Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year's Challenge

[Update 1/27/11: Be sure to enter the 2011, Second Annual @2KoP Writing Challenge, deadline 2/16/11.]
There are two kinds of people in the world. Are you one of them? 

It's hard for me to believe, but I've been telling you about two kinds of people for nearly two years now on this blog. When I started Two Kinds of People, I named it intentionally to give me a kind of structure on which to hang my essays. It has turned out to be a useful literary device, allowing great flexibility, yet preventing my blog from turning into a brain dump. 

Two Kinds of People is a kind of philosophy — not a way to divide the world exactly, but more of a means for looking at it through a specific lens for the length of a blog post. I have yet to write my own archetypal Two Kinds of People post, the one on which my entire life philosophy is based, but I promise it's coming — this blogging year.

Every time I turn around, someone is suggesting another "Two Kinds of People" topic. "You should write about how there are dog people and cat people," someone suggested. Or "You should write about people who vote and people who don't vote, and then bitch about it." While these are great suggestions, they are not my two kinds of people (unless, of course, I choose to "borrow" one of these ideas some day, in which case, I will give proper attribution — if I remember who suggested it).

So, here's the proverbial deal — the challenge, the contest, the gauntlet, if you will. I am offering you — yes, you — the opportunity to win a guest post here on Two Kinds of People. That's right, you too can be a published author. All you have to do is email me your own Two Kinds of People essay. Come on. You know you want to do it. Use your imagination. Test your creative mettle. Vent your spleen. Expound, explain, expatiate. Teach us something. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make us understand your Two Kinds of People as only you can.

And, if seeing your essay published right here on this blog is not enough to entice you, the winner will also get one of my groovy new 2KoP logo baseball/golf caps (pictured above). Several experts (including my dad and my brother) will attest that these are the smartest, most comfortable, best looking caps they have seen in many a year. And that's not just because they're related to me or because that was what they got as their gift from me this holiday season. No sirree Bob. They really, really mean it.

The rules are simple: write an original Two Kinds of People essay and email it to me by February 1, 2010. The publisher of this blog (moi) will choose the winning entry and post it for the world to read. And don't forget, you'll also win the cap. 

In the meantime, you can check out my farewell to 2009 in my latest Chicago Moms Blog post and, as always, I look forward to your comments. Just click here. I can't wait to read your winning post, so enter today.

"We improve ourselves by victories over ourself. 
There must be contests, and you must win."
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794)
author, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Update 2/9/10: Read the winning guest post here


Unknown said...

Interesting challenge! If I was to write anything it would probably be about those pesky opera lovers and those of who who gag on those first high notes from The Valkyrie by Wagner!

Jim said...

Hey, Sus. I'll give this some thought. In the meantime, here's something for you and your readers to ponder:

There are actually 10 kinds of people in this world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.

Tory said...

Thanks, Susan -- this looks like fun -- I'll see if I can come up with something...

Susan Bearman said...

Just FYI to my readers — it's day one and I already have one entry submitted. Only 30 more days to get in your winning post.

Kim Moldofsky said...

An essay? It's hard for me to do more than 140 characters at this point. I'll try to at least give you a good comment, but I'll have to come back to do it because I need to work on our taxes. Inspiration! There are two kinds of people in this world, those who get their taxes done on time and those who don't.

Susan Bearman said...

Brilliant idea, Kim. I'm sure you're finding plenty of inspiration on the subject. I look forward to your submission. And I've read your blog posts, so I know you can do more than 140 characters.

Aren't you proud of my Twittering?

Susan Bearman said...

Be sure to read the winning entry here.