2018 was always going to be an interesting year for this little corner of the internet. Now that I work four days a week, I don’t have as much time or headspace to dedicate to creating content; especially when you add in having to keep up a presence on social media, the photography involved, shooting and editing video footage…and just all of the many elements which go into making Catch A Single Thought the blog that it is.
I remember sitting down with James at the start of the year and basically, to quote my favourite (not) line from X-Factor…’this is a make or break year for me’. Either I can achieve the things I want so very badly to achieve, or I have to admit that it is time to take a step back from the blog and from Youtube and just go back to being a non-influencer. Of course in my heart of hearts that isn’t what I wanted to do, but with so much else going on, I needed to prioritise the things which made me happiest.
And then out of the blue, a message slid into my DMs. ‘Congratulations…you have been shortlisted for the Lifestyle Vlogger category at The Northern Blog Awards 2018.’ Believe me when I tell you that my jaw hit the ground. I don’t think I have ever been nominated for a thing in my life, never mind an award. Isn’t it funny how just at that moment when we begin to wonder if we are just caught in a different kind of rat-race, something amazing goes and happens.
It’s a tricky one because I don’t write and I don’t film just for the accolades. But knowing that there are people who appreciate the content I create goes a huge way to boosting my motivation and beating that little voice in my head that often compares me to others, telling me to keep on trucking. It reminded me that I do in fact have my own little community, and that this space is appreciated by other people.
So despite the fact that I have been blogging for over six years now, September saw me attend my first ever blogging awards ceremony!
The Night Itself…
I felt very much like this was a big night for me. Not only were James and I able to get dressed up but it felt like I was making a statement. I don’t want to walk away from everything I have worked so hard to build here; I was fully invested again in my blog and my channel. I want to make this work and I am excited for the potential that I have here. For some reason, when people ask me about my blog and my Youtube I try and play it down. I make out as though it isn’t something that I spend a good portion of my time thinking about, planning and executing. I honestly can’t tell you why that is but I know that I need to be better about it. So with that in mind, we put on our gladrags (I even got my make up done!) and away we went to The Midland Hotel in Manchester.
The night was absolutely fantastic from start to finish. There were a few brands dotted about with different things for people to get involved with; like clambering into baths in a very undignified manner, having photos taken in a booth and against a flower wall of dreams and so on. This was mixed in with a delicious three course meal, the awards ceremony and then dancing until the wee hours.
You will have to forgive the quality of the photos. James did a stellar job of filming with my big camera whilst I whirled about, drinking prosecco and having the best time, but it meant I was mostly using my phone to take pictures and despite it being a blogger fail, these are the best I have.
As I had expected, I didn’t win my category, although the vlogger who won then went on to win ‘Content Creator of the Year 2018’ so I won’t put myself down too much.
As we had to get back for the kids, we left at around 11pm but it was a wonderful night and we both thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Even if my feet ached by the very end! I’ll be uploading a vlog this Sunday evening with some more footage of the night if you want to keep your eyes peeled for that.
So what’s the update?
The final piece of the puzzle, and I’ll try not to waffle on too much, is that this has given me a second wind. It is very inspiring to be surrounded by people who are all interested in the same things you are; who have a passion for creating vivid and interesting content whether that be through their words, their photography or their videography and it reminded me why I love what I do so very much. I just need to learn to shout about it a little more.
I don’t have the same capacity for creating content as I did this time last year but that doesn’t mean that I am going to stop. I have some exciting ideas for my Youtube channel in particular, and I want to get back into writing more meaningful content over here as well as I do miss that aspect. We have a press trip coming up in November so look out for an update following that, and a few things in the pipeline for 2019 as well. So overall I am very much looking forward to the next few months and I want to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for me, who takes the time to visit here and read what I have to say, and who encourages me with comments on a regular basis. It really does mean a lot. And my promise is that I am going to try and be more organised, and keep things rolling along. Because it really is something I love doing and I don’t want it to stop just yet.