The BiLLe Best Blogger Contest Update

You may remember a few months ago I told you about the BiLLe Lotto’s search for the “Best Blogger” in Canada to represent them. Then a few weeks ago I asked for your votes to get my entry past the first round of the contest.

The good news is: I made it!

I was up against some tough competition and received a pretty hefty portion of the votes. I’m really proud of how well I did, considering my online “influence” and following pales in comparison to some of the other contestants. I’m glad I made it through the first round because although I wondered if I would have enough votes to make it through, I knew I had the skill set to blow this opportunity out of the water!

I’m glad the next portion of the contest was a bit more relevant to the position – we were asked to blog!
Our instructions were simple: nominate a celebrity and one of the charities they support to receive the BiLLe’s Celebrity Charity Challenge prize of a minimum of 10,000 euros up to a maximum of 10,000,000 euros and write about why you picked them.

I chose Kristen Bell with the proceeds going towards the Red Cross. You can read my post here.

I’m not particularly interested in celebrities, in fact when asked which ones I would like to meet during a recent camping trip I was hard pressed to name even five. I am far more interested in contributing to charitable causes than in the celebs that sponsor them. In any case, I had to choose one for the post and I am a huge fan of Kristen Bell πŸ™‚

I decided to write in a more serious tone; in part because I am really serious about the work the Red Cross do but also to balance out my entry after that ridiculous video I submitted.

If I make it past this round where 5 of the 9 contestants will be eliminated, I will have to make it past one more elimination round where 2 more people will be voted out, and then it’s interview time!

The truth is…

I’ve been very weary of all of the self-promotion I have been doing for this contest. I hate begging for votes for contests like this, but I am fortunate to have some amazing friends and family both online and IRL who showed their support, voted, and shared the video. My hesitancy to share my journey in the BiLLe competition comes from the fact that I could be eliminated at any point. Rejection, especially very public online rejection, is a hard thing to bear especially when you really want something.Β  I know how perfect I am for this role – I have been preparing myself for the past few years for one exactly like this!

I really really really want this contract and think I am at the perfect stage in my life for this opportunity! I am committed to my social media and blogging work more than ever and would love to embrace this new and exciting role. I have experience in branding (both for myself and external companies/brands) and marketing. I have a strong PR-sense further ingrained by my high expectation of excellent customer service which I think makes me an asset both online and offline. I think some aspects of the job are going to be a challenge, as it seems promoting an online lottery is a bit of an uphill battle for those of us used to Canada’s lottery regulations but I think I’m ready and able to take on the challenges of this role!

I expect the position will require some traveling and hope that the BiLLe judges know that I am ready to go at the drop of a hat! I’m used to working in airports and on the run. I currently work in social media and writing and blogging, and to be honest, I’d do it for about $100,000 CDN less because I value the opportunity and not the paycheque. It hurts me to think that the person who may get the contract might just be in it for the money or because they think it will be an easy paycheque that will make their lives glitter.

And if I happen to be eliminated during this round or the next, I want to thank you again for voting and showing me all of your amazing support! It may take a few tubs of ice cream, kitten and puppy cuddles, and burying myself in my work to get over it, but I have to believe that fate will put me exactly where I belong.

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4 Comments

  1. July 10, 2012 / 12:51 pm

    I must be blind. Where’s the option to vote for you in the 2nd round?

    • JamieLeighTO
      July 10, 2012 / 12:56 pm

      That’s the best part – I don’t have to beg for votes anymore πŸ™‚
      Thank you if you voted for the first round but from now on it’s all up to the BiLLe judges to decide who will do the best job!

  2. Ladykeirae
    July 10, 2012 / 7:54 pm

    Jamie, I know you are the perfect choice for this job!!! Β You are amazing and I think you will do a lot of good work when you are successful at getting this contract!!! Β Let me know if I can spread the word to help you at all!!!

    • JamieLeighTO
      July 11, 2012 / 2:44 pm

      Β Thank you! You make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside πŸ™‚ Keeping the hope alive!