Some of you might remember that last year I was a contestant in a blogging competition called Blogger Idol. After three months of stress and hair pulling, I finished in second place/first loser. Because I ended up in the top six, I got to come back as a judge this year. We ended up with something like 219 entries, all of which we judges had to read and score along five criteria.
It was a lot.
Yesterday, we announced the Top 13. They are awesome, and I hope you will read the weekly assignments (they’ll be posted over on the BI site every Wednesday, starting October 2nd) because I’m sure they’re going to be amazing.
BUT! There were a whole lot of blogs that I read and loved that didn’t make it. In fact. I had a top 42. I wanted to share them all with you, but 42 is SO MANY. So I did some more nail biting and narrowed it down to my top 25. Check them out, because they are wicked good.
Meredith’s Top Twenty-Five Blogger Idol Losers (in no particular losing order):
1. This is Where the Apocalypse Starts
This is one of my favorite blogs. Period. Sarah is HILARIOUS. Need proof? Read her audition about painting a wall and almost dying.
2. The Waiting
BLAAAAAAAARGH I love her. She is super delicious. She auditioned with this piece about childhood sleepover party.
3. My Twice Baked Potato
I met MTBP when we were both finalists for a local blogging award. She’s wonderful. Read her post about different kinds of smart.
4. Untypically Jia
I have a soft spot for Jia. I kinda fell in love with her. Her audition post about the first time she heard her mom say the f-bomb won her a new fan. That fan is me, in case that wasn’t clear.
5. The Circus
First of all, her blog is purty. Second, her story about an adventure she had with her fish is dee-lightful.
6. Candid Kay
A touching writer with just the right amount of funny. Loved her piece called, “You missed a smudge.”
7. Shakespeare’s Mom
Love her. Great audition about the stuff that doesn’t make it into wedding albums.
8. If You Must Know
Oh my goodness. Her booze committed suicide on her birthday.
9. Outrunning the Storm
Oh my god, you guys. This piece about autism and otherness is incredible.
10. So Then Stories
She pooped a letter. Relatable? I should say so.
11. I Was Promised More Naps
I’m pretty sure we’re soul mates, she just doesn’t know it yet. READ THIS.
12. Quirky Chrissy
Her interview with Travis Stork is adorable.
13. Mommie Daze
Her kid swallowed a penny. It’s a really good story. Funny lady.
14. Cluttered Genius
Post: How you should speak to a pregnant lady. Conclusion: I might marry her.
15. Buncha Monkeys
I am not now and never will be a homeschooler, but this post made me look at homeschooling in a different way. Big props to her.
16. Life in the Hood
She wrote about the perks of being pregnant in a way I hadn’t seen before. It is very, very funny.
17. Don’t Mind The Mess
Her boy wants to wear pink shoes. I cried. And I am going to beat up some little kids.
18. My Spirited Girl
Her post tells the story of how she adopted her daughter. Gorgeous.
19. Detached From Logic
LOVE. HER. Read this post where she compares working in a restaurant to working in an ER.
20. When Mommy Met Rosie
Having dealt with infertility myself, this post rocked me.
21. Cloudy With a Chance of Wine
When I saw “50 things I want to teach my daughter,” I said, “50?!!” Then I read it, and I said, “YES.”
22. That Girl Ryan
Poop shoes, you guys. Poop shoes.
23. Dribbles N’ Grits
When I scored her, I wrote, “This bitch is awesome.” And she is.
24. Walk a Mile In My Issues
Oh man, their post (it’s by two ladies) about parenting a kid who’s not having an easy time was killer.
25. Everyday Underwear
Oh god. This post about her dog’s junk. Read it.