I swore off blogger contests months ago. The pinnacle of my shame was when I nominated myself for a Circle of Moms most humorous blogger award. I could only muster up one shameless self-promotional Facebook status update begging my friends to vote me up the ladder to the status of top mommy jester. Who the hell was I kidding? Insert a bar from Carly Simon’s hit, “You’re So Vain.”
And then, it happened. Blogger Idol. Sponsored by Little Birdie Social Media, Blogger Idol is an online blogging contest based on the premise of the television show, “American Idol”, where blogging hacks like me compete against each other for prizes and stuff. I follow last year’s winner Martini’s and Minivans on Facebook. She would be the Carrie Underwood of Blogger Idol. “Come on, it’s not too late.” “I never thought I’d win.” “Be in the Top 12.” I was sucked in – again.
According to Sherry Stanfa-Stanley, it’s O.K. to do things out of your comfort zone. She’s the brilliant mind behind the 52/52 Project. Sherry is knocking off a list of 52 activities completely out of her comfort zone. Stuff like getting caught up in a drug bust with the local SWAT team, taking voice lessons, trying out for the reality television show “Survivor”, going camping with the likes of Ted Bundy in the adjacent tent and eating chocolate-covered bugs! So folks, I guess putting myself out there for a blogging contest isn’t all that bad. Why not?
Quite frankly, I love to blog. I haven’t been blogging much lately because I’ve been writing articles for my local newspaper. I always thought the pinnacle of writing was getting a byline. Lois Lane, Pulitzer-prize winning stuff. However, a byline can’t replace the empowerment of blogging – the thrill of freestyle story telling and interacting with the world just by pressing the “Publish” button is just pure bliss.
So, go like Blogger Idol on Facebook and tell them you’d like to see The Laughing Mom make an ass out of herself – again. It promises to be very entertaining.