New Mommy Blogger Competition with delish prizes ….

Reminder of the South African Mommy Blogger competition running over at Harassed Mom.

Cool prizes and interesting format for this one.

Instead of the million votes  and rehitting the “vote” button until your forefingers starts to lose feeling from the second joint down –  this one requires the readers to send a note (email laurakallmayer@gmail.com) and tell Laura why your  favourite blog is their favourite, and why it makes you all sorts of happy … you get to wax on lyrically and gush a bit …. and that part closes on the 10 August, which is this Wednesday Friday (thanks Tania B).

Based on that HM (Harassed Mom or Her Majesty) will pull together a short list on the 13 August, and then the frenzy of votes can run until the 17 August.

This competition is a bit like speed dating, 30 seconds and barely time for a snog in the cupboard and then it is all done.

Well done to Harassed Mom for putting this together and a little bow and curtsey to the sponsors!

Harrassed Mom launches {Mommy Blogger Awards}

Laura over at Harrassed Mom has got tired of this sitting around crap  and waiting for someone to kick start a 2012 Mommy Blog Awards, she stood up and created her own.  Er, can you say ROCK STAR!?  Like a freakn SUPER STAR ….

Cripes, when I grow up I want to be like Harrassed Mom.  But between now and then I will just fall down in her shadow and wonder how the hell she does it, because right now I could not organised a box of doughnuts without getting myself worked up into a lather.

How it will work (RM > cut and pasted from Harrassed Mom):-

  • You, as the reader, nominate a Mom Blogger by sending me an email on why you feel she deserves to win.  I don’t really want an essay – just a few lines on why you enjoy her blog, what makes her special to you etc.
  • We will then narrow it down to 5 finalists – our decision will not be based on who got the most nominations but rather what was said about them (RM > do you NOT ADORE THAT IDEA??)
  • Once we have 5 finalists we will then put it to a vote and a winner will be chosen.
  • We will take nominations until the 10 August.
  • The finalists will be announced on the 13 August when voting opens and it will stay open until Friday the 17th August.
  • There will be a winner plus 2 “runners up”

The Prizes

There are some amazing ladies on board who have donated prizes.

The winner will receive,

The 2 runners up will each receive

Pretty awesome don’t you think? (RM >Yike a doodle, I do so think!)

The rules are simple.

  • The nominated blogger must be a mom.
  • She must blog at least twice a week.
  • She must be South African.
  • The blog must be a personal blog.

You can send all your nominations to laurakallmayer@gmail.com

Winner winner chicken dinner ….

Received a cool email today:

I would like to inform and congratulate you on winning the 2012 Mommy Bloggers Competition for your blog- The Reluctant Mom!

The runner up is Natasha with her blog Raising Men and third position is Tanya from Rattle and Mum.

I am in Hermanus today, and trying to manage kids, work via my cell phone, answer calls, co-ordinate Happy Helpers, and also take photographs of my mom’s beach house in Sandbaai.  So the day was a bit crammed and I did not get the “great news” until somewhat late in the day.  I will confess I did think about it earlier today, and thought sh*t they would have called me if I had won, and quietly congratulated the other bloggers.

Checking email gets a lot better when you get an email that pats you on the back – say as opposed to the one that is bitching and moaning and/or asking you for the payment you still have not processed (I am getting there I promise!!)

My Blog’s new pink bling ———————————————————————————————–>

Thanks kidzworld.co.za, and thank you to everyone who took the time to toddle along and put in a vote — I have no idea how the finalists were chosen, so I really am as blind to the process as the next person, but glad none the less that I got PIMPED!

So much better than being the girl with the camel toe who does not get picked for PE teams and stands awkwardly on the school sports field…..like lots much better ….>

Congratulations to all the bloggers who were nominated, and shortlisted – Mommy Bloggers keep such good company, and to win against other Mommy Bloggers is not an easy act of desperation.  I know the old adage of “it was honour enough to be short listed with this lot” but it was pretty cool just to be on the shortlist, so to win, is “three LARGE glasses of chenin blanc” great!

Natasha and Tanya, well done on being runners up!

2nd Annual {Mommy Blogger} Competition is closed ….

The Kidz World Mommy Blogger competition has closed.

Voting ran until the 30 June 2012 – the fact that today is the 1 July and the page for voting is still open for voting, does make me mildly uneasy with how “scientific” this process is, but that being said votes ran from 1 – 30 June 2012.

The Mommy Bloggers who made it to the short list were (in no particular order):

Angela Lord – Autism Homeschooling Blog

Gillian Hefer –  A Daft Scots Lass

Natasha – Raising men/ Littleandbunny

Melinda – Diaries of a White Mother Raising a Black Baby

Jessie Mckay – Miss Preggie

Sharon – The Blessed Barrenness

Cassie Life with a lady bug

Celeste – The Reluctant Mom

Tanya Kovarsky Rattle and Mum

Stacey Vee – Theres a lionheart in my bath tub

I have no idea if the “winner” is based purely on the amounts of votes recorded, or whether there is a panel who use the amounts of votes, and then select the Winner Blog using another set of criteria.  I do not know.

But now that the votes are over, and what I say at this juncture should not influence or effect who may or may not win.  I thought that seeing as we were at the point “where the fat lady has sung” I will have a run at who I predict will/may win.

Reading and writing a blog is a very subjective process.  If it was objective we would be paid and would be writing on behalf of a sponsor, but the bulk of us write because we are driven by a different set of factors, which is unique to each of us – I assume.  Some of us tailor our blogs to appeal to sponsors, whilst some of us seem to move from alienating ourselves from mommies and then sponsors.  But that is another story.

Okay, so I will put my proverbial ck on a block and tell you who I think will take it.

I think the short list will have three finalists in it and these will include:

Natasha – Raising men/ Littleandbunny

Sharon – The Blessed Barrenness

Tanya Kovarsky Rattle and Mum

I am a bit torn as to who will take it.  So I am going to give you some of my thoughts.  Purely my thoughts ……nothing scientific or sane here, just some ramblings, and speculation.

Natasha works her blog like no one’s business, she really is a “player” when it comes to how connected her blog is in the social media environment, so I think she has a distinct advantage.  I love Natasha’s blog – I think it has lost a bit of it’s “grittiness and honesty” that was there before.  Much of her blog is about cool and fun stuff to do with her young family in Cape Town, so it has changed from what it used to me and possibly that might be in line with what sponsors need to see, or where Natasha prefers it to go.

Sharon has gone through an intensive rebranding, refocusing and direction change on her blog and now the Blessd Barrenness is with us.  The Blessed has not been around for that long, but Sharon is a very clever and well-connected blogger and she has brought many of her long-standing readers over to this new blog,  Sharon has a raw truth that she brings to her blog, and nearly each post leaves me with something to think about.

Tanya over at Rattle and Mum, is  a busy blogger and she always has so much going on over there.  Things you can win, things you can read, things you can gasp at — she is probably the most “professional” of us and runs her blog like a well oiled magazine.  When I am reading her blog, I feel like I am reading a magazine rather than a blog, but that being said Tanya supplies a good product and it is interesting to read, and continual lure of SWAG to win does make you go back and visit some more.

I like and read all the 10 finalists, but I decided I would give my opinion on what I anticipated was going to happen.

The winner *in my opinion* will be from these three, and my predication is going to go with The Blessed Barrenness and Raising men/ Littleandbunny coming down to the wire, with Sharon’s The Blessed Barrenness  taking it at the post by a nose!

I thought I would put it out there.

You may disagree, you may feel that other bloggers are going to whisk the prize away. Anything could happen. I have absolutely no idea, this is just the shortlist I felt had the strongest chance, and my prediction.

Who do you think will take it this year?

Remember Physical Education class at school?

When I was at school, PE/Physical Education was a subject you got given, whether you liked it or not.

The part that always used to amaze me was that the PE Teacher, was always the largest (weight) person on the staff body.  She always used to wear that stupid matching track suit which made you think that she might have once coached or done hockey, or maybe women’s wrestling.

Her hair style was usually something that you would get done at the barber.

You were always just a little bit suspicious as to her sexual orientation.  You did not actually know what “sexual orientation” meant, but you were still a bit suspicious that things were not quite as they should be.

Personally I had no qualms about PE – I did not love it, but I sort of got by.  I did sport most days, so a bit of running around on the field during school time was no real issue.  (if we exclude the horror I had to go through when changing…. I developed really late ….. it was all a bit tragic)

You always had to wear the most ridiculous clothes loosely terms as your PE uniform.  It even made skinny pretty girls look like they had a camel toe and a hunchback.

It was all in all just not attractive.   In was in a coed school from standard 6 – 8 so that was also its own set of torture.

But this was the same era that gave you Dynasty and Sue Ellen on Dallas, so abysmal fashion decisions were pretty much the norm.

The thing I hated about PE, and I think has mentally scarred me for life was when Ms PE Teacher wanted the class to play a team game.

Everyone would mill around, then she would call out two random girl’s names “Sharon” (I was of the generation where there would be between 1 – 3 Sharons per grade) and “Leeanne” – then Sharon and Leeanne would each pick a girl for their teams.

You know all the girls they liked, who were popular with them.

As each name got called out, there would be some squealing and maybe hugging as the girls would go and huddle behind either Sharon and Leeanne, and stand and smirk at the group of girls who had not been picked i.e. me.

There I would stand “quietly begging” that I got chosen – please choose me, please choose me, I promise to catch/hit the ball.  Promise!!!

See I can jump.  See I can run.  Look Janet Look!!

You would want to edge together with all the girls “not yet chosen” so there was safety in numbers, and at the same time you did not want to stand near anyone who was really unpopular in case you were tainted with the cooties.

The result was a mass of girls sort of twitching and having that look of nervous anticipation combined with rampantly unreliable hormones, and too tight fitting shorty shorts and a vest number!

I hated the fact that I might be the last one left, and not really chosen as much as being a team member by default.    If I was chosen by Sharon or Leeanne then I would also go and stand in that rather selfish little group behind and smirk and the group of “unpopular” girls who had not been selected.

There are few things worse than being the kid who stands there last and has to be in either of the team – it’s lonely and it is so painful being “that kid.”

The fear of that is enough to sympathise (and envy) girl who always said she was having her period or had a note saying she did not have to do PE.  There were usually 3 – 4 of them.

My friend Claudine Steyn and Joanne Mustoe did not EVER do PE.  I have no idea how one has a period that long.

I realise I am trying to link two rather vague points to each other here so bear with me and I stumble forward – but for the love of gd, please go and nominate me – the 2nd Annual Mommy Blogger Competition 2012 is on, and I am having that nervous shuffling on a field feeling again.

Mommy bloggers have had a bit of a bad rap at the last Blogger Awards, so we are all a bit desperate for anything that makes us say “winner, winner, chicken dinner” right now – trust me we would get excited if the prize was a McNugget Happy Meal + a toy!

I have no illusions about winning.

There are far better mommy bloggers out there with moms who really “sweat” and work their blogs, and do really pretty things and well make a huge effort.

I am attempting to appear that this sort of thing does not bother nor interest me.  You know being jaded and all.  And all.

I am a fair weather blogger, and I do not try very hard to remain popular or clearly attract sponsors!  Clearly the idea of me associating with a brand has brand managers and communication managers developing symptoms of thrush (the itch and the part where it hurts when you pee!)

I have no real drive to run around and pimp my “please vote for me” all over Facebook and every other place you can beg for a vote, but I just don’t want to be the fat pimply kid who does not get picked for PE teams by Sharon and Leeanne.

I don’t have to win, but I just don’t want to be left on the field like a total loser!!  Cheese and Rice, it is like primary school again!

<link for voting – http://www.kidzworld.co.za/mommy-blogger-competition.htm>