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 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.


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Did the dirty. Here’s hoping.

Carole Castles
May 1, 2014 3:14 PM

Well done Jack. I didn’t know anything about these awards. I am off to cast my vote. Haven’t yet decided who to vote for!!


Having seen the list of all the contenders in each category and looking at their sites has really opened my eyes to this whole blogging world. Some of it I just don’t get at all, some of it is genius, some seems really useful, some seems utterly self indulgent (ahem), and I was surprised to see that some have even monetised their blog sites. It just reminds me I’m less switched on to all this internet malarkey than I thought I was.

Twitter especially is my Achilles Heel. I use more than 140 characters getting out of bed in the morning.


Hi guys,

I just thought I’d let you know, and I have no idea how, but apparently I have won the Inspire category at the Britmums’ Brilliance in Blogging awards! Unfortunately I couldn’t make the awards ceremony as I am currently residing for a week in a hospice working out a pain management strategy. It was probably for the best though as I would have been pretty dumbstruck and had nothing eloquent or inspirational to say in response.

Nevertheless, thank you to those who nominated, voted and supported Who the hell does he think he is? (I hope this is not just an elaborate hoax in my absence or I’m going to look very silly)

I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the other finalists who have all been incredibly supportive. When I see the commitment and quality of their work, it makes me even more surprised and proud to have won this year’s category. I’d also like to offer my congratulations to the other category finalists and winners. Too many to mention, but so many great reads.

I guess I better go write something worthy of an award now!

June 28, 2014 12:04 PM

Congrats on your award Eamonn! We deserved. Sorry not to see you there, I hope you got your trophy and bottle of bubbly safely! Caroline x


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