So much win.

Cassie Paton Mobbies award

(All photos by Steve Ruark, courtesy of Baltimore Sun)

Welp, guys, you did it—you voted Witty Title Here for Maryland’s best personal blog in the Baltimore Sun‘s Mobbies awards, and I am touched. Truly. Seeing as I’ve never won a popularity contest in my life, I now understand the ego boost, excessive pride, and illusions of grandeur that come with such a bestowment as this. You may all now start referring to me as Madame Cass of Wit. I’ve explained to my loved ones that they shouldn’t be offended if I snap at them when they interrupt my writing time. It’s just that Madame has an award-winning blog to maintain, and the pressure of delivering her readers witty, insightful, and thought-provoking content on the reg is all-consuming. Leave my dinner tray at the door.

I jest, of course. In all honesty, the day of the Mobbies awards, I went back and forth between imagining what a victory blog post might entail if I won and what kind of entertaining online pity party I could conjure up in the case of defeat. I knew I stood a chance based on how many kind people told me they (and their moms!) had voted for me, but there was still that voice of self-doubt telling me not to get my hopes up.

Luckily, I would have the chance to tell that little voice she’s an asshole. On Wednesday night, John and I drove down to the Creative Alliance, where the awards party was held. We checked out a funky art exhibit as we snacked on some delicious free food and drank very reasonably priced Flying Dog beer.

Mobbies Creative Alliance

I knew that several people I follow on Twitter would be there. But, like, it’s kind of weird to introduce yourself to people whose faces you’ve only seen in a filtered 81 x 81 px profile picture. When I finally mustered up the courage to say hello, I felt more at ease.

After some boozin’ and schmoozin’, the awards ceremony kicked off in the small theater area next to the gallery. I didn’t have much time to be nervous. After a quick introduction, the presenters launched right into the awards, and Best Personal Blog was the very first category! At least if I don’t win, we can sneak right out of here and maybe take some food with us, I may or may not have thought to myself as they prepared to call the winner.

But you already know who the winner was. When they called Witty Title Here, I excitedly handed over my camera to John and walked up to the stage. Earlier in the day, it was announced online by the Mobbies Twitter account that winners would get a one-line acceptance speech. This was one thing I didn’t over-think. I knew exactly what I would say, and after accepting my certificate and not-entirely-flattering-but-still-awesome-Mobbies-hat, I delivered the following (and quite dramatically, I might add):

I’m just a girl standing in front of a guy asking, “Do you smell that?”


Yup. I reeeeeally said that. And people laughed. It was one of my proudest moments to date, and I don’t even care if that’s kind of ridiculous to admit.

accepting a Mobbie

I was so elated by my win that I didn’t hear them call the Best Photography Blog award that came after mine, though I would find out later that I placed second in that category. (Pressure’s on to keep taking lovely pictures for you folks!) The rest of the awards ceremony went by pretty quickly, and several other winners gave funny little one-liners. I was met with many congrats from friendly Twitter friends and strangers, and John was super-excited for me, which meant a lot.

And that is IT! This is what glory feels like. I can’t thank you guys enough for coming out in droves to make this blog here a winner. Whether you’re one of the people kind enough to leave comments letting me know you enjoyed a post (which I ALWAYS appreciate), or someone who reads regularly but remains anonymous (which I appreciate JUST as much), or even just an occasional passerby (hullo!), I am grateful for your business… I mean readership. Despite all the self-doubt I am prone to from time to time, I never doubt whether writing this little blog is worth it. ‘Cause it sooooo is. And that very first picture up top? SERIOUSLY makes me look like a wistful President-elect straight off the campaign trail. See you in 2016.

Mobbies winners

I didn’t forget I offered hand-written thank-you notes to those who voted for me. Want snail mail? Send your address to wittycassiehere [at] gmail [dot] com. It’ll be great. Think that’s kind of weird? Download this token of gratitude instead. Print it out. Hang it on your wall. You’re welcome.

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  1. You crack me up and make me proud!! I’m all in for 2016…….

  2. Yay! Congratulations to you! I definitely voted and would love one of your snazzy cards, so I’ll Facebook message you my street address. 😀

  3. Yay! This post was the best; well done, Madame 🙂

  4. Hey Cassie! Congratulations on your win! I’m sorry to say I wasn’t able to vote simply because I was too late to. (story of my life, apparently) But hey, I totally would have voted for you and I would have made T vote for you too, even though he might not have known what the heck he was voting for..

    Congrats again! 🙂

  5. Hooray, hooray, hooray! SO awesome. You rock, chica.

  6. This is seriously the coolest thing. Writhing in envy.

  7. that’s awesome! way jealous of your witty boss queen status.

  8. Wow that’s so exciting! Congratulations! 🙂 I think “Madame Cas of Wit” will definitely catch on.

  9. Thank you ALL for your sweet comments! They made my day(s). 🙂

  10. Yaaay, congrats!! Hurray for glory and validation! And that hat is pretty epic ;D

  11. You’re funny! 🙂 I love it.

  12. Congrats Cassie!

  13. haha I’m so happy you won! Yay!

    And at first I was thinking “You get ONE LINE for your speech?” but I guess you already had the perfect one.

    Congratulations! 😀

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