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If your aim is to win a blog award (let’s aim high here!) then you have to be in it to win it. Contrary to belief, the majority of blog awards the bloggers themselves enter in. Here is a complete list of awards (in no particular order) along with the web address and twitter handles.

*Please note, I have not been paid or approached by any of the organisations below. This is research I have done in my own time. If you would like to copy the list, I am more than happy you do so, but please reference me ūüôā

If you see any blog awards I have not included please comment or tweet me and I will include it.

Blogosphere Blog Awards

Type of blogs: Fashion/Beauty/Book/Instagrammer/Business/Vlogger/Lifestyle/Photographer

/Blogger/Parenting/Food/Podcast/Fitness/Travel/Blogosphere Network


Cosmopolitan Blog Awards
Type of blogs: Beauty/ Lifestyle/ Fashion/ Fitness/ Food/ Sex and Relationships/ Photography

UK Blog Awards
Type of blogs: Art & Culture/ Automotive/ Dating/ Digitial & Technology/ Education/ Events/ Food & Drink/ Green & Eco/ Health and Social Care/ Lifestyle/ Photography/ PR, Media & Communication/ fashion & Beauty/ Travel/ Weddings

Bloggers Blog Award
Type of blogs: Beauty/ Lifestyle/ Fashion

Amara Interior Blog Awards
Type of blogs: Interior

North East Blog Awards
Types of Blogs:
Beauty/ Buisness/Food&Drink/Lifestyle/Parenting/Instablogger/Interiors

Next Blogger Network Awards
As I am not part of the Next Blogger Network myself, I couldn’t find much information about it. However, I felt it is worth including.

Bloggers Lounge
Types of Blogs: Beauty/ Lifestyle/ Design/ Fashion/ Charity/Parenting/ Tech/ Health and Fitness/ Food

Beauty Blogger Awards
Type of blogs: Beauty

Brilliance in Blogging Awards:
Type of blogs: Parenting/ food/ photography/ travel/ style/ craft/ family

Vuelio Blog Awards
Type of blogs: Art & film/ Beauty/ Business and Finance/ Education/ Fashion/ Food and drink/ Health and Fitness/ Interior Design/ Media/ PR and Marketing/ Newcomer/ Parenting/ Politics/ Sport/ Travel and Tourism

Wine Media Awards
Type of blog: Drink (wine!)

Wine Blog Awards
Type of blog: Drink (wine!)

Navabi Plus Size Blog Award’s
Type of blog: Fashion/ Beauty

UKYA Blogger Awards
Type of blog: Books

Surrey Digital Awards
Type of blogs: From what the website it looks like any type of  blog can enter.

Essex Digital Awards
Type of blogs: From what the website it looks like any type of  blog can enter.

Bloggers Blog Awards
Type of blog: Books


Blog 101 Using Trello to organise your blog

Hello, today’s blog 101 I am talking about organising your blog using Trello. I am a big fan of Trello. In my previous role I used Trello to organise an entire marketing department’s work, it is free and you could do so much with it. Even in my current role I organise my entire workload using Trello. Today’s post I will talk about the getting started with Trello, the benefits of Trello and how you can use it to organise your blog.

What is trello?

Trello is an organisational tool. It works by using cards that you can move around in columns.

Benefits of Trello

  • It is free
  • You can add anyone to trello and set work on other people’s boards.
  • It is so easy to use
  • You are not just setting cards you can also add checklist to cards, image and emojis.

Using Trello for your blog

The way I am using Trello for my blog is to set up a new board (to do this go on trello and click on Boards and Create new board). Set the columns up (just click add new list) and set them up in this order:

  • To do
  • Doing
  • Scheduled
  • Posted
  • Posted on social media
  • On hold

Image of the Trello website

Another way to set up your blog organisation board:

  • To do
  • Doing
  • Create shorted link
  • Scheduled
  • Live
  • Posted on Facebook
  • Posted on twitter
  • Posted on Pinterest
  • Posted on Instagram
  • Reply to comments left on the blog
  • Respond to emails

You can if you want have more than one board for your blog. As an example you could have a board just for blog posts and a board just for social media. A way you could set up your social media list could be:

  • To write
  • Schedule
  • Scheduled
  • Reply to social media comments
  • Record social media statistics
  • Analyse social media statistics
  • Record noted trends to implement next time.
  • Follow relevant social media

Within the cards you can set up due dates with times. These dates are useful as you can see the due dates in calendar view and clearly on the card.

Image showing a Trello organisation board

If you decide to use Trello for more than just writing and scheduling blog posts you can use the label option. By labelling different cards in different colours you can see quickly which part of your blog/email/social media needs doing.

Image of the Trello labelling system

I personally would rather have one board with more columns than lots of different boards. The beauty about trello is that you can build it more or less any which way you want.

Using Trello for work

In my last role. I had to manage a team which included a Web Developer, Marketing and Communication Assistant, Social Media and Promo roles and Graphic Designers as well as my own work load. Having one board would have been crazy. Instead I separated the boards out:

  • Marketing and Communications Assistant workload
  • Social media and Promo Assistant workload
  • Web Developer
  • Graphic Designers

Within these boards I would checklists to the card (if relevant) and allow people to comment. I would assign people to cards. This was such an easy way for myself, my assistant and the staff to keep on track. It almost meant when I wasn’t in the office and any of the staff members came in, they can get straight to work. For the graphic designers, I would upload the creative briefs to the cards and add checklists for each format that needed created.

Do you use Trello for your blog? If so how do you layout your Trello board?

How to grow and maintain a blog

Your blog is up and running, well done! Now you just need to maintain and grow your blog to help you achieve success. This is how you can do it:

Take part in Twitter chats

Being a massive twitter fan anyway, I love twitter chats. I have been part of some great conversations, spoken to some lovely people on Twitter and it has been a great way to push people to your profile, obtain followers, gain new ideas for posts and find some new bloggers yourself.

It can be daunting at first taking part in chats, especially if you are hosting one (read more about my tips on hosting a Twitter chat here). If you join chats based on your blog topic this will push more interest to your site then say your location as it is reaching those with the same interests.

Read more:

Creating a movement online – my recent twitter chat

How to #win at a Twitter chat

Using hashtags and pages that retweet your blog on twitter

By promoting your post using popular, relevant hashtags this can push your blog out to an audience that may not have come across your site otherwise. Sites such as can help you easily see how popular the¬†hashtag you want to use is and¬†other relevant tags. By adding the handles of twitter pages that retweet your blog as well may mean a retweet out to a large audience. Bare¬†in mind, however,¬†to only add one twitter page handle per post. If you don’t then you are less likely to be retweeted as those pages are not going to retweet their competitors as well.

The Twitter pages that retweet your blog

Facebook Fan Page

Like what I said with the Twitter chats below, you could create your own Facebook page promoting your blog or you join ready made communities tailored to your blog topic, region or interest. I am part of several blogging groups in the West Midlands because I live in the region and like to see what local bloggers are writing about (I have some fab new restaurant places I want to try out!), and blogger opportunities are also posted on there too.


If your blog is very aesthetically pleasing, then Instagram is the place to flog your posts. Engagement on Instagram is high because it people are more willing to double tap a image to give it some love. If your Instagram is themed then likes are more likely. Evidence as shown that those Instagram pages that have a theme are more likely to get likes than those that are not. Again using hashtags for people to find your images is key. I use tagblender for easy copy and pasting lots of hashtags. Just remember Instagram only allows a certain number of hashtags and if you go over then it will post without the tags and that can be frustrating.

Creating a blogging schedule and sticking to it

I firmly believe that to really maintain a blog you need to regularly post. If you consistently times a week you are more likely to have followers keep returning to your site for more.

How is your blog going? Leave me your links below as I am always on the look out for new blogs to read!



How to write a blog post

Hopefully¬†you have read my first post¬†‘4 questions to ask yourself before you start a blog‘ and have decided to go ahead and create¬†one yourself. Well done! Now is to set about writing your content.

There are many ways to write a blog post and I am not saying I am an expert in the slightest but writing a blog post is a craft and as they say content is king. The benefits of good content is clear, you will gain more in engagement and followers.

So what is needed to write a good blog post?

Strong topic

Your post needs to have a clear subject, if you are writing for the sake of writing people will see this and just click off.

Clear structure

Your English teacher was right,¬†your writing needs an introduction, middle and end. The best way to do this is to plan what you are going to write before you write it. It really helps make sure your writing is heading in the right direction. For more information on planning a post read my post on ‘How to plan a successful blog posthere.

Ideal blog post length

The jury is out on this one! This does very much depend on the topic you are writing about, Yoast recommends your post length to at least be 300 words long. Yoast goes on to mention that longer posts are more likely to be ranked higher because there are more opportunities through text, images and links to include your keyword. Researching further, recommends to Google blog posts of a similar type that you want to write and seeing how many words were written in the top five ranking posts.


I should really practice what I preach on this point! All the headings should be the same size, font and style. I am still experimenting with mine, but as soon as I have a style nailed I will update everything else.

Images and all the little things that make a huge difference

Images are so important to add on a blog post. Think about how many blog posts that do not have an image or graphic of some kind. Not many! Images help reinforce and explain a point, help people make an emotional connection and even persuade them to make a purchase! People are more likely to share a post if it contains an awesome image.

It helps with Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) as when you save your image you should name the image properly and use the alt tag function and description. It also helps those with e-readers who cannot see the image know what the image is as the e-reader picks up the alt tag.


Unless it is something very sensitive your posts should contain a comment section and make sure to respond to people’s comments! They have taken the time to written, you should take the time to respond.

Make sure you add your relevant pages and social media links

After writing your blog post make sure your social media links are there so people can pin the image, tweet and Facebook it. The more chances you give them to be shared the better. Also if you have written relevant blog posts in the past, make sure you add those links in the text too as it pushes people to look at that content which means extra views to your posts.

I hope you enjoyed my Blog 101! Are you finding these tips useful?





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Well done on starting on your blog journey. It is exciting but also hard work. My Blog 101 series focuses on those who want to take the plunge and create a blog but don’t know or don’t have the confidence to start. Todays post¬†focuses on¬†the four key questions you need to ask yourself before you start a blog.


Firstly do you really have the time to start and maintain your blog? If you want your blog to do well then you have to create or find the time to maintain your blog. This is something myself that I really struggle with, as you can see with my site my posts are very sporadic.

What are you creating your blog for?

If you are creating your blog just to obtain free stuff then you will not get very far. The blogs that do well have writers show real passion for their subject and craft and that is what makes them successful.

Is your blog supporting your business?

If your blog is part of a business then you will have to adopt a slightly different tone. You will have to maintain professionalism and all posts will have to be relevant to the business. You really need to be committed to your blog if you are going down this route because a out of date blog looks unprofessional and that could indirectly harm your business.


Running and obtaining a blog does occur some expense. Blog props, Photoshop or cheaper photo editing software, taking out adverts, a custom URL, hosting, hiring a graphic designer to create graphics and having a personalised email address to name but a few all cost.

That is it, the four key questions you need to ask yourself before you start a blog. Second up in my Blog 101 series is on writing a blog post.

I would love to hear your feedback on my blog series. Let me know in the comments below ūüôā