Thursday night, as I was just returning home from an art event I was participating in at Moravian College, I felt my phone start buzzing like crazy in my pocket. I set down my artwork, dug out my phone, and flipped it open to see a couple of new messages:
“Hey there, winner!”—my friend, Jaime, of Save the Kales
“You won best neighborhood blog!”—my boss, Jane, whose nephew writes Laughing At My Nightmare
I logged into Facebook and read:
“Congrats on your award! Way to be awesome!”—my friend, Charlotte, who must have been following Lehigh Valley with Love‘s Twitter feed
Then, after a moment of reveling at the speed in which information travels via text messaging and social media, it all sunk in—FromHereNow had just been announced as the winner of the best neighborhood blog category on at the My Choice, My Voice blog awards! The Morning Call, one of the Lehigh Valley’s local papers hosted the contest. I had already committed to participating in an homage to Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” on the night of the awards ceremony, and, while I was bummed about missing it, I didn’t think too much of it, because I couldn’t fathom that this little eight-month old blog would win anything. I had been mostly disappointed that I wouldn’t meet some of the other local bloggers who had been nominated—There were many worthy nominees in each category. I was quite surprised to hear the news!
I originally started this blog for two reasons: to share the things I have learned to love about the Lehigh Valley, and to have something to do with my hands when I quit smoking (That’s the biggest win of them all! Still nicotine free!). I really didn’t think many people would read it, and I wasn’t even sure if I could keep it up (I’ve witnessed many blogs that start off strong and just can’t commit to the time or energy it takes to keep a blog fresh.) So, this recognition comes as a pleasant surprise, and a motivational boost to keep going.
Thanks a bunch to everyone who voted for FromHereNow!
P.S. Since I didn’t go to the awards ceremony, I have to go to the Morning Call office to pick up my plaque and have a picture taken. Once I have it, I’ll put up a picture! :)