Earlier this week I heard about a blogging contest called Blogger Idol.
You know, kind of like American Idol, except instead of singing to win the coveted title, we blog.
As a blogger since 2006, I thought Hey I should enter this thing.
But then all those voices in my head started chiming in…
- It’s a competition… you’re not really into competition right now.
- You’ll have to promote it on social media and ask for votes… do you really want to do that?
- You’ll never be chosen as one of the top 12 so why bother?
- You don’t have time right now… you need to focus on creating more marketing courses.
- You’ll have to write on topics the contest host picks… are you sure you want to do that?
I could go on, but I think you get the idea.
A virtual ping-pong game inside my head for three days!
In the end, I decided to go for it. I figured why not? I love to write. Why not take on the challenge of writing against 11 other people on topics I don’t get to choose. It’ll be like mental gymnastics… a workout for my writing muscle… an opportunity to get creative.
I suppose I’m not entering so much to win (although it would be nice) as to take on the challenge. It’s like a new adventure. And, these days that’s how I’m choosing to live my life. It’s all rather unscripted. I’m trying to stay open to new possibilities. And so far so good!
I find that each time I say yes to a new idea, it leads me down a wonderful path. It happened when I stepped away from my business, when I wrote my book, when I started creating online courses, and even when I adopted my new puppy, Hope. All life-changing decisions that have brought me to a better place. And NONE of them were in the plans! They showed up, I followed, and as they say the rest is history.
Yes, it would be great to win prizes.
I’m not going to lie. Earning the title of Blogger Idol would be pretty cool. And if it gets more people reading this blog and growing this little money-success-happiness movement, of course I’d be thrilled.
But ultimately, I relish the idea of sharing my perspective on topics I’m handed every week. And comparing and contrasting what I write with the other 11 contestants. Not so much in a competitive way, but more to open my mind to other ways of thinking. To see where other writers go on a subject. To learn, be entertained, and witness some really awesome writing!