You don’t have to be MAD to blog, but…

I bumped into a friend at the supermarket earlier this week, who I hadn’t seen for a year or two.

We did the usual small talk about how his accountancy work is going, how the kids are, local gossip – you know the sort of thing. Then he said something that surprised me, a bit.

“How’s the blog going?” 

I don’t tend to tell people I blog professionally – I’m more likely to say I run my own website, because it’s a bit more – well – normal-sounding. My friend explained that two years ago, he and his wife had no idea what a blog even was, much less how I might be using mine to make a living. But now? They’re fully-fledged blog readers.

I love seeing how parent blogging is going from strength to strength with each passing year. Whether you’re interested in food, crafts, baby-rearing, politics or books, there are amazing blogs out there that will inspire and entertain you. And that’s what the MAD Blog Awards is all about – sharing the blogs that people love with a wider audience. Discovering new voices, and making new friends with like-minded parents, no matter where they are.


This is our third year running the awards and we’ve received twice as many nominations and votes as we did in 2011. This year, our MAD Bloggers are being read by almost half a million people each and every week. That’s more than many mainstream magazines. And no wonder – our finalists are a talented bunch. And just watch the video above, which features some of our finalists answering terribly probing questions about their lives. How could you NOT want to get to know these people better?

So if you have a few minutes spare over the next week, don’t just use that time to watch yet another re-run of Friends. Make yourself a cup of coffee, settle down somewhere comfy, and head over to the MAD Blog Awards website to check out our finalists’ blogs. And if you like them (which we think you will) then why not give them a vote? Voting closes next Friday at 5pm, so you’ve got a week to explore. Have fun!



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. Rainbow Prams
    31st May 2012 / 11:53 am

    Indeed! I took your advice and made a lovely cup of tea with the laptop on hand having a good read and voting! x

    • 31st May 2012 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks Annie, we’re thrilled to have you 🙂

      (not ‘have you’ in the dirty way, obviously. I mean, unless you’re offering…never mind)

  2. TheBoyandMe
    31st May 2012 / 7:43 pm

    Brilliant video, really well done. Curse my stupid anonymity, unless I can get the bug thingy to be me in it?

    • 31st May 2012 / 9:13 pm

      Thanks. The inappropriate of children is encouraged.

  3. 1st June 2012 / 11:59 am

    The video is amazing – thank you so much for organising – it was really fun to do. One evening recently I thought I’d sit down with a glass of wine and go through all the finalists’ blogs. I naively thought it might take me an hour or so to skim through them all. But no, I was there all night and an entire bottle of wine was consumed in the process. The blogs were fascinating, moving, useful, funny and well, just brilliant!
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