The One about the MADs

Mads2 There’s so much to say about the MADs Awards Ceremony, which took place last night at Butlins Bognor Regis.

I want to tell you about how surprised Tim was to win one award – and how he almost forgot to stand up to accept his second. I loved how Deb cried when she accepted her award, and I laughed so hard I almost passed out when Emma customised her outfit using the table lights and Pippa made us all deeply jealous with her iPad tweeting. 

But it will keep.

I had a six-hour drive home today and I spent a lot of it thinking about what the MAD Awards has taught me. And it’s that bloggers – Mums, Dads and the rest of us – are a community – and a strong one, at that.

That doesn’t mean we always think the same things (we don’t) or that we always agree (we certainly don’t). It doesn’t mean we write the same sorts of things, or have the same approach to blogging. 

But the MAD Awards was a real achievement for our community. Because while it’s my name on the website, most of the credit for such a great evening belongs to everyone who has taken part and supported the awards, even when some crisis or other threatened  to derail us.

So this is where I say the massive thank you I meant to say last night when I was holding the microphone, but couldn’t quite find the words.

I have to thank Ellie for helping with the copywriting; Alex for helping me on countless occasions with the website, Yuri for sorting out and running the live blog with the fantastic assistance of Emma and Clare, who also helped to put together the quiz. Deb also helped writing some of the speeches.

Thanks, Hayley, for providing amazing photography services, and Nikki for helping with the trophies. Thanks to Pippa for helping to stuff the gift bags, even while some people (cough) in the room were acting like headless chickens shouting, “We’ll never make it! Stop! I think I’ve given Tim an epilator!” 

Thanks to all the bloggers who handed out awards, particularly those who weren’t expecting to give out awards – Naomi, Vix and Heather, you’re all amazing women, and Heather definitely wins the prize for the best speech given by a presenter who wasn’t expecting to present a prize.  Thanks to Joanne, Susanna and Sue for being judges, you guys did a great job. 

Then there are those bloggers like Karin and Deborah who offered lifts to other guests, everyone who shared rooms, and those who helped look after the children who were in Bognor – Claire and Pippa were completely heroic on that score.

Claire from 20SomethingMum did a sterling job helping other guests secure sponsored outfits and underwear (who knew that was even possible?) and Jen has just been the most fantastic source of support and sanity over the last couple of months.  Thanks to Sandy for buying me a much-needed drink at the end of the night. And to Jo for finding someone to make us balloon models at 11pm – an impressive achievement.

I’m sure I’ve forgotten a load of people, for which I   apologise, but thanks to you all. Well done. I hope you’re proud of what we’ve achieved together, and that you’re glad to be a part of our slightly bonkers little community – I know I am.  

We'll be posting all the photos onto Flickr and over the next few days we'll update the MADs website with a selection of pictures plus video footage of the awards, and a cleaned up version of the live blog. I'll let you all know when it's ready! In the meantime, if you blog about the awards, it would be great if you could leave a link here in the comments so people can come and read about your evening.

Thanks again – and goodnight (I'm going to go and sleep for three days!)


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. Emma
    14th September 2010 / 10:12 pm

    *Wipes the tears of laughter & happiness from eyes*
    It was a fantastic night.. I’m filled with warmth just thinking about all thise smiles from all the winners and from all the fun that happened last night. I’m filled with hysertics just thinking about the post-mads party and then I’m filled with fear because I know there will be some kind of photo/video evidence of what went on.
    Well done Sally. I dont know what word can sum it all up other then WOW.
    I’m going to go back to stroking my philips lights.. in my tiredness lets hope I dont start stroking the epilator!
    Thank You x

  2. 14th September 2010 / 9:51 pm

    Sounds like you all had a wonderful time – I have heard about the balloons from my mate slummysinglemummy……
    Hope your hangovers have subsidedxx

  3. Holly@itsamummyslife
    14th September 2010 / 9:54 pm

    Hello! I wasn’t there, but felt like I lived it on Twitter and live blog. I think the MADS is a wonderful celebration of our community, I’m so proud to be a part of it and to have won an award is absolutely bloody fantastic. So I wasn’t there, but see here for my ‘acceptance’ speech!! Thanks Sally and everyone else who was involved in organising such a great event.

  4. 14th September 2010 / 10:00 pm

    Well done Sally and everyone else who made this happen. I was following on the live blog (which was fab) and wishing I could have been there. I blogged a short post with a big thank you to everyone who voted for me in the Family Fun category. I didn’t win (Congratulations Pippa!) but was so pleased to be part of it.

  5. 14th September 2010 / 10:03 pm

    I was there courtesy of the live blogging (which was fantastic) and it sounded like a great night – a brilliant positive event that was much needed.
    There’d better be one next year so I can come…. I’ll be booking my room and my days off work the day we get the dates this this time lol.
    Ooooh and I even won a prize on the Twitter quiz 😉

  6. 15th September 2010 / 12:18 am

    So sad not to be there. Congratulations to you for pulling it all together.
    Sponsored underwear? Really?

  7. 15th September 2010 / 1:34 am

    How wonderful. So wish I could have been there. Thanks for everything you did for putting it all together. x

  8. 15th September 2010 / 9:24 am

    ‘I’m sure I’ve forgotten a load of people, but I can’t think who’. No, no, I er, can’t think who either…Had the best time Sally. Really. Such a fantastic evening and I know that everyone else had the best time too. So many well dones xxx

  9. 15th September 2010 / 9:30 am

    It was a great night thank you Sally and everyone.

  10. 15th September 2010 / 11:06 am

    Sally. I hope I have said it 100 times already but if not then I will keep on saying it until I have!
    The MADs and the last few days to me are what blogging is about. You did a fab job getting everything together and the people that were nominated are all winners too!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. PS thank you.

  11. 15th September 2010 / 12:04 pm

    Dear Sally,
    thank you so much for inviting me to compère the event – I had a wonderful time, and it was lovely to meet so many of the bloggers. And I am so pleased to have finally made it to Butlins!
    Some of the ladies (and gents!) asked me about my ParentDish Semi Detached Parent blog – I didn’t have any cards with the web address on with me at the time, so here is a bit of a shameless plug:
    Once again, thank you so much, and well done for organising such a fantastic event.

  12. 15th September 2010 / 12:58 pm

    and don’t forget I sorted out the outfits as well 😉

  13. 15th September 2010 / 2:04 pm

    It was the first blogging event I’ve been to that I actually enjoyed (and no, not because I went home with a lovely glass award or because of the Pimm’s, or cream cakes, or funky hotel room, or Emma Bridgewater mug…).
    So thank you Sally for thinking of it and organising it and thanks to everyone I met and spoke to. It was lovely to meet you all and I had such a good time I felt a bit flat when I got home.
    And just think, I wasn’t going to go….
    My post where I gush in a very over the top way can be found here:

  14. Vegemitevix
    15th September 2010 / 5:38 pm

    Thank you Sally, it was a great night and I really enjoyed the way everyone, EVERYONE got on together and had a fantastic time. Well done for pulling it off. Vix xx
    NB/And well done to Butlins for hosting it!!

  15. 15th September 2010 / 7:25 pm

    Thanks. I was sober as a judge, of course, it was the others who let the side down.

  16. 15th September 2010 / 7:26 pm

    Thanks Holly, we really missed you and you got a HUGE cheer when your blog name was read out! Thanks for the post link, too. Maybe next year, eh?

  17. 15th September 2010 / 7:26 pm

    Thanks – Yuri, Emma and Clare did an amazing job on the live blog, didn’t they?
    Thanks for the post and we were sorry not to have you there, but we raised a glass in your absence. Or two. Three, in some cases.

  18. 15th September 2010 / 7:27 pm

    Hi Cass
    You did and I have your prize. Will email you later to get your details. Well done! And can’t wait to see you at the MADs 2011!

  19. 15th September 2010 / 7:29 pm

    Yes, round of applause due for that one, thats a dress I shall wear loads!

  20. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:34 pm

    Hi Emma,
    It was fantastic to have you there, and thanks for providing SO many laughs – the lighting was a particular highlight of the whole event for me. And the photos are tremendous 😉

  21. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:34 pm

    Really. It’s quite impressive to score free Spanx, I know.

  22. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:35 pm

    Thanks and hopefully next year you’ll be able to join us!

  23. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:35 pm

    *shuffles feet*
    Thanks Emily, you were my favourite of ALL.

  24. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:36 pm

    Thanks, I’m so glad you had fun and you looked absolutely beautiful! Great post, too.

  25. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:37 pm

    Welcome 😉

  26. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:38 pm

    Dear Kelly
    You were an absolutely amazing compere, and I thank you for taking note of my request to channel Play Your Cards Right, which you did beautifully. I’m glad you had fun and my MAD bloggers didn’t scare you too much, too.

  27. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:39 pm

    Brilliant, thanks!

  28. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:40 pm

    Hi Jo – thanks for coming along and helping make the evening such fun, it was fab to meet you. Congratulations on your win, it’s thoroughly deserved.

  29. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:41 pm

    If it wasn’t for the Paul McKenna jokes, I could *almost* like you, you know.

  30. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:41 pm

    I just saw pictures of you dancing – you LITERALLY had a ball, eh?

  31. Sally
    15th September 2010 / 9:42 pm

    Thanks Vix, it was great to put a voice and a face to the blog, and I’m so glad you could join us. I think you’re right – what I loved was that the MADs was about us supporting and celebrating one another because of our differences. That probably sounds really silly, but it meant a lot to me, and thanks for being a big part of that.

  32. 16th September 2010 / 10:15 am

    What can I say, we had a blast. Thank you. A real celebration of bloggersa nd blogging and wasnt Tim just grand!

  33. 16th September 2010 / 2:04 pm

    It was fanastic Sally, thank you so much and have to say Isabelle really loved it and didn’t want to leave ( I am exhausted after taking her around all the Butlins activities for kids)…By the way, was my dress really that short? I don’t think I can show this photo to my hubby ….THANK YOU 🙂 @Kahanka

  34. 16th September 2010 / 7:16 pm

    Secretly I knew that! Why else would you have put me next to you at the table?! Love you lady 😉

  35. Vic
    16th September 2010 / 11:08 pm

    Sally – I cannot praise your complete fabulousness enough. I’d imagine you can get plenty of mileage out of it!
    So post 1/5 is here and will of course add the rest when I finish them.
    Smooches to all and everyone who was there especially.

  36. 18th September 2010 / 11:19 pm

    Applause for everyone wearing a sponsored outfit 😉

  37. 18th September 2010 / 11:20 pm

    He almost made me cry! Such a well-deserved winner, and actually, you were all such well-deserved finalists. A great time, and thanks for all of your help in making it happen.

  38. 18th September 2010 / 11:20 pm

    Your dress looked FAB, and it was great to meet you, so glad you could make it.

  39. 18th September 2010 / 11:21 pm

    Not over the top in the slightest, nope, nosiree.

  40. 18th September 2010 / 11:21 pm

    Aw, Vic, thanks for that! Great post and smooches back atcha x

  41. 18th September 2010 / 11:21 pm

    It was a public speaking MASTERCLASS. Thanks 😉

  42. 18th September 2010 / 11:22 pm

    Lovely post, Sharon, thanks – congratulations again on making the finals and so pleased you could come along and join us for the awards.

  43. 21st September 2010 / 10:30 am

    Thanks Sally *blushes*…..can’t wait for the MADS 2011, had so much fun!