blogher finalistI nominated my post Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) for BlogHer's Voices of the Year contest, crossed my fingers, and waited. Approximately 1,000 people entered their favorite writing, and over 400 people entered in the "Life" category alone. In fact, the volume of entries overwhelmed the reading committees, and the decision was pushed back from July 1 to give them more time. The finalists and readers were announced today, and I am honored to have been selected as a finalist. I'm very excited and all choked up because this post means a lot to me. I started blogging as an exercise for my angst and sought to be funny-angry, but it has also allowed me to explore more emotional topics and experiment with my writing. I hope that my grandfather would be proud.

Congrats to all of the finalists! I've been enjoying reading your entries, and I can't wait to hear what the winners will read at the Community Keynote session at the BlogHer conference. Everyone who entered deserves a round of applause, and I hope this will encourage women to get out there and promote their work.