Kelso blogging mum is finalist in national awards

A blogging mum from the Borders has been shortlisted in two categories of the national BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards.

Former Kelso High School pupil Ruth Dawkins, who blogs as DorkyMum, is in the final sixteen of the awards’ Outstanding Category.

She has also been shortlisted in the Commentary category for bloggers writing about charity campaigns, political issues and current affairs.

Ruth said: “I’m delighted to be shortlisted. In the two years I’ve been blogging, I’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who have read and commented on my posts.

“Using DorkyMum as a platform to talk about causes and campaigns that I care about is so important to me, and to have that recognised by readers of my blog is a real honour.”

Ruth says her blog as “a mixture of parenting, politics and photography… and anything else that takes my fancy”.

She has written posts on topics as wide-ranging as climate change, the US Elections, street art, the challenges of parenting, and nostalgic pieces about growing up in Kelso.

Ruth has also been nominated in the Outstanding Category of the MAD Blog Awards, another competition in the parent blogging community.

The winners of the BritMums Brilliance in Blogging Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London on June 21.

Ruth’s blog DorkyMum can be found online at