I Try

I almost didn’t submit the picture.

I almost didn’t even post it.

The picture wan’t the most flattering, and the angle was off, but I kept coming back to that picture and to how happy we looked.

Last summer, my cousin and I participated in The Color Run. It was one of our last hurrahs before she got married. We woke up earlier than we liked, braved the drizzly morning, and finished the 5K wet and covered in a rainbow of colors. We gleefully wore our shiny metals and headed over to the after race party, where I snapped this picture.

This is a story about how I became a #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year Honoree. Sometimes done is better than good. I try, and you should, too.

Fast forward to this year when I see the call for #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year submissions. Like many bloggers, I dream of being recognized by this amazing network of women in media. I carefully scrolled through my blog and submitted some of my favorite posts. Were any of these good enough to be recognized? I wasn’t sure, but I thought I’d try anyway.

Then I saw the Eye Candy category. I grew up with a camera in my hand. I entered photography competitions in middle school and high school, but photography was a hobby that fell away until I discovered Instagram. That generic adderall 30 mg online little app has made the whole world photographers, and I think that’s a wonderful thing. So, I submitted a couple of pictures and waited.

And waited.

And waited.

Until I was convinced this wasn’t my year. That’s okay, I thought, I’ll try again next year.

Then the email came:

Good news about your #BlogHer16 Voices of the Year nomination!

That picture I almost didn’t submit, almost didn’t even post, has been selected as a 2016 Voices of the Year Honoree.

I feel like I’ve won the blogging Oscars, and yet I know this little snapshot is not the best picture in the world, not even the best picture on Instagram. But, I know that I tried where others didn’t.

Sometimes done is better than good. Sometimes putting what you have out there is better than waiting until you feel that what you have is good enough.

When I first posted that picture, I saw two girls having fun, but now, I, also, see a girl who wasn’t afraid to put what she had out there.

I try.

And, I hope you do, too.

I was a BlogHer 2016 VOTY Honoree

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24 comments

  1. I think a lot of times bloggers worry about keeping this carefully manicured image of what we are and how we look that a lot of times we leave out authentic moments because they don’t fit our “image”, when really, authentic carries more weight with our readers. Very nice!

  2. I LOVE THIS PICTURE!! I see NOTHING wrong with it at all. Actually, The Color Run could probably use your picture for marketing purposes. 🙂
    Congrats, my sweet friend!!!!
    XOXO

  3. you freaking go girl!! congrats. i love the picture, and i love it even more because you almost didn’t post it. congrats, seriously!

  4. Amazing story! I had no idea they even had an eye candy category, but I want to submit next year! This is an honor and it is so deserved by you

  5. Good picture and good attitude. Often we don’t “see” artistry in an image that’s unconventional but others do. Sharing ourselves is positive when the world tells us we’re more talented than we thought.

  6. This is a great photo! Congrats on having the courage to publish something you didn’t feel happy with, and for having it selected for a prize. That’s brilliant! Also congrats on running, that’s always impressive to me…!

  7. Congrats! And I think that photo is awesome. Makes me want to sign up for a color run 🙂