There was no phone call. There was no email notification. There was only me, taking a brain vacation to scroll through the Top 100 Tweets about Liz & Dick on my iPhone while cooking dinner. Then, at the top of the phone, a Facebook alert appeared: one of my blogging colleagues had mentioned me in a post. A moment later, a second alert, from another colleague, arrived. And then several more, in rapid succession. I noticed the word “congrats” was being bandied about.
What was going on?
I interrupted my mindless stroll through the snark about Lindsay Lohan to check Facebook, where I found this news:
The Huffington Post has named “The Midlife Second Wife” one of seven “great blogs” for post-50 women.
Crikey! Dinner was in danger of being burnt.
I don’t know how this happens, especially with so many excellent writers—many of whom I admire—blogging for the post-50 set. I count quite a lot of them among my friends. You can find some of them on my blogroll, and I encourage you to visit any of them the next time you’re here.
What I do know is that I’m humbled by this honor—and recognition by the Huffington Post is an honor. HuffPost, after all, is the first commercially-run digital media outlet to win a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. Pulitzers aside, I imagine this recognition must be what it feels like to win a MacArthur fellowship—you know, those “genius” grants where you’ve no idea you’ve even been nominated, but one day you receive a phone call that changes your life.
Yes. This feels that big to me. And once again, dear readers, I must share this with you. Thank you for joining me on this adventure!
My thanks also go out to those at the Huffington Post who are responsible for giving the Midlife Second Wife the surprise of her life. I’ll work very hard to ensure that I’ve earned your recognition.
Ginger Kay said:
Congratulations on the recognition!
Thanks, Ginger Kay! And thanks for reading!
Sheila Harley said:
Thanks so much, Sheila! Really appreciate your readership—you’ve been on board from the very start!
I love it when the Huffington Post figures out something I already know!
Awwww….thanks, dear friend. One of the many great things about this blog is that it pointed me in your direction.
Alana Kelley (@alanakelley) said:
Wow! Fantastic, Marcy. But not at all surprising!
Thanks Alana! Like Sheila, you’ve been here from the beginning. Can’t tell you how much your readership means to me. Oberlin readers are among the best in the world!
Congratulations! You have an amazing blog.
Thank you so much, BP! And thank you for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award. I’ve sent a comment to your site. Really appreciate your readership!
Susan Schwartz said:
Well-deserved! Bravo Marci!!
Thanks so much, Susan!
Linda Grashoff said:
Wow! This is great! Congratulations, Marci.
Paula Larew Wooters said:
Well, here I am, moseying along a couple of weeks late to say, “Congratulations!” Glad to finally find you via Huff/Post 50 and looking forward to reading more from you!
Grateful to HuffPo for the introduction, and sincere congratulations on the recognition! Enjoy the glory!!