The SA Mommy Blogger Awards

I recently received the award  for this blog for the Best Business Blog in the SA Mommy Blogger Awards and asked the organiser, Jacqui Bester from the blog One Messy Mama, to tell us what inspired her to start the awards and what they are about.
She explains:

On returning to South Africa from Michigan, USA. I decided to jump into the South African blogging community and soon realised that there was no platform that celebrated these phenomenal women!

That first thought set in motion what can only be described as a wild and exciting rollercoaster of conversations, meetings, experiments, and decisions… a rollercoaster that finally turned a corner and headed straight towards what is now called:

The SA Mommy Blogger Awards!

The concept is pretty simple… bloggers enter into three categories of their choice (out of a total of 19 categories) and submit links to two of their posts for each category. Unlike the other awards that are around, the winners of these awards will be determined by a panel of independent judges. It is not a popularity contest. It doesn’t matter how many likes and shares you’re able to generate The winners will be chosen by the judges based on the quality of content they are producing. So even if you’re a new blogger with a small readership, if you write a good quality post, you stand a good chance of winning. The entrant for Best Blog 2017 needed to submit the STATS of their blog as well as 2 posts that they believed was the best they had written.

The judges carefully read through every post submitted. Analyzing the bloggers writing, creativity, and enthusiasm for their brand.

The 19 Categories are as follows along with the 2017 winners.

Best FoodieMama Chef Jozi

https://mammachefjozi.com/festive-freshness-holiday-meal-plan/

https://mammachefjozi.com/the-easiest-blueberry-pancakes-ever/

Best Travel3 Kids, 2 Dogs, and 1 Old House

http://www.3kids2dogsand1oldhouse.co.za/2018/01/30/packing-bags-travel-campervan/

http://www.3kids2dogsand1oldhouse.co.za/2017/11/22/oudekraal-gem-cape-town/

Best WriterChevsLife
 
Best Wisdom Giver Baby Guide For The Modern Mother

http://www.caffeineandfairydust.com/overcoming-comparison/

http://www.caffeineandfairydust.com/just-put-damn-swimsuit/

This is the first year that these awards are running and we have had 74 bloggers enter (an amazing number considering the time frame!)

We had 3 phenomenal judges.

Pabi Moloi
Brent Lindeque
Bailey Schnieder
The awards were announced on April 6th, 2018 via Twitter – #samommybloggerawards were trending across JHB. Links below
Muppie Lounge
Blue Edit Media
Backsberg
Yolande Barns  Photography
Succession Financial Planning
Makeup by Ryno
Norman Goodfellows
Hamley’s
Baby Eats