This time last year, I decided to take a huge plunge and audition for Blogger Idol.
It’s a writing contest for bloggers where you are given a different topic and style of writing to write about. Judges and the public then vote to decide who will move to the next round. For 12 weeks, I wrote about everything from my family and friends to stories about zombies and superheroes. It was an amazing experience that challenged every writing bone in my body.
I can remember the excitement I would feel each week when the assignment topics were given. I can also remember the dread I would feel on decision day and how I would feed my kids lunch early and make that “TV time” so I could glue myself to my computer when the announcement was made.
And after writing some of the most honest pieces of my life, I won it.
I still can’t believe it. I begged and pleaded for votes and many of you helped me greatly along the way. I found that I had wonderful supporters that were helping to spread the word and encourage others to vote for me. For a brief moment of my life, I really did feel like a rockstar. It was awesome.
Now one year later, the competition is about to begin again but my role has changed. I’m going to be one of the judges. It’s now my turn to look constructively at people’s words and offer suggestions and reactions to what they write. The funny thing is that I’m actually more nervous in this role than that of the contestant.
I’m nervous to be the person that writers open up to. I’m nervous to find the right words that encourage them to keep writing, even if I might not have loved every word they wrote. And I’m nervous to hurt someone’s feelings. I hate that it might happen along the way.
But with all that, I’m still giddy at the thought of being part of it all again.
If you are a writer/blogger, I can’t encourage you enough to audition. It’s such a great way to challenge your writing abilities, as well as your creativity. You can be any kind of blogger – from food to politics, just have a voice that you are willing to put out there and be heard.
Blogger Idol auditions begin this Thursday. Find more details at www.blogger-idol.com.
Hope to see you there – I’ll be the one biting my nails in the corner – but with a big smile on my face.
Danielle Herzog is a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom to two children.
Read her every Wednesday on momaha.
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