I was actually blown away when I found I was placed in the BallHyped 2011 Sports Blogger of the Year contest. I am a one man band with a computer and lots of thoughts in my head. No office, no employees, no help. First of all I love blogging and really enjoy my relationships with other bloggers. BallHyped is a great site and putting on this contest is a great idea.
I was in the top sixty four chosen to be in the contest and I considered that to be an honor in and of itself. Then I won the first round and was actually blown away to still be there. We then went to the round of 32, then the round of the sweet sixteen and I was still there. Suddenly I was awe struck. I had a grass roots effort going. All I could assume was the people who read my blog, my family and my friends were all working to get votes for me. I felt so blessed to be included in this group. At this point I realized how fortunate I was to still be in the competition.
When my blog made it through to the elite eight I was floored. Again I was blessed. Then there I was the in the final four. Wow. How did I get there? I have worked hard at learning to blog. My Dad always says “the harder you work the luckier you get”. A lot of people have given me encouragement, but to be in the final four just blew my mind. When my blog won this one and made it to the finals I could just not get my mind around it. What a blessing.
Even though I did not win, I feel so fortunate to have experienced all of this. Thanks to BallHyped for putting me in there. Thanks to all of you who read my blog and voted for me. Thanks to my family and friends for all their hard work to help me obtain votes. I feel humbled and a sense of deep appreciation that so many people cared.
Last but not least I felt honored to go up against a top flight experienced blogger in Sportschump.net. No wonder he trounced me in the finals. He had a well oiled machine and I congratulate him for his win. Wow, what a finish he had. I am honored to have been there and for the votes I received in the finals. What an experience for me.
Being number two ain’t all bad. I learned a lot, made a lot of new friends, realized you don’t have to win to feel successful in life and feel most fortunate to be the number two blogger in the contest.
Again…thanks to all of you for your votes and support. I look forward with great anticipation to 2012. I have joined the Football Writers Assn. I am a welcome guest in the press box at several major universities and have even picked up some sponsors. I also do featured blogs for BevoBall.com and also Sports Page Network. What a finish this was for me. From Kodyssportscorner.com. Happy New Year to all of you.