Nominations have now opened for this year’s Brilliance in Blogging (BiBs) awards. A couple of years ago, my blog was shortlisted in the Family category of the BiBs. It’s always nice to be recognised for something that I put a lot of work and effort in to. If you enjoy reading my posts or find them thought-provoking, then I’d love it if you would consider nominating me for a BiBs award.
There are two categories that best fit the content of my blog:
The Inspire category is for those bloggers whose content and voice encourages those around them. They may blog about charitable causes, personal challenges or just rising to the demands of daily life. My posts about raising awareness of congenital heart defects, those sharing the realities of life as a heart family and now as a bereaved family fit best into this category.
This year’s Inspire award is dedicated to a blogger who was a big inspiration in the blogging community thanks to her positive outlook to life. Kate Sutton, who blogged at Wit Wit Woo, passed away suddenly earlier this month. I never knew Kate, but it has been wonderful to see the outpouring of love and support in the blogging community through the hashtag #BeMoreWitWitWoo
Family & Lifestyle
This category is for blogs that share the challenges of parenting as well as celebrating the little everyday moments of family life. As my blog is very much about sharing our everyday moments, this is also a category which fits well with many of my posts.
Why nominate my blog?
For the last few years, I have shared the reality of our life as a heart family. I have captured the everyday moments while also trying to raise awareness of congenital heart defects. One of the many things that I was sad about when Jessica died was that our story was no longer one that would bring hope to other heart families. A very wise lady reminded me of the importance of continuing to share our story. She told me that while my audience may change, my voice as a bereaved parent was just as important.
There are a few reasons why I blog. One of them is to capture the little moments of life as a family. I was always aware that our time with Jessica could be short. Life with Jessica taught me to live in the moment and enjoy it. I am so thankful that so many of those moments were captured on my blog. It makes re-living all those beautiful memories a little easier.
I also share our story to raise awareness and to help others in similar situations feel less alone. One of the things that I have found hard is being pregnant with my third child having lost Jessica midway through this pregnancy. Searching online for similar stories has mostly drawn a blank. Grief can be incredibly lonely and much more so when you can’t find any similar stories. Since sharing my experience I have been in contact with another mum who has had a similar experience. Whilst I wish that neither of us had experienced this, it does help hugely to feel that there is someone else who understands. Sharing my story hopefully helps others to know this too.
Thirdly, I find blogging incredibly cathartic. It helps me process my thoughts and feelings and has made some of the dark moments of grief a little easier to bear.
Finally, I write because Jessica inspired me, and continues to inspire me. She taught me so much in her short life. She was a little ray of sunshine – full of joy and everyone who knew her was happier for having done so. A couple of years ago, I embarked upon a daily gratitude project – sharing one thing each day that I was thankful for. I have continued to look for those moments in the days since Jessica died. Finding gratitude in my grief has been incredibly hard at times but doing so has helped me too.
How to nominate Little Hearts, Big Love
Click here to go to the BiBs nomination form and scroll within the box to fill in the nomination form. The Inspire category is at no. 6 and the Family & Lifestyle category at no. 13
Here are the details you will need:
Blog name: Little Hearts, Big Love
Blog URL: https://littleheartsbiglove.co.uk
Blogger’s Twitter ID: @liquoriceuk
Blogger’s email: louise @ littleheartsbiglove.co.uk (minus the spaces!)
Then you just need to give a reason why you think my blog is worthy of the award and a link to one of my posts that you’ve particularly enjoyed or found especially thought-provoking.
Voting is open until 23:59 on 31st August and the shortlist will be announced on 7 September.
Thank you so much!