I Can’t Help It, I’m a Gusher

I have always been super cheesy. I love bad pop music, romantic movies, long walks on the beach, karaoke, wearing frilly dresses, and am super excited to place my recently acquired “My Child is an Honor Student” bumper sticker to the back of my mini-van (which I drive with pride).

I do not know how to play it cool when it comes to certain things. I gush. I can’t help it. It is in my DNA and I know it comes from my mother, who simply can’t help herself from commenting on almost everything I put on Facebook with things like, “You’re amazing,” or “I’m in awe” (I’d be embarrassed, but I know I’ll probably do the same thing to my kids one day).

I started off being cool about the nomination to the Circle of Moms Top 25 Family Blogs contest. I knew I had no chance. I wrote a blog post and put a couple of status updates out there, simply hoping to make the top 50. My honest thought was, “I feel honored just to be nominated.”

But, then something happened. I got bitten by a bug of sorts. I saw my numbers climb and I started to get hopeful. I thought, maybe I can break 30. Then on the last day of voting, I got delirious because it kept climbing. I wanted to break into the top 25. Badly.

Before I knew it my husband (who is also cheesy, but pretends to be cooler than me), screamed out “24” from across the house. I quickly logged onto Facebook to find that my fellow local blogger friends – my amazing community who I owe a debt of gratitude – had come out for me in a big way. They had all shared and encouraged their followers to vote.

From 5:30 to 7 pm, I watched the real time rankings in amazement as Tiny Steps Mommy ended at 15 out of more than 120 blogs. I felt a buzz as I watched the votes come in. I cannot pretend that it was no big deal, like some other people in the same situation. You see, when I started my blog less than eight months ago, I never thought anyone other than my Mom would read it.

To me, making the top 25 in this contest is about more than recognition and more than a popularity contest. It is something good that I can cling to in a difficult year. In a year when I have said goodbye to two grandmothers, my step-uncle and have witnessed the progression of illness in one of my most beloved family members, I can end 2012 with something positive and amazing. I can gush about belonging to a strong community of family, friends, small business owners and fellow bloggers. I can say that (while small and really insignificant in the grand scheme of things) I accomplished something that makes me feel like my time and effort has been for something.

No, I did not win a Pulitzer or an Academy Award or even a Grammy (you know for my karaoke singing). But, I did win something amazing – a feeling of hope and gratitude (I warned you that I was cheesy)!

So, thank you to my community, my friends, my family, and especially anyone reading this post. This is an amazing journey that I hope we can continue on together.

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I am in Circle of Moms Top 25 Family Blogs by Moms - 2012!




Nicole Dash is a writer, blogger and business owner who lives in the suburbs outside Washington, DC with her husband and four children. She started her career as a journalist and copy editor. She also managed public relations and corporate communications for a national franchise company, but in 2006 started a child care business. In 2012, she launched Tiny Steps Mommy, a lifestyle and parenting blog that quickly gained a following and connected her to an expansive group of women-owned businesses. In 2013, she started a digital marketing consulting business that focused on growing community in an authentic way. Through those connections she was inspired to open Play, Work or Dash, a coworking space that also offers onsite childcare up to three hours per day. It is where like-minded professionals pursue their business goals with the extra level of support parents desire; a place where you "bring your kids to work." She is an active member of the Washington, DC blogger community. She has been published on The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, Mamalode and Pop Sugar.




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