Tales Post – UKYABA / YALC – Blogging Workshops!


 So it’s always super nice to get an email off the lovely Andy Robb fab author and mastermind behind the brilliant UKYA Blogger Awards which began this year.

Find out all about the UKYABA HERE !

I was honoured and lucky enough to win the Champion Newcomer Award at the UKYABA back in March!  I still have to pinch myself when I see the glass award sitting on my shelf.


Driving along the M6 from work a couple of weeks ago, I hear my email tone on my phone ringing.  Asking my lovely husband to check it for me all I heard was the words “Oh Wow!  It’s from Andy Robb”.  I immediately asked what the email was!  Had Andy realised there was a mistake and wanted his award back?  He He He 🙂 I quickly asked my husband read the email out to me!

Basically I had been asked by the lovely Andy Robb if I would like to take part in a blogging workshop chaired by himself on Sunday 19th July at…….


*tummy flips*

I couldn’t quite believe what I was hearing (even now I am still in a state of shock) and as soon as I pulled up at home I read it with my own eyes and with a nervous butterfly feeling inside I replied YES please!  I knew I needed to reply straight away as I knew the more I thought about it the more I would convince myself not to do it!

Even now whilst typing this or every time someone asks me about it I feel a little queasy, but I do believe in pushing myself out of my comfort zone so I am also happy and excited about the prospect and very thankful for the opportunity.

This is an unbelievable fantastic opportunity for not only myself and the other UKYABA winners, but for all bloggers out there!  With thanks to the UKYABA and YALC it really feels that bloggers are getting some recognition and I am truly honoured to be asked to be part of this workshop.

I am so so proud of the blogging community and very proud and thankful to Andy Robb for creating and organising the UKYABA all with bloggers in mind and for bloggers to be recognised for everything they do.

*claps hands and gives standing ovation*

So the details…….


I will be taking part in the Blogging 101 (Blogging for Beginners) Workshop with the fabulous Andrew ( @PewterWolf13 ) and lovely Laura ( @SisterSpooky ) chaired by Andy Robb

Sunday 19th July @ 12:30pm – 1:15pm


I’m sure it’s going to be so much fun!

Here we all are……
















If you are at YALC on Sunday 19th July do pop along and see us!  We are all super friendly and would love to hear all of your blogging questions.  If your new to blogging or want to start come and have a chat and we will all try and answer any questions you may have 🙂


Straight afterwards there is another workshop too!

Taking your Blog to the Next Level 

Sunday 19th July @ 1:30pm – 2:15pm


With the brilliant Vivienne ( @Serendipity_Viv ) , the awesome Jim ( @YAYeahYeah ) and the super Lucy ( @LucyTheReader ) again chaired by the brilliant Andy Robb !

Want to find out how to take your blog to the next level come along and ask your questions!

To find out more about YALC or the 2015 programme at YALC click here

To find our more about the UKYABA click here

To find out what we got up to at the blogging workshops click here

Again another huge huge thank you for asking me and making this happen to Andy Robb, UKYABA and YALC!

I really hope and look forward to seeing you all there!  Do come and say hi and join in the fun 🙂

Are you coming to YALC this year?  Will you be attending the blogging workshops?  We would love to see you there!  Leave a comment using the reply button above or why not tweet me on twitter using @chelleytoy !



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I am often known to be a bit clumsy and a little loopy! Book loving (obsessed), theatre loving, slasher film loving csi geek! Winner of UKYABA Champion Newcomer 2015 and nominated for Champion of Social Media 2016 and Blogger Of The Year 2016! © 2014 - 2021 Michelle Toy All Rights Reserved

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4 Responses

  1. Rosie says:

    Well done Michelle! This is so excited, and you definitely deserve it. I wish I could go to YALC and see your panel.

    • Chelley Toy says:

      Awwwwww thanks Rosie. I’m so excited and nervous all at the same time and feel so hugely honoured that I have been asked to do this. I wish you could come to I will miss you xx

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