This weekend has been an interesting one. I travelled god knows how many miles, in a car with girls who inspire me every day whilst breaking every X Factor rule of never singing Whitney. But it was for a very good reason.
A few months ago I remember sitting in my old kitchen, opening my laptop and turning on the interwebz to find out who had been nominated for the #BloggersBlogAwards. I squealed in delight as mate after mate was announced as a nominee. I had an inkling I might be up for ‘Best Dating and Relationships’ as a lot of people had mentioned they’d nominated me. And then the shortlist was announced, and I was up!
I proceeded to message everyone I know in a textual stranglehold of, ‘vote for me repeatedly and without fatigue or we can never be friends’.
You see, I’m competitive. INSERT BEING A TWIN PSYCHOLOGY. So I’m not going to pretend I was ‘just happy to be nominated’ (I was but I also reeeally wanted to win). In fact I badgered my sister into voting so much that she eventually broke and made her colleagues vote for me too.
On the way to Leeds with Laila, Jemma and Elena we discussed who we’d like to see taking each title and when we got to dating they assured me it was mine. However, having been a reader of the other nominees since finding myself single nearly a year ago, I wasn’t convinced. They all had a bigger and regular audience OF COURSE IT WASN’T ME. But I hoped.
We arrived at the venue in a flurry of, ‘let’s meet EVERYONE and drink ALL THE PROSECCO’. We did meet everyone and they were all incredible. Bloggers Online vs Real Life? No dickheads here!
After chatting and circle jerking over each other’s blogs, we sat down for the awards announcement. Before I knew it, I felt tapping on my shoulders to say it was my category and good luck.
And then I won.
And then I got up on stage, slightly too drunk, slightly too nervous and very excitedly did the most embarrassing speech of my life.
After jokingly constructing 2 acceptance speeches that would piss people off, I decided that not everyone would get my sense of humour so to make something up on the spot. I did. It was a poem and it failed.
I meant to say, ‘Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, I’m single and lonely but it entertains you.’
What I actually said was, ‘…I’m single and lonely but at least it makes you happy!’ I then swore, hugged Hayley and ran for the hills.
Apparently people cheered. Apparently people chanted Vix and apparently I won by ‘a landslide’. The overly competitive freak inside me was satisfied. It was all a huge prosecco filled blur!
I don’t remember much about the rest of the night except it involved more drinking, eating and bum licking people whose blogs I love.
But the weekend is over and I’m home now. All that’s left to say is a huge thank you to everyone who nominated me, everyone who voted and everyone who was so kind to me this weekend.
*currently deciding if it’s too soon/too wanky to put ‘award winning blogger’ in my social media bios.
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