My Week as a Blogger

This week has been one for the books. I debuted my little blog to the world on Monday, honestly having no idea how it would be received. The few friends and family members I had already shared it with had given me positive feedback, but in the same way my mom had always complimented my appearance with sincerity, I couldn’t be sure my focus groups weren’t biased. The Doctor gave me some comments on my content, but he never once laughed audibly. Would anyone else?

 The feedback I’ve been receiving is positive. Your kindness makes me cry. I’m afraid I haven’t properly conveyed how much it means to me when you take time out of your busy days to read my silly stories, or post comments. I don’t know what the Facebook version of grabbing each of you and giving you a mouth kiss is, but consider my “like” to be that. Because I do like it. I really, really like it.

 While this blog may seem like an individual venture, it really isn’t. My oldest friend gave me a journal for my birthday two years in a row, encouraging me to write.  My high school friend (and fellow new blogger) got me to pull the trigger on blogging with the comment, “I love the update on your kids. You need to blog this shit though.” A college friend (and fellow temporary East Coaster) told me over a beery beach day that if I had a blog, she would read it. To these women, and the others who have voiced their support years before my first post, I thank you.

 This week has been awesome, but yesterday it got even better. I received an email from Britely congratulating me on becoming a finalist in their Brite of the Week contest. The prize is $1000. The other four finalists are bigger blogs that I have been following for months. Kind of a big deal, especially for a blog less than two weeks old.

If you are unfamiliar with, it’s a free site where you can create a short digital book. People use Britely to put a favorite blog post to pictures, share recipes, inspirational quotes, parenting advice, and all kinds of other stuff. A Brite can be created very quickly, and as it turns out, that little book can win a nice cash prize.

Views, likes, and comments help the chance of winning, and since I’m up against some big hitters, I need all the help I can get. Yesterday I asked my Facebook friends to check out my little book, and the response was amazing. I cried again. We have a few more days of the contest, so if you haven’t checked it out, please do. If you have, why not take another look? Check it out here:

The moral of the story is this. Announcing to everyone you know (and the entire internet) that you still pick your nose as a grown up is worth it. It can even win you cash money.

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