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15th-Nov-2008 05:08 pm
please?

I know this might be really hard to believe, but I have this self-esteem issue. A major self-esteem issue in which I have problems admitting that stuff I do might be good.

Oh stop laughing, I do.

And yet, and this part I'm sure you know, I do crave validation. Like in things like blog competitions. And - I don't want to make her feel bad by saying this, but when a friend messaged me on Facebook recommending I enter the Orwell Prize, I quite simply had a panic attack.

Um.

I want to enter. Kinda. I constantly don't enter competitions that I think I should, out of certain knowledge I don't stand a chance, but I genuinely don't know how to sell myself. Even if selling myself involved nominating ten blog entries,that kind of thing freaks me out.

I have issues, I'll work on them. It's OK.

Meanwhile, would you like to help me out by telling me what entries of mine you remember as being quite good?

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15th-Nov-2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
The one about how your brain worked was kickass!
15th-Nov-2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
I'm for both the above - ADD brains and RRH were pretty awesome posts :D
15th-Nov-2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
You so need to do this. Seriously.

Make sure you include some of your posts about gender and about your life in science, which I know is kind of a no-brainer since you write about those two topics regularly, but I never fail to give those in particular a careful read.

If I wasn't in the midst of moving hell, I'd mention specific ones, and I'll still try, but even if I don't: you should apply for this.
15th-Nov-2008 06:18 pm (UTC)
Oh true--the RRH and ADD posts, yes. Those too.
15th-Nov-2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
As it's apparently a political thing...

http://innerbrat.livejournal.com/584099.html
http://innerbrat.livejournal.com/583314.html

The ADD one was fantastic also.

And you totally should enter because your entries are entertaining and fantastic.
16th-Nov-2008 12:37 pm (UTC)
ALL of your entries are good. In fact, they're a bit too good. They tend to make me think of my own journal and see what a load of drivel I write in it!

I have similar issues with selling myself and being able to value my work. I tend not to dwell on it now. If the stuff is good then it generally sells itself. Which is good because I am completely useless at self-promotion.
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