That Night In November 2017 When I Won Best Newcomer Blog At The Vuelio Blog Awards


I’ve got to admit two things about being nominated for the Vuelio Blog Awards 2017:

  • When I found out I was nominated it really didn’t sink in  .. I’ve only been blogging here since February. I know, I know, it says best newcomer award but you know what I mean.
  • I hardly have any photos from the evening. I was having too much of a good time including intermittent bouts of sheer nervousness and panic at the thought of going up on the stage.

I am so happy to have been short-listed along with some other amazing blogs. Every single one of them such a strong contender in their own right.

In February when I launched this little blog I had absolutely no idea that anyone would  even be the slightest bit interested in me. Now, I regularly get over 2,000 readers a month and growing. All grown organically I might add along with my followers.

I’ve had some amazing support along the way from other bloggers.

It’s been truly inspirational. Shout out here to two of them …  the beautiful inside and out, Catherine of Not Dressed As Lamb and my lovely friend, Samantha Rickleton of North East Family Fun. These two amazing women each support me in different, wonderful ways each spurring me on. It’s a dream to have this kind of support, giving you more and more confidence every step of the way. If you’re  just starting out as blogger you simply must seek out the fabulous community on Instagram.I wrote about some of them who have supported me from the start in my Positive Side To Social Media’ post.

I’d also recommend you join as many Facebook groups as you can.

I have three amazing men in my life. My husband, Steve aka Mr B and my two sons, Declan and Patrick. I co write a lifestyle and business blog with Declan so it was only fitting that he was my plus one for the event  in London.

Sounds like a right BAFTA speech now doesn’t it?

Big, big thanks to the Vuelio team and the judges for seeing that bit of stand out sparkle in me. What a happy lady I was at The Bloomsbury Big Top on Friday night. Can I just say as well … my award is gorgeous!!


And as if my night couldn’t get any better we were also seated at our table with the awesome Natasha Courtney-Smith. As soon as we were seated Declan and I hit it off with Tash and her partner, Alistair. I was like

“OMG I have your book!”

I’d read it and passed it on to Declan. It was on his bedside table as we spoke!!  If you haven’t read it I suggest you do: The Million Dollar Blog.

It was even in my reading list post back in March.

I took it on holiday to Reykjavik which was where I read it.

Best Before End Date With Natasha Courtenay-Smith
Best Before End Date With Natasha Courtenay-Smith, Author of The Million Dollar Blog



So all in all a very eventful evening, don’t you think? If they had done acceptance speeches mine was gonna be simply …

“Because you don’t stop loving lippy at 35! Rockin’ it for the midlifers!!”

Thankyou to each and every one of you who takes the time out to read and comment either here  on the blog or on social media.

Can I say it? …..  “I love you all!!!”



  1. Annette Doyle
    November 28, 2017 / 8:01 am

    Congratulations Sharon, a very well deserved award!

    I love your blog because you resonate with women of a certain age and are so open and honest about life as a menopausal woman.

    Keep up the good work, your star is rising! ✨

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      November 29, 2017 / 8:23 pm

      Keepin’ it real, Annette .. lol! 😉 I really appreciate you reading and commenting like you do .. means a great deal to me xo

  2. November 28, 2017 / 10:35 am

    I said it before Sharon but I’ll say it again: you deserved this award 100% and I couldn’t be happier for you!!!!! It goes to show that with the right attitude, an awesome personality, the ability to work hard and a desire to reach out to people you CAN achieve great things at any age. I’m so pleased you’ve got this recognition from not just your readers and the blogosphere in general but also from a serious organisation like Vuelio.

    Enjoy it, milk it, use it wisely… Congratulations!!!!!!

    (And of course THANK YOU for the lovely mention, I really appreciate it!! ?)

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      November 29, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Thankyou darling you know how much you mean to me xoxo

  3. November 28, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Congretulations! That must feel fabulous! Enjoy!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      November 29, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      Oh it does, Nancy! Almost a week and I’m still on a high! Thankyou xo

  4. November 28, 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Ah thank you so much for the mention and I am so proud of you and chuffed to pieces. Reading your blog is always a breath of fresh air. It looked like a fabulous night – so pleased you decided to go in the end xx

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      November 29, 2017 / 8:21 pm

      It’s a long way for us Northerners isn’t, Sam? But sooo worth it! Thanks again for all your continuing support and advice xx

  5. November 28, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    Congratulations! I know you are so proud! Can’t wait to read more of your blog!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      November 29, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Oh I appreciate your comment so much Suzanne .. thankyou xo

  6. November 28, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    CONGRATS. . .very impressive distinction indeed!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      November 29, 2017 / 8:18 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Neti. I appreciate your support xo

  7. November 28, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    Well done on your phenomenonal achievement. It’s a huge success.

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      November 29, 2017 / 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much Stuart — still buzzing!

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      November 30, 2017 / 8:33 pm

      Thanks LB — appreciate you taking the time to stop by and read. xo

  8. Bee
    December 14, 2017 / 5:32 pm

    Was such a lovely night and so nice meeting you! Can’t believe you’ve only been blogging since Feb! So well deserved x

    • Sharon Sinclair.Williams
      December 16, 2017 / 9:25 pm

      Thankyou Bee xo

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