I think back to three months ago when I found out I was in the Top 13 of Blogger Idol. If someone would have told me then that I would write about euthanasia, zombies, superhero families, the “n” word, embarrassing childhood memories and letters to my younger self, I would have run away and hid.
That’s the beauty of Blogger Idol – you never knew what was coming next. You never knew if the topic was one that would feel natural to you, or push you out of your comfort zone. You never knew what sick and twisted mind games Heather Reese had in store for you each week, and you definitely never knew if the judges would love you or hate you. And it tortures you. You stay up late on Tuesday nights to read the judges’ comments, and you start begging every family, friend and ex-boyfriend you have to vote for you for two painfully long days, and then on Friday, you try not to drink cocktails at 9 am because you are so nervous for the results being shown on a video with a theme song that makes you want to punch someone.
And you know what? I loved every second of it. I loved being challenged to write better and create new stories and ideas that I hadn’t ever thought of before. I loved the friendships that I formed with the other contestants and how we supported and trash talked each other at the same time. And I love that when my children hit an obstacle in their life, I can tell them about a time when I persevered and had to believe in myself. I’ll tell them about how I stayed up late at night just to proofread my posts an additional 100 times and how I fought tooth and nail to get every human being I have ever met to vote for me. And I’ll tell them how it would have been ok if I lost because I tried my hardest and my fellow contestants were just as worthy of the title.
So now it is all over. I have such mixed emotions about it all – absolute joy with winning, but sadness to see it all end. I will miss all the folks behind the inner makings of Blogger Idol – Heather Reese, Justin Mannato, and Lisa. Thank you for all your hard work, support and constant mind games that you received such joy from inflicting. Thank you to my fellow contestants – I loved laughing, crying and loving all of your posts. You all have a new fan in me. And lastly, thank you to the readers and voters – if I could buy you all a round of martinis, I would. You saved me over and over again and are the true winners of this competition. Without you all, I wouldn’t be here.
I hope you read this and feel inspired to try out next year. It is an adventure you don’t want to miss. But before that can happen, I get one year to make my husband constantly refer to me as The Blogger Idol….I’m hoping he gets me a crown and sash soon that I can wear to preschool pick up…
I hope you stay in touch and read about my post Blogger Idol escapades at www.martinisandminivans.com
Danielle Herzog, Martinis and Minivans