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2016 Vuelio Blog Awards: worth braving the cold for?

1st December 2016
Vuelio Blog Awards 2016

I recently braved the cold and headed into London for the 2016 Vuelio Blog Awards, which were being held at The Brewery, an impressive Grade II listed venue.

I was super excited to attend as I’ve never been to a blog event before and was full of anticipation: Who would I meet? Would I recognise any bloggers?

Who would be presenting the awards? What will the food be like? And, most importantly, would Vuelio even let me in?! 

Well, the good news is that I was let in. The bad news is that I was attending alone and felt a teeny weeny bit apprehensive and out of my comfort zone.

This however was short-lived. I walked in and the first thing that struck me was how busy it was; there were coats being collected on one side and flashes from a photographer on the other.

I was mesmerised by people queuing to have their picture taken, but as I was alone I didn’t quite pluck up the courage to stand in front of the Vuelio logo. I regret that now, but we live and learn.

There seemed to be a real buzz in the air and I was excited to be part of this.

I handed in my coat and was pointed in the direction of a large hall, full of the sound of chatter.

You Had Me At ‘Hello’

Hesitating slightly, I asked the doorman where the bar was; this amateur blogger needed something to steady her nerves!

Champagne in hand (even though I’m not really a bubbles fan), I headed over to the table plan to see (a) If I was actually on the list and (b) If so, which table I was on.

I was on table 31 but I didn’t recognise any of the names of the other bloggers, so I scrutinised the seating plan a bit more.

I noticed another girl doing the same and I made a comment about how many people were attending the event.

We got chatting and it turned out that she was with two of her friends and invited me to meet them.

They seemed really friendly and genuine, so I stayed with them for a while to chat.

Vuelio Blog Awards 2016

Not Everyone Blogs!

It was then that I discovered not all attendees were bloggers; some people worked in marketing (the girls I met), others were from PR companies; and some were friends of friends and had ‘come along for the ride’ – the more the merrier I say!

We were clocked by a Vuelio interviewer and her camera-man and one of the girls offered to do a quick interview with them.

I hung around thinking they’d ask me too and that this would be my ‘Face the Fear and Do It Anyway’ moment, but alas they walked away.

So instead I plucked up the courage to say goodbye to the girls and do some networking.

I went over to a guy who was alone and staring at his phone. His face looked like he had just been dumped by his girlfriend, but I approached him anyway.

I can’t remember his name now but our height difference (he was 6’2 and I’m 5’1) meant that I couldn’t hear him very well.

What I did make out was that he knew one of the lighting guys working backstage and that was why he was there.

Oh dear! Where are all these bloggers? Making my excuses, I headed to a table where there were two girls – and they were about my height, which meant that I was more likely to hear them over all the noise!

Yes! I finally found some fellow bloggers – really nice they were too and made me feel very welcome.

So thank you Steph from Priceless Life Of Mine and Radhika from Radhika Recommends!

Vuelio Blog Awards 2016

The Main Event

By now I was feeling pretty confident; I could have carried on ‘working the room’, but I’m an introvert at heart, and because I was enjoying the girls’ company, I decided to stay put.

Steph was an older blogger (but young at heart) like me, so it felt nice to relate to her on this level.

After a while, we were summoned downstairs (and then back upstairs the other side of the building) for dinner and the main awards.

I found my table and immediately got chatting to Rosie (Girl on a Journey) and Peter – an older blogger who wrote about wine, along with a couple of colleagues from a marketing company – and finally a lovely girl called Anna (a fellow journalist) who had me in stitches most of the night.

Vuelio Blog Awards 2016

I was really enjoying myself by this point – the food (a three-course meal) was delicious, I was surrounded by great company and the presenter – Mark Dolan – was cracking. If it wasn’t Anna having me in stitches, it was Mark.

Following an introduction and presentation by the chief exec of Vuelio, the awards got underway!

The Winners! 

I made a note of all the winners from the evening (so that I could check out their websites at a later date and steal be inspired by some of their posts)

So the winners were…cue drum roll…..

Best UK Beauty Blog

London Beauty Queen

Best UK Fashion Blog

In the Frow

Best UK Food & Drink Blog

Lavender and Lovage

Best UK Fitness Blog

The Runner Beans

Best UK London Lifestyle

Poppy Loves

Best UK Traditional Media Blog

Guardian Books Blog

Best UK Mum Blog

The Mad House

Best UK Dad Blog

Dad Blog UK

Best UK Political Blog

Guido Fawkes

Best UK Travel Blog

Inside the Travel Lab

Best UK Interior Design Blog

Mad About The House

Best UK Blog

A second win from Mad About The House

It was really inspiring to see the winners go up and collect their awards.

I pictured myself going up to collect an award. I’m sure that 90% of the people in the room were also dreaming about that great recognition moment too.

Halfway through the awards, I caught sight of someone I had seen before – a YouTuber that my daughter and I love watching – Amazing Arabella – the No. 1 global teen influencer!

I simply had to go over and say hi to her and Jaadin! You can watch their cool videos here.

Vuelio Blog Awards 2016

After the awards (and with belly full of red wine), it was party time!

I was aware that I was clock-watching now; it had taken me an hour and a half to get to the event – and I predicted it would take at least the same amount of time to get home.

So Anna and I went back to the networking hall to check out the after-party, with the view to staying for 5 minutes.

Five hours later we were curled up in a corner sloshed silly and making up crap jokes.

Actually I’m kidding – I was being sensible remember? And I do have kids that wake me up at silly o’clock most mornings.

So, ten minutes after walking in (and chatting to a heavily tattooed blogger who was there with her boyfriend), we decided to call it a night.

The final verdict

On the way home (and only a teeny bit tipsy) I asked myself if it was worth making the effort to go to the Vuelio Blog Awards 2016.

After all, I could have been snuggled up on the sofa in my PJs watching Gogglebox and eating a Curly Wurly.

But actually, yes it was. I felt genuinely happy, really positive and full of inspiration.

Had I not gone, I would never have met the lovely new friends I now have – and that alone was worth the effort of going.

However, if you’re going solo then bear in mind that you need to put yourself out there and pluck up the courage to start  conversations with people.

The good news is that everyone was really welcoming and I think they were happy to have someone new to talk to as well.

After all, that’s what this whole blogging malarkey is all about, isn’t it?… Creating new relationships with people and engaging with them. That and getting sloshed in a corner somewhere and making up crap jokes….

Want to see the Vuelio Blog Awards? In between having a great time, I managed to capture highlights of the night on video…



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27 comments

fashionmommywm 5th December 2016 at 9:35 am

It sounds like a lovely night, although I must admit I find awards ceremonies fairly boring.

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Cal at Family Makes 3rd December 2016 at 11:28 pm

You are very brave, and of course it paid off for you. I’m going to get my back fixed and come with you next time! (If I’m invited, of course) x

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admin 4th December 2016 at 1:21 am

You will always be invited!!! I’m sure you’d enjoy it Cal! We could work the room together next time ?

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karen 3rd December 2016 at 10:25 pm

Think I’d be nervous if I went to an event like that, least you had a good time in the end

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admin 4th December 2016 at 1:20 am

Thanks Karen – I guess it’s normal to feel bit nervous otherwise I wouldn’t be human ?

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Sarah 3rd December 2016 at 9:54 pm

Ahh this sounds exactly what I would be like! I’ve never been to an event!

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admin 4th December 2016 at 1:19 am

Great goal to have for 2017 eh?! ?

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Jemma 3rd December 2016 at 7:21 pm

Lovely post, I’d feel exactly the same but glad you had a great time!

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admin 4th December 2016 at 1:18 am

Thank you Jemma ?

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Sarah | Lavender Life 3rd December 2016 at 6:10 pm

Congrats on going and stepping out of your comfort zone! Looked like it was a nice night after all, would love to visit an even like that some time.

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admin 4th December 2016 at 1:18 am

I’m sure you will soon Sarah! Thank you. ?

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Zoe IKIWN 3rd December 2016 at 6:08 pm

This sounds like such a fun night, and well done you for working the room and introducing yourself to people. Even though I love going to events and awards I’m actually pretty awful at doing that and I really wish I was better at it! xx

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admin 4th December 2016 at 1:17 am

Thanks Zoe – sometimes it’s a case of ‘face the fear’ isn’t it? And I think things are always worse in our head than the reality of actually being there…

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Little B&Me 3rd December 2016 at 9:03 am

Well done for having the confidence to go! High five for approaching people as well 🙂

Sounds like a good night was had by all! I’ve never heard of that youtuber but it was cool you got to meet her!

♡ keep that confidence growing ♡

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admin 3rd December 2016 at 10:38 am

Thank you so much for your positive words!

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Leah LS 3rd December 2016 at 12:30 am

This looked like such a good event and to see winners I actually recognise too is just wonderful 🙂 x

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admin 3rd December 2016 at 10:36 am

Thanks Leah

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Ana De- Jesus 2nd December 2016 at 10:45 pm

I am introvert naturally too so well done for taking control and finding new blogger buddies! Well done to Carl as well for best daddy blog and all the other winners!

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admin 3rd December 2016 at 10:35 am

Thanks Ana!

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Ruxandra 2nd December 2016 at 7:10 pm

It looks like a great event – I wish I had the opportunity to attend a blog awards event!

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Tania 2nd December 2016 at 8:42 am

Alas the video isn’t playing for me! My, do you have energy, girl! On a school night? I know for a fact I would want to be in my PJs with that curly-wurly. Gary invited me out for drinks yesterday and I just made whimpering noises from the sofa until he left by himself. I suck in winter… honestly, you couldn’t pry me off the sofa with a crowbar. Have a fab weekend! xxx

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admin 2nd December 2016 at 9:16 am

Mmmh not sure why it’s not playing. Take a look at YouTube.com/homeandhorizon it will be on there ? I had the curly wurly the next night!

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Hayley Warren 1st December 2016 at 10:56 pm

This sounds like a great night! I’ve been to plenty of blogger events but I’ve never been to an awards ceremony before.

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Jazmin Williams 1st December 2016 at 10:55 pm

This sounds like a fab event! I’d love to go to a bloggers event one day <3 x

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admin 1st December 2016 at 11:07 pm

Thanks Jazmin – definitely worth a go!

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melissa 1st December 2016 at 9:16 pm

Oh this is great! I have never been to a blog conference or event and I really look forward to going. I enjoy the way that you write. I may be visiting England off and on next year, so I will poke around your blog a bit to start feeling my way around. Great post.

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admin 1st December 2016 at 9:34 pm

Thanks very much Melissa – your kind words have just made my week!

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