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Blogging Is Supposed To Be Fun

22nd May 2018

Over the weekend, I met a bunch of groovy people, drank a lot, saw Deadpool 2, kissed my husband at the top of the London Eye.

And snagged Second Best Overall Blogger at the Annual Bloggers Bash.

I clapped for myself like a seal, and rumors of my ambivalence/sore loser status have been greatly exaggerated.

First, I want to thank anyone who nominated or voted for Gin & Lemonade .  This giant, global blogging community is a wonderful thing, and I especially love you quirky, beautiful people who read me.

I started this blog as a public writing practice to get my thoughts out there, somewhere they may stick and speak to other people (I now realize that’s a gross visual.  I’m sorry.)

I would still tell you I’m a writer first.  It just so happens that I blog a lot about the process of not writing and avoiding the real work that goes into it.

And over the years, (HOLY SHIT, 8 in August!), this blog has become something else.  A coffee shop, a pub, a place where I’ve met new friends, and then travelled to met them in person.

I took some time off when I was pregnant with Isla and blogged very little when she was younger.  Sarge was always Neil and we moved to a medium-sized house in the country.  Country life is more isolating than when I was growing up.  I had an idea in my head about what it would be, and it isn’t that.

So I started blogging again.  While I was away from the blogosphere, blogging became A THING.  Something different than the online journaling it was when I started.

Most bloggers I’d befriended early on disappeared.  I talked to myself for awhile, again.

And then, I found the wonderful people at Big Up Your Blog and learned about the ABBAs.

I ordered a ticket for the Annual Bloggers Bash.  My first blogging convention type thing.  I told people I could wait to meet them in real life.  Because when May rolled around it would mean that my Isla would be that bit closer to four years old, AND I’M NOT READY.

One of the reasons I came back to blogging was for the kid I’m not ready to be four.

See, I want to be a published writer.  A published non-corporate writer.  For my kid.  And for me.  Isla deserves a mother who is not creatively frustrated or professionally unhappy.  I am not-so secretly both of those things at the moment.

I came back to blogging to up my freelance game, to write things that aren’t accessibility reviews, or business newsletters.

I’ve attempted a blogging schedule, word-count goals, and written pieces that seem to have resonated with people.

I’m real and open and sometimes, a sarcastic bitch.

I’ve invested my time and my heart into this blog.  Lorna the blogger and Lorna the person is one and the same.  Lorna the person is more shy, and may seem standoffish, but stick around for five minutes.  Hi.

Lately  I’ve been wondering if it was all getting too much.  If I should take my writing offline.

And then.

One day, I opened an email that said I’d been nominated for an Annual Bloggers Bash Award.  Actually two of them.  As per the rules, I requested to go forward with Best Overall Blogger.

Go big or go home.

I honestly didn’t think I’d get nominated for anything.  To me that meant I was doing something right.  That my writing mattered to people not related to me.  That all this heart-pouring was going somewhere.

During the voting process I agonized over what I put out there.  More than usual.  Positive reading experiences meant votes and gratitude from me.  I didn’t even think I would place.

And I learned some stuff:

I am very competitive.  I knew that, but y’know.

People I don’t even know shared my vote link. (Thank you to EVERYONE who did)

My name is still very difficult for some people to grasp.

And for someone who didn’t think that name would even be included, winning became A THING for me.

It meant that maybe I could take my writing off the kitchen table and look my kid in the eye.

At the Bash this weekend, I learned even more stuff:

My voice, when I first meet someone, is at a register only dogs can hear.  I’m sorry.  Like I said, wait five minutes.

I talk about Isla A LOT.  For that, I’m not sorry.

The collective noun for book bloggers is a metric fuck-ton of book bloggers.

The awards are not the Oscars. And if anyone heard me suggest, to one friend, that they got the certificates confused, that was a joke.  I like jokes.

That a blog with a few followers cannot fairly compete with a blog with more than a few followers.

That it’s not about the competition, it’s about  the booze the friendships we forge through our blogs and the people behind the computer screens.

Congratulations to everyone nominated and not nominated, who placed and didn’t, who won and didn’t.  FULL LIST IS HERE.

I’d like to thank the Academy, the Committee for accommodating my wheels, and my husband, and Purple Monkey the travel mascot.

May I suggest that the next Bash is somewhere in Scotland?  I know a few places.


That says second. I’m happy with that. Purple is my color.

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  • Reply Delicious Life 22nd May 2018 at 1:00 pm

    Congrats Lorna!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I would have give you 1st place but second not bed at all…..super happy for you. Keep writing you are such an inspiration…..

  • Reply samfiftysomething 22nd May 2018 at 1:03 pm

    A fantastic achievement Lorna and well deserved. Was nice to meet you at the weekend 🙂

    • Reply Lorna 22nd May 2018 at 1:12 pm

      You, too, Sam!

  • Reply rachaelstray 22nd May 2018 at 1:18 pm

    Congratulations Lorna. I like your suggestion of Scotland or somewhere even in the middle rather than London. I’m chuffed to have been nominated but I knew I would never win!

  • Reply a mindful traveler 22nd May 2018 at 1:27 pm

    Congratulations Lorna, a great achievement for G&L. Sounded like it was an amazing day. 🙂

  • Reply Losing the Plot 22nd May 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Well done – you’ve earned this!

    • Reply Lorna 22nd May 2018 at 8:26 pm

      I was so happy you were up there, too!

      • Reply Losing the Plot 22nd May 2018 at 9:03 pm


  • Reply SickChristine 22nd May 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Same thing happened to me with blogging. Took some time off to be well, got sick, got well again, came back and all the sudden this was a thing. How in the hell did it happen? Also, sarcasm is a beautiful thing when it’s understood and you are a magnificent writer and all around great dame.

  • Reply TanGental 22nd May 2018 at 2:51 pm

    Lovely to put a face to a blog and share my lunch with a purple monkey. Great second place too. Good you haven’t peaked too soon!

    • Reply Lorna 7th June 2018 at 7:30 pm

      Thank you, Geoffle!

  • Reply fattymccupcakes 22nd May 2018 at 3:26 pm

    This is very well-said, my real-honest-to-goodness-writer-friend!! ❤️❤️

  • Reply Rock For Disability 22nd May 2018 at 4:00 pm

    Congratulations Lorna! 🙂

  • Reply ChronicallyDannie 22nd May 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Congratulations!! ❤️

  • Reply josypheen 22nd May 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Yaaaaay! Congratulations lovely!

    This is all really well said and I am super chuffed for you. I totally agree that the friends you make at the bash sound even *more* fun that the awards, but getting a prize is the cherry on the top of a fun sounding day!


  • Reply Unbound Roots 22nd May 2018 at 5:51 pm

    I love everything you put down in this post! Congratulations to you, and keep being you – that’s what’s important. 🙂

  • Reply gemmaorton 22nd May 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Congratulations, your writing deserves this and more. I enjoy the sarcasm!

    • Reply Lorna 22nd May 2018 at 8:38 pm

      WHERE WERE YOU? xox

      • Reply gemmaorton 23rd May 2018 at 6:10 pm

        I just couldn’t sort it. Hopefully next time! Or whenever you visit sunny Norfolk!

  • Reply Suz 22nd May 2018 at 8:51 pm

    Well done Lorna and just as important you got kissed by a prince on top of the London Eye #winner

    • Reply Lorna 22nd May 2018 at 8:57 pm

      Thank you, Suz. He’s alright, really.

  • Reply Ritu 22nd May 2018 at 9:26 pm

    Congrats on your placing Lorna! It was so.m lovely to meet you on Saturday!
    I love your writing so keep on being you ?

  • Reply Debbie Harris 22nd May 2018 at 9:47 pm

    This is a great wrap up post Lorna! It was so good to meet you and huge congrats on your award achievement (again). I agree blogging is supposed to be fun and I’m so glad you have been recognised for your writing abilities. ??

  • Reply Mel 22nd May 2018 at 10:06 pm

    Such a great post and the hugest congratulations!! So chuffed you got 2nd. Was so lovely to meet you and Neil. I was way more shy than I thought I would be ?Glad you got the trip on the London Eye and hope Isla gave you the biggest cuddle when you got home xx

    • Reply Lorna 23rd May 2018 at 8:52 am

      My biggest Bash regret is not hanging with you more! I was trying, but we were camped out the wrong side of the room, and though I tried, I only made it to the middle. You and Deb = still my faves!

  • Reply April Munday 22nd May 2018 at 10:52 pm

    I obviously met an imposter on Saturday. Congratulations on being placed. I like the idea of Scotland next year. The last time I was there I went to the top of Ben Nevis. I suspect the Bloggers’ Bash will be a bit easier.

  • Reply bluerosegirl08 23rd May 2018 at 12:12 am

    Yay for you1 I also live in the country and struggle with reconciling the fact that I love nature with the fact that living in a rural makes my liife as a non driving wheelie person that much more complicaited.It’s a love/hate thing. Also the next bookmail I’m getting is Letters from Skye. Have you read that one?

    • Reply Lorna 23rd May 2018 at 9:45 am

      Of course I have, dude. It’s kinda like …Potato Peel Society, which I’d also recommend! x

  • Reply bluerosegirl08 23rd May 2018 at 9:12 pm

    I have read that one as well/

    • Reply Lorna 23rd May 2018 at 9:43 pm


      • Reply bluerosegirl08 23rd May 2018 at 11:41 pm

        It occurs to me that I would very much like to get mail from Skye. I think the airmail gremlins ate the postcard you sent because I never got it.

  • Reply Cheynoea 1st June 2018 at 12:29 pm

    I found your blog through the new daily prompt links and am wondering why you don’t have a wp follow button rather than having the only option to sign up through email? I hardly use my email notices to read blogs and prefer to use reader to keep up with everyone I follow.

    • Reply Lorna 1st June 2018 at 3:20 pm

      I used to have a reader follow button before I redesigned, trying to get it back! You can also sign up to my newsletter which only happens once a week.

      Thanks for your interest!

  • Reply MNL 1st June 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Congrats on your award!

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    Congratulations, what an honor. I think any of us that have done this for a while fall in the ups and downs of the blogosphere. Start out as just an outlet to vent/write picks up some traction then the next thing you know you are freaking out over deadlines and making sure an image is cropped right on spending an hour trying to run down a link you can’t remember!

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    Passion is a good thing, Lorna. A really good thing!

  • Reply Jennifer 5th June 2018 at 10:52 pm

    Congratulations on the 2nd place win! The competition was stiff. I was amazed at how many bloggers were nominated in each category so a 2nd place win is fantastic!

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    What an incredible honor!!! This is the first time I have read through your blog and I am LOVING it!!!!

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    That is awesome! I know how that feels as my blog has been recognized in “health” arena blogs!

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