Sunday, 29 August 2010

I am a BlogHer Voice of the Year. (Even with no kittens.)

I wrote a blog post ... about blogging. It was called "Blogging Out Loud" - on why I blog, why you blog, why everybody in the world should blog. It was chosen as one of the finalists for this years BlogHer Voices of the Year. They did something a little different this year, and made all of the posts into really cool works of art, to be auctioned off on eBay. 100% of all funds raised goes towards the Nature Conservancy in the U.S. .... aiding in the Gulf cleanup.

There are so many amazing pieces — tons of photos (framed and ready to hang), original drawings and paintings. The eBay auction site is here, my piece goes up for auction on the 7th September. (Plenty of time for me to make up ten different eBay identities and create a frantic bidding war.)

Dave got a special wristband to come with me on the Gala night. It was amazing, to walk around the NYC Hilton ballroom and try to find which one was mine.

We found it.

A few days after the gala, I received an email from Alex Asher Sears - this ridiculously talented and gorgeous photographer, who lives in Los Angeles. I know she's gorgeous because I just googled her webpage, ummmm hottie. But she's already taken, because I checked out her ring finger.
She introduced herself and told me that she was the artist who turned my words into this amazing creation. I then thanked her for what she did with it. (Put my words between the words of Bob Dylan and Emily Dickinson. Way. Cool.) Umm, Alex - how did you know my desk and life and brain is always this cluttered?

I'm *pretty* sure she's a shaman. A hot one.

Her last email to me made me laugh out loud, for a really long time.

She said, when she was creating the piece, she didn't know what kind of a blog I had ... but she was really struck by my words and hoped to do a great job that kind of portrayed who I was.

"But Eden .... imagine if I came to your blog afterwards and it had .... kittens in the header??"


Unrelated: in the time it took to write this blog post, I have put Rocco to bed for a nap three times ... failed three times ... helped Max with his homework ... stolen Tim's piece of carrot cake and owned up to him .. and hung out four loads of washing. Mummyblogging For The Win!


  1. That post was amazing and it's something I aspire to when I blog.

    I know my words don't resonate with everyone and to be honest I don't want them to. I write for me first and foremost, no one else. I L-O-V-E and am SO grateful that I have faithful readers, they completely rock and while I try to keep my content mixed up, as to engage my readers and not bore them, I write from the soul and if it doesn't feel right, then I don't publish it.

    I have to say Eden that I'm so glad I found you, I love how you write and have had a great time devouring your archives!


  2. Wow. I love the art work. It's so very cool.

  3. I think she caught you pretty well, but it would have been quite hilarious if you could have known before she visited your blog and put kittens up on the header and loaded your page with kitten pictures.

    Congratulations on being a finalist! You are pretty awesome.

  4. Your photo was awesome. I was very taken with it.

  5. Congratulations! She did a great job representing you!

  6. Congratulations on being a finalist! you are awesome!

  7. Oh wow, that is really cool.

    Also, congratulations!!

  8. SQUEEE!!! Congrats


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