The problem with being an anonymous blogger is that, in order to maintain anonymity, any relationship that I have with my fellow bloggers has to be virtual.
I have read some pretty awesome blogs and some absolutely hysterical blog posts over the last year or so and there are some lovely ladies (and my blogging superheroes are all heroines I’m afraid) out there who I am dying to share a bottle of wine and giggles with.
So, my lovely ladies, please accept my invite to my fantasy dinner party, as I nominate you for a Brilliance in Blogging award 2016. My invites and nominations go to:
Vicki from http://www.honestmum.com
I am a rubbish cook. I can’t even assemble things in the kitchen. Now that I am a single mum I cook for Cygnet, whose taste buds are not particularly refined (anything with sweetcorn seems to do the trick), but I tend just to eat whatever happens to be lingering in my cupboard. My current favourite is hot-crossed buns with Nutella.
I need you at my dinner party Vicki, not to be the cook, because no guest would accept an invite to spend an evening in my kitchen which looks like a throwback to the 1970s, but because your inspiring recipes will provide my fantasy dinner party menu. I mean just look at this roasted vegetable stack. My mouth is watering just looking at it. Vicki is the only person I would consider nominating for the Food category of the #BiBs2016 awards.
Tor from http://www.teacuptoria.co.uk/
I owe Tor a lot. Tor’s blogs was one of the first single mum blogs I stumbled across when venturing into the world of single motherhood myself. I read all of her blog posts on divorce and separation. She had some great advice. She’s probably doesn’t realise it but the advice on her blog and her happy relationship with Dan and the gorgeous boy that Seb has become have already got me through some really tough times.
What I love about Tor’s blog is her honesty. She wears her heart on her sleeve and is not scared of admitting that life does not always smell of roses. I also love Tor’s quirky doodles and for this reason she gets my Reader’s choice vote in #BiBs2016.
Kate from http://www.poutinginheels.com
I found Kate’s blog through Tor’s. There are some absolutely gorgeous photos of Kate on her blog. She comes across as effortlessly glamorous, which ordinarily I would find hideously intimidating, but Kate also shares the ups and downs of her life which makes her very real and very likeable. Kate gets my fashion and beauty vote in #BiBs2016.
Prab from http://www.absolutelyprabulous.com
There are a couple of times when I have nearly wet myself laughing at one of Prab’s blog posts. But there is one of Prab’s blog posts which stands out a mile for me and that is “the anniversary card I never thought I’d write”. This is a letter from Prab to her husband on their anniversary explaining why she wants to grow old with her husband, but why, like all of us I guess, she feels a let down and disappointed.
The fact that her husband knows that she wrote this and they have been able to talk so honestly suggests to me that their relationship is really strong and will get through anything, but my God it must have taken a whole heap of courage for Prab to write such a post and a whole heap of courage for her husband to consent to it being shared on the world wide web. For this post Prab gets my writer vote in #BiBs2015.
Alice from http://morethantoast.org
There are days when I think I want to be Alice. She is a single mum (there is a bit of a bias towards single mums at my fantasy bloggers dinner party) with two gorgeous children. I don’t think that I fit the stereotype of a single mum, whatever that may be, but for me Alice smashes it. She is stylish, successful, gorgeous, has two lovely children, works hard, eats healthily and appears totally cool, calm and in control. But nothing in life is perfect and I like the fact that Alice is happy sharing her not so fairy tale existence: her post-natal depression; her haemorrhoids and her dating stories and most recently her loneliness all get an airing on her blog. Thank you Alice.
The reason why I really want to be Alice though has to be this post. Alice has an admin cupboard, but unlike my admin cupboard in which things disappear never to see the light of day again, Alice’s admin cupboard is perfectly organised. When a torrent of papers, files, old photos, suitcases fall on my head when I open my admin cupboard I think to myself ‘Jeez I wish I were Alice’. Alice gets my Art, Craft and Design vote for #BiBs2016 (and not just for her admin cupboard).
Min from http://singlemumspeaks.com
Min very kindly put me on her list of award winning bloggers, but this invite to my fantasy bloggers dinner party, isn’t just me returning the favour. Min is super smart and super funny and I read her every blog post.
Min’s son, Piglet, came into the world thanks to a sperm donor and some ladies and gentlemen in white coats. I am voting for Min in the Family category of #BiBs2016, because not every family is comprised of a mummy, a daddy and 2.4 children. Families come in all shapes and sizes: single parent; quadruple parent; co-parent; blended; grandparented and fostered. All are great and I love blogs which celebrate this variety.
There are loads of other brilliant bloggers out there, but as it is three of us are going to have to sit on the floor at my dinner party because I only have four chairs. I would love to host and banquet and I promise that if my blog gets a few votes in the #BiBs2016 I will hire a banqueting hall and invite the lot of you.
You can vote for me in the #BiBs2016 awards here.
My blog is also less than a year old and if you felt so inclined you could vote for me in the Fresh Voice category too.
You’ll need these details:
Blog name: The Single Swan
Blog URL: http://www.thesingleswan.com
Blogger’s Twitter ID: @thesingleswan
Loads of love and bon appétit to my dinner party guests.