Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on here!
Blogger Idol ended on December 20th. What an exciting ride that was!! I was honestly overwhelmed with the number of people who supported me–voting, sharing my posts, spreading the word. It brought me to tears a time or two. I know that I’m prone to that kind of sappy, emotional thing, but honestly I was overwhelmed with the positive response. You guys are amazing!!
So, I placed 2nd in the competition!! (Want to watch the Finale video? Click HERE … My favorite part? I had the highest scoring post from the judges!) Several people have asked How are you doing with that? with the expectation that I’m sad or disappointed because I didn’t win. But I’m not. At all. Seriously–I’m just proud. Out of 220 people who submitted pieces to the competition, I was #2. How can I be disappointed in that??! I feel like I wrote well–and even more, in the twelve weeks I grew and learned a lot. A LOT. I learned how to be a better editor of my work. I learned about what it takes to write about things I never thought I would. (Um, hello zombies.) And I learned how to push myself out of my comfort zone to do things that help me achieve something I want. (But I’ll be happy if I never have to beg for another vote again!!) I met some great people and have made new connections and friendships. And my “competition” (in quotes because neither of us is competitive, we were just enjoying the ride together)–the fabulous and wonderful Lois from Midlife at the Oasis. For crissake, she’s awesome and has been recognized repeatedly for her excellent writing … most recently being named Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Humor Writer of the Month. (That’s a HUGE honor!!! HUGE!) So, to come in second to someone as fantastic as Lois, I just feel proud that I was her “competition”–and I feel like I held my own.
As much as I love writing, I’ve been insecure about all this. I’ve felt like a freshman trying to hang with the varsity team. So, to feel like I’m a legit writer and doing alright is a big deal for me. I feel validated in this blogging thing–it’s not just my friends and family who are reading–and enjoying–my stuff. Woohoo!
December 20th was also the Girl’s 13th birthday. (Note: I feel like a total schmuck and terrible mother because I missed writing her a birthday tribute post … I’ll be doing that soon!) So immediately after watching the Blogger Idol Finale video, I went right back to getting things ready for her sleep over that night (with four friends) and family party (with 24 of our favorites) the next day. By the time everyone left that Sunday (because a few family peeps stayed the night) I was toast!
Oh, wait! I didn’t get to be done though, because Christmas was three days later, then we had second Christmas with my family, then it was New Year’s … and kablamo. It’s 2014. I literally sent out my Christmas letter on January 2nd and called it a Happy New Year letter. I’m still trying to decide whether that makes me lame for not getting to it before then, or if I’m awesome because I still wrote one, reminding my family and friends that I hadn’t done it yet.
I’m always that late-to-the-party girl. Better late than never seems to be my life’s motto. Sigh.
After a few weeks off to soak in family time and enjoy the gone-in-a-flash holidays, I’m back and ready to blog some more. I’ve got a few rant posts brewing, and something sweet for the Girl …
Thanks for sticking around!
Psst! Did you buy a copy of The HerStories Project yet?? It’s a great read about friendship …. you can order your copy by clicking on the Amazon link in the sidebar on the right!!