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Maureen Haddock's Blog Chosen for Top 150

Last week, I received an email with an exciting first paragraph. It began, “We're writing to let you know that the team at BrandBallot has named Get a Bigger Wagon one of the Top 150 Food Blogs of 2018. Part of BrandBallot's mission is to research and curate the web's best brands and bloggers, and we believe your blog deserves a spot on our list of Top Food Blogs.” 

Feeling this was too good to be true, I wondered if this was a scam. The email invited me to click on a link to see a sample listing. I envisioned having my computer wiped clean, just because I dared to believe someone found my little blog award-worthy. I decided, instead, to email Emily Klein, the editor of BrandBallot. I explained that my blog isn’t just a food blog and that I also write about memories and ideas. I told her I keep things retro because what I offer to the world is my decades of experience. I was concerned that my three-topic blog might disqualify me. I also mentioned that the title of my blog is From the Cookie Jar, but it is found on my Get a Bigger Wagon website. She responded in minutes, and the tone of her email was friendly and inviting.  

I visited the BrandBallot website and was impressed that they list and describe thousands of blogs about hundreds of topics. Their chosen bloggers come from all over the world. They post pictures of the writer and a synopsis of the blogger’s main interest. I immediately understood the resource they were providing. I even visited a few of their listed blog sites. 

The most important thing about BrandBallot is the criteria they use for choosing a winning blog. They believe that what makes a blogger “better than good” is authenticity. They select bloggers who portray a snapshot of life as they see it or remember it. It’s not about numbers of followers for BrandBallot, but rather it's about the experience of the writer and the passion they have for their topic. Visit BrandBallot and read the “about us” section. 

I sometimes feel pressured, by the big wheels that drive the Internet, to grow my numbers, push my readers, and advertise more. Indirectly, those constant suggestions sometimes make me feel that I don’t try hard enough. So BrandBallot’s listing was a lovely surprise for me on a busy December morning, and although I write for you, dear readers, and sometimes for me, I was pleased to be noticed by BrandBallot. Thank you, Emily Klein, editor of BrandBallot, for adding a little icing to my year. 

      

Comments (14)

  • Sakina Madini January 1, 2019 at 02:22 am

    Congratulations Maureen. I am so happy to hear this news .
    All your blogs for recipes and stories are good 👍

  • Michelle Pawson December 15, 2018 at 03:53 pm

    Congratulations Mom! A well deserved acknowledgement of the work you put into your blog and your community!

    Much love and big hugs! M

  • Mitzi Gold December 15, 2018 at 02:24 pm

    Your message is always one of delight and introspection. You make me think and recall other times when life was different. Congratulations for a blog well done! Happy New Year to you and Gord.

  • Gayle Senger December 14, 2018 at 11:29 am

    A well deserving Congratulations. You are a talented writer and creator. A Christmas present came early. So happy you were acknowledged. Love Gayle

  • Darlene Aitken December 14, 2018 at 08:32 am

    Congratulations. You continue to enlighten, engage, and encourage me through your writing. I so envy your ability to effectively wrap us into your blogs. I’m already looking forward to the next one.

  • Susan Hansen December 14, 2018 at 08:24 am

    Wow Maureen!! Kudos to you!! Well deserved! I am so happy to call you my friend!!

  • ralph johnstone December 14, 2018 at 07:28 am

    Excellent acknowledgement for a blog well done. Two thumbs up!

  • Helen Davis December 13, 2018 at 04:14 pm

    I have always loved the stories you tell, the recipes too. The fact that you have been recognized for your blog....perfect! Congratulations.

  • Shawna Jardine December 13, 2018 at 04:08 pm

    Congrats Maureen! Well deserved!!

  • Mandy Ross December 13, 2018 at 03:13 pm

    I am so excited to hear this news!!! I’m not surprised at all! You consistently show and share from who you are! Big giant hugs!

  • Verla Schmirler December 13, 2018 at 02:47 pm

    Dear Maureen: Congratulations! I am pleased to know that quality (over quantity) still gains recognition in our world. The quality of your writing, along with your personal touch, in sharing memories, recipes, and news of unique business ventures has taken me back to memories of my own, encouraged my culinary skills, and led me to new shopping or service destinations. Keep up the good work!

  • the Boy December 13, 2018 at 02:45 pm

    That's my girlfriend. She rocks!

  • Joanne Slater December 13, 2018 at 02:03 pm

    Congratulations Maureen.

  • Rauncie Kinnaird December 13, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Well done!

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