If you haven’t heard the news, I’ve got something big to share with you. The Fast and the Fabulous has been included in the spanking new NASCAR Citizen Journalists Media Corps!
I am very, very honored to be apart of this group and apart of this smart, super cool and timely initiative by NASCAR. It means a lot to me to be recognized by the sport I cover and for them to respect what I do literally means the world to me. I must be doing something right, right?
Although, I have to admit that when I learned that NASCAR knew of me and my blog I was a bit taken aback. I kinda freaked out. I thought, “Oh, crap, what have I said??” You mean, they’ve been reading about my posts about Carl Edwards’ hotness and my searches for cupcakes this whole time??
I wondered if it might change how I write, knowing that dun, dun, duuuuhhh, NASCAR was reading me. Are there things that I wouldn’t say just because they’re watching? I always come back to the same answer: No way.
I don’t know exactly why they picked me to be in this group of 28 websites, but I’m sure it has to do with the fact that I’ve been professional, even when I thought no one was looking. I love the fact that the CJMC represents a diverse group of new media content. It’s obvious that I don’t write about the typical things, but I do have ethics and standards. I think there’s a place for stuff I write in the world of sports media and journalism.
Last year (I can’t believe it was that long ago) I wrote a post that I think completely sums up what The Fast and the Fabulous is all about. If you’re new here, you should check it out.
I know some sports journalists, and people in general, have an idea of what a journalist is, and I know that I don’t fit that mold. I know that some people are upset by this new program and I would like to tell them to calm down. Everyone’s goals are different and to be completely honest I don’t want your job. I want to do my own thing. All I want is to experience everything and tell the stories that I find interesting.
So what does all of this mean for the future of The Fast and the Fabulous? I’m not sure just yet, but I do know that receiving NASCAR’s seal of approval will help to build credibility and open doors. I’ve got ideas brewing that I think could turn into something huge. Stay tuned!