This is how I really felt about being a finalist in, but not winning, the Littlewoods Ireland BOPs awards:
Damn, I didn’t win, but OMG I’m not surprised because did you SEE who I was up against? Pro, award winning, travel journalists who also do TV! Seriously, people, I was thrilled to have my blog up in the finals against them. I even got onto KCLR radio to talk about just that.
I’ve only recently started trying to make Vibrant Ireland something more than a hobby. I’m going to crow about having my blog in such fantastic company until Vibrant Ireland wins its own award one day 😀
It turned out that I couldn’t make the trip to Dublin for the awards ceremony as I wasn’t yet well enough. Instead I followed along on Twitter from the comfort of my pyjamas and bed. Interestingly, there were 2 sets of ties! One in Food, and the other in my category of Travel where both Pol O’Conghaile & Tom Sweeney won. Since I AM being honest, there being 2 winners was a little weird for me; with just us 4 finalists (the aforementioned men, Julianne Mooney & I) I kinda felt like it illustrated that Vibrant Ireland was definitely in last place. *Self indulgent sniffle* But, to be honest, I know my writing isn’t as good as their writing. (Yet!) I don’t go back and edit enough, and my writing clarity, word choice & much more needs to improve. But I’m working on it!
What Do You Want?
Readers, I’d love your input in regards to what you want to read here. Do you want more hotel reviews, things to do, photo posts, or maybe less of something? Vibrant Ireland is for YOU; I don’t intend it to be my personal travel journal– I want it to give you ideas, tips and inspiration for your own excursions & travel (including enjoying Vibrant Ireland simply as armchair travel!) You can email me your thoughts at hello @ vibrantireland.com or you can also go to the Vibrant Ireland Facebook Page and leave a comment or message me there. You may also comment at the bottom of this post. Just be aware that 1 week after I publish a post, comments here close & you’ll have to use the other methods. Thanks a mil for your feedback!
Give Up or Go On?
Being a finalist with the top travel journalists in Ireland at the BOPs Awards- that’s Blogs & Online Publications, to give it the full title- has been a privilege and a needed boost for me. Again, in the honesty vein, sometimes I think of just stopping doing Vibrant Ireland. It takes lots of work, and as I don’t earn from it it can seem a waste of time and money; particularly because I’m no longer employed. But then positive things like the BOPs happen and it gives me another impetus to up my game so I can turn Vibrant Ireland / writing / sharing Ireland & cultural travel into a career. So, thank you everyone who enjoys and interacts with Vibrant Ireland, thank you to who nominated & voted, and thank you to the BOPS folk!
Here is the full scoop on the awards & the winners of the Littlewoods Ireland BOPs:
Ireland’s Digital Journalists Celebrate The BOPs
Irish bloggers and online journalists came together last night in Café en Seine to celebrate the 2014 Blog and Online Publishing Awards (BOPs) in association with Littlewoods Ireland. The first year of the event, digital movers and shakers mixed with celebrities and industry insiders to celebrate all that is good about Ireland’s digital media.
Over 23,000 votes were cast to decide who went home with the awards and celebrity guests at the awards party included Cathy O’Connor and model and Miss World contestant Holly Carpenter.
Emma Power, CEO of PRSlides said “We’re very excited to help acknowledge the work of so many talented bloggers in Ireland. We have such great homegrown talent in Ireland and there is a great culture of blogging here across fashion, food, interiors, motors, tech and so many other fields,”
Cathy O’Connor hosted the ceremony, while Holly Carpenter presented each award. “I was thrilled to be asked to present the awards for this year’s BOPS. It’s great to see online journalists being appreciated like this,” Holly said.
The award or Best Fashion Read went to the fabulous Her.ie while Emma Henderson was delighted with her Best Beauty Read award for Fluff and Fripperies. In the Best Lifestyle & Family Read category, Where Wishes Come From booked the babysitters and celebrated until the early morning with their award.
For the Best Business blogging award, DolledUp.ie went away with the honours and the team at Silicon Republic were in high spirits after being announced as the winner for Best Tech Read. To the delight of petrolheads everywhere, Joe.ie took the award for Best Motoring Read.
French Foodie in Dublin & Donal Skehan’s Homecooked Kitchen Blog were voted joint Best Food Read while there was also a tie for Best Travel Read with Pol O’Conghaile & Tom Sweeney’s Travels both taking a gong. One Fab Day delighted brides everywhere with an award for Best Wedding Read.
The big prize on the the night was The Journal who took the award for Best News & Current Affairs as well as an award for Online Publisher of the Year.
As well as the more established publications, the BOPs also kept one eye on the future with Carolyn Moore overjoyed at being voted One to Watch in 2014 for her blog The Dress Down.