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After 12 long, challenging, exciting, exhausting weeks, it’s over.
And WE DID IT!
Midlife at the Oasis has been named Blogger Idol 2013, and I couldn’t be prouder.
I woke up this morning feeling totally nauseous, not because I was afraid of losing but because I was really freaked out about the idea of letting you all down after you had tirelessly put yourselves out there for me.
Well, I shouldn’t have worried because your votes brought home the win.
If I could thank each one of you in person, I would. I can’t tell you how much your support has meant to me and I hope you really feel the big virtual hug I’m sending you.
One of my final Blogger Idol posts was an ode to the blogging community, which was inspired by the awesome women of Midlife Boulevard who I am so blessed to call my friends. This is just one example of why you should become their friends, too. Having them in my corner — and my life – is something I’m thankful for every single day.
It was an honor to end my Blogger Idol journey with Jennifer Schario Hicks of Real Life Parenting. She is a great writer and really special person, and I hope you’ll stop by and congratulate her on the amazing job she did. I’m going to miss hanging out with her in our little Facebook group, and I look forward to becoming friends with her in real life.
I hope you’ll also check out some of the other friends I made, who started out as fierce competitors. Liesl Testwuide, Kristen Hansen Brakeman, Stacia Ellermeier (a.k.a. Shirley) and Lisa Kendall Packer are talented writers who have made me laugh and cry, and who I can’t wait to meet in person.
Heather Reese, the genius behind Blogger Idol, has raised the blogging profession and proven that writers are indeed the new rock stars. For all her tireless work and creative methods of torturing us weekly, I thank her from the bottom of my heart. She has made this an experience I will cherish forever – well, now that I’m over the idea of the world ending while I’m reading Us magazine.
I also need to give a shout-out to some of my personal idols who have moved me to tears with the generous praise they offered me during this competition. Huff/Post 50 published my post about FOMO, calling it “one of the best blogs we’ve published all year.” Erma Bombeck Writing Workshop called me “an extraordinary writer,” (OMG!!) and Felicity Huffman’s What The Flicka? has made me a contributor and will be publishing one of my Blogger Idol assignments soon.
Wow, I am feeling so warm and fuzzy right now.
Speaking of which, my biggest thank you has to go to the purple sweater guy himself. Michael has continued to love me and encourage me despite the, uh, incident. He is my everything, and none of this would mean anything without him. And my amazing kids, who were the unwitting subjects of yet another embarrassing story (which won the popular vote, by the way) and who used their social media skills to pimp their mom – well, they’re my proudest creations, for sure.
I’m so happy to be done with bugging you for votes every week, and I’m so relieved not to have disappointed you.
So, thank you for sticking with me. What this whole experience has taught me, beyond a doubt, is that together we can do anything.