Sunday, 18 September 2016

Normal Woman Wins By Doing Normal Things Shocker!

Sometimes when you are a blogger you are asked by other people what your USP is. What's your Unique Selling Point? What makes you stand out above anybody else? If you were in a lift and had to sell your ideas to some hotshot business man (as they all hang around in lifts being incredibly busy obviously) how would you pitch it? Mine would be 'normal woman does normal things'. Mmmmm right OK. That sounds a bit crap written down doesn't it? It's certainly doesn't scream "WATCH ME" but this weekend? I kinda proved it does.

Looking glam and a winner!

On Friday evening I was awarded two awards at the MADS. Which is the parenting blogging communities biggest awards. I not only got 'Best Video' but also 'Blog Of The Year'. Me. BLOG OF THE YEAR. The person who writes about her children having tantrums, how her husband irritates her sometimes and takes far to many selfies of herself with a gin in a tin in her dressing gown. Pretty normal stuff. I film weekend vlogs of me hitting the softplay with my children or crap I've brought that I didn't need. And I got two awards for just being "me".

Sometimes we forget that just being ourselves is good enough. I spent a lot of my 20's wanting to be sophisticated and glamorous in trendy bars but generally was found dancing to A-ha in Reflex supping WKD and falling over. My 30's have been spent discovering I am the worlds worst pregnant woman and try as I might? Baby clubs, baking and doing crafts with my children is not my thing. So when I started my blog I decided from the outset to just be myself. Just me. Shouting into a black void hoping that someone else would feel the same and shout back at me. In a non aggressive way of course.

Looking more like me and a winner!

And you know what? There are a hell of a lot of 'normal' people out there. Did you know that most kids have tantrums? Or that quite often a lot of us watch TV ignoring our husbands on a Friday night? And that it is perfectly fine to be a size 16 and wear clothes from supermarkets? The majority of the female population is not like Beyoncé or Taylor Swift. But sometimes in the media it feels that the only people represented are the extraordinary rather than the ordinary. And don't get me wrong I LOVE Beyoncé. She is clearly not normal and we need that to keep life interesting.

Arty award shot. Oh fancy!

But for every one Beyoncé there are a million 'Emma's' (I think I may have just compared myself to Beyoncé  but f*ck it I'm award wining this weekend). Both types of women are different but BOTH types of women are equally valuable. So if you are extraordinary or ordinary? Just be you. The best you you can be. My best you is a slightly chubby, approaching 40 mother and teacher. Who can laugh at herself and hopefully make a few other people laugh along the way. And this weekend proves? I am 100% successful at this #winning

And now for the diva thanks....
Thanks to Tots100 and the Mad Blog Awards for an evening I will NEVER forget.
Thanks to my kids for providing me with the best content and being so hilarious.
Thanks to my husband for letting me take photos whilst he sits there bored.
Thanks to my lovely Mum and Dad for being my lovely Mum and Dad.
Thanks to all my lovely new blogging friends. You beauts.
Thanks to all my non blogging friends for listening whilst I nause on about my blog.
Thanks to every single reader who laughs at a post, watches my videos, sends me DMs to tell me their stories and for generally making me feel that being normal rocks. Love you!

Watch my speech and me generally be insane with excitement! 

37 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I love your advice on just being yourself. I totally agree - brilliant advice from a brilliant blogger and vlogger! Alison x

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  2. Totally deserved, you bloody rock! xx

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  3. Congratulations Emma, and well done for flying the flag for us Emma's (literally in my case, and in what seems like the case for a lot of bloggers - I'm sure Emma is the most popular name for them!).

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  4. Your are ace and fully deserve those awards x

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    1. Ah thanks so much love. It was so amazing to see you xxx

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  5. Your are ace and fully deserve those awards x

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  6. Congratulations Emma! I'm so pleased for you. Normal rocks! Your enthusiasm was infectious on Friday night. Sorry I didn't say hi or introduce myself properly. I did manage to hang off you for a group picture at the end of the night though. Might have been a bit tipsy by that point 😆 X

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    1. I am so sad that you never said that you were you! I would have giving you a big old hug! x

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  7. I am so happy for you! you deserve this big time! I am a huge reader and vlogger watcher of yours and for me who is still trying to find her voice and feet in the world of blogging your someone i look up to as you have a completely unique voice! Way to go girl! I super happy for you. Sending you lots of love and hugs xox

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    1. Ah thanks so much chick! I really appreciate it! x

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  8. So thoroughly thoroughly well deserved Emma. And everything you've said is so true...! Plus I have to say I'm not a Beyoncé fan anyway, so I'd rather read about everyday Emmas any day of the week. Congratulations lovely!!!! x

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    1. Ah thanks my dancing partner in crime. Love to see you! x

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  9. Congratulations Emma, I'm so chuffed for you, and you looked absolutely fabulous x

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  10. Fabulous. So glad you won. I read all your blog's and think your ace!!

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  11. Congratulations! I am so pleased for you! I was watching on Periscope and cheered when you were announced the winner of your two awards...They were totally deserved! Well done you! x

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    1. Ah thanks so much for all your support over on Wicked Wednesdays x

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  12. ha ha wonder who said make a proper speech!!! You aced it girlie!

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  13. Couldn't have gone to a better blogger bab!! xxx

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    1. Thanks so much lovely! Hope you and baby are well! x

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  14. Congratulations! I love that you won these awards. You totally deserve them of course, but it's great that are representing the normal woman. So many blogs are sanitised and made to look beautiful and I'm just not interested in that. Real life in all it's messy glory is far more interesting! X

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much Sarah. I really appreciate that! x

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  15. So many congratulations doll, I'm so proud to have such an amazing and wonderful pal, you are brilliant and you are so deserving of this. xx

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    1. And I am proud to be chummies with FOODIES NUMBER ONE! x

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  16. Congratulations! I've only recently stumbled across your blog and find your posts hilarious and raw. Look forward to your next post. Chloe (A Cold Cup of Chloe) xx

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  17. I love this Emma, it's taken me a long time to just be me, and that's what i'm doing now! Such god advice :D xx

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  18. Huge congratulations, I'm so pleased for you. You always share the 'normal' and I think we all love to see that, blogs and vlogs. Sending smiles and hugs xx

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    1. Thanks my lovely lovely lovely friend. One of the best things to come out of blogging is you! x

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  19. Emma, I'm just going to come right out and say it, I love you. A lot. But wait, is that second photo really you too?! :D :D :D Huge congrats, so happy you won, fab speech, and yes you are an inspiration to many x

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    1. Ah thanks bab!!! I really appreciate it! xxxxx

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