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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Diamonds really are a girl's best friend (especially if you win some)!



It's really weird because when I'm sitting at my kitchen table, or I'm sat on the floor on the landing whilst the youngest is in the bath, or perched with the laptop on my knee whilst watching TV - all whilst writing the blog, I never imagine that anyone actually reads it - ever! Well apart from my Mum and a few friends of mine. I didn't start it thinking that anyone would ever read it and until it was short listed by Marie Claire for its fashion blog of the year award two years ago now, only about 40 people a day did read it, even though I had been writing it for a while.

But that was fine.  I wrote it because I loved doing it and that was my sole motivation, which was just as well because most people would probably have given up by that stage!  I suppose I started in the relatively early days of blogging and naively I had no idea that PR companies would approach me, that I would get invited to press days and all sorts of exciting events and that I would get the opportunity to write for, and work with, different brands. But perhaps that was a good thing because it was unexpected and nice when it happened but had it not, that too would have been fine.

All of that sounds a bit odd because now that the opportunities which come the way of a "successful" blogger are more widely known about, a lot of blogs are started with the aim of getting them as big as possible as quickly as possible - and good on those bloggers for doing that and for taking advantage of those opportunities.

Sometimes I get frustrated that I don't have the time to use social media to its full advantage and I struggle with the fact that I don't get the time to read and comment on the fantastic blogs out there but (like all of us) I have to remember that there are lots of demands on my time so I just have to do the best that I can.

So, when I found out that I had won the competition which I was invited to enter by 77 diamonds about what makes a best friend so special - and even more so when I saw the photo on their blog of Tobias, the co-owner, reading my post (see above) - it all felt a bit surreal. At least now I know that one person read it - on one day at least! And I'm delighted that Tobias liked what I wrote about my friends, who do all mean so much to me.

As yet I haven't decided what to spend the £1000 prize on, or how best I might use it to benefit someone else but when I have, I will let you know.  If in the meantime any of you have great ideas as to how I could do that, I'd love to hear them.

For anyone who wants to read the post about the competition, you can find it on the 77 diamonds' blog here

23 comments:

  1. Congratulations on winning. What an amazing prize.

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    1. Thanks Victoria! I know, how lucky am I? I don't think that I've quite got my head around it yet but I'll be sure to show you what I choose!

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  2. Oh well done you, so pleased for you Beth. Donna x

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    1. Hi Donna - thanks, that's really kind of you. Still can't quite believe it. x

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  3. Congratulations Beth! A fab prize indeed!

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    1. Thanks Sue - you're right there! Loving your bracelets btw - might be dropping by for one or two! x

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    1. Thanks Cathy! It was a bit of a wow prize wasn't it and certainly better than a bottle of cider (when I was about 12 too)!

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  5. Congratulations and I look forward to reading your blog every day

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    1. Many thanks Elaine - that's so kind of you to let me know. I do love writing it but it is time consuming so it's always great to hear that people like it. x

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  6. Wow! Lucky girl! Diamond earrings on the cards now?? Well done you and although I don't comment I do read your blog pretty much every day!

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    1. Hi Jan - you know you might just be right about the diamond earrings. That's where I'm currently headed I think but when I visit the showroom things might all change! Thanks re the blog too - that's good to hear. Cheers!

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  7. Congratulation, you definitely deserve it. That's whats so great about your blog, I love that you don't have annoying adverts and you don't have a hidden agenda, you just say it as it is.
    Well done.
    Valentine

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    1. Thanks Valentine, so pleased that you like the blog, although I fear that I might have one annoying advert on the blog now but I hope that you won't stop reading it!

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  8. Well done Beth! I am a fan of your blog, keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks Carol, that's really kind of you and I'll do my best!

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  9. Hi Beth,

    I am a huge fan of your blog. I loved the post about luxe joggers, so much so that I bought the topshop pair from the maternity section. (I am 16 weeks with baby number 2). Thanks for helping me stay stylish while I am pregnant!

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    1. Yeah! That's what I like to hear! I hope that you really enjoy wearing them. You'll be the coolest pregnant lady on the block. Have you taken a look at Trea at Treasures and Pleasures? She's pregnant and has had some great outfits so that may be a good place if you fancy more inspiration. Hope that you are keeping well - take care of yourself. x

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  10. Hi Beth,

    I loved the best friend article you wrote - very heartwarming and I'm glad you won. Congratulations!

    I just wanted to let you know how I spent an unexpected £1000 that I didn't know was coming my way. I enrolled on a Personal Stylist course! It's changed my life dramatically and my Great Nan and Granddad who left me the money in their will, would be, I'm sure, very proud and pleased it's bought me so much happiness and pleasure.

    And thank you once again for the feedback re my blog last night - very much appreciated.

    Mel x

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    1. Hi Mel - a truly heart warming story. I hope that you continue to get lots of pleasure from your course. Keep up the blog too!

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  11. Well done Beth! I dont have time to read and comment on lots of other blogs either, but life is busy and time spent with family is a priority! I do have a big catch up when I have a spare moment and I always come to yours!! Keep up the good work! XX

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    1. Hi Applebypie - you're so right about family time and thank you for taking the time to visit me when you have time. I know how precious those moments are!

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