Britmum’s Blog Awards
Six months ago I was in bed up to eighteen hours a day, feeling not only painfully tired, but mentally at a very low ebb. With the assistance of modern pharmaceuticals, I regained my vigor and motivation and decided that while I had the energy, I wanted to put together a website that would leave behind an intellectual (and I use that word loosely) legacy after this insidious disease finally gets its way with me.
I didn’t intend the website to incorporate a blog, I actually loathe the very word. I’m not interested in writing a daily diary of banal details of medication and treatment, but the unavoidable impact of my illness and terminal prognosis has obviously influenced a lot of what I have written about so far. On top of that, Google and WordPress analytics show quite clearly it is also what people have been interested in reading about, so what do I know?
Originally the idea was keep friends and family in the loop, but I soon found many strangers in the same neoplastic boat writing to me thanking me for writing these articles. More often than not it’s just a case of recognition; they realise they aren’t the only scared, or confused, or guilty person going through what they are. Also, for all the right reasons, a lot of what is out there already on the internet that talks about cancer is very carefully and sensitively written. I feel there’s a place for irreverence, and humour, and sometimes more honesty than I realise. With that in mind I’ve decided to push the website in any way I can, and if it reaches and helps one more person then it is a good thing.
Anyway it appears that with the support of many of you already, this pschological landfill, otherwise known as www.whothehelldoeshethinkheis.com has been shortlisted by the Britmum’s website for their, (get this) ‘2014 Brilliance in Blogging Awards‘, in the (get this) ‘Inspire‘ category.
I find this interesting on two levels. Mainly that I’m not even sure what I am throwing out there constitutes a blog. Secondly, the awards are focused on parenting blogs, and while I have touched upon the effects on my children, I have deliberately kept it to a minimum (if anything this is a cancer blog?) Nevertheless, part of the purpose of this exercise, dare I say it, is to ‘inspire‘. For the reader to click on Fright Club and to say, “Hey, yea, I’ve been procrastinating too long. I could be like this fella tomorrow and it could be too late. I’m going to get off my arse and do it!”
Anyway, even though shortlisted, the selection process doesn’t stop there and to keep the website in the running for the award and wider exposure that will provide, I need you to vote again by clicking through on the Britmum’s Badge. (There is also a link at the bottom of each page and on the sidebars if you want to use those instead.)
It’s actually very quick. Name, e-mail, tick, enter. That’s it. One person, One vote. It’s like a democracy or something! Voting is open now and runs through midnight on Friday May 16th.
To be honest, when I look at the other sites in the same category, I’d be amazed if they awarded us a gong, especially with the irreverent rants and some of the language that spews forth from my keyboard, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try, right?
Lastly, and because I don’t expect to get the opportunity to do a Gwyneth Paltrow, I’d like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everybody who has helped me put the site together, promoted the site through Facebook and the like, who have contributed ideas and made comments, and overall maintained the emphasis I have tried to develop of challenging, respectful and thoughtful discussion.
Sobbing uncontrollably since 1972.