This blog post feels awkward - and even a little bit self serving - but I need to share some pretty amazing news that has left me shocked and flattered and more than VERY honored.
This past Monday I received an email from a reader named Andee. We have never met, but she wrote to tell me that she had nominated one of my blog posts for consideration by BlogHer's Voices of the Year Committee. And as I read on she said... they chose me. Here is a portion of the email from BlogHer:
Congratulations! Our Voices of the Year committees have selected "Without Ever Uttering a Word" to be honored at the 5th annual Voices of the Year Community Keynote! (If you submitted the post above for someone else, please feel free to forward them this email.)
Out of over 2,000 submissions, the committee has chosen one of your posts to be among the 25 Honorees in the Heart category.
I was stunned. Every year that I've been in the blogging world, I would look forward to the "Voice of The Year" list. I'd go through and read each and every one. I never - in a million, trillion years - thought I'd see my name on that list. That thought never even occurred to me.
What is BlogHer, you ask? From their website...
Ironically, I had planned to attend the BlogHer conference in Chicago this July. It would have been my very first BlogHer conference... not to mention, my first solo trip away without Ed or children! I was even set to share a hotel room with my friend, Ellen, from "Love That Max." But then... Gavin died. And everything changed. I sold my ticket and we made plans to go to Gavin's favorite place as a family... Ocean City, New Jersey.
As much as I would be so, so honored to stand on that stage with my fellow nominees - and meet many of the women who have inspired me over the years - I really can't think of anywhere I'd rather be than by the ocean. At least this year. And anyway, it was Gavin's story that prompted a reader to nominate me. In my eyes, this honor is all his... I'm just the messenger. And to me, the greatest honor of this BlogHer accomplishment is knowing that more eyes will be on Gavin. More hearts will fall in love with him after reading his story. More people will get to know him and maybe even be inspired by his journey. Those thoughts make me so happy.
So if you're missing me at BlogHer, I'll be sitting by the Ocean celebrating with my little boy.
Below is the list of the honorees from the "In The Heart" category. Check them out and prepare to be moved and inspired...
Thank you to Andee... and to the reviewers from BlogHer who had the impossible task of reading and choosing from so many beautiful pieces. I am still completely overwhelmed.