JCO One of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year?

I Already Have a Daughter. Who Do You Think Let Me Marry My Wife?

JCO one of BlogHer‘s Voices of the Year? Sounds a bit out there, right? At least it did to me when I first realized (thanks to a random comment) that one of my Babble posts had been nominated. After doing a little digging I learned it was more than one. Turns out that nine of my Babble posts had been nominated across three different categories. So for all you people who think I’m only good for the Ha-Ha (little pet peeve of mine…), please note that not only was I nominated in the Humor category, but also in the Life and Perspective categories too.

So there.

No word  yet on the Short and Kinda Bald category, but I’ve got my fingers crossed.

So obviously a HUGE shout out goes to Babble. I love every single person I’ve met who works there and I’m so thankful for my relationship with them. What great folks and what a great opportunity writing for them has been. Truly.

Lest this post begins to sound a little acceptance-speechy, it’s worth noting that getting nominated means absolutely nothing. In fact, I learned from the BlogHer website that you can nominate yourself. (Who does that, people? Seriously?) So getting nominated is nice, but ultimately meaningless. UNLESS I end up being one of the 20 selected in any of the three categories for which I’m nominated, for in that unlikely event, I’d officially be one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year.

At which point, I’d instantly become a level-12 Badass and would likely even receive some type of badge created with girly colors to put up on my site. And a great story for my peeps at the nail salon, to boot.

Anyhoo, if you’d like to check the nominated posts out, I’ve linked each of them below. And if by chance you’re a registered BlogHer person and you wanna give me some love, go over to the BlogHer site and vote for me. I don’t know how it all works because I’m not a BlogHer member, but I do know this much: popular vote only decides one of the 20 Voices of the Year. The rest are selected by judges which, in my opinion is a good thing because a simple popularity contest means that any hack could win. Even a self-nominated hack. After all, the general populous isn’t exactly armed with copious amounts of discernment as evidenced by the plethora of dim-witted stars who litter our pop culture sky like, say, Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino.

Yet I digress. Here are the posts nominated along with a brief description of each.


The Time I Ran Away From My Pregnant Wife
About the time I ran away to get closer to home. That post means a lot to me for some reason.

I Already Have a Daughter. Who Do You Think Let Me Marry My Wife?
Love that one, too. It’s about the stepfather – stepdaughter dynamic and was actually linked up on the Huffington Post.

10 Things That Grand Finale Needs to Know About Daddy’s Backpacking Trip
I’ve long maintained that backpacking provides many wonderful metaphors for life and there were ten in particular that I wanted my unborn child to know.


The Time I Accidentally Called My Pregnant Wife Fat. And Old.
A stunning testimonial to both my ineptitude and inexplicable charm. Okay, that second one is bullshit, but it I really am inept.

5 Quirks My Wife Found Endearing…Before She Was Pregnant
Y’all, she changed, man.

5 Reasons I Don’t Like The Easter Bunny
You think I want some glorified rodent with a disturbing addiction to fornication interacting with my kids? Hell, no.

The Children’s Book I Wish I’d Written and 5 More Maybe I Should
A tongue-in-cheek assessment of Adam Mansbach’s runaway bestselling book Go the Fuck to Sleep.


Should Kids Play Football? Absolutely.
My parents didn’t let me. But I’d let my kids.

5 Reasons I Would Never Publicly Compare and Contrast My Children
My response to a post authored by a woman who makes a “shocking mom confession,” namely that she loves one of her children more than another.

If any of those caught your eye, I hope you’re able to find some time to check ’em out. One I wish had been nominated, however? The post that where  I accidentally pissed off a legion of pregnant women.

Have a great Fourth!

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About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • http://twitter.com/JulTweets Juli Westgate

    I’ve read them all at least twice and I could think of quite a few more that should have been nominated. I cannot wait for the post that follows the birth of Grand Finale.

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      thank you! and regarding GF i think we actually have a name! we are SO ready for this little fella. less than 3 weeks! i’ll definitely have a few posts about the birth and the aftermath. (note how i didn’t use the word afterbirth. whoops. just used it. damn it.) i may post them over at Babble, but if i do, i’ll definitely link up here. thanks for your kindness!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Hank-Warren/1670642137 Hank Warren

    Forget the book “Go the F**k to Sleep”, a pathetic, soul-less, allegedly rebel, ‘children’s book’. Don’t waste your hard-earned money, instead read a BANNED book like “America Deceived II” by a real rebel and the “World’s Most Hated Author”, E.A. Blayre III.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      you know, Hank, i will say this: i thought the concept of GTFTS was hysterical if not so obvious as to be obscure. but i wasn’t huge on the execution in that the meter of the rhyme wasn’t as tight as i woulda liked in that it was, at times, literally difficult to make it rhyme. that said, however, i still think the book is clever as all get out. thanks for the comment.

  • http://clarkkentslunchbox.blogspot.com/ R_Mattocks

    Congrats buddy. Well deserved nods, all of them. 

    • http://johncaveosborne.com John Cave Osborne

      thanks, man. though i’d be the first to say that i’ve gotten a zillion lucky breaks in blogging, they usually don’t have to do w/ popularity-type contests. usually when it comes to that, i’m on the outside looking in.