Over the last few years since I began blogging, I have become acquainted with many fascinating people. When I first started out writing this blog I was often nervous about commenting on other blogs, wondering if I was saying the right thing; sometimes struggling to find the right words because I didn't know enough about the blogger. But as time went by, I soon came to realise that what really mattered was my visit and appreciation of the post. During the past 3 years I have read so many amazing blogs which have inspired me to write a post of my own, and some have even given me ideas of a post of which has turned out to be hugely popular; Amy's interview for one. I have been incredibly honoured to receive awards from many excellent bloggers, and had my blog linked on many occasions; each time making me feel deeply appreciated.
I spend a lot of time blogging, getting to know people, most of whom I will never meet. But last week when making my first vlog, I realised something very special: when I was talking to the camera, feeling a little like I was talking to myself, it came to me that I was actually talking to friends; my friends from around the world. It felt personal, as if I had invited you into my home for a cuppa, and we were simply having one of our regular chats. When a news reader reports on the days events, they talk to a camera, addressing the nation. But I was addressing friends. Even though my face was to be broadcast on computer screens across the globe, I felt as though I knew the people who sat in front of them. That is the biggest reward I have had since I first created my blog in May 2007. And so to you, I wish to present an award. Please accept it and place it on your blog. You all deserve it.