could you please be so kind to try again?

                    • Ok, just re-tried and hitting “post” clears the message as if it’s queued, but initially the page didn’t refresh to show anything. Reloaded the page and repeated it and it went into moderation. Not sure if it’s just me that’s affecting??

                    • That is because I have it set up like that; first time reply I moderate. As of know you can shout, scream and thus write whatever you want 😉
                      Thanks Gary for helping me out on this! Much appreciated. Signing of, wishing you a good night. XxX

                    • Sorry, I meant to emphasise I had to repeat the post TWICE on the second attempt. The first sent as if the comment went but nothing happened. I had to reload the page, paste the message back in and try again before it notified me it was in moderation. Might have been my end mind. iPads are sometimes temperamental. I’ll try again on my PC tomorrow and see if it shots straight through.

                    • Thanks Gary! Again, your assistance is much appreciated; makes it easier to figure it all out. However, it seems everything is working again. XxX

                    • No problem Patty; I work on the premise that if nobody ever says anything then the person concerned might never actually know something is not quite right; better ten people say something and repeat it than nobody saying anything at all! Or, put another way; if something is wrong with mine I’d hope friends would mention it 🙂 x

  5. 😊😊😊 but are you coming to the bash aren’t you???? 😉 voted!

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