IT WAS a magical moment for a hardworking blogger when she was announced the winner of a prestigious national award.
Alice Elliott was presented with the inaugural Digital and Technology Organisation award for her blog, the Fairy Blog Mother, which teaches beginners how to start blogging.
Fairy Blog Mother was one of more than 1,000 nominated in 14 categories at the National UK Blog Awards – dubbed the Blogging Oscars – which were decided by 16,000 public votes.
Mrs Elliott, from Waverley Road, said she was “absolutely flabbergasted” when Fairy Blog Mother was chosen by judges at the awards ceremony held at The Grange St Paul’s hotel in London last month.
She said: “I looked at the others and thought “no chance,” so when I saw my name on the big screen my jaw hit the ground – I could not believe it.”
The 50-year-old told The Chronicle she began her award-winning blog in 2008 after becoming frustrated at the lack of help for complete beginners and the amount of jargon used to explain it.
She said: “I start from level zero – for someone who doesn’t even know where the off and on switch on the computer is.
“It is completely non-jargon. I take a lot of time and effort to explain it with ordinary every day language.”
But the modest mum-of-two is not going to let success go to her head and is already working on an e-course for past-beginners who have set up a blog but need encouragement on how to keep it going.
She said: “It fills in the technical void that people have once they have started a new blog, but then think 'now what?’”