Blog Awards


The Biopsy Report has been short-listed!


And the red carpet has been rolled out!

I was out for most of the day and came home to find ‘The Biopsy Report’ positively bubbling with excitement. This blog has made it through Round 1 of the Irish Blog Awards and it’s been awarded a Vanilla Award!

I learnt this evening that my blog has been shortlisted for an Irish Blog Award, in the Best Personal Blog category sponsored by Microsoft Irelandโ€™s Developer and Platform Group. I’m not often stuck for words, but this news has left me flabbergasted. I am humbled to be listed alongside some eminent bloggers whose blogs I already admire and enjoy enormously. I am also proud to appear on this particular shortlist as thanks to the huge expertise of Damien Mulley, the Irish Blog Awards now have an impressive judging system in place. All of the nominated blogs have been assessed by a panel of judges and advancement to the final round, was based solely on merit. This is not a popularity contest and so I happily recommend you pop over to the Irish Blog Awards to have a look for yourself.

Then the absolute icing on the cake today, was to receive a Roar for Powerful Words award from Absolute Vanilla…(& Atyllah). Vanilla is a writer of enormous talent and her beautifully illustrated blog has a huge following of loyal fans. When Vanilla first left a comment on my blog, it blew me away totally. She has a powerful and very moving way with words and I feel privileged to be able to share in her world. I can highly recommend a visit to her blog.

When I started writing this blog last year, all I knew was that I had a story to tell as a result of my experiences as a long-term patient. I was a total newcomer to blogging but thanks to masses of help and encouragement from my son, Robin, I soon discovered a whole new and exciting world. I never could have imagined that the blogosphere would turn out to be so much fun. If you’d told me that I’d get a thrill out of hitting a button that says ‘publish’ or ‘submit comment’, I’d have laughed at you whereas now I’ll happily admit that I’m totally addicted to pushing those buttons. I’ve found friends, companionship, humour, insight, wisdom, interest, and much more through blogging. Thanks to everyone who’s contributed to this fun and I’d especially like to thank Absolute Vanilla and the Irish Blog Awards for giving ‘The Biopsy Report’ a real reason to be proud. I salute you all.

16 Responses to Blog Awards

  1. Robin says:

    Addiction is not the word.

    You need a ‘guest post’ from your daughter to explain what they’ve put up with!

  2. Steph says:

    Thanks! Robin

    Look who’s talking! Who got me hooked? ๐Ÿ˜€

    I’m just doing exactly what you used to do when you were at home and the only difference is that nobody puts meals on the table for me! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Grannymar says:

    Steph if you are a good girl I’ll introduce you to all my Toyboys on the Big night! You have to come. We will have a great giggle. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Steph says:

    Grannymar, I am a very good girl (old hen) and I’m good at avoiding temptation too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Bendygirl says:

    Steph, congratulatons! That’s fantastic news, BG x

  6. Blush, blush, blush ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you for those very kind words, Steph.

    And HUGE congratulations for the shortlisting on the Irish Blog Awards – that is waaay cool and so hugely deserved. I am super chuffed for you! Go, Steph!!!!

    Hugs and xxx

  7. Steph says:

    BG and AV – thank you so much for your support!

    Now I’m the one who’s ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    There I was pottering along happily, doing my own thing and suddenly I find myself on a hotlist competing for an award. Wonders will never cease!

  8. Baino says:

    Aww, I think it’s nice that you’ll get to meet some of your Irish commenters. Congrats steph, it’s an interesting blog alright!

  9. Steph says:

    Cheers! Baino

    Yep, the Irish like any excuse to party. Pity you can’t join in the fun too ‘cos you’re a huge part of it. Actually, it’s just as well you can’t as you’d run away with all the awards! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Ms Ellisa says:

    Congrats Steph…! It must feel really amasing to have all of these awards for your writing… ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Steph says:

    Thanks! Ms Ellisa. And thanks for dropping by again.

    It is amazing! I read other people’s blogs and think “Wow! I wish I could write like that” but the reality is, we all have something different to offer and what blows the socks off some people, may do nothing for others.

    I write about medical issues as I see them, based on my own experiences and I leave it up to others to decide what they think. The nominations, short-lists and awards are all good fun but it’s the individual comments that really do it for me! Cheers!

  12. Harry says:

    Excellent news Steph, and well deserved. It’s impressive to see you write such great content on a regular basis, sharing your experiences and drawing conclusions in an imaginative way.


  13. Steph says:

    Hi! Harry

    In all honesty, I think the interest in my blog comes from the fact that I have a story to tell, more than anything else. But thanks for the welcome praise anyhow!

  14. Caoimhin says:

    Congratulations Steph! Your writing is wonderful and you are getting the recognition you deserve! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Steph says:

    Thanks for the compliment, Caoimhin!

    I reciprocate those sentiments ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. keepayHenia says:

    Thak you for the news

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