It was a week of good news for YMC. First, YMC was given the honour of First Place at the Canadian Weblog Awards (CWAs) in the General Interest category (for weblogs that cover a range of tips separated into different sections.)
Canadian Weblog Awards is a juried completion started by the awesome and eclectic Elan Morgan, aka @Schmutzie, to celebrate quality rather than popularity in weblogs. According to Schmutzie's blog, there were "492 weblogs nominated across 34 categories. Our 34 volunteer jurors worked hard over the course of this November and December using our 10 criteria to judge each of the 492 weblogs in the first round and each of the approximately 170 weblogs in the second round to arrive at our winners."
And that's why I am so thrilled to have made the final cut this year at the CWAs. A big shout out goes to the incredibly hardworking, seriously talented YMC team across Canada who work from their home offices to make YMC virtually come to life every day. A special shout out to Editor-in-Chief Ali Martell (who also won a separate CWA for Lifetime Achievement for her Cheaper Than Therapy blog), Managing Director Jen Charron for her attention to detail and big picture vision, Sharon DeVellis for sharing her voice with us, Karen Elliott (my first hire) who, 7 years later keeps YMC glitch-free, and Eileen Fisher who is a kick ass social media manager.
A big round of applause for our passionate gang of storytelling Bloggers who share their lives with us, our whipsmart Experts who share their expertise on YMC, and our Foodies who share their recipes with us. There are over 50 people who bring YMC to life on an ongoing basis, each handpicked for awesomeness. Plus, a shout out to the #YMCCommunity who also contribute their stories and opinions on YMC. Finally, I have to thank YOU — for visiting our site, reading, commenting, and sharing. All of us together make YMC the place to be.
Here's a full list of all the Canadian Weblog Awards Finalists for 2013.
If that didn't take the digital cake, then this announcement did.
Maija Momments, YMC Foodie famous for her popular YMC blog Canned Soup Mom was included in Babble's Top 100 Mom Food Blogs of 2013. And that's not all! Canned Soup Mom made it to the #2 spot in Babble's Budget Friendly Mom Food Blogs of 2013 as well!
If you haven't checked out Maija's blog yet and you're a time-crunched mom who needs to get dinner on the table, then you are missing out. Her Breakfast Muffins are legendary, her Chicken Parmesan Casserole is to die for and her Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup is a lifesaver — to name just a few must-make recipes.
Here's a full list of Babble's Top 100 Mom Food Blogs of 2013.
Luckily, both these awards are virtual, so there's no pressure to stand up in front of a bunch of strangers and give a messy thank you speech. Last year, when we won the Digi Award for Best Online Lifestyle Entertainment Property, this is what happened.