Blogger Recognition Award

Blogger Recognition Award

A couple of week’s ago I was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by Aleena at Mummy Mama Mum. I had never heard of this award or tag before, and I was keen to find out what it meant. So I swiftly headed off to read Aleena’s post, and I really liked the sound of this tag.

The purpose of the tag is share with your reader’s the reasons why you set up your blog, and then to offer two pieces of blogging advice. I’m really excited to share with you a little more insight and advice from The Pramshed.

First of all here’s the tag rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.

Why The Pramshed?

I set-up my blog just over a year ago when I was on maternity leave. Entering a new year, and with 6-months left before I had to return to work I knew I needed to do something other than go for walks, sit in coffee shops drinking lattes and eating cakes. The idea to create a blog was conjured up on one of my many walks around the parks, and that evening my first post was written and my blog was live. I had no followers, and no social media  channels set up. So you can say that I dived in head first, and I’ve learnt how to make it a success over the past year.

I still have a long way to go, but this time last year I had no idea what a Linky was, or what DA means. Now I have a blog which I love. I co-host a Linky that I love. I have brands emailing me about reviews, and I have a holiday on the horizon. All because of the blog.

But that doesn’t answer my question; Why The Pramshed? Well the name came about after going to a well-known London restaurant with a very similar name before any thoughts about blogging existed. When I told my husband I wanted to set up a blog, he suggested the name, having overheared the waiting staff in the restaurant joking it should be called The Pramshed due to a number of buggies in the restaurant at the time.

My two pieces of blogging advice

Go for it, don’t be afraid

When I set up my blog I just went for it. There wasn’t a great deal of planning involved. I had no social channels. I only created these once my blog was live. I then started following people on Twitter, and then moved onto Facebook and Instagram. Your blog is your blog. It should contain posts that you want to write about it. Don’t be afraid of what other people think about it. That was one of my fears, and in reality friends and family are genuinely really interested and supportive. Just remember you never know where it may take you, or what it might lead to. Don’t be afraid. Go for it.


Following on from that; Socialise. Talk to other bloggers on social media. Join Linkies. We are all a friendly bunch, and it is one of the best ways to make your blog known. Keep sharing your posts on Twitter and Facebook. Join Instagram and Facebook pods so that you have to comment on other blogger’s posts, but also so they comment on yours. Attend blogging conferences, they are scary, but a great way to meet people (and brands). I cannot emphasis how important it is to engage other bloggers, they will support you, help you to craft blog content, and share your posts.

That’s my top tips for blogging.

To take part in this tag, I nominate:

Helen @ Talking Mums

Kelly @ Kelly and the Kids

Kirsty @ Winnettes

James @ A Life Just Ordinary

Rachel @ Rachel Bustin

Geraldine @ Over Heaven’s Hill

Fi @ Beauty, Baby and Me

Kim @ OddHogg

Cherry @ The Newby Tribe

Sam @ Mouse Moo Me Too

Bridie @ Bridie by the Sea

Nicole @ The Mum Reviews

As the picture says……the sky’s the limit!

Claire x


  1. Rachel Bustin February 20, 2017 / 10:13 pm

    Thanks for the tag. I love your blog name The Pramshed it has a slightly retro feel to it! Fantastic pieces of advice. I couldn’t agree more how important it is to socialise. Xx
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  2. Aleena Brown February 20, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    I love your advice Claire – I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one who just sat down one day and started writing, thinking about the peripherals later! You’ve tagged some great bloggers too, so I’m looking forward to reading more great posts!x

  3. Rach February 25, 2017 / 10:04 am

    Brilliant advice. Great post. I totally agree with the bit about your blog being your blog, a place for you to write about whatever you want to write about. #fortheloveofblog
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  4. Alison (MadHouseMum) February 25, 2017 / 10:24 am

    “Go for it”! Absolutely. Great advice and I love the origins of your name. Alison x #fortheloveofBLOG

  5. Louise -Mummy Miller February 25, 2017 / 10:36 am

    Such great advice and you have achieved so much in one year! I love where your name came from, I must say that when I have been out for lunch it sometimes feels like a Pramshed too! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  6. Kayleigh February 25, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Great advice! I really learned so much about blogging thanks to socialising in the community. Great advice! #fortheloveofblog

  7. Back With A Bump February 25, 2017 / 11:12 am

    Great advice. Totally agree about being true and writing about what you want! Thanks for hosting #fortheloveofblog
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  8. mainy February 25, 2017 / 11:51 am

    Firstly you have done so amazingly well in your first year! Secondly I love the name of your blog and where it came from, really cool:)


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  9. Laura February 25, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Fantastic – I can relate to this post a lot! It’s always lovely to be recognised for an award by other bloggers too. I was nominated for the Liebster Award this week and had such lovely warm fuzzy feelings! #FortheloveofBLOG
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  10. Aleena February 25, 2017 / 2:18 pm

    Just dropping by again through #fortheloveofBLOG, and re-read your post; it struck me that the social side of blogging is not only great for getting your blog out there, but also for most of us ends up bringing people together and forming real friendships where that might not have happened otherwise, and for lots of us that friendship is invaluable. x
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  11. Nursery Whines February 25, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    We started blogging around the same time and for the same reasons. And when I started doing social media you were one of the first bloggers to make contact with me by tagging me for the Liebster Award. I am inspired, but also a little ashamed, by how far you’ve come. I have kept my blog low-key and casual, partly because I only do it for my own pleasure if writing, but partly because I’m scared of failing. This post has spurred me on to really try to promote my blog, boost circulation and see if I can make it pay a little. Well done and thank you. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  12. Angela Watling February 25, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    Some great tips! You’ve done very well for your first year. I couldn’t work out what restaurant you’d been too though so I did have to do a bit of Googling 😉 #fortheloveofBLO
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  13. suz February 25, 2017 / 4:15 pm

    I love the name The Pramshed. You have achieved such a lot in the first year.
    Bloggers are a friendly bunch and linkies like this are a great way to get to know people.
    Thanks for running #fortheloveofBlog
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  14. Muffin top mummy blog February 25, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    I’m on maternity leave and have just leaped into blogging like you. Great to know that if you put in the work, it can take you places. Already appreciating the company of the blogging community #fortheloveofBLOG

  15. Ali Duke February 25, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    I love your blog name, well and your blog lol. I knew nothing when I am started and somedays I am not sure I know a lot now lol. I am trying to be a bit more social at the moment, I worry too much about whether people will think I am silly or not.
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  16. Peachy and her Mommy February 25, 2017 / 6:25 pm

    That’s a great tag and good advice. Blogging is so much work and incredibly time consuming. If you don’t like what you write, you can’t possibly survive. #fortheloveofBLOG

  17. Lydia C. Lee February 25, 2017 / 9:30 pm

    I’ve very much about the blog being my blog, and my place….good advice. #forhteloveofBLOG
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  18. Amy & Tots February 25, 2017 / 10:43 pm

    Lovely advice! I’ve never met a bunch of nice people than from the blogging community. #fortheloveofblog

  19. Manny - The Greenwich Mummy February 26, 2017 / 12:59 am

    Loving the advice and congratulations on the nomination! (I also need to write mine! Sorry Aleena! Lol)

    I also love the blogging community, especially from our parent bloggers – so many supportive people in our blogosphere and I am so glad that we’re a lovely bunch. 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG

  20. Emma February 26, 2017 / 9:40 am

    Aw I always wondered about the name! A bit similar to me about diving in, although I ummmed and rrrrrd for years before taking the dive. I really love the idea of this tag. I was too scared to join in as I really don’t have any advice to offer lol!!!!! #fortheloveofBLOG
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  21. justsayingmum February 26, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Oh that;s the reason behind The Pramshed!! Cool! Oh I bet you’re so glad you started – been such a great way of meeting people hasn’t it? Love your blogging advice tips too – mingle mingle mingle all the way I say and yes to setting up all social media channels as soon as you start #fortheloveofBLOG
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  22. Jenny (Accidental Hipster Mum) February 26, 2017 / 2:16 pm

    Socialising is great advice! I think it’s one of the biggest parts of blogging really and totally gets overlooked by newbies!


  23. Claire February 26, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    This is a great award, love that it encourages sharing helpful tips on blogging! xx #fortheloveofblog
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  24. Sharon Parry February 27, 2017 / 11:17 am

    Great advice – starting a blog can be scary and a little overwhelming but it is so rewarding once you get into it! #fortheloveofBLOG

  25. Jo (Mother of Teenagers) February 27, 2017 / 12:40 pm

    Claire it is great to hear how far your blog has come and to get some inside tips. It is hard work and I haven’t really put myself under that much pressure yet but it is also very rewarding and the support from the blogging community makes it all worthwhile. #fortheloveofBLOG
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  26. Busy Working Mummy February 27, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    I love that explanation of where The Pramshed comes from! #fortheloveofblog

  27. Kim February 27, 2017 / 2:36 pm

    I love your blog name! thanks for the tips #fortheloveofblog

  28. OddHogg February 27, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    Thanks for the tag – I need to get my act together and do it! #fortheloveofblog

  29. Susie at This Is Me Now March 3, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    Ah great advice. I’ve always loved your blog name and thought it was really original. Good advice, I’ve signed up to go to my first two blogging conferences this year and i’m so nervous!! Can’t wait to meet some bloggers though, I feel like we have already become friends just by interacting online #FortheloveofBLOG
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  30. Bridie By The Sea March 6, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    I love your advice ‘go for it!’ – I couldn’t have said it better myself lovely. Thank you so much for the nomination (it’s scheduled to go out soon) and for hosting #fortheloveofBLOG xx
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