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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Sweet Sorrow, My Ass

(Last week I was eliminated from Blogger Idol in third place. Here's what I posted on their site as my "farewell speech.")

Parting is such sweet sorrow…

No it’s not. There’s nothing sweet about it. In fact, sometimes saying goodbye flat-out sucks. What I’m trying to say is this: I WAS MEANT TO BE THE 2012 BLOGGER IDOL AND I WILL NOT LEAVE QUIETLY!


Actually, I’m very proud of my third place finish in this contest. I competed with some top-notch writers, and I learned a bit about myself as a writer in the process. I’ve connected with some great blogs and made some real friends. I’ve…I’ve…

Well, I’ve stressed out quite a bit and ignored my family just a little. And now that Blogger Idol is over for me (sniff), I’m really not sure what to do with myself. I am finding myself with quite a bit more free time on my hands. So, I’ve compiled this list of things I’m going to do now that I don’t have to worry about Blogger Idol:


1.     Play more with my kids. Just not Chutes and Ladders. Please, God, anything but Chutes and Ladders.

2.     Read a book. ANY book. I’ve been afraid to commit to a whole book because of my Blogger Idol duties—I hate having to stop reading for a few days when something else comes up. So give me some ideas in the comments—what should I read next?

3.     Call my great-aunt Ruthie. It’s been far too long and I really need to check in and say hello. Plus also my grandma. But we’ll keep them together as one phone-call list item.

4.     Ugh. Clean my house. I don’t want to. I really don’t. But I guess I don’t have an excuse anymore.

5.     WAIT! YES I DO HAVE AN EXCUSE! I’M PREGNANT! So Number 5 on the list is call a cleaning service to come clean my house before our family arrives for Christmas!!

(See how I cheated a bit there? Not exactly 5 whole items, is it? Number 4 kind of gets negated by Number 5, doesn’t it? Oh no, the judges might lower my score because of that! HAHAHAHA no they won’t because I got eliminated. The judges can suck it.)

OK. So, I also came up with a list of things I’m NOT going to do any more because I don’t have to because I’m not in Blogger Idol any more.


1.     Think about unicorn sex ever again.

2.     Photobomb my friends and family on facebook with pictures of my kids in a cheap effort to get them to vote for me. You’re welcome.

3.     Math. I actually pulled out a calculator and tried to figure out where I needed to come in with votes if I had been ranked 1st, 2nd, or 3rd with the judges last week. It ended poorly for me, the calculator, and my poor math-major husband who tried to help me figure it all out.

4.     Write a brand spankin’ new blog post every single week. It’s just not my thing. My brain is tired and I think I broke my funny bone at some point during Blogger Idol (the proof is in that lame joke right there). I need a little break from blogging.

5.     Have a cheapo-looking blog. Thanks to Blogger Idol, I won a blog redesign from A. Kay Blog Design and we have a date to phone-chat tonight about it. Say goodbye to the free template I downloaded and sort-of installed myself, people! We are (going to be) a quality operation over here!

So, that’s what I’ll be up to now that I’m out. Of course, I was truly honored to even be a part of this competition and coming in third place feels like a dream come true. (Um, if by “a dream come true” you mean “a dream that doesn’t involve winning copious amounts of chocolate, a new tablet, or crushing my competition into the dust.”)


Thank you for the opportunity, Blogger Idol, and thanks, everyone, for your votes and kind words! It’s been a wild ride!


  1. what a great goodbye post!!!--that "lame" funny bone joke gave ME a chuckle!! =^D Cannot wait to see the re-design!!!

  2. Congratulations on the free blog design!!!!! What a wonderful consolation prize! :)

    And congratulations on the baby... and the house cleaning service... and the free time... and all the other great stuff!

  3. Okay --- just went to blogger idol. You won the best prize in my humble opinion. Congratulations again.

  4. Thanks, everyone! The third place prizes ARE pretty cool--I'm very happy to have ended up here.

  5. wow! Congratulations on getting third place...that is an achievement!

  6. That's quite an accomplishment. Congratulations! I didn't even know there was such a contest. Maybe next year you'll win.
    Jae Mac, I'm Just Sayin'...(Damn!)

  7. Congrats on 3rd place! Sounds like an awesome way to round out the year!

  8. Congrats on winning even though you are in 3rd place, its still wonderful, your posts were awesome!

  9. Congratulations on coming in 3rd. That is no small feat!!! Plus, am I the only one who did not know you are pregnant!! Congrats on that too!! And, I'm so excited for you that you won a blog re-design. What a great prize!!!! I can't wait to see your re-design!! Sending much love!!

  10. Sorry about your elimination after making it so far! But great work looking on the bright/funny side! And ON that note, I wanted to respond to your call for book recommendations, because I've achieved little else this year apart from gather the information that would enable me to respond to just such a request. Not sure of your tastes but here's my pick of books published this year - 1) Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (Orange Prize winner, romantic historical fiction) 2) The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt (Booker shortlist, black comedy) 3) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (YA Fiction published to resounding applause - over 100 thousand ratings on goodreads at an average of 4.5 stars). 4) A Possible Life by Sebastian Faulks (a sombre meditation on the twists and turns of life) and 5) Still Alice by Lisa Genova (though this wasn't published in 2012). I've written reviews on all of these (and others) on my blog if you're interested! The mixed media reviews are cool if you only want a snapshot...

  11. I think you should get the prize for Best "I got voted off the island" blog post. Cuz baby, you get the trophy for this piece right here! Glad you made it to the top 3 --- you certainly had my vote! :)


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