Thursday, October 14, 2004

Best in Birmingham? Really?

A couple weeks ago, my editor told me that Impending Distractions had been named for an award in Birmingham Magazine and offered me his congratulations. He wasn't sure exactly what the honor was — he'd simply heard about it from our CEO. I looked around the office where we usually have a copy of the magazine, but I could only find the previous month's issue. Looking toward the Internet, I found that Birmingham Magazine does not publish their content online.

Oh well. I figured it couldn't be that big of a deal if I hadn't heard about it first-hand. I forgot about it for a while.

On my lunch break today I went to the Homewood library to read. However, I'd forgotten the book I'm working on (now five days overdue), so I sat down to flip through magazines instead. I decided to see if I could uncover the mystery behind this apparent award.

The September issue of Birmingham Magazine provided the answer. In their "Best of Birmingham" article noting "the people, places and things you won't be able to live without," Impending Distractions was named Best Blog. It said: "Get wrapped up in the day-to-day life of Birmingham Blogger 'Matt' on his Web site" I was shocked.

First of all, I can't believe that my blog would even be considered for such an honor — much less, to actually be named to the top spot. Secondly, I can't believe that it took me so long to find out about it. I'm a little embarassed to have been so oblivous.

In the meantime, my posting of late has been sparse. If I'd known that new people might be checking this page out, I'd have put a little more effort into giving them something to read.

Anyway, to Birmingham Magazine: Thank you!
And to anyone who's found this site as a result: Welcome.

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