I’ve just finished looking at the photos of Friday’s MAD Blog Awards on Facebook and silently seething to myself that I wasn’t there to enjoy it. I apologise for my absence – I had a prior engagement – but I hope everyone had a great time (it certainly looks that way!). Even more gutted that I didn’t get to meet Dr Ranj, but in any case even if I had been able to attend it’s unlikely I’d have managed to worm my way through the throng of mums around him…
Through a quirk of telepathy or fate I checked Twitter just seconds after I had been announced as the winner of the Most Entertaining Blog award; the mixture of excitement mixed with frustration at not being there to accept my trophy was like a perfect storm of emotion in my gut (which also housed some BBQ chicken and a dish of profiteroles).
So here is my acceptance speech.
I’ve had my eye on a MAD award ever since losing out to Bringing Up Charlie two years ago, so to win one is like a dream come true. (All I need now is that one about Mila Kunis to come true as well, and I can die a happy man.) Thank you to everyone who voted to get ‘Goodbye, Pert Breasts’ into the finals. Thank you to the judges for judging me and not coming away thinking I am a complete moron. Thank you to Keith for once again accepting an award on my behalf. Thank you to my family for providing me with writing fodder so I can do the two things that I love to do: write, and make people laugh. (Or smile, if they’re hard to please.)
And thank you, whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned follower, for logging on and reading my blog to begin with. Last week I spoke at the Autumn Blog Summit about how, when I started writing a blog back in January 2010, I wrote like no-one was reading, because back then no-one was reading. Now, it looks like people are reading, and that they like what they see. It’s humbling, exciting…and a little bit scary.
So, for one last time: thank you. You’ve made a tired dad very happy. And I promise – double promise – that I’ll be at the next ceremony.