The Blogger Recognition Award

The Blogger Recognition Award

Over the summer I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award.  Firstly by Catie at Diary of An Imperfect Mum who has provided me with invaluable support on my blogging journey so far and "she who remains anonymous" at Old House In The Shires, a newbie blogger and fellow mother of teenagers with a house and garden to die for.  Check out her instagram feed for some quintessentially English scenes. Thanks to you both for thinking of me, it means alot.

To be honest I hadn't heard of the Blogger Recognition Award prior to being nominated.  It's not in the uber league of awards and is quite simply all about a bit of mutual appreciation.  It's not easy this blogging malarkey, it takes time and effort and this award is a chance for bloggers to acknowledge other bloggers and spread the blogger love in the process, which as we all know is a big part of the blogging code of conduct.

This kind of tagging is not for everyone and that's fine, but it is quite nice to recognise the efforts of others once in a while and to give each other a big pat on the back. Wherever you are on your blogging journey, everyone likes to know that someone enjoys what they write.

So without further ado...

The Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 10 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

Mother of Teenagers 

Parenting is not a perfect science and we all seek advice at some point on the journey, whether from family and friends or online from experts and kindred spirits.  When I started this blog last year I was facing some milestones in my life, becoming  a mother to two teens and turning 50.  My blog was born as a response to that.

Mother of Teenagers provides a discreet glimpse at the reality of parenting teens; the highs, the lows and the bits in between whilst hopefully giving some practical advice along the way.  This is all interspersed with comment and discussion on the issues surrounding midlife that matter to me and hopefully to others too.

We all have a valuable voice to add and during my blogging lifetime I have met (if only virtually in some cases), some truly like-minded people and savoured every moment.  The job of being a mother is never complete and as I embark on this second half of my life I look forward to the new parenting and midlife challenges ahead with the added support of my online friends.

Advice to New Bloggers - In a Nutshell...

It's not as easy as it looks.  You will get disheartened sometimes, but don't give up and don't hesitate to ask for help.  The blogging community is supportive - reach out and embrace it.

My Nominees (in no particular order)

I hope you will all be tempted to join in and if not at least know that you are among the many I enjoy following.



  1. September 16, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Hi Jo, thank you so much for the nomination! It’s a great idea and it means a lot – not least that someone somewhere is actually reading the blog! It’s an odd, rather insulated world that we work in and it’s lovely to get to know some fellow bloggers, especially ones with teens. Like you I’ve found the community hugely supportive so far. Not sure I can give much advice just yet but very happy to spread the love and I’m looking forward to reading all your other nominees. Nancy x

    • Jo
      September 18, 2017 / 8:47 am

      Hi Nancy I came across your blog whilst we were away on our Californian road trip last year and was searching for something on one of the drives. I have been a fan ever since. Keeping our teens engaged with family holidays is challenging sometimes and you have some lovely ideas, plus reading about holidays keeps our dreams alive. Jo x

  2. September 13, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Thank you Jo for the mention. What a fab post! I love your site and you have always been kind and helpful to me as a newish blogger. Have a great day. Love, Sophie (oldhouseintheshires) shhhh don’t tell anyone. X

    • Jo
      September 13, 2017 / 8:54 am

      I love a bit of mutual appreciation, such a fabulous idea. Glad you have broken out and don’t worry your secret is safe with me! x

  3. September 13, 2017 / 12:11 am

    Congratulations Jo. It must feel good to be nominated. I’m pleased to see Lisa of Glowology nominated. Another lovely blogger like yourself.

    • Jo
      September 13, 2017 / 8:56 am

      Oh thank you Laurie. As I said it is nice to know someone appreciates what you do. Thanks so much for your support too. Jo x

  4. September 12, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    Thank you Jo! What a lovely thought to think I’m amongst the blogs that you enjoy reading! I’m redesigning my website at the mo so have been off the radar for a couple of weeks but I’d LOVE to take part in this! Thank you my lovely xx
    Liz Deacle recently posted…Living The Dream. New Zealand.My Profile

    • Jo
      September 13, 2017 / 8:58 am

      How funny when I pressed publish last night I thought Liz will be the first to get this. I love your blog as do many others obviously. I noticed the new logo on the banner – can’t wait to see the rest of it. Good luck. Jox

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