Six years ago, I submitted my writing to a call put out by BlogHer, the world's largest social media conference for women. I didn't think if I would win or not, what I had decided one morning was that if I didn't believe in my work, who would.
So with a deep breath, I submitted a story on life as a blogger, and then told myself to not think of it again.
I opened an email two months later at 7 a.m. telling me that my entry was chosen as one of ten submissions to be read aloud at the BlogHer Conference in San Diego. I remember screaming and shouting in front of the computer, "I did it, I did it!" There was no one around, but one person to hear it: me.
There had been 1700 entries, and what I had sent in was a combination of timing, relevancy, and something else: belief.
I wouldn't have read in front of the world's largest social media conference for women if I had not believed in my work.
That was six years ago. Since then, I have been chosen as VOTY (a voice of the year) four years running. But it was belief that got eyes on my work.
This year, I am taking another step forward: I have submitted a photo to a category of visual images, again with a call for work from BlogHer.
I have never done this before, I am not a photographer, I do not even dabble in photography and can't say that I've ever been in a community class. But I sent in a photo of my mother because I have belief that this moment captured has a story in its image. I have sent it in and I will not think about it again.
Except to hope.
I want YOU to have the same belief in your work. BlogHer has officially announced its call for submissions and published its nomination guidelines along with a deadline date of MAY 8 for this year's competition.
Believe in yourself, send in your work.
Send it in and know that you've done the most important part: saying yes to faith and belief.
And this does not make you a fool. It makes you a believer in yourself.
CLICK HERE FOR BLOGHER 2016 ENTRY SUBMISSION INFORMATION
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