Back in July I was delighted to have “Fiona Dillon Writes” nominated in the 2014 Irish Blog Awards and of course I was even more delighted to be then shortlisted in four categories in August. Imagine how I feel today to discover that I am now a finalist in all four categories!
The four categories are:
* Best Blog of a Journalist
* Best Lifestyle Blog
* Best Outdoors Blog
* Best Food and Drink Blog
And, while all these were judged by independent judges, you my dearest readers didn’t let me down and voted me into the Top 10 Blogposts of 2014 with my Savings in a Jar post which I first published in January this year.
Honestly, I really am thrilled to see my blog in four category finals. But why do bloggers like me do what we do? Well we write not only for the love of writing but as an outlet for our passion, be it beauty, health, music, photography or food – and to see your words judged and acknowledged by your blogging peers is, to me, as affirming as being approached to write a book or a newspaper or magazine column.
It’s fair to say I’m a happy camper today. So I shall sit back and sip champagne for the afternoon with my feet up…
Nope, there’s the ballet run to do, crab apples and damsons to be picked, jelly to be made, apple sauce to be prepped and frozen. Most importantly there’s the big pot of creamy mashed potatoes to be made to accompany the casserole made yesterday with my grandmothers Stella’s recipe. The greatest pleasures in life can be found in the simplest of things – you only have to look.
Thanks so much for all your support.
You’ll find my take on Irish Apples in the Oct/Nov edition of Irish Country magazine.
For more of my “back to basics” tips, check out the current edition of the UK’s Home Farmer
I’m delighted to be MC for the night in Ballon, Co Carlow on October 10th for their harvest food festival – do come say hello!
“Food from an Irish Garden” is available in bookstores nationwide.