Wow, this was a bit of a surprise. Last night Be Clever With Your Cash won a big award – Financial Blog of the Year at the 2017 Headlinemoney Awards.
These annual awards recognise the best in personal finance journalism, with hundreds of journalists and publications nominated from the likes of the Sunday Times, Which?, Moneywise, Financial Times and Money Saving Expert.
Last year I was runner up, or highly commended, in the same category and that was amazing. And this year I thought that might be the best I could hope for – until they announced they were only going to announce a winner.
Still, it’s a fun event to attend. I knew I’d be able to catch up with lots of blogger and journalist friends, and I was able to use the gathering as an opportunity to record my latest Cash Chats podcast.
So it was a fantastic, unexpected result when the host Jeremy Bowen announced Be Clever With Your Cash as the winner!
It’s lovely to get the recognition for all the work I’ve put into the blog, but I guess it also validates that I’m giving you useful information in an entertaining way.
As part of the nomination process, I had to share three different articles from 2016 which best summed up my work. So I thought it would be good to share those same posts with you.
I selected each to demonstrate that a big part of the blog is showing I put my money where my mouth is, that I really live the articles I write. I also wanted to show that brands can’t buy my endorsement or a place on the blog – Be Clever With Your Cash truly is independent.
The first is a fun look at my addiction to reduced food stickers (it was picked up by BBC Online!).
The second is my reflection on the post-Brexit currency crash, using a forthcoming trip as a way to get you all to think about your holiday money.
Finally, showing that blogs can start bigger stories, my investigation into dodgy iPhone handset pricing at O2 , which was then covered by Mirror Money and Moneywise.