This will undoubtedly be the least thought out post I have written to date but one written with true and raw emotion. It’s 11:47pm on Wednesday April 13, 2011 and about an hour ago I found out via a tweeter feed from @fsutoby and @GFreeAppetite that South Florida Food and Wine won the Sun-Sentinel’s Best of Blog award in the Food category.
I read @GFreeAppetite‘s tweet first then @fsutoby‘s both congratulating me on the win. If you could have seen my face. It was pretty much the same crazy, puzzling, surreal feeling and reaction I had when I noticed I made the blogroll @SFDB (South Florida Daily Blog). I can’t believe it. I honestly can’t believe it. The food category was a big category with all the big names, The Chowfather, Mango & Lime, Worst Pizza, Food for Thought, Gluten Free Appetite, Burger Beast, the list goes on and on. And yes, I read all those sites with respect and admiration plus a host of others.
When the nomination process for Best of Blogs was happening I received an email saying, “Hey, I nominated you for the Best of Blog award in the Foodie category” I laughed, I had no idea. I didn’t ask to be nominated it just happened. So now what? What do I do? I’ve got a nice little following on Twitter and Facebook and thought do I ask everyone to vote for me or just ride it out and see what happens? I rode it out to see what would happen, the exact same approach I took when I started this blog a year and a half ago. When an acknowledgement like this happens it means your being noticed; there really are people out there reading you and referencing you and I couldn’t be more delighted.
I am the Sommelier in residence at a local university and teach a Wine Appreciation class on Wednesday’s and knew that class was going to conflict with the the Best of Blog award announcements and immediately after class I had a commitment to attend the Grand Opening of SoLita in Delray Beach so there was no way I was going to be able to make it down to Las Olas, even though I think I can be in multiple places at once, I really cannot. I tried once and it was a disaster beyond belief.
Once I read the tweets I direct messaged @fsutoby and asked: “For real??? I won?” to his reply: “for real!”
I’m sorry I wasn’t at the Best of Blogs awards event tonight; it really is funny how things happen. Lots of someones voted for me. Lots of someones read me and lots of someones like me. To each and every single someone out there who made this happen for me tonight, I thank you so very much and value this more than you will ever know.