Being Miss Maumee Valley

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Introducing Two New Pageant Blogs... and what should I do with this one???

Upon the request/permission of Miss Clayland, Allie Krucek, and Amy Allen, I am pleased to announce their new blogs:

Miss Ohio Sisters


What I’ve Learned on My Journey

Both ladies are off to wonderful starts; be sure to check them out by clicking the titles above and make their blogs a usual stop in your internet routine!

[Photo on the left was taken backstage at Miss Maumee Valley and copied from Facebook.]

What Next?

Now that I am done with the MAO, many people have asked me, “you’re keeping your blog, right?” The answer is yes, of course, but I’m not sure exactly what my next blog will be… and I’d like some reader feedback to help me make that decision.

Because I used the title Miss Maumee Valley for the Miss Ohio USA pageant back in September, I could theoretically continue to claim that title until Miss Ohio USA 2007 next fall and continue using this blog with its current name. However, local USA titles are arbitrary and continuing to use “being Miss Maumee Valley” would feel contrived to me. Plus, I don’t want to confuse people or take away from Kristen, the new Miss Maumee Valley.

In my next phase of blogging I plan to continue reporting on all the pageant happenings around Ohio; now that I am no longer a contestant my commentary will likely include more opinions and critiques of the system. In the past I have shared information about the changes in the Miss America system, but as a contestant I didn’t feel it would be prudent to express my discontent or criticize issues I didn’t agree with. Now I feel free to analyze such matters at the local, state and national levels, with the intent of being a pro-active volunteer of the program. When I began blogging I wanted to share the process of being a contestant and preparing for competition, but I soon realized that as a competitor, I didn’t feel comfortable making much of that information public. Now that I am done competing, I hope to finally share some of that kind of information.

So… I obviously need a new blog title that indicates the pageant connection. I know I’m not Pageantry Magazine or or anything, but I really do feel like I offer Ohio pageant lovers and contestants an exclusive resource and I plan to continue that.

However, we all know that there can be weeks on end with no pageant action, so during pageant pauses I hope you’ll continue to endure or enjoy my personal updates, rants and randomness. Thus, I feel like I need a new blog name that indicates both pageant and personal… Thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas?

I’ve maintained this blog to cover the five titles over the past two weeks, but I hope to have a new blog named, up and running by the end of this week, so please, leave your feedback as a comment or send me an email at Oh drat, I need a new email address too!!!


  • How about "life after pageants" now that pageants aren't your identity anymore? but you will still be commenting about them - so it makes sense as a reference.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:28 PM  

  • Abby, thanks for mentioning my blog. I've had a ton of visits to my site from all around the country since you posted!

    By Blogger Amy Allen, at 10:00 AM  

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