The 2007 Weblog Awards.
I didn’t just lose in the Funniest Blog category, I lost and by a HUGE landslide. In total, 33, 080 votes were cast and I managed to net 241 That translated into a whopping .o7 percent of the vote.
I mean, it was the same caliber as Mondale’s humiliating defeat by Reagan in 1984.
This is so going to look bad in my someday-to-be-filmed, E! True Hollywood Story.
And leave it out of my damn Wikipedia write up, too!
Yes, I lost and frankly, I’m not sure what happened.
• It could be because my blog is a newbie; it just turned seven months old on Halloween.
• It could be because I didn’t campaign, I didn’t send out mass mailers or ask my Aunt Margie’s Craft’s Club to vote. I didn’t place ads in high visibility places nor did I ask bloggers to pimp me out on their sites. A few did on their own and I’m most appreciative. Thank you all.
• And it could be because my blog just isn’t funny.
Hey!! Come on now!! Who put that there?????
Ah, really…it’s no biggie. Nothing but a thang.
It’s just a contest.
It simply wasn’t my year. It was enough to have been nominated and then from that, I was selected as a finalist.
I’m honored and flattered and really, that’s more than enough!!!
But I’m hardly alone when it comes to very public losses. Humiliation loves company.
Here, I’ll show you:
Thomas Dewey lost to Truman in 1948:
Hirohito’s rule couldn’t save Japan from defeat in the Big One, WWII.
We all know what happened to this diminutive Frenchman at Waterloo:
John F. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon by the narrowest of margins back in the presidential race in 1960.
Can we forget that for 18 years in a row (save for her ONLY win in 1999) Susan “Erica Kane” Lucci of ABC’s oh so long-in-the-tooth soap opera, All My Children, never won the Daytime Emmy for Best Leading Actress????
And then of course, there was the Buffalo Bills 1971 season:
Look, losing the competition for the Funniest Blog in the 2007 Weblog Awards doesn’t bother me. Really, it doesn’t bother me at all.
I’m fine. I kind of wear it like a badge of honor.
And I want to take this time to thank everyone who voted for me. I appreciate your support.
Your votes were real.
Your votes were organic.
And to the nine blogs in my category who beat me soundly?
What can I say other than congrats on your much better showing.
You have more readers.
You campaigned far more effectively.
Your blogs are older and more established.
In the simplest of terms, your blogs are just funnier than mine**.
Now, cut that out!!!!!!!
I have one bullshit exception.
The funniest blog didn’t win.
The funniest blog didn’t even make the top five.
The absolutely brilliant The Nose On Your Face, in my opinion, was robbed of the title of “Funniest Blog” in in this year’s competition. It is smart, issue-oriented satire. It’s legitimate humor for the intelligent reader. And sadly, that means it’s probably over many readers’ heads.
I applaud it, not only for it’s sheer comedic genius, but because of the class it exuded. TNOYF didn’t obsess over winning, it didn’t trash other blogs, then pout and whine about it for days. It spent “contest” time being what legitimate humor blogs are SUPPOSED to be…it was funny.