Tomorrow, Friday 22nd December marks the close of voting for nominations in next year’s UK Blog Awards.
Rewind 12 months ago and after entering my Kynren blog I was hopeful but not expectant.
In actual fact it came as a real surprise and shock that on the 2nd January 2017 I received an email to say it had been shortlisted in the ‘Events and Weddings’ category and I was invited to attend the ceremony at Westminster, London.
This year the blog up against thousands upon thousands of other hopeful bloggers and writers is this one.
Sitting under my self titled name, Andrew Corry Blog which is mainly written about the Bishop Auckland community; being businesses, charities and community projects.
A blog which has a focus point of writing on behalf of each, with a long term personal commitment to help the town and community I live amongst.
Many months ago I had this idea, it transpired after I attended this year’s awards ceremony in April.
The Kynren Blog started out to record my personal journey, something I could look back on without ever having to try and remember.
It was a record in detailed form, associated around words and pictures showing my experience on the project, one of which I’ll now treasure forever.
Originally writing it for myself, it gathered momentum on each and every post.
From fellow volunteers relating to the same emotions of the project to worldwide readers watching from close by or miles away, many on distant shores too.
Following the progress of a brand new project that the world was watching.
And not spoken about from a marketing perspective, on why you should go, but on an emotional perspective of how it feels to be there, how a project of this magnitude has and continues to keep changing my life.
Spoken from a volunteers perspective, just one of many thousands of volunteer voices.
How volunteering with likeminded people introduces you to a different world, a whole different mindset.
I feel richer for having and continuing to be involved.
So from April, and the many months prior, I had developed a readers following, I had momentum and people were interested to hear what I had to say and looking to find out more about the project.
Through the awards I was helping to bring exposure to both the Kynren project and Bishop Auckland as a town, and I wanted that to continue.
Continue to gain exposure, and to continue to write in a way that gained a personal connection with each and every reader.
But my Kynren journey paused earlier this year and I found myself at a crossroads.
How could I keep the momentum that I had helped to generate on Bishop Auckland if I had no subject matter to write about through Kynren.
So, I decided to write more about the town of Bishop Auckland instead.
I wanted to remind the residents of what we have.
I wanted to continue to encourage new visitors to our area too.
What I actually did was open my eyes and really appreciate everything we have actually got in this town myself.
Hands down it’s the most passionate I’ve ever lived in.
A town that I am proud to live in, because of the passion people who live here have.
In the last 6 months I have met many people, people who I would never have met otherwise, had I not walked into a shop and said hello instead of constantly just walking by and looking in.
To the many walks and green spaces and outstandingly beautiful scenery that we have from every corner of our town.
The opportunity to listen and learn about many different community developments and charity work that sometimes goes uncaptured when you aren’t aware of all the hard work and effort that is made.
This is my town, just like it is your town, and I wanted to give back, just like I gave back to Kynren, just like I’ll continue to give time to Kynren.
I want to help to stabilise it, I want to help it grow, I want future generations to have possibilities for progression and growth, I want to see it thrive.
I want to write.
I want to write and showcase our town, from residents in Bishop Auckland to surrounding communities and towns, to County Durham to the UK and abroad too.
I want to continue to keep giving back, keep giving my time to help and support those around me that need it, whether that is the community, the businesses, charities or the people.
I want to keep playing my small part in raising the profile of Bishop Auckland.
Whether I make the shortlist next year for the awards or not it doesn’t change anything, I am looking to go on and continue to achieve and play my part in making a difference.
The ‘Bishop Celebrating Together’ event will be celebrated again within the community in September 2018.
I will continue to write free articles to promote Bishop Auckland as I can fit in.
I’ll continue to keep volunteering in many different areas and projects, whether that’s through writing, or community radio, to Kynren or maybe even a project that I’m unaware of yet.
I want to keep collaborating with many different people and projects to develop myself as much as enhancing the town and community.
Bishop Auckland is the place that holds a big piece of my heart and will always hold it.
2018 will bring everything it’s meant too.
If you would like to vote, please click here: https://www.blogawardsuk.co.uk/ukba2018/entries/andrew-corry-blog
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