When I first started writing this blog I had no idea what it would mean to me. I had been a reader of blogs for almost two years. I would read, all awhile taking in what I liked and what I didn’t from others’ blogs. So, by the time I started writing my blog, I thought I knew EXACTLY what I wanted it to be. The truth is, I had no idea what I was doing for the first post, or for a long time after that. In fact, I probably still don’t. One thing I do know for sure— I never expected my blog to become what it has.
When I first started writing I would get excited if 12 people read my blog. When I got my first comment.. shut up! When I got a comment that wasn’t my mom… OMG. When I got a comment from someone I didn’t even know… I felt like I hit the big time.
So, imagine my surprise when I was nominated for the Circle of Moms Top 25 Health and Fitness Blogs. At first I thought it was just some bogus contest as I had never heard of Circle of Moms. Little did I know, Circle of Moms has 6 million subscribers. My little old blog was going to be exposed to potentially 6 million subscribers.
If you like me on Facebook, or follow me on twitter, or if we’re friends on Dailymile, you know I was asking EVERYWHERE for votes for the Top 25. The voting got so out of control and for a long time I just kept feeling like something so simple had become so complicated.
I think the whole reason I got caught up in the voting was two-fold. A) Because my husband is quite possibly the most competitive person in the world and he said I HAD to finish in the top 3 and B) Because I felt like if I hung with the “big dogs” it meant my blog was good enough.
After some long and hard reflection and after reading Runninghood’s take on the whole thing here, I realized the contest really doesn’t mean a thing. Sure, I love having the exposure for my blog, (Let’s face it, if I didn’t want people to read what I write, I’d just have a diary.) but winning, or placing in the top three, or the top 25, or the top 25,000 doesn’t really change anything. It doesn’t mean that I write a better blog, or that I’m better than anyone else, or worse for that matter. Hell, there are probably tons of better health and fitness mom blogs out there that didn’t even know about this silly contest.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m honored to have been a part of the contest, am thankful for the exposure it has already created, and excited about the new blogs I found along the way, but I will not let a contest define me.
I don’t write the best blog, the funniest blog, the most informative blog, or the top health and fitness mom blog. I write MY blog-- a blog that is here day in and day out rambling on about motherhood, running, races and who knows what else. I’m just glad you’re all here for the ride.
It doesn’t matter if it’s 12 people or 12,000 people, I appreciate each and every one of you. Even if you never leave a comment, never follow me, tweet me, or vote for me, I’m here. I’m here trying to inspire, motivate, and create a few laughs. It really is not that complicated and guess what… I’m good enough, I’m smart enough and gosh darn it people like me!
I may not have known, when I first started writing this blog, what it would mean to me, but I know now.
Thanks to everyone for putting up with me throughout the contest. I appreciate everything—all the votes, tweets, status updates, etc. You guys are the best!