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On being exceptionally un-English

Once upon a time I sat down at the computer, opened up a page and wrote the very first post in my blogging career.  Nine years later I still find that every evening after the little ones are tucked up in bed, and sometimes when they aren’t, I sit down at the computer to tell stories.  Stories of our extraordinary ordinary life, of creating masterpieces and the craft-projects-which-shall-not-be-named, of cooking and sometimes the things about motherhood that make me pause and ponder. In all those years I’ve never not wanted to write. There were times when real life got in the way, and the first three months of my pregnancy with Kitty where I just looked at the computer as I crashed asleep on the sofa at 7 o’clock (I’m told that was a pretty big giveaway about what might be going on!), but never a day when I thought, I’ll just jack this in, I really can’t be bothered.
Blogging has brought me some great treats, some fun days out and most of all it’s brought me a sense of being among friends, of being in a community of soul sisters who get what I’m trying to achieve in parenting (and sometimes know why it isn’t working), or know just why I have cupboards of yarn and fabric stuffed into the corners of my house, or why I never leave home without my camera.  You are the people who come up with some wonderfully well thought out responses to my posts on the challenges facing us all in raising our girls or boys or both, the people who lift me up when life is heavy going and laugh along in the happy times and I’m thankful every day for the friends that I’ve made through this window into my world.
And thats why I think I can be entirely unashamed in casting aside my stereotypically English reticence and saying please vote for me.
BritMums BritMums
The BiBs are BritMums awards for UK parenting blogs, they’re one of the highlights of the blogging social calendar and last year’s winners included some of my most favourite reads.  I would love to be shortlisted in the Writer or Family categories, although I’m well aware that they’re probably the most hotly contested given that everyone who publishes a blog is by definition a writer, and everyone who is eligible for the BiBs has a family. Oh well.  If you don’t ask, the answer can only be no.
And if you would like to cast a little vote in my direction you don’t need to be a blogger, or a parent, or British, you just need to go to the nomination form here: and fill in as much or as little as you like.  There are many many amazing blogs out there that would fit into all of the other categories and the ones I like too.  If you’re curious I’ve included Lets Talk Mommy, Capture by Lucy, The Ordinary Lovely, Mummy Daddy Me, Dear Beautiful, Along Came Cherry so far and I’m still trying to decide my final few.
To vote for me you will need my blog URL:
Twitter ID: @CariemayMakes
and if you have a particular post that you’ve enjoyed you can add that in too!
And because there’s only so much self promotion I can manage before I start to worry that I’ve got to the grovelling stage I shall leave you with a very very persuasive message from some people who would definitely cast a vote or two if only their parents would let them have an email address:

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  • Mackenzie Glanville ( 25/03/2015 at 8:15 am

    I have voted for you, all done, congrats and hope you win. PS. How could I not vote with those gorgeous children of yours cheering you on xx

    • Carie 26/03/2015 at 6:11 am

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 25/03/2015 at 8:17 am

    Thank you for the mention, Carie. It’s most appreciated. You received my vote in the writer category. I tend to use my bloglovin feed to pick and choose what posts I want to read on any given night, but with your blog, I read every single thing that you write. Even if I might not, at first glance, connect with the topic (your knitting is a little bit beyond my capabilities), I trust that you will have written it in such a wonderful way that I will enjoy it anyway. You are the most eloquent story teller.

    • Carie 26/03/2015 at 6:13 am

      And now I’m blushing again which is just a smidgen at odds with the ‘boldly asking for votes’ persona I’m trying to adopt today. All I will say is that yours is also one of the first I go to when I squeeze a little blog reading time into the day and if you don’t win I’ll think you’ve been robbed!

  • mandycharlie 25/03/2015 at 12:57 pm

    Every little helps.

    • Carie 26/03/2015 at 6:13 am

      It does indeed – thank you 🙂

  • Donna 25/03/2015 at 4:46 pm

    Good luck lovely! Looking forward to meeting you this year, if you’re going! I can’t believe you’ve been blogging 9 years – you’re a flash to my future x

    • Carie 26/03/2015 at 6:14 am

      I’m not sure about BritMums at the moment but I am going to Blogtacular yay – so I might see you there if you’re going!

  • Kim 25/03/2015 at 11:49 pm

    Good luck!

  • older mum in a muddle 26/03/2015 at 3:01 pm

    Of course I will be voting for you! I love your writing! X

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 12:14 am

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • preeta samarasan 26/03/2015 at 3:18 pm

    I voted for you in the writer category 🙂 . I love peeking at other people’s lives and generally do so in a supportive/non-judgmental frame of mind, but *sometimes,* with some blogs, I grow a little weary of pretty pictures and (what I see as ) a lack of substance. People who write a lot of words without *saying* anything. I never feel like that reading your blog. It’s worth reading just for the writing. I know it doesn’t claim to be High Art — nor should it — but it’s warm, funny, genuine, and often insightful.

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 12:12 am

      Aww thank you very much x

  • Doris 27/03/2015 at 11:12 am

    Done 🙂

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 12:10 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Jess @ Picnics in the Rain 27/03/2015 at 8:41 pm

    I love your writing Carie, and I just couldn’t resist the pleas from your gorgeous girls 🙂

    • Carie 31/03/2015 at 12:06 am

      Aww thank you 🙂

  • sally 02/04/2015 at 11:54 am

    I will go off and investigate voting now, and you’ll definitely get my vote – you’re the only ‘family’ type blog I read from the UK, which is definitely a reflection on your lovely writing! Good luck.

    • Carie 03/04/2015 at 7:44 am

      thank you 🙂

  • Jemma 03/04/2015 at 9:53 am

    Oh I love the video! Xx

    • Carie 03/04/2015 at 9:07 pm

      Yay – we had a giggle making it!