nascar likes me, they really like me!

nascar_cjmc_logoIf 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!

8 Comments

  1. Phoenyx
    July 30, 2009 at 8:21 PM ·

    Fantastic! Congratulations! You deserve to be listed there.

  2. July 30, 2009 at 9:05 PM ·

    Congrats!

  3. RA6AN
    July 31, 2009 at 11:07 AM ·

    Congratulations, Valli! That’s awesome news! Do you have a list or link to the others who were named?

  4. RA6AN
    July 31, 2009 at 11:08 AM ·

    Duh! I found it. Never mind.

  5. July 31, 2009 at 8:25 PM ·

    Congratulations, your blog deserves to be listed. You have worked hard and grown exponetially. Keep up the great work, and don’t let anyone tell you that you do not deserve to be here.

    Kudos!

  6. Heather
    August 1, 2009 at 11:39 AM ·

    Congrats!!! I am so happy for you :) I love reading your blog!!!

  7. August 2, 2009 at 6:00 PM ·

    Congratulations!

  8. fayanne kanner
    August 2, 2009 at 7:33 PM ·

    Congrats! that is so awesome. I’m so happy for you…you totally deserve the recognition