March 5, 2010

Shall I suffer the agony of defeat in this social media skirmish?

I entered this crazy blog contest sponsored by the Indianapolis Museum of Art a couple of months ago. I didn’t really expect to be a finalist. But once I was, I looked at the competition and thought, “Hey, maybe there’s a chance that I could win.” After all, my entry was certainly as good as the others.

I felt that way until I opened the poll this morning and saw myself outvoted at a rate of 5 to 1! Yes 5 to 1. One thing is very clear to me: this isn’t about substance or style. It’s about social media. Because no one has 500 really close friends. Virtual ones, sure.

So I ask you, dear readers, should a 40-something writer like me (who uses social media as a play room, but hasn’t given it a real go) throw in the towel and let my young blogger friends bag this contest? Or should I unleash my inner warrior and enlist some help in this social media skirmish? (Okay, war.) Voting lasts until March 23. By the way, vote for Crystal. Not that winning matters to me, of course.


Beth Gigax Bates said...

A friend of mine posted the competition to her Facebook page, so without noticing her recommendation (a friend, one of your fellow nominees), I read them all and voted for YOU. Okay, I admit, I might have been partial because you're closer to my age. But your writing was much clearer than the rest. More accessible. Luminous. Right on. Either way, you've gained a reader, girlfriend.

Just Me Again said...

I VOTED FOR YOU!!! :) Just found your blog today and I love it! :)

I particularly love your writing style. And yes, you do look a lot like Annette Bening, only younger looking ;)

I love that we share the last name, too. That is just on a side note. :)